If some of the names and faces in Super Bowl XLVI sound vaguely familiar, its because they were familiar names when they were Chicago Bears.
But there are reasons why theyre former Bears.
Mark Anderson was runnerup as defensive rookie of the year for the Bears in 2006, with 12 sacks as a situational edge rusher with the team that reached that seasons Super Bowl.
He was given Alex Browns starting job in 2007, a move that blew up on the Bears when Anderson virtually disappeared as an impact player from 2008 until his release in Oct. 2010. Anderson went to the Houston Texans where he started a couple of games on a team that finished 6-10, collected four sacks but did not make enough of an impression. That defensive line group also included current Bears Amobi Okoye and former Bear Adewale Ogunleye for a handful of games.
Anderson signed a one-year deal for 1.4 million with the Patriots before this season and gave the Pats 10 sacks in a return to his role as a spot edge rusher.
Giants defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, once upon a time the No. 12 pick of a draft (St. Louis Rams, 2003), spent the final three games of 2007 with the Bears, who were fine with letting him sign with Jacksonville, where he lasted about half a season. Kennedy faced the Bears over the past several seasons as a backup with the Minnesota Vikings, then went to the Giants this season.
Kennedy was suspended four games for violating the NFLs drug policy and has been inactive through the playoffs. Not a big loss for the Bears.