It's been a run unlike any other.
While most people know I'm a die-hard Hurricane fan, I think I've done a pretty solid job of staying unbiased. This article doesn't come close to holding the line I have tiptoed across for a very long time.
This is a celebration of greatness, not just of the players who made the grade and became first-round NFL draft choices, but the coaches who molded the talent over the years.
Since 1995, a Miami Hurricane has been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, and for the most part they have gone on to have pretty solid pro careers with a very low rate of busts. Lets look at the men and their contributions.
Warren Sapp (12th overall, Tampa Bay)
Warren Sapp came to Miami as a Tight End that no one wanted, he left as a defensive tackle everyone wanted.
Sapp won the Nagurski Award, The Lombardi Award, and The Willis Award as well as being on several All American Teams.
Although his stock dropped on draft day due to rumors of a failed drug test for marijuana, Sapp never forgot that day and made it his mission to make those who passed on him pay.
Sapp won the Super Bowl in 2002, was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and retired with 96 1/2 sacks, the second most all time for a defensive tackle.
Ray Lewis (26th overall, Baltimore)
Ray Lewis left Miami after his junior year, when he was an All-American and finished second in the Butkus Award voting for the nation's best linebacker.
Lewis was the fifth linebacker taken in the draft and he has played like he has something to prove ever since. He is a two-time winner of the NFL's best defensive player award, a Super Bowl Champion, and a Super Bowl MVP.
Lewis has been named to the Pro Bowl 10 times and will go down as one of the greatest to play the game at any position.
Yatil Green (15th Overall, Miami), Kenard Lang (17th Overall, Washington), Kenny Holmes (18th Overall, Tennessee)
Yatil Green never reached his potential and never did much at the NFL level. He was injured before the draft but never made a full recovery and never contributed for the Dolphins.
Kenard Lang had a very nice 10-year career playing with three different teams. Lang started the bulk of his NFL career and while he may not be a Hall of Famer, he was a contributor.
Lang also started on Miami's nationally ranked baseball team during his days in Coral Gables.
Kenny Holmes had a decent seven-year career but was never a star. Holmes was probably more naturally gifted than Lang, but it never showed up on the field.
Duane Starks (10th overall, Baltimore)
Duane Starks was one of a long line of great return men at Miami, as well as a lock down cover corner who specialized in man coverage.
Starks was instrumental in the Ravens Super Bowl run, and he had an interception return for a touchdown in that game.
Starks tested free agency after that and went on to play in Arizona, New England, and Oakland in a 10-year career.
Edgerrin James (Fourth overall, Indianapolis)
"The Edge" left Miami after his Junior year and after a monster game where the resurgent Hurricanes knocked off undefeated UCLA in a game rescheduled because of a Hurricane.
James won the rushing title in his first two seasons in the NFL and, along with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, helped form one of the NFL's best offenses.
While James left Indy before they won their Super Bowl, the Colts still gave James a ring for his contributions over the years.
James finally made it to the Super Bowl with the Cardinals but didn't get the win. He is currently the Colts all-time leading rusher.
Bubba Franks, (14th overall, Green Bay)
Bubba Franks never reached his full potential at Miami because he left a year early, and while his size and speed made him a first round lock, his skills weren't all the way there yet.
While Franks struggled in his first year in Green Bay, he made the Pro Bowl the three following years and looked to be on his way to being a productive part of the Packers offense.
Franks' production tailed off and he was released in 2007. He signed with the NY Jets and he is currently on their roster.
Dan Morgan (11th overall, Carolina), Damione Lewis (12th overall, St. Louis), Santana Moss (16th overall, NY Jets), Reggie Wayne (30th overall, Indianapolis)
Dan Morgan was the first college football player to ever win the Nagurski, Butkus, and Bednarik awards all in the same season. He was a converted fullback who started right away at linebacker for the Canes.
Morgan helped turn around a Panther defense that was last in the NFL to become second best in one season and was instrumental in the Panthers run to the Super Bowl.
Morgan was plagued by injuries and retired but has filed to make a comeback and he says he is finally 100 percent healthy and ready to play.
The signing of Damione Lewis out of Sulphur Springs, Texas, was a huge recruiting coup for the then-resurgent Hurricanes.
I never felt Lewis played his best football while he was with the Rams as he always seemed to be in a system which didn't suit his skills or style.
Lewis signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2006 and is playing the best football of his career.
Santana Moss signed with Miami on a track scholarship, as many thought he was too small to play football. Moss was a big game player and an exciting punt returner for the Canes and showed guts for a small guy in not being afraid to go over the middle.
Moss had productive years with the New York Jets but was traded to Washington. He is currently on the roster and continues to be a big-play threat for the Redskins.
Reggie Wayne completed the receiving tandem with Moss for all of his years at Miami. Wayne broke Michael Irvin's freshman receiving mark and was destined for stardom.
Wayne is a three-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion and is an integral part of what is considered one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL.
Bryant McKinnie (Seventh overall, Minnesota), Jeremy Shockey (14th overall, NY Giants), Phillip Buchanon (17th overall, Oakland), Ed Reed (24th, Baltimore), Mike Rumph (27th, San Francisco)
Bryant "Mount" McKinnie was a Junior College transfer who never gave up a sack at Miami. McKinnie won the Outland Trophy and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
McKinnie is a fixture on the Vikings' Offensive line and continues to be one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.
Jeremy Shockey was a first-team All American and will always be known by Miami fans for making the game-winning catch against No. 1-ranked Florida State.
Shockey is a three-time Pro Bowler and got a Super Bowl ring with the Giants. He signed a free agent contract with the Saints and is currently on the roster in New Orleans.
