Georgia Football: The 10 Greatest Bulldog Players in NFL History

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IFebruary 15, 2012

Georgia Football: The 10 Greatest Bulldog Players in NFL History

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    Anyone who is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs knows it's tough coming up with a list of the greatest UGA players in school history.

    When you've had great players such as Garrison Hearst, Herschel Walker, David Greene and David Pollack wear the Red and Black, there are always going to be disagreements on the 10 best players in school history.

    But what about the 10 best UGA players to play in the pros?

    A lot of Bulldogs have had good careers in the NFL, but I believe the list for the 10 best NFL Bulldogs is a little more cut-and-dried.

    However, that's not to say there will be people who feel differently about that because, like I said, the Bulldogs have represented the NFL very well over the years.

    Here's my list of the 10 best Bulldog players in NFL history.

No. 10: Terrell Davis

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    Terrell Davis' career was not long,—he played for the Denver Broncos from 1995-2002—but Davis played every down like it was his last.

    Davis was a three-time All-Pro selection and is also a two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year winner.

    He was the reason the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998, helping John Elway finish his career in style.

    Davis is also the first and only Bulldog to win the NFL MVP, and he was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team.

No. 9: Len Hauss

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    Selected in the ninth round of the 1964 NFL Draft, Len Hauss proved early in his career that he was not your average center.

    Hauss was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named to the 70 Greatest Redskins list. He started in 192 games and led the Skins to an NFC championship in 1972.

No. 8: Richard Seymour

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    When Richard Seymour was playing for the Bulldogs, many thought he would be a Top 10 pick in the NFL draft.

    Well, they were right—the defensive tackle was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft by the New England Patriots.

    Seymour helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. He has also been selected to the All-Pro team six times and was named to the 2000 NFL All-Decade team.

No. 7: Guy McIntyre

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    Guy McIntyre may not be a household name for many Bulldogs and NFL fans, but he was one of the better offensive linemen in the league during the 1980s.

    McIntyre was selected to the Po Bowl five times and the All-Pro team three times. He is a also a three-time Super Bowl winner, all coming when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.

No. 6: Hines Ward

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    When Hines Ward played for the Bulldogs, he left as one of the most versatile players to ever wear the Red and Black.

    Now that he has 14 years of NFL experience with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he will go down as one of the 10 best players in franchise history.

    Ward is the Steelers' all-time leading receiver and is a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He led the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins and was the Super Bowl XL MVP.

    On Jan. 1, 2012, Ward caught his 1,000th pass, which makes him the eighth player in NFL history to reach that plateau.

No. 5: Bill Stanfill

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    Bill Stanfill had a legendary career at UGA, and he was able to translate that into the pro game.

    The defensive end from Cairo, Ga., was a three-time All-Pro selection during his time with the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s. In fact, he was a key member of the 1972 team that went undefeated.

    Stanfill finished his career with 67.5 sacks, which was not official since the NFL did not count sacks as an official stat at the time. Regardless, that was a team record until Jason Taylor broke it with 130. 

No. 4: Jake Scott

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    Like Stanfill, Jake Scott had a superb career at UGA and then was able to have the same success with the Miami Dolphins.

    The safety was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion. Football Digest named Scott the Defensive Back of the Year in 1974, and he was also the MVP of Super Bowl VII.

No. 3: Champ Bailey

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    Champ Bailey dominated as a cornerback and wide receiver during his time in Athens, but he knew he would be great if he stuck to one position when entering the NFL.

    Bailey decided to play corner, and it turned out to be the right choice. He is an 11-time Pro Bowler, was named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade team and is a six-time All-Pro selection. With his 11 Pro Bowl selections, Bailey is only the sixth NFL player in history to achieve that mark.

No. 2: Charley Trippi

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    Charley Trippi is known more for his success with the Bulldogs since he was a Maxwell Award winner and is a College Football Hall of Famer.

    But when he was with the Chicago Cardinals during the late 1940s and early 1950s, Trippi was one of the best offensive players in the game.

    Trippi is the only player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards passing, 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. He was a three-time All-Pro selection and was also named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade team.

No. 1: Fran Tarkenton

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    There's no question Fran Tarkenton was a great quarterback for the Bulldogs, but once he entered the NFL, he exploded onto the scene and never looked back.

    Tarkenton, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, was a nine time Pro-Bowl selection and the NFL Player of the Year in 1975. He was also named to the Minnesota Vikings' 25th and 40th anniversary teams, and his No. 10 jersey is retired.

    Tarkenton finished his career with more than 47,000 passing yards and 342 touchdowns. Along with Trippi, Tarkenton is the only other Bulldog in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.