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Illinois Football: The Greatest Fighting Illini Ever to Play in the NFL
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The University of Illinois has never been known as a major pipeline for NFL talent.

But the idea of quality over quantity has definitely been in the mind of this football program for the past century.

All of the players in this list have had a major impact on the NFL and some are in the discussion for the greatest players ever to play their respective position.

There were many former Illini who deserved recognition for either their longevity in the league and/or their high draft status, but didn't make the final cut.

What was left from that group was the 16 Greatest Illini Ever to Play in the NFL.

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