The Best NFL Player from Every FBS College Football Team

Dan VastaSenior Writer IIIJanuary 3, 2012

The Best NFL Player from Every FBS College Football Team

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    The bowl season is winding down, and it is time to start talking about the best NFL players from every FBS college football team.

    There are many Hall of Famers who put on the pads of famous collegiate teams, and some of them were even named to the College Football Hall of Fame as well.

    For the current 120 FBS teams, there are several teams that have more than a handful of legends that represented their alma mater well on Sundays, but only one gets the nod.

    Note: I put some emphasis on NFL Network's list of the Top 100 players to ever play in pro football, which came out one year ago.


Air Force: Chad Hennings

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    Chad Hennings did not make the Pro Football Hall of Fame like he did in college, but he was far from a slouch. In fact, he won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and registered 27.5 sacks in his productive eight-year career.

Akron: Jason Taylor

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    Jason Taylor just recently played in his final NFL game and is a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. He has been selected to six Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.

    Taylor has registered 139.5 sacks, which currently ranks sixth-most all-time. In 2006, Taylor was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and he currently leads the NFL in fumble returns for touchdowns (six).

Alabama: Don Hutson

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    Ranked the ninth-greatest player in the history of NFL by NFL Network, Don Hutson was a legend in the NFL, as he revolutionized the game for wide receivers.

    Being a part of the 1930s All-Decade Team on top of being in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (jersey retired) puts Hutson in elite company.

    That is saying a lot because there were other Crimson Tide Pro Football Hall of Famers, such as Joe Namath, John Hannah, Ozzie Newsome, Bart Starr and Dwight Stephenson.

UAB: Roddy White

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    Roddy White has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for the past few seasons, and he is head and shoulders above any other player from UAB that has played in the NFL (one All-Pro selection, three Pro Bowls).

Arizona: Tedy Bruschi

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    Tedy Bruschi was a flat-out gamer that you loved to have on your team because of how vital he was on and off the field.

    Three Super Bowl titles and two All-Pro selections do not do justice because Bruschi was the heart and soul of the New England defense.

    Some argue that they have not been the same since he has retired, which also has brought up a serious debate: Is Bruschi going to make the Hall of Fame?

    Some say he deserves it but may fall short, whereas other passionate NFL fans think he will end up in Canton.

Arizona State: Mike Haynes

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    The legend at Arizona State had an amazing NFL career, and he is one of the few who has also made the College Football Hall of Fame.

    Mike Haynes was an all-world defensive back for the Patriots and Raiders, as he was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.

    He also went to nine Pro Bowls and has his jersey (No. 40) retired in New England Patriots history.

Arkansas: Lance Alworth

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    This College Football and Pro Football Hall of Famer is one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL. In fact, NFL Network ranks him the 38th-greatest ever, and his achievements are not disappointing.

    The seven-time All-AFL wide receiver made the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team as well as the AFL All-Time Team.

Arkansas State: Ray Brown

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    Fred Barnett is a solid option as well, but Ray Brown had a long and successful career in the NFL. He was named to the All-Pro and NFC Pro Bowl team in 2001 with the San Francisco 49ers.

    He also won Super Bowl XXVI with the Washington Redskins back in 1992.

Army: Glenn Davis

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    The list of players in the NFL from Army is thin, but Glenn Davis was a stud in the one season he did end up playing.

    He was selected to the Pro Bowl with the L.A. Rams, but he chose a career in the United States Air Force. Eventually becoming a colonel, he flew several missions during the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

Auburn: Kevin Greene

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    Kevin Greene's 160 sacks were third all-time, and he is one of the greatest pass-rushers to ever play the game in the NFL.

    Currently the Green Bay Packers linebacker coach, Greene was a feared pass-rusher that was a nightmare to play against. He was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team on top of five Pro Bowl nods, three All-Pro selections and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award (1996, NEA).

Ball State: Blaine Bishop

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    This superstar played for Ball State back in the early '90s but was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro safety for the Oilers/Titans ('95, '96, '97, 2000).

Baylor: Mike Singletary

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    One of the greatest linebackers of all time is known for his stellar performance for the 1985 Bears but was as consistent throughout his career as anybody we have seen.

    NFL Network ranks Mike Singletary as the No. 57 player to ever play the game, and his nickname says it all: "Samurai Mike."

    His game face was intimidating, but his ability to hit you in the mouth on every play was even scarier. He was a star for the Bears back in the day, as he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on top of becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Boise State: Ryan Clady

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    A second-team All-American selection in 2006 and a consensus All-American selection in 2007 had given this Boise State Bronco even more hope when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos.

    Clady's latest production has not been superstar-like, but he has already been named to two All-Pro squads in his early career ('08, '09).

Boston College: Ernie Stautner

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    This Pittsburgh Steeler great played all of his 13 seasons in black and gold.

    A nine-time Pro Bowler, 10-time All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl winner and 1950s All-Decade Team member—that's just the short list of his achievements while he was in the NFL.

