There are seven former Huskers with a chance to win a Super Bowl ring this year, including four on active rosters.
Ndamukong Suh will be the only one in action this weekend, as the Miami Dolphins face the Pittsburgh Steelers at noon Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys — featuring Maliek Collins and possibly Randy Gregory — and Vincent Valentine's New England Patriots have first-round byes.
Here's a closer look at how all of the former Huskers in the NFL, both in the playoffs and not, performed this season:
Huskers in the playoffs
Maliek Collins, Dallas Cowboys: Despite missing most of training camp and the preseason with a broken foot, Collins went on to earn a starting job at defensive tackle by the fifth week of the season. The third-round draft pick played more defensive snaps this season than any other Dallas defensive lineman. He finished second on the team with 5 sacks, and his 17 solo tackles were second-most along the defensive line.
“This is a real talented individual and I know he’s going to be up there with the Aaron Donalds and all the good under tackles in the league that people talk about,” his teammate, Tyrone Crawford, recently said.
Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys: Gregory was suspended for the first 14 games of the season for repeated drug violations but returned in the final two to show glimpses of his potential. In 66 snaps, he finished with 20 total tackles and also recorded his first career sack. It'll be the last time he's seen on an NFL field for a year, though. On Thursday, the NFL upheld a yearlong suspension against him for repeated violations of the substance abuse policy.
Vincent Valentine, New England Patriots: The third-round draft pick started two games and finished his rookie season with one sack and 19 tackles, including 11 solo stops.
Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins: Suh had one of the better seasons of his NFL career and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. He finished the year with a career-high 72 tackles, including 41 solo, and five sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the third highest graded interior defensive lineman in the NFL.
On injured reserve: Mo Seisay (Seahawks), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Seahawks), Ameer Abdullah (Lions)
Huskers not in the playoffs
Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals: Burkhead started to see a more significant role during the last month of the season as injuries affected the other backs on the roster. He had a career outing in Week 17 with 27 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Burkhead is a free agent after this season, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said "there's no question" he hopes to re-sign him.
“He has continued to do what I think everybody expected Rex to do with every opportunity he has been given,” Lewis said after the season finale. "As far as hard work, Rex is the epitome and what he does all the time and the professionalism."
Trevor Roach, Cincinnati Bengals: After making the active roster to start the season, Roach went back to the practice squad after three weeks. He returned to the active roster for the season finale, logging some work on special teams.
Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills: Incognito started all 16 games and played nearly all of the Bills’ offensive snaps as the team’s starting left guard. “This season didn't turn out as planned but I want to thank the Bills Mafia for your unrelenting support! I believe in the guys on this team and promise to work my ass off this off season to end the streak," Incognito posted on social media after the season.
Zaire Anderson, Denver Broncos: After a stellar preseason, Anderson played in all 16 games for the Broncos, primarily on special teams, finishing the year with seven total tackles. In the season finale, he suffered a scary moment when he crashed headfirst into a teammate during a punt return. He temporarily lost mobility in his extremities and was taken to a hospital where it was determined he suffered a “concussion of the spinal cord.” He was released later that day and should make a full recovery. "I’ve never had anything like that," Anderson said. "It was a shock.”
Jared Crick, Denver Broncos: In his first season in Denver, Crick started all but one game at defensive end, registering three sacks and 32 solo tackles — both second most on the team by a DE — with 53 total tackles, second-most of his career.
Andy Janovich, Denver Broncos: He scored a 28-yard touchdown on his first NFL carry and played in 11 games with five starts at fullback, racking up 77 total yards of offense before going on injured reserve in late November with an ankle injury.
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the second straight year after finishing third on the team with 87 tackles and five sacks (the most by a linebacker). He now has 18 career sacks, which is second-most by a linebacker in Tampa Bay history. David also had an interception, forced four fumbles and recovered two.
Givens Price, Arizona Cardinals: Price spent most of the year on the Cardinals’ practice squad but was moved up to active roster in mid-December. He got a handful of snaps as a reserve offensive lineman in the final game of the season.
Matt Slauson, San Diego Chargers: Slauson started all 16 games and played 95 percent of San Diego’s offensive snaps as the team’s starting center, his first year manning that position. He was the co-recipient of the Chargers’ Lineman of the Year Award, as voted on by his teammates.
Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville Jaguars: After struggling with injuries through most of the last two seasons, Amukamara stayed relatively healthy this year. He played in the final 14 games after missing the first two with a hamstring injury, finishing the year with 47 tackles and six passes defended. Amukamara signed a one-year deal with Jacksonville before this season but would like to return. “My stats, for sure, aren’t where I want them to be or I’m sure where any cornerback would want them to be," Amukamara said. "However, I still think selfishly I put some good stuff on film and done some good stuff.”
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets: Enunwa had the best season of his career, emerging as a go-to weapon in the Jets passing attack with the absence of Eric Decker, who missed most of the season due to injury. Enunwa led the team with 857 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. His 58 receptions on 102 targets trailed only six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall.
Brent Qvale, New York Jets: Qvale played in 12 games and started five, mostly at right tackle, but he did also spend some time at guard. He appeared in about one-third of the team’s offensive snaps.
Kenny Bell, Baltimore Ravens: After getting cut by Tampa Bay in the preseason, Bell spent most of 2016 on the Ravens’ practice squad. He signed a reserve-futures contract with the team and will remain with them during the offseason.
Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens: Koch averaged 45.8 yards on 80 punts with 37 that were downed inside the 20, his most since 2010.
Alex Lewis, Baltimore Ravens: The fourth-round draft pick started eight of the team’s first nine games on the left side, both at guard and tackle, before missing some time with a high ankle sprain. He did return to play a handful of snaps as a reserve in the season finale.
Will Compton, Washington Redskins: Compton followed his breakout season last year with 15 starts at inside linebacker for the Redskins. He finished second on the team with 103 total tackles, including 60 solo stops. He also had an interception, forced a fumble and recovered two more.
Spencer Long, Washington Redskins: Long served primarily as Washington’s starting center, playing in 15 games with 12 starts. He appeared in about 75 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Niles Paul, Washington Redskins: Paul played as both a fullback and reserve tight end through the first eight weeks of the season but suffered a labrum injury that required surgery and sent him to injured reserve, the second straight season he's finished on IR.
Daimion Stafford, Tennessee Titans: Played in 15 games with six starts at safety, finishing the season with 51 total tackles, a sack, interception and fumble recovery. His 41 solo stops were second most on the team by a defensive back and third overall.
Jeremiah Sirles, Minnesota Vikings: Emerged as Minnesota’s starting right tackle in the second half of the season, appearing on about 75 percent of the team’s total offensive snaps. He’s an exclusive rights free agent entering this offseason but is expected to be retained. “I love the guys on this team,’’ Sirles said. “I love the organization here, so I hope they keep me around.’’