LOGAN, Utah – Former Utah State football player Jarrett Bush and assistant coach John Rushing are heading to the Super Bowl XLV after helping the Green Bay Packers to a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field, to win the NFC Championship. Bush becomes the first former Aggie football player in the Super Bowl since Rod Moore was on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX in 1994. Overall, Bush becomes the 13th former USU player to play in the Super Bowl, and this will be the 20th Super Bowl that has had a former Aggie in it, as Greg Kragen leads the way with three Super Bowls (XXI, XXII and XXIV) for the Denver Broncos in 1986, 1987 and 1989. A fifth-year cornerback/safety, Bush saw most of his action on special teams Sunday and had one tackle on a kickoff return as well as keeping a punt out of the endzone to be downed at the Chicago 3-yard line, which eventually led to the Packers’ second touchdown of the game. During his two seasons at USU, Bush was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference cornerback in 2005 and also ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defended that season with 1.36 per game. Rushing is in his second year as the Packers’ offensive quality control coach, after spending six seasons (2003-08) at Utah State, where he coached the cornerbacks as well as the punt return squad. As an Aggie assistant coach in 2008, Rushing was selected to be a participant in the National Football League’s Minority Internship Program with Green Bay, and joined the Packers’ staff in January, 2009. Additionally, Rushing coached the Aggies’ punt return unit. In 2007, Kevin Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on punt returns on the way to All-American honors, and was selected in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson, who is Rushing’s younger brother, returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.) in eight games played for the Chiefs in ’08. Super Bowl XLV is on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. (MT) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will be televised on Fox. -USU-
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