Bowling Green State: Shaun Suisham

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    Bowling Green (does anybody call it Bowling Green State anymore?) has not had many legit NFL players, though Shaun Suisham has played for six seasons now.

    His most famous achievement is that he has kicked four field goals in one game from 40-plus yards out, which is tied for the NFL record with Sebastian Janikowski.

    Though he has not appeared in a Pro Bowl yet, Suisham is a 79.7 percent kicker (pre-Week 17 2011 stats) and could kick for another decade with the way kickers are often needed in the NFL.

BYU: Steve Young

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    One of the many great college quarterbacks at Brigham Young, Steve Young deserves to be ranked among the greatest signal-callers in the history of the NFL.

    His accomplishments are arguably as impressive as nearly any quarterback, yet people think Jerry Rice made him.

    The southpaw was a superstar among superstars, as he was ranked by NFL Network as the 81st-greatest player ever.

    Young made seven Pro Bowl and six All-Pro teams, won three Super Bowls (one as a starter) and won two NFL MVPs. Plus, he holds a few impressive records. His six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX against the Chargers still are the most ever, and his passer rating (96.8) and rushing touchdowns (43) also rank numero uno.

Buffalo: Gerry Philbin

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    The Jets' career leader in sacks was a stud defensive end that made his mark during the late 1960s. He received two first-team All-AFL selections as well as a first-team All-WFL nod ('68, '69, '74).

California: Tony Gonzalez

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    Appearing in all four of the Minnesota Vikings' Super Bowls during the 1970s, Ed White was selected to four Pro Bowls ('75, '76, '77, '79)

    He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, but the former second-rounder out of Cal was not too shabby in the NFL either.

    However, Tony Gonzalez is the best option. He is a future Hall of Famer and is listed at No. 45 on NFL Network's list.

    Tony G. has put together several different records as arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history. His 1,070 receptions, 88 touchdowns and 12,217 receiving yards lead all tight ends in the history of the NFL. Yes, Gonzalez is the greatest Cal Bear, and it is not even that close at the moment.

UCF: Daunte Culpepper

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    Time to get your roll on, because Daunte Culpepper had a nice stretch with the Minnesota Vikings, and it involved throwing the ball up to Randy Moss.

    The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro performer threw for 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns and he was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL for about a four- or five-year stretch.

    His career, of course, went in the wrong direction as soon as he was put on the Madden cover, as the injury bug hit him and his accuracy started to drop off as well (Dolphins, Lions, Raiders). He last played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2010, but that does not take anything away from the solid career he had in the NFL.

    Other option at for UCF: Brandon Marshall (solid debate for UCF, though Culpepper was solid with the Vikings)

Central Michigan: Cullen Jenkins

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    Central Michigan has not had a ton of stars in the NFL, but Cullen Jenkins has been a productive player for the Packers and now the Eagles.

    Jenkins has 34.5 career sacks and came off a Super Bowl victory with Green Bay last season.

Cincinnati: Trent Cole

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    Trent Cole has been extremely productive thus far in his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He already accounted for 66 sacks and has been named to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.

    At the age of 29, Cole still has a ton of upside and should feast on NFL quarterbacks for a few more seasons.

Clemson: Brian Dawkins

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    This future Hall of Famer has been a superstar safety in the NFL since the late '90s. He is clearly known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles but has also been solid with the Denver Broncos.

    At the age of 38, his days may be numbered, but he has accomplished a lot in his time. Eight Pro Bowl nods, six All-Pro selections and being named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team is more than your average career.

Colorado: Kordell Stewart

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    There were a few other choices, but nobody really stood out. Mitch Berger, the former punter, has been selected to a few All-Pro teams, but he did not make quite the impact that "Slash" made in the NFL.

    Kordell Stewart was one of the tougher guys to defend in the NFL as a quarterback and had the best year of his career in 2001 when the Steelers lost in the AFC championship game to the New England Patriots. He was also named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year that season, as he led the Steelers to the best record in the conference (13-3).

Colorado State: Jack Christiansen

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    Jack Christiansen was named a Hall of Famer after playing for eight seasons with the Detroit Lions as a defensive back. He was named to the All-Pro team six times and was elected to the Pro Bowl five times while also being named to the 1950s All-Decade Team.

Connecticut: Tyvon Branch

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    Tyvon Branch is arguably the best and only productive player out of Connecticut, but it is not like he has not done anything in the NFL. 

    In 2009, he started for the Raiders in all 16 games with 98 unassisted tackles, 26 assists, two forced fumbles and a sack.

Duke: Sonny Jurgensen

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    This Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback played for a total of 18 seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

    Sonny Jurgensen was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams five times, though most of it came with the Redskins. He was named to the 1960s All-Decade Team and was also named to the Redskins' Ring of Fame.

East Carolina: Chris Johnson

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    This former Pirate has a few records of his own, and he is just 26 years old. Chris Johnson has an NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage and was named to three straight Pro Bowls before this past season.

    He won the rushing title in 2009 and has been a constant threat out of the backfield due to his track star speed.

