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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Former Duke players represent

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It pays to play in the Super Bowl, and two former Blue Devils know it.

Former Duke standout and current Pittsburgh Steeler Patrick Bailey, who played at Duke from 2004-07, earned a Super Bowl player share of $78,000 while members of the Cardinals -- including former Blue Devil tight end Ben Patrick -- received a share of $40,000 apiece, according to a release from Duke.

Bailey was credited with one solo tackle on Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Patrick scored the first Super Bowl touchdown in Cardinals history by catching a 1-yard pass from Kurt Warner at the 8:34 mark of the second period.

Despite the program's struggles, Duke has still had five players drafted during the BCS era, including Patrick in 2007.

Here's more on Duke's Super Bowl ties from the release:

Bailey is the fourth former Duke player to play on a Super Bowl championship squad, joining Mike Curtis (Super Bowl V with Baltimore), Bob Matheson (VII & VIII with Miami) and Ed Newman (VIII with Miami).

Bailey and Patrick became the 10th and 11th former Blue Devils to participate in a Super Bowl, joining Charles Bowser (XVII & XIX with Miami), Billy Bryan (XII, XXI, XXII & XXIV with Denver), Curtis (III & V with Baltimore), Sonny Jurgensen (VII with Washington), Cedric Jones (XX with New England), Kevin Lewis (XXXV with New York Giants), Matheson (VI, VII & VIII with Miami), Newman (VIII, XVII & XIX with Miami) and Patrick Mannelly (XLI with Chicago).