With the conference championship games this weekend at least one former Panther is guaranteed a Super Bowl ring.In the NFC, the 49ers feature the most Pitt players - tight end Nate Byham on offense, cornerback Shawntae Spencer on defense, and punter Andy Lee on special teams. Lee, in particular, has been flat out amazing this season. It might not be all that fun to watch a punter, but Lee has been maybe the best this year. He averaged an NFL-best 50.9 yards in the regular season and is also leading all punters in the playoffs with a 49.5-yard average.
On the other side, fullback Henry Hynoski will line up for the Giants. Hynoski hasn't factored in as a rusher this season, but he has done some blocking and caught 12 balls out of the backfield.
Over in the AFC, veteran tight end Kris Wilson plays for the Ravens. Wilson's one of those guys you don't hear much from, but he's been in the league for eight years. He didn't have a catch this season, but came up big, scoring a touchdown in the playoff win against the Texans last weekend.
For the Patriots, fullback Lousaka Polite is on the team. He probably won't play all that much as he was just signed in December and only had one carry in last week's playoff game against the Broncos, though.
Someone's going to end up with a ring and that's a good thing.