Eastern Michigan: Kevin Walter

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    Eastern Michigan has not had many studs in the NFL, and though Kevin Walter is far from a Pro Bowler, he has been fairly productive as a No. 2 receiver.

    Walter has 23 career touchdowns but looks as if he has finally found a home with the Houston Texans after having short tenures with the Giants and Bengals.

Florida: Emmitt Smith

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    Emmitt Smith ranks second for the most career touchdowns in NFL history (175) and leads the NFL in career rushing yards (18,355).

    He is considered by some the greatest running back ever, and his production backs it up. The eight-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champion also won the NFL MVP in 1993.

    Lastly, NFL Network ranks him the 28th-greatest to ever play the game.

Florida Atlantic: Rusty Smith

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    The Owls have not had many NFL players, but Rusty Smith has had the most opportunities thus far in FAU history.

    Rusty Smith has started in a handful of games for the Tennessee Titans but is currently their third-string signal-caller.

Florida International: Antwan Barnes

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    Antwan Barnes has 102 career tackles in the NFL (pre-Week 17 2011) with 20.5 sacks and an interception. His résumé includes a few cups of coffee with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and now the San Diego Chargers.

Florida State: Deion Sanders

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    "Prime Time" is one of the greatest to ever play the game for his ability to play defensive back and return punts, and the electric energy he brought to the game will never be forgotten.

    The eight-time Pro Bowler, eight-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion also won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1994. He did have an on-and-off stint with Major League Baseball for a decade, but his play on the gridiron was something special.

    NFL Network ranks him No. 34 on its top 100 list.

Fresno State: Logan Mankins

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    This former Fresno State Bulldog has been extremely productive with the New England Patriots since getting drafted back in 2005.

    The four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro offensive guard was also named to the New England Patriots' All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams.

Idaho: Mark Schlereth

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    Mark Schlereth is a two-time Pro Bowler and won three Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.

    This former offensive guard at Idaho currently works for ESPN on NFL Live and is often heard on various radio shows such as Mike and Mike.

Georgia: Champ Bailey

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    Some would argue that the greatest Bulldog ever is Fran Tarkenton since he is ranked in the NFL Network's top 100 of the best to ever play in the NFL.

    However, Champ Bailey has to be considered a top-50 player, perhaps whenever he decides to hang up the cleats.

    Drafted by the Washington Redskins with the seventh overall pick of the 1999 NFL draft, Bailey has since become one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history.

    Bailey is an 11-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, the two-time NFL Alumni Defensive Back Player of the Year and was also named to the NFL All-Decade Teams for the 2000s.

    Bailey's 11 Pro Bowls are currently the most for any defensive back to play in the NFL.

Georgia Tech: Billy Shaw

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    Bill Shaw blocked for the Buffalo Bills but was named to the All-AFL team eight times and ended up winning two AFL championships.

    Shaw was eventually named to the All-Time AFL Team as well as the Buffalo Bills' 50th Anniversary Team.

Hawaii: Jason Elam

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    Many solid college players came out of Hawaii, but none performed better in the NFL than Jason Elam.

    The former Denver Bronco (and Atlanta Falcon) has the current NFL record along with two others (Sebastian Janikowski and Tom Dempsey) for the longest field goal at 63 yards.

    Elam, though, won two Super Bowls with the Broncos and was named to three All-Pro squads and three Pro Bowl teams.

Houston: Kevin Kolb

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    The Houston Cougars have not had any impact players in the NFL, but that may soon change, as the Cougars are coming off a 12-1 season. Case Keenum and Patrick Edwards should have a chance, though Edwards looks like the safer bet at the moment.

    Jackie Battle has started a few games for the Kansas City Chiefs, and though Kevin Kolb is not a Pro Bowler, he has made the most impact thus far.

    If Kolb can keep his job with Arizona for a few more seasons on top of performing well, he could have a shot to appear in a Pro Bowl (or at least be considered a nationally respectable QB).

Illinois: Dick Butkus

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    Dick Butkus is a legend of legends, as he is known by most as the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.

    The eight-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro was an icon in the NFL. He is one of the few players to be named to an All-Decade Team in two separate decades ('60s, '70s).

    NFL Network also has high praise for Mr. Butkus, as it has him listed as the 10th-greatest player in NFL history.

Indiana: Pete Pihos

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    Though he was a star at Indiana playing defensive end, Pihos became an effective wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    He was part of the 1940s All-Decade Team, was named to six Pro Bowls and was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

Iowa: Paul Krause

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    Still holding the record for most career interceptions (81) is quite the achievement because it has been held for over 35 years now.

    The former second-round pick out of Iowa was selected by the Washington Redskins, but his success with the Minnesota Vikings was amazing.

    The four-time NFC champion, eight-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro was named to the Washington Redkins' 70th Anniversary Team as well as the Minnesota Vikings' Ring of Honor.

Iowa State: Matt Blair

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    Matt Blair was one of the fastest linebackers during the 1970s and '80s with the Minnesota Vikings, where he appeared in two Super Bowls. Blair also went to six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro in 1980.

