Which College Programs Have Produced the Most NFL Pro Bowlers in Last 10 Years?

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 24, 2014

Which College Programs Have Produced the Most NFL Pro Bowlers in Last 10 Years?

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    The NFL Pro Bowl just staged its first-ever draft in attempts to spice up the end-of-the year event, honoring the best in the sport.

    With that, we'll take a look back at the last 10 seasons and which collegiate programs have fielded the most Pro Bowlers.

    Missing from the list? Several big-name programs, including Alabama, LSU Ohio State and Notre Dame.

    There are several potential surprises in the next 11 slides, but there shouldn't be any shock at which program topped the list.

    Click on to see which programs have had the most Pro Bowl selections in the last 10 seasons.

    Note: Pro Bowl alternates were not counted.

T-10. Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 19

    Pittsburgh's case is most helped by its star wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.

    He was an All-American for the Panthers and is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards six times for the Arizona Cardinals.

    On the opposite side of the ball, Pitt also boasts one of the NFL's top corners, Darrelle Revis, who has been selected to five Pro Bowls for the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Looking forward, it looks as though Pitt will have its Pro Bowl tradition carried on by running back LeSean McCoy, who led the league in rushing this season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

T-10. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 19

    North Carolina State has never been to a BCS bowl and hasn't won an ACC title since 1979. But the program has produced some elite NFL stars.

    That group includes former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams, now with the Buffalo Bills. The defensive end has made three Pro Bowls.

    Quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers has been named to the Pro Bowl five times, as has safety Adrian Wilson for the Arizona Cardinals.

    Former St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt has added seven selections, three of which came in the last 10 years.

T-8. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 21

    North Carolina's most frequent Pro Bowler is certainly no surprise. Julius Peppers, one of the game's best defensive ends, has received the honor eight times.

    Longtime Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is a UNC product and has made six Pro Bowls, all in the last 10 years.

    Running back Willie Parker made a pair of Pro Bowls for the Pittsburgh Steelers, while tight end Alge Crumpler made four while playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

T-8. USC Trojans

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 21

    USC is one of the most tradition-rich programs in college football, so it's no surprise that the school has produced several players who are the best at their position.

    Clay Matthews III is a Trojans legacy and is now making a legacy for himself in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers linebacker is a four-time Pro Bowler.

    As strong as his career has been, he still has a way to go to catch up with Troy Polamalu. The Pittsburgh Steelers safety has made eight Pro Bowls.

    Several others, including quarterback Carson Palmer and center Ryan Kalil, have joined Matthews and Polamalu on Pro Bowl rosters. 

7. Florida State Seminoles

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 22

    Florida State has a great Pro Bowl legacy that is only set to grow in the coming years.

    The Seminoles have several future Pro Bowlers about to enter into the league and have several currently on NFL rosters.

    Receiver Anquan Boldin, corner Antonio Cromartie and defensive end Darnell Dockett have all made three Pro Bowls. Former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks made an impressive 11 Pro Bowls, several of which have come within the last 10 years.

    FSU also has a pair of specialists, kicker Sebastian Janikowski and returner Leon Washington, who have made the Pro Bowl.

6. Michigan Wolverines

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 23

    Tom Brady wasn't a superstar during his time at Michigan, but he has blossomed into one of the greatest pro quarterbacks of all time.

    That legacy includes nine Pro Bowl selections so far, not to mention three Super Bowl rings. 

    However, Brady isn't the only one carrying the banner for the Wolverines. Defensive back Charles Woodson is just behind him with eight Pro Bowl selections.

    Offensive lineman Jake Long has also had a prosperous career, making the Pro Bowl his first four years in the league.

    Receiver Braylon Edwards and linebacker LaMarr Woodley each were selected one time.

T-4. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 26

    Georgia standout Champ Bailey will go down as one of the best cover corners in NFL history.

    The Bulldog great is a 12-time Pro Bowler and will have his first shot at a Super Bowl this season with the Denver Broncos. 

    Another UGA great, Richard Seymour, doesn't have that Super Bowl issue. He won three with the New England Patriots and also made seven Pro Bowls.

    Carrying the flag now for those veteran Dawgs is receiver A.J. Green, who has solidified himself as a top pro receiver.

T-4. Texas Longhorns

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 26

    Take a look at an NFL roster and there's a great chance that there will be at least one Texas Longhorn on the list.

    Many come on the defensive side, including Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who anchors the Pro Bowl-laden "Legion of Boom." Alongside Thomas are Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton.

    Two of Texas' Pro Bowlers play for the Kansas City Chiefs: linebacker Derrick Johnson and running back Jamaal Charles.

    Those are just several 'Horns stars currently thriving in the NFL.

3. California Golden Bears

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 28

    Cal's appearance on this list might come as a bit of a surprise, considering the team's recent struggles—but the Golden Bears have produced some of the NFL's biggest stars.

    At the top of the list is Tony Gonzalez, who will go down as perhaps the greatest tight end in NFL history. While his 14 career Pro Bowl selections make up a bulk of Cal's numbers.

    Receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Marshawn Lynch have combined for seven Pro Bowl selections, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made three has well.

    Along the offensive line, center Alex Mack has made two Pro Bowls, including one for this season.

2. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 33

    When thinking of Tennessee Volunteers in the NFL, the first player to come to mind is Peyton Manning.

    One of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game, Manning has made 13 Pro Bowls. 

    UT also boasts one of the NFL's best running backs, Arian Foster, and an outstanding tight end, Jason Witten and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

    The Volunteers also boast several young stars, including Kansas City safety Eric Berry, New England linebacker Jerod Mayo and Minnesota receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson.

    From Peyton to Patterson, UT has carried on one of the best NFL traditions of any collegiate program.

1. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Total Pro Bowl Appearances: 58

    The undisputed champion of producing NFL stars is no surprise.

    Miami has continually churned out Pro Bowl players over the last decade, from Ray Lewis to Jon Beason; at linebacker, running back and almost every position in between, no program has made a stamp on the NFL like The U.

    The Hurricanes have had three or more Pro Bowlers every season in the last 10 years.

    Ed Reed, Frank Gore, Antrel Rolle, Willis McGahee, Jeremy Shockey, Sean Taylor, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne are just some of the many 'Canes to be called recognized among the NFL's best.


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