If you are a fan of college football, then you are at least slightly interested in how players from your favorite school fare in the NFL. Perhaps you are even a big fan of the NFL too. Did you know which schools have placed the most players in the NFL Hall of Fame?
Here is the top 10 list, as per the best source we have–the NFL Hall of Fame itself:
- Southern California (11)
- Notre Dame (10)
- Ohio State (9)
- Michigan (8) & Pittsburgh (8)
- Alabama (7) & Syracuse (7)
- Illinois (6), Miami – Florida (6), Penn State (6), Oregon (6) and Minnesota (6)
That’s right. Miami, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame.
Not Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. You do not see the Big 10′s Wisconsin, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers, or Nebraska. You do not see the SEC’s Florida, Auburn, Georgia, or L.S.U. You do not even see the Big XII’s Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or even Texas.
Just recent additions to the ACC, courtesy of the now-destroyed Big East.
Recently, the ACC had a very good NFL draft in 2013. Looking backward, who are the Hall of Famers, by school, from the ACC? Here you go:
- Boston College (2): Art Donovan, Ernie Stautner
- Clemson (0)
- Duke (3): Sonny Jurgensen , George McAfee , Clarence (Ace) Parker
- Florida State (2): Fred Biletnikoff , Deion Sanders
- Georgia Tech (2): Joe Guyon, Billy Shaw
- Louisville (1): Johnny Unitas
- Maryland (2): Stan Jones , Randy White
- Miami (6): Ted Hendricks , Michael Irvin , Jim Kelly , Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto , Warren Sapp
- North Carolina (2): Chris Hanburger , Lawrence Taylor
- North Carolina State (0)
- Notre Dame (10): Nick Buoniconti , Dave Casper , George Connor, Paul Hornung , Earl (Curly) Lambeau , John (Blood) McNally, Wayne Millner , Joe Montana , Alan Page , George Trafton
- Pittsburgh (8): Mike Ditka , Chris Doleman , Tony Dorsett , Russ Grimm , Rickey Jackson , Dan Marino , Curtis Martin , Joe Schmidt
- Syracuse (7): Jim Brown , Larry Csonka , Al Davis, Floyd Little , John Mackey , Art Monk , Jim Ringo
- Virginia (3): Bill Dudley , Henry Jordan , Ralph Wilson, Jr.
- Virginia Tech (1): Bruce Smith
- Wake Forest (1): Bill George
So there you have it. The ACC has put quite a few people into the NFL Hall of Fame, led mostly by teams that are new to the ACC fold.
By the way, who has been to Canton? Did you like the NFL Hall of Fame or find it disappointing?
Trying to catch up on a few things after the fine Syracuse run through the NCAA lax tournament. Getting crushed at the faceoff x was bound to catch up. This Syracuse team overachieved all season and almost pulled off another National Championship.
There is nothing better than winning championships, especially in revenue sports like football and basketball. However if doing well in the Capital One Cup (not to be confused with the Capital One Bowl) is important to you (Hi, Big Ten fans) then ACC fans and Athletic Directors should be very pleased with the latest updated scores. Continue reading
What is the goal of an athletic director at one of the schools in the top several conferences? Is it to win national championships in the revenue sports? Is it to make consistently good showings in the revenue sports? Or is it to have a broad array of athletes participating in non-revenue sports? Well, the Big 10 folks like to talk about how it is the latter. So what if they are not winning national championships, they are offering teams in skee-ball and hula hoops. And all that leads to success in the Capital One Cup.
Or does it?
It looks like the Big Ten Conference may finally get North Carolina and Virginia after all… but not as conference mates.
A few weeks back, The Confidential reviewed the future ACC bowl lineup. With four more teams entering the league, it was believed that the league might increase its bowl affiliations to nine or 10.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN is reporting that the Detroit Lions are looking to replace the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl after this season and operate a new bowl game at Ford Field starting in 2014.
The bowl will still feature a team from the Big Ten, but is expected to have an opponent from the ACC.
As much as I fear the worst for the Orange come the NCAA hoops tournament, the opposite is true for lacrosse. For the first time since 2009 Syracuse returns to the Final Four on Memorial Day weekend. This holiday has essentially been a Syracuse holiday. With the growth of lacrosse across the country and schools adding it, the Orange can’t expect to dominate like it used to, so it’s nice to still be at the front of the pack. The Orange advanced with another one goal victory over Yale yesterday to save the senior class from not having been to a Final Four.