    Blair picked up 20 fumble recoveries and 16 interceptions in his 12-year career while playing in 160 games.

Kansas: Gale Sayers

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    Gale Sayers is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history and is talked about as one of the greatest players to ever put on pads.

    Sayers made the 75th NFL Anniversary All-Time Team, the 1960 All-Decade Team, four Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.

    NFL Network ranks him at No. 22 on its list for the greatest players in NFL history.

Kansas State: Steve Grogan

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    Steve Grogan played in the 1985 Super Bowl, where the Patriots were demolished by the Chicago Bears, but he played for 15 seasons with New England.

    He threw for 182 touchdowns while rushing for another 36. However, outside of leading the Pats to the Super Bowl, Grogan put New England in the postseason for the first time since 1963 back in 1976.

Kent State: Jack Lambert

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    Jack Lambert is listed as the No. 29 player of all time according to NFL Network, and deservedly so. Lambert was a Pittsburgh Steeler legend, accounting for two Defensive Player of the Year awards, nine Pro Bowls, seven All-Pro selections and four Super Bowls, and he was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team, the 1970s All-Decade Team and the 1980s All-Decade Team.

    Going to the Pro Bowl nine straight seasons is tough to do, but perhaps being selected to the All-Pro team is even tougher when you know guys like Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary will be on the list automatically.

Kentucky: George Blanda

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    This Pro Football Hall of Famer was a quarterback and a kicker, but he is known for his quarterback play while with the Oakland Raiders.

    George Blanda was selected to five All-AFL teams on top of two All-Pro teams. He also won the AFL MVP (UPI, AP, TSN) in 1963 and won three AFL championships ('60, '61, '67).

Louisiana Tech: Terry Bradshaw

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    Terry Bradshaw was a legend in the postseason and most noticeably in the Super Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    A Steeler for his whole career (1970-1983), Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP twice while winning a total of four rings. He also went to three Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice.

    NFL Network ranks him at No. 50 for all-time players in the NFL.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Charles Tillman

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    Charles Tillman is not one of the best players in the NFL, let alone one of the better defensive backs. However, Tillman was recently selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl and has been arguably the most reliable defensive player for the Chicago Bears in the secondary.

Louisiana-Monroe: Stan Humphries

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    Stan Humphries was part of one of the more lopsided Super Bowls in NFL history (XXIX), but he still had a solid career with the San Diego Chargers (1992-1997).

    He was drafted by the Washington Redskins, and he shares the NFL record for the longest play from scrimmage (99 yards).

Louisville: Johnny Unitas

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    Johnny Unitas has been called the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, and for good reason. Ten Pro Bowl selections, seven All-Pro nods, three AP MVPs, three Pro Bowl MVPs and a Super Bowl ring (1970) are not too shabby.

    NFL Network ranks him the sixth-greatest to ever play in the league.

LSU: Y.A. Tittle

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    This Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback went to seven Pro Bowls and received three All-Pro nods, and he also won the NFL AP MVP (1963).

    He won the UPI NFL MVP twice (1957, 1962) and the NEA NFL MVP twice as well (1961, 1963).

Marshall: Randy Moss

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    Though Randy Moss originally enrolled at Notre Dame, he never even practiced after getting denied his request (got into a fight at his high school) to come play for the Irish. He then enrolled at Florida State and practiced as he was redshirted.

    However, he was later dismissed by FSU after testing positive for marijuana, and Marshall soon came calling, where the nation soon saw his eye-dropping talents.

    Moss is ninth on the all-time reception list (954), fifth in total touchdowns (154) and fifth in receiving yards (14,858).

    He was arguably the most electrifying athlete and receiver we have ever seen in NFL history, and his ability to run past the defense as well as to go up and get the ball is something we may never see again (at least at his level—Calvin Johnson perhaps in time).

Maryland: Randy White

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    This Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer was also a College Football Hall of Famer with the Terps, but his nine Pro Bowls, nine All-Pro selections and one Super Bowl title (XII) rank him at No. 62 on NFL Network's list.

Memphis: Isaac Bruce

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    Isaac Bruce deserves to be in the Hall of Fame eventually because of all the tremendous numbers he has posted as a wide receiver.

    The NFL game is not just a numbers game or about the number of Pro Bowls or All-Pro nods, but it makes you as an individual that much better.

    Winning the Super Bowl is always the key, and Bruce did just that with Kurt Warner as his quarterback.

    When Bruce retired, though, he ranked fifth in career in receptions, second in receiving yards and ninth in career reception touchdowns.

Miami FL: Ray Lewis

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    Ray Lewis has 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro selections, one Super Bowl title, three AFC Defensive Player of the Year awards and two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

    He holds the record for most Pro Bowls and is currently tied with Lawrence Taylor for the most All-Pro selections, though that may change if he gets selected to a team this season.

    Lewis has started in 221 games (most ever), has the most seasons played at linebacker (16) and is the only member of the 40-30 club (sacks, interceptions) in NFL history.

    Ray Lewis wants to be the greatest ever, and there will debates soon, I am quite sure of it, on whether he was the more dominant linebacker compared to Lawrence Taylor.

