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Four Former Buffs Still Alive As NFL Playoffs Begin

Jan 6, 2011

BOULDER - Three former University of Colorado football players are playing in 'Wildcard Weekend' as the NFL playoffs start Saturday, while a fourth enjoys a first round bye. LT Tyler Polumbus (Seattle), SN Justin Drescher (New Orleans) and K Mason Crosby (Green Bay) will all look to advance during this weekend's Wild Card round with their respective teams to the divisional playoffs, while LB Brian Iwuh (Chicago) has earned a first round by and already secured a spot in next weekend 's divisional games.

Drescher and Polumbus will face each other as Seattle will host New Orleans Saturday (2:30 p.m. MT) while Green Bay will take on the Eagles in Philadelphia (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. MT).

Tyler Polumbus

  • Polumbus is in his third NFL season, his first with Seattle, after signing as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2008. He signed with the Detroit Lions after being released by the Broncos on August 25, 2010 and was traded to Seattle six days later.
  • Polumbus started at left tackle in seven games for the Seahawks this season, including a week 17 win over St. Louis, while playing in 14. 
  • Seattle will host the Saints Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT and the game will air nationally on NBC.

Justin Drescher

  • Drescher is in his first NFL season. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent following the 2010 draft and participated in training camp until June. He then was signed by New Orleans Nov. 23, 2010 and has been the long snapper in each game since.
  • Drescher will travel to Seattle to play Seattle Saturday (2:30 p.m. MT, NBC).

Mason Crosby

  • Crosby has been with the Packers all four years he's been in the NFL.
  • This season he has gone 22 of 28 and made all 46 extra point attempts.
  • In a week one victory over the Eagles, Crosby nailed a Packers' record 56-yarder, which was followed up by a 52-yard field goal in week five against the Redskins.
  • Crosby and the Packers will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Sunday on FOX (2:30 p.m.)

Brian Iwuh

  • Iwuh is in his fifth NFL season and his first with the Bears. He spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars after signing as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2006 season.
  • He finished with one solo tackle in a week 17 loss to Green Bay. Iwuh and the Bears have earned a first round bye and will host the highest remaining NFC seed on Sunday January 16 (11 a.m. MT). The game will air nationally on FOX.