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San Francisco 49ers' RB LaMichael James, a former Duck.
Quick: which school has the most players in this year's Super Bowl? OK, it's Miami, with five players. But Oregon is in a tie for second with four players, ahead of such programs as Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC.
The Ducks are slowly developing an NFL pipeline that rivals many of the top programs around the country.
Look at the tight end position. In the last 12 years, Oregon has sent George Wrighster, Justin Peele, Tim Day, Dante Rosario, Ed Dickson and David Paulson to the NFL. It's a safe bet that current starter Colt Lyerla will make the jump someday as well.
The running back position, though, not to be outdone, has also sent a host of players, from Maurice Morris to Jonathan Stewart and now LaMichael James, among others. Center Max Unger, a former Duck himself, is the leader of the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line.
But Oregon doesn't play defense, you say? Actually, the Ducks' secondary is consistently putting guys in the NFL. Off the top of my head, Patrick Chung, Jairus Byrd, Walter Thurmond III and T.J. Ward, just to name a few. Arguably the best defensive player in the league, Haloti Ngata, played at Oregon.
OK, point made. But the stigma is that only SEC schools send elite players from both sides of the ball to the NFL, and that's simply not true. Oregon has developed its own pipeline and is now a school where, if you contribute, you're guaranteed to get a look from the pros.
Oh, and if this whole spread thing works out in the NFL (and it seems to be doing just fine), Oregon instantly becomes the top school for offensive stars wanting to show off their talents in a spread system.
Here's a guess that Marcus Mariota's draft stock has been helped, oh, just a little bit by the recent play of Colin Kaepernick.