Miami OH: Ben Roethlisberger

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    "Big Ben" has already won two Super Bowls at the age of just 29 years old. He has gone to two Pro Bowls, appeared in three Super Bowls and has seemingly hundreds of other records throughout his career thus far.

Michigan: Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady is still adding more of a legacy to his name with New England, but he has already accomplished so much in the NFL. He has been an inspiration to watch since he was just a sixth-round pick back in 2000.

    He has made seven Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams and has already won three Super Bowls despite just being 34. He will have a few more cracks at even more dominance in the NFL, but his most impressive achievement minus the Super Bowls may be that he holds the record for passes without an interception (358).

    NFL Network's list that came out last season ranked Brady at No. 21.

    Charles Woodson is another notable candidate though there are several others as well.

Michigan State: Herb Adderley

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    This Green Bay Packer and Dallas Cowboy defensive back was as good as it got back in the 1960s. He had a total of 48 interceptions and won three Super Bowls, but he was also selected to five Pro Bowls and seven All-Pro squads.

    Adderley also made the 1960 All-Decade Team on top of being selected into the Hall of Fame in 1980. He stands at No. 64 on NFL Network's all-time list.

Minnesota: Bronko Nagurski

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    Bronko Nagurski won the World Heavyweight Championship as a wrestler, but he was not bad at football either.

    Nagurski made the 75th Anniversary NFL Team as well as the 1930s All-Decade Team. One of the greatest that has ever lived, Nagurski ranks at No. 19 on NFL Network's all-time list.

Ole Miss: Gene Hickerson

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    Gene Hickerson blocked for Jim Brown and was selected to seven All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls, as well as the 1960s All-Decade Team. Hickerson was not named to NFL Network's Top 100 list, but maybe he should have been.

    Linemen even these days (especially) cannot go to that many Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams, yet there was Hickerson pancaking with the best of them during the 1960s.

Mississippi State: Tom Neville

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    Tom Neville is one of those underrated players in NFL history who dominated up front for the Patriots back in the 1960s.

    He was named to the Patriots' 1960s All-Decade Team and played with them until the final two seasons of his career, where he went to the Broncos and Giants.

Missouri: Kellen Winslow

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    Kellen Winslow just had his record for receiving yards in one season for a tight end broken by both Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, but that does not hurt his legacy by any means.

    Winslow was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro performer. He is also considered by some experts the greatest tight end ever.

    NFL Network has him listed at No. 67 on its all-time list of the greatest that have ever played.

Navy: Roger Staubach

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    Roger Staubach is another Dallas Cowboy legend, and he is considered by many the greatest to ever wear that helmet with the star.

    A Super Bowl VI MVP winner, six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-NFC honoree and two-time Super Bowl champion, his accomplishment puts Staubach above any other Midshipman.

    NFL Network ranks Roger Staubach No. 46 on its list.

Nebraska: Bob Brown

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    This Cornhusker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004, so he certainly lived up to the so-called hype that many of us put on first-round draft picks.

    He went No. 2 in the 1964 NFL draft and made six Pro Bowls, five All-Pro squads and the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team.

Nevada: Marion Motley

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    Marion Motley started out with South Carolina for one season before he starred at Nevada, and his professional career was even better.

    Motley made the 75th NFL All-Anniversary team as well as the 1940s All-Decade Team. As shown in the video, he is ranked No. 74 on NFL Network's list.

UNLV: Randall Cunningham

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    This former UNLV Rebel is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite some Eagle fans waiting for his name to be called in Canton. However, Randall Cunningham was a four-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro performer under center.

    His lanky frame and athleticism allowed him to scramble for extra yards and touchdowns that most quarterbacks could not even attempt. He also won the 1990 NFL MVP (PFWA) as an Eagle before he went on to play with the Vikings, Cowboys and Ravens.

Middle Tennessee: Kelly Holcomb

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    Most would struggle to find many successful players from Middle Tennessee that have played on Sundays, but at least Kelly Holcomb has had some longevity in the NFL.

    Having played for seven different NFL teams, Holcomb threw 39 touchdowns along with 38 interceptions.

New Mexico: Brian Urlacher

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    This future Hall of Famer has eight Pro Bowls, five All-Pro selections and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (2005) in his back pocket.

    Throw in the fact that he made the All-Decade Team for the 2000s, and it is a no-brainer for Brian Urlacher to represent the Lobos.

New Mexico State: Charley Johnson

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    Charley Johnson headlines the class of Aggies for what he did as a quarterback with the Denver Broncos. The 1963 Denver Bronco Pro Bowler and Bronco Ring Hall of Famer had a solid career for a 10th-rounder.

North Carolina: Lawrence Taylor

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    Feared as the most ferocious pass-rusher in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor remains the freak of freaks. The guy was unblockable with amazing upper body strength, but he was also quicker than almost any pass-rusher of all time.

    The 10-time Pro Bowler, 10-time All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl champion, three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP (1986) is ranked by the NFL Network as the third-best player ever.

