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The Central Michigan Chippewas football team is a major college football program in Division I FBS, representing Central Michigan University. CMU is an all-time Top 25 Division I FBS program in winning percentage and top five amongst all FBS teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences. Central Michigan owns the most Mid-American Conference Championships of any MAC team since entering the conference in 1975.
The Chippewas have played in five post-season bowl games in the last seven years, drawing 60,624 fans in the 2007 Motor City Bowl. CMU has also won the post-season MAC Championship Game three times in that period, totaling eight post-season games and six post-season wins in the last seven years. Recent Chippewa All-Americans include Antonio Brown and Eric Fisher. CMU finished in the Top 25 in the nation in the final January 2010 AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll from the 2009–10 season.
Central Michigan football has received national recognition for having the most Super Bowl players in Super Bowl XLV of any college football program in the nation.
Chippewa players on recent Super Bowl rosters included Antonio Brown WR, Pittsburgh Steelers; Cullen Jenkins DE, Green Bay Packers; Josh Gordy CB, Green Bay Packers; Frank Zombo OLB, Green Bay Packers; Tory Humphrey TE, New Orleans Saints and Joe Staley OT, San Francisco 49ers.
The Central Michigan football program had two starters in the 2012 Pro Bowl, 5th most of any college football program in the nation.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, CMU left tackle, Eric Fisher was chosen as the 1st overall draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, joining former CMU left tackle Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers as recent Chippewa 1st round draft choices.