Is the University of Miami the Best Football Factory for the NFL Ever?

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Is the University of Miami the Best Football Factory for the NFL Ever?

I think so, but let's take a look at all the talent that they have had over the years at the school and what these players have become in the NFL.

 

Running backs

Clinton Portis:  Portis started his career with the Broncos, but currently plays for the Redskins. Portis has 9,202 rushing yards on 2,052 attempts and 72 rushing touchdowns for a 4.5-yard average.

He also has 233 receptions for 1,906 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns. Portis is a veteran of seven NFL seasons and has been selected to two Pro Bowls.

Edgerrin James:  James started his career with the Colts, but currently plays for the Cardinals. James has 12,121 rushing yards on 2,982 attempts and 80 rushing touchdowns for a 4.1-yard average.

He also has 430 receptions for 3,345 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. James is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons and has been selected to four Pro Bowls.

Willis McGahee:  McGahee started his career with the Bills, but currently plays for the Ravens. McGahee has 5,243 rushing yards on 1,332 attempts and 38 rushing touchdowns for a 3.9-yard average.

He also has 135 receptions for 907 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. McGahee is a veteran of six NFL seasons and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Frank Gore: Gore plays for San Francisco. He has 4,441 rushing yards on 939 attempts and 22 rushing touchdowns for a 4.7-yard average.

He also has 172 receptions for 1,425 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns. Gore is a veteran of four NFL seasons and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

 

Receivers and Tight Ends

Michael Irvin: Irvin played his whole career for the Cowboys, and he is in the Hall of Fame. Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. Irvin was a veteran of 11 NFL seasons and was selected to five Pro Bowls.

Andre Johnson:  In Houston, Johnson has 486 receptions for 6,379 and 33 touchdowns. Johnson is a veteran of six NFL seasons and was selected to three Pro Bowls.

Reggie Wayne:  In Indianapolis, Wayne has 576 receptions for 8,129 yards and 53 touchdowns. Wayne is a veteran of eight NFL seasons and was selected to three Pro Bowls.

Santana Moss:  Moss started his career for the Jets, but currently plays for the Redskins. Moss has 430 receptions for 6,541 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns. Moss is a veteran of eight NFL seasons and was selected to one Pro Bowl.

Jeremy Shockey:  Shockey started his career for the Giants, but currently plays for the Saints. Shockey has 421 receptions for 4,711 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns. Shockey is a veteran of seven NFL seasons and has been selected to four Pro Bowls.

Kellen Winslow: In Cleveland, Winslow has 219 receptions for 2,459 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Winslow is a veteran of five NFL seasons and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Greg Olsen:  In Chicago, Olsen has 93 receptions for 965 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Olsen is a veteran of two NFL seasons.

Bubba Franks:  Franks started his career for the Packers, but currently plays for the Jets. Franks has 256 receptions for 2,300 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns. Franks is a veteran of nine NFL seasons and has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

 

Defensive Tackles

Warren Sapp: Sapp started his career for the Buccaneers, but then played for the Raiders. Sapp is retired and works for the NFL Network. Over 12 years, Sapp tallied 569 tackles with 96.5 sacks and four interceptions. Sapp was selected to seven Pro Bowls.

Vince Wilfork: In five years playing for New England, Wilfork has 260 tackles with 7.5 sacks. He has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Jerome Brown: Brown started his career in Philadelphia, but he died in a car accident at the age of 27. His No. 99 jersey was retired soon after his death. Brown played in 76 games for the NFL and tallied 29.5 sacks and three interceptions.

 

Linebackers

Ray Lewis: In 13 years for the Ravens, Lewis has 1,636 tackles with 33.5 sacks and 28 interceptions. He has been selected to 10 Pro Bowls.

Jonathan Vilma: Vilma started his career for the Jets, but currently plays for the Saints. Vilma has 564 tackles with 3.5 sacks and seven interceptions. Vilma is a veteran of five NFL seasons and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

D.J. Williams: In Denver, Williams has 479 tackles with 6.5 sacks and two interceptions. Williams is a veteran of five NFL seasons.

Jon Beason: In two seasons playing for Carolina, Beason has 278 tackles and four interceptions. Beason is a veteran of two NFL seasons and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Dan Morgan: Morgan started his career for the Panthers and was traded to the Saints; before he played a down for the Saints, he announced his retirement. Over seven years, Morgan tallied up 386 tackles with seven sacks and five interceptions. Morgan was a veteran of seven NFL seasons and was selected to one Pro Bowl.

 

Defensive Backs

Sean Taylor: Taylor started his career for the Redskins, but his career was cut short when he was murdered in his own home in Miami.

Taylor had 299 tackles with eight forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. He was a veteran of four NFL seasons and was selected to two Pro Bowls. Taylor was inducted to the Redskins' Hall of Fame.

Ed Reed: Reed has played seven seasons for the Ravens. He has 408 tackles with five sacks and 43 interceptions; he returned five for touchdowns. Reed has been selected to five Pro Bowls.

Antrell Rolle: In four seasons with Arizona, Rolle has 263 tackles with eight interceptions and four touchdowns.

Phillip Buchanon: Buchanon started his career for the Raiders, but was then traded to the Texans and released to be picked up by the Buccaneers. Over seven years, Buchanon has 296 tackles with 18 interceptions and five touchdowns.

Duane Starks: Starks started his career for the Ravens and released to be picked up by the Cardinals. Starks was then traded to the Patriots and released to be picked up by the Raiders.

Over 10 years, Starks has 203 tackles with one sack and 25 interceptions; he returned one for a touchdown. Starks was considered one of the elite cover corners in the league when he was with the Ravens.

Brandon Meriweather: In two seasons for the Patriots, Meriweather has 110 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions.

 

Special Teams and Coaches:

Devin Hester:  Hester was drafted by the Bears as a CB/WR and became a star player on special teams. He has 94 kick returns for 2,141 return yards and 4 touchdowns. He also has 121 punt returns for 1,449 yards and seven more touchdowns. Hester is a veteran of three NFL seasons and has been selected to two Pro Bowls.

Jeff Feagles: Feagles started his career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Patriots. Since then he has played for the Eagles, Cardinals, Seahawks, and currently plays for the Giants. 

Feagles has 1,649 punts for 68,607 punt yards with a net average of 41.6 yards.

Jimmy Johnson: Johnson coached at Miami for five years and finished with a record of 52-9 and a one national championship. Johnson had one undefeated regular season with the Hurricanes, only to be beaten in the championship.

As you can see, the University of Miami has contributed to the NFL by providing many Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers, not to mention future Hall of Famers.

People could argue that University of Southern California (USC) or Michigan could be first, but Miami has produced many NFL greats on all three sides of the ball; offense, defense, and special teams.

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