NC State: Torry Holt

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    Torry "Big Game" Holt was amazing for NC State, and he did not disappoint us for the St. Louis Rams with Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.

    Holt retired among the greats as wide receivers by ranking No. 11 in receptions (869), No. 14 in yards (12,660) and No. 26 in career receiving touchdowns (74).

North Texas: Joe Greene

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    "Mean" Joe Greene is listed by NFL Network as the 13th-greatest player in NFL history, and he truly was a superstar.

    Ten Pro Bowls, eight All-Pro selections, 11 All-AFC nods, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and four Super Bowl titles are just the tip of the iceberg for this legend.

Northern Illinois: Michael Turner

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    Known as "The Burner" due to his underrated speed, Michael Turner has been a productive back in the NFL. He's won the NFC rushing title twice (2010, 2011) and has been elected to two Pro Bowl and All-Pro squads.

Northwestern: Otto Graham

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    Otto Graham is a three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler and a nine-time All-Pro performer. The Cleveland Brown legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer was named to the 75th NFL Anniversary and 1950s All-Decade Team (won the UPI NFL MVP three times).

Notre Dame: Joe Montana

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    The greatest quarterback in NFL history according to most experts is ranked the No. 4 player in the history of the game by NFL Network.

    He may be the only player that has a ton of nicknames yet he still has just as many Super Bowl victories. Joe Montana really is the greatest we have ever seen because he played his best when it mattered the most.

    The three-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time NFL MVP, eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro had superstar written all over him when he pulled off so many miraculous comebacks as a player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Ohio State: Paul Warfield

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    This former Buckeyes great played on that '72 Dolphins team that went undefeated, but he accomplished so much more.

    Paul Warfield was more than deserving than his eight Pro Bowls, seven All-Pro selections and three NFL championships (Two Super Bowls) indicate.

Ohio: Dave Zastudil

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    The Bobcats have not had any NFL impact players, though Dave Zastudil has had several cups of coffee with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and now the Arizona Cardinals.

Oklahoma: Lee Roy Selmon

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    Lee Roy Selmon was a superstar at Oklahoma and was just that in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is one of the several on this list that made both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

    Selmon made the 1980s All-Decade Team and was the NFL Defensive MVP (1979). However, as a defensive end he made six Pro Bowls and five All-Pro Teams as well. The guy was a flat-out stud during his nine-year career in the NFL, all with Tampa Bay.

Oklahoma State: Barry Sanders

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    Barry Sanders always has his name come up because he retired a few years early, but give the guy a break. Not every player has the dream of playing until he is no longer physically fit, but make no mistake about it: Barry could scoot.

    He had juke, spins and dazzling runs that make LaMichael James, De'Anthony Thomas and Trent Richardson look like high schoolers.

    Sanders was voted the most elusive back of all time by NFL.com, and NFL Network voted him No. 17 for all-time greats.

    Two Offensive Player of the Year awards, one NFL MVP, 10 Pro Bowls and 10 All-Pro teams put Barry high on any list you want to bring up.

Oregon: Norm Van Brocklin

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    Norm Van Brocklin is also in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Duck was named to four All-Pro teams and nine Pro Bowls as an L.A. Ram and Philadelphia Eagle.

    NFL Network ranked him at No. 83 on the all-time list of great NFL players.

Oregon State: Chad Ochocinco

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    Chad Ochocinco (formerly Chad Johnson) torched the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, but he was unknown back then in comparison to nowadays.

    No. 85 always talked a great game, but he backed it up as a Cincinnati Bengal, going to six Pro Bowls and being named an All-Pro three times.

    Note: He also set numerous records as a Bengal.

Penn State: Jack Ham

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    Jack Ham was another legend for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he starred as a linebacker in the 1970s, winning four Super Bowls. 

    Eight Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams are not the only thing Ham achieved. He made the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the 1970s All-Decade Team.

    If that is not enough for you, the Steelers named him to the Pittsburgh All-Time Team, and he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Pittsburgh: Dan Marino

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    Dan Marino has been argued as the greatest player to never win a Super Bowl, as NFL Network ranks him at No. 25.

    Marino had the record for most passing yards in a season (5,084) until Drew Brees shattered it this past season.

    Still, Marino made nine Pro Bowls and eight All-Pro teams while winning the 1984 NFL MVP. 

Purdue: Rod Woodson

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    NFL Network ranks Rod Woodson at No. 41 all-time and deservedly so with all of his accomplishments. The 11-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro player won a Defensive Player of the Year Award (1993) and a Super Bowl (XXXV, 2001).

Rice: Don Maynard

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    While Don Maynard graduated from Texas Western (now UTEP), he started his collegiate career at Rice. Professionally, Maynard was Joe Namath's go-to guy as a New York Jet, and what a star he was for Namath and the Jets.

    The four-time AFL All-Star (five-time All-AFL selection) made the All-Time AFL Team. He was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Rutgers: Ray Rice

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    Ray Rice is still a youngster at 24 (turning 25 end of January) but has already been to two Pro Bowls and has been named to the All-Pro team (2009).