Phillip Buchanon was a member of the No.. 1 secondary in the country at Miami and a stand out special teamer.
Buchanon has been well traveled in the NFL playing for four teams and is currently a member of the Detroit Lions.
Ed Reed started his entire time at Miami and while he wasn't a highly regarded recruit, he let his play on the field do the talking as he was a two-time All-American.
Reed is a five-time Pro Bowler and was the 2004 NFL Defensive player of the year.
He has led the league in interceptions twice and holds the record for the longest interception return in NFL history. Widely regarded as one of the best players in football.
Mike Rumph changed and revolutionized the cornerback position as he was one of the first tall cornerbacks.
Rumph played with several teams but he was often injured and his coverage skills never translated favorably at the next level. He has retired from the game.
Andre Johnson (Third overall, Houston), Jerome McDougle (15th overall, Philadelphia), Willis McGahee (23rd overall, Buffalo), William Joseph (25th overall, NY Giants)
Andre Johnson was the MVP of the Hurricanes' win in the Rose Bowl that earned the Canes the National Championship.
Johnson is a three-time Pro Bowler in Houston and is widely regarded as one of the best and most feared Wide Receivers in the NFL.
Jerome McDougle was unblockable as a Defensive End during his days at Miami.
Philadelphia traded up to get McDougle but he never contributed much, as he was injured during almost his entire stay in Philadelphia. He signed on with the Giants as a free agent for a season and is currently a free agent again.
Willis McGahee rushed for 28 touchdowns and over 100 yards 10 times in his final year at Miami and finished fourth in the Heisman voting.
McGahee has had a fine career, first playing with Buffalo where he carried the load and now with Baltimore where he contributes sharing time in the backfield.
William Joseph was a team captain and a leader for the Hurricanes during his time in Miami.
Joseph has had a less than spectacular stay with the Giants but did pick up a Super Bowl Ring. He spent last season in Oakland as a member of the Raiders.
Sean Taylor (Fifth overall, Washington), Kellen Winslow (Sixth overall, Cleveland), Jonathan Vilma (12th overall, NY Jets), D.J. Williams (17th overall, Denver), Vernon Carey (19th overall, Miami), Vince Wilfork (21st overall, New England)
Sean Taylor was a consensus first team All American and a Thorpe Award finalist who returned three interceptions for touchdowns in his final year at Miami.
Taylor was developing into a special player and was one of the best young players in the NFL when he was tragically murdered in his home in Miami. He is missed by all not just in the Hurricane family and community but by football fans everywhere.
Kellen Winslow was unstoppable at Tight End for the Hurricanes. He was a first-team All-American and won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best TE.
Winslow was injured for most of his first two seasons but hit the ground running ever since and creates major match up problems for defenders. A Pro Bowler in 2007, he was traded this off-season to Tampa Bay.
Jonathan Vilma was a team captain and an Academic All American as a Hurricane as well as a Butkus Award finalist.
Vilma was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and a Pro Bowler in 2005. He is currently on the New Orleans Saints.
D.J. Williams came to Miami as the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and was a standout at Linebacker as well as Fullback for the Hurricanes.
While he isn't a Pro Bowler, Williams is steady and has emerged as one of the better linebackers in football.
Vernon Carey showed the ability to play a number of different positions on the offensive line at Miami.
Carey is a starter and a leader of the Miami Dolphins who had the biggest turnaround in the history of the NFL last season.
Vince Wilfork was impossible to block with just one blocker at Miami and was at the center of one of the best defenses in the history of college football.
Wilfork won the Super Bowl in New England and is a steady starter who has been to the Pro Bowl.
Antrell Rolle, (Eighth overall, Arizona)
Antrell Rolle was a standout at Miami where he was a consensus All American.
Rolle has been injured a lot since getting to the NFL but he was moved to free safety for the Cardinals before the 2008 season, where he played in the Super Bowl.
Kelly Jennings, (31st overall, Seattle)
Kelly Jennings was a lock down man cover corner and a scholar athlete at Miami.
Jennings has been somewhat of a disappointment in the NFL, but he has played well when used in Nickel situations though, he has had trouble when inserted back into the starter's role, a job he lost last season.
Brandon Meriweather (24th overall, New England), Jon Beason (25th overall, Carolina), Greg Olsen (31st overall, Chicago)
Brandon Meriweather was a hard hitting safety patrolling the secondary and upholding a Miami tradition at the position.
Meriweather started 11 games last year and had reasonable stats while playing on a team that gives a lot of weight to experience.
Meriweather filled in for Rodney Harrison after the veteran went down for the season with an injury in week 7.
Jon "the Big Beast" Beason came into Miami with a lot of fanfare but never quite played up to his reputation. Beason left after his Junior year and would have been a star in his Senior campaign.
Beason came in second in NFL Defensive Rookie of the year in 2007 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Greg Olsen never lived up to the reputation of the great Miami Tight Ends who immediately preceded him. He was questioned for not playing hard and for trying to ride his 40 times into the NFL.
Olsen did ride his 40 times to the NFL and his play has been up and down, much like it was in Miami. One minute Olsen makes a spectacular catch using his speed, the next he's dropping an easy wide open ball. The jury is still out.
Kenny Phillips, (31st overall, NY Giants)
Kenny Phillips came to Miami after being named the USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year and started from day one.
While Phillips didn't play on the best Miami teams, he continued the tradition of superlative safety play.
Phillips split time last year in the Giants secondary and the jury is still out. He's a ferocious hitter and is a smart player as he was an academic All American for the Canes as well.