San Diego State: Marshall Faulk

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    Marshall Faulk was arguably the greatest at doing all the little things so well, whether it be protecting the passer, catching the ball out of the backfield or out wide or just hanging on to the ball and churning north-south for extra yards.

    Faulk was just elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was ranked No. 70 by the NFL Network on its all-time list of greats.

San Jose State: Louis Wright

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    Louis Wright was a former Spartan and had quite the career with the Denver Broncos. The five-time Pro Bowler and 1970s All-Decade Team player was a fine cornerback.

South Carolina: Sterling Sharpe

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    Sterling Sharpe had his career cut short to injury, but he had a magnificent career with the Green Bay Packers.

    The five-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro performer is in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He also led the NFL in receptions in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994. He also also led the NFL in touchdowns in 1992 and 1994.

South Florida: Mike Jenkins

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    Already accounting for eight interceptions, Jenkins has been named to the Pro Bowl (2009). However, there is not much competition other than Jason Pierre-Paul, who is in just his second season.

SMU: Eric Dickerson and Forrest Gregg

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    Craig James was a star for SMU, but it was his backfield mate Eric Dickerson who was even better. Dickerson was a star, but so was Forrest Gregg.

    Gregg was a nine-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro on top of being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and the 1960s All-Decade Team.

    Eric Dickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999 but was also a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro and part of the 1980s All-Decade Team.

    NFL Network has Dickerson listed at No. 52, which is right next to Gregg at No. 54.

Southern Miss: Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre is one of the greatest signal-callers in NFL history, and NFL Network ranks him at No. 20. Favre holds numerous records, including five-time NFC Player of the Year, three-time NFL MVP, six-time Pro Bowler and 11-time All-Pro performer.

    Simply put, Mr. Favre is one of the all-time greats.

Stanford: John Elway

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    John Elway fought with the Denver Broncos his entire career to win two Super Bowls. He also made nine Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams, but it was his lone NFL MVP in 1987 that put him on the national map as an all-time great.

    He maintained the consistency with his rocket arm and was later named to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team.

Syracuse: Jim Brown

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    Jim Brown was a bad man, and he could go north-south better than any player to ever play the game. It is known by many people that he never lost a yard on any given carry.

    Brown is ranked the best running back by most experts, as indicated by his nine Pro Bowls, nine All-Pro nods and three NFL MVPs.

    The Cleveland Brown legend is listed as the second-best player in the history of the NFL according to NFL Network.

Temple: Joe Klecko

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    This former Owl has never gone on to play in a Pro Bowl, but he has gone to four Pro Bowls and has been selected to two All-Pros.

    His No. 73 has been retired by the Jets and is in the Jets Ring of Honor. His 1981 Defensive Player of the Year makes him the top guy for the Owls.

Tennessee: Peyton Manning

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    Without Peyton Manning in the NFL this past season, the season did not seem to go quite as planned for the Indianapolis Colts (2-14).

    Manning was voted by NFL Network the No. 8 player of all time with his four NFL MVPs, eight All-Pro teams and 11 Pro Bowl selections. 

    Peyton will always rank among the top quarterbacks in the history of the game, and it only helps that he ranks in the top 20 in career passing touchdowns, completed passes, career completion percentage and career passing rating.

    Note: Reggie White is listed at No. 7 on the list and is as good of a choice.

Texas: Earl Campbell

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    Earl Campbell of Texas had a fine career with the Houston Oilers (1978-1984) and New Orleans Saints (1985).

    Campbell was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1991 and was a five-time Pro Bowler (three All-Pro selections as well).

Texas A&M: Yale Lary

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    This NFL All-Decade performer as a safety and punter went to nine Pro Bowls, received nine All-Pro nods and was named to the 1950s All-Decade Team.

TCU: Sammy Baugh

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    "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as he was a nine-time All-Pro quarterback. In 1947 and 1948 he was named the NFL MVP, and NFL Network ranked Baugh No. 14 among all-time players.

Texas Tech: Wes Welker

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    Wes Welker is a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro player, but his best achievement may be leading the NFL in receptions three different times (2007, 2009, 2011).

    A Super Bowl victory would be icing on the cake for Welker since he has accomplished so much at the age of 30.

UTEP: Don Maynard

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    Don Maynard was a Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver with the New York Jets, where he was received four All-AFL All-Star and five All-AFL selections.

    His No. 13 jersey was retired as a Jet, and he was named to the All-AFL team as well.

Toledo: Emlen Tunnell

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    Emlen Tunnell is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who is second in all-time interceptions (79). He did graduate from Iowa, but he started at Toledo, and the Rockets do not have players that stand out.

    Tunnell was a nine-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro player as a defensive back for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

Troy: DeMarcus Ware

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    DeMarcus Ware is a beast and is arguably the best pass-rusher in the NFL right now. Ware has already made six Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams and is a two-time sack champion (most sacks in NFL season).

Tulane: Steve Foley

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    This former Denver Bronco has 44 career INTs and was selected to the All-Pro team in 1978. Matt Forte could surpass him as the best player out of Tulane, but for now that award goes to Foley.

Tulsa: Steve Largent

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    Steve Largent is one of the greatest wide receivers of all time and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Largent also made seven Pro Bowls, eight All-Pro teams and the 1980s All-Decade Team.

    He held numerous records before Jerry Rice broke them, and he still ranks highly in most of them despite stellar play from guys like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.

UCLA: Troy Aikman

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    Troy Aikman started out at Oklahoma but of course transferred to UCLA, where he would go on to have one of the more successful careers in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.

    Aikman is listed at No. 80 among NFL Network's greatest players ever, but he did reach six Pro Bowls and receive three All-Pro selections.

    The biggest achievement for Aikman, though, was clearly his three Super Bowl victories (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX).

USC: Ronnie Lott

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    The USC Trojans are loaded with more Pro Football Hall of Famers than any other program in the country. Ronnie Lott was listed by NFL Network as the No. 11 best player in the history of the NFL.

    Lott was a 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro performer and ended up with four Super Bowl rings.

    Anthony Munoz (No. 12), O.J. Simpson (No. 40) and Marcus Allen (No. 85) are just a few of the legends who ended up having great careers and making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Utah: Manny Fernandez

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    Manny Fernandez was a stud defensive linemen for the 1972 Dolphins team that went undefeated. He won a total of two Super Bowls and was selected to two All-Pro teams (1970, 1973).

    The Utes are starting to develop more NFL players, but for now Fernandez remains on top.

Utah State: Merlin Olsen

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    Merlin Olsen is rated No. 27 all-time in NFL history according to NFL Network, and he was truly dominant as a defensive tackle.

    Olsen is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played for the L.A. Rams (1962-1976). He made an unprecedented 14 Pro Bowls and had nine All-Pro selections.

    The former L.A. Ram was also selected to both the 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams.

Vanderbilt: Jay Cutler

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    Jay Cutler was a solid performer in the SEC for Vanderbilt, but he has slowly started to become a legit quarterback in the NFL.

    Only if he can stay healthy will he get the recognition he truly deserves, plus it would help if his receiving corps was half as good as Oklahoma State's.

    Cutler has a solid future ahead of him at just 28 years old, but he has appeared in a Pro Bowl (2008).

Virginia: Henry Jordan

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    This Green Bay Packer legend was elected into the 1995 Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he also made four Pro Bowls and seven All-Pro teams.

Virginia Tech: Bruce Smith

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    Bruce Smith leads the NFL in career sacks with 200. However, to make matters even better for the Pro Football Hall of Famer, he was named to 11 Pro Bowl and 12 All-Pro teams. 

    The former Bill and Redskin was named to the 1980s and 1990s All-Decade Teams. He even won two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards (1990, 1996).

    Arguably the greatest defensive end is NFL history save Reggie White, Smith is listed at No. 31 among the greatest NFL players of all time.

Wake Forest: Bill George

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    This former Chicago Bear (1952-1965) and L.A. Ram (1966) Hall of Fame linebacker received eight All-Pro selections. He also has his No. 61 retired as a Chicago Bear and made the 1950s All-Decade Team.

Washington: Warren Moon

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    This Pro Football Hall of Famer was a superstar for the Houston Oilers and the Minnesota Vikings. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs and ended up with nine Pro Bowl and three All-Pro selections.

    In 1990 he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and he even made the Canadien Football Hall of Fame by winning five Grey Cups. Moon was on many teams like the ones I listed, and he was a quarterback that never had the greatest talent around him.

Washington State: Drew Bledsoe

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    Who knows how Drew Bledsoe would be portrayed had he not been injured and forced out of town thanks to Tom Brady. Bledsoe was a stud for New England, earning four Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections.

    Bledsoe is in the New England Hall of Fame and ranks fifth all-time in completions (3,839), 13th in touchdown passes (251) and seventh in passing yards (44,611).

West Virginia: Sam Huff

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    Sam Huff should be the obvious choice for West Virginia with what he accomplished for the New York Giants (1956-1963) and the Washington Redskins (1964-1969).

    Huff made six All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls, and he is in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was also on the 1950s All-Decade Team on top of being named one of the 70 greatest Redskins.

Western Kentucky: N/A

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    Bobby Rainey could be a solid pro some day, but no other current player has made any sort of even small impact yet.

Western Michigan: Greg Jennings

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    Greg Jennings is one of the premier receivers in the NFL, and he is in the perfect offensive system with the Green Bay Packers.

    They love to spread the wealth, but when Jennings is healthy he puts up his fair share of Pro Bowl numbers (Pro Bowls in 2010, 2011).

Wisconsin: Mike Webster

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    Mike Webster was a great lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1988) who appeared in nine Pro Bowls and made nine All-Pro teams.

    He also won four Super Bowls and was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team, the 1970s All-Decade Team and the 1980s All-Decade Team.

Wyoming: Conrad Dobler

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    Conrad Dobler was a three-time Pro Bowler (1975, 1976, 1977) during his days (1972-1981) with the St. Louis Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills.