NFL All Time Florida Gators
NFL All Time Florida Gators
Earlier this week, texascowpunk intruduced a new series that we are doing here at the Phinsider. He did a post on the greatest NFL players from the University of Miami. Continuing with that series, this will be a post on the greatest NFL players from The University of Florida. Next week, RZayo24 will be presenting the next installment, focusing on players from Florida State, with Little Nicky 21 finishing the series with a look at the greatest players from all the schools.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the All-Time NFL Florida Gators team:
Steve Spurrier. (1966-1975: San Francisco 49ers, 1976: Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Before he became the Old Ball Coach, running the fun-and-gun at Florida, Spurrier was the first Heisman Trophy winner for the school, back in 1966. While brief, his NFL career was the best of all Florida quartebacks who take the next step - he played at the quarterback position in 1966, and 1972-1976. He was a starter for three years (38 of the 106 games in which he appeared), going 13-24-1 over his career (but take into account, for one year, he started for the hapless 0-14 Bucs). He threw 597 completions on 1151 attempts, or a 51.9% completion rate, throwing for 6878 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also had 60 interceptions. From 1967-1971, Spurrier also served as the 49ers punter, averaging 38.3 yards per punt.
Honorable Mention: Rex Grossman. (2003-2008: Chicago Bears, 2009: Houston Texans). Accumulated a 19-12 record as a starter, 524 completions, 971 attempts (54.0% completion rate), 6197 yards, 33 touchdowns, 36 interceptions.
Emmit Smith. (1990-2002: Dallas Cowboys, 2003-2004: Arizona Cardinals). This was probably the second easiest decision on the list. Smith is the NFL's All-time Leading Rusher and is a soon to be inducted Hall of Famer. He was a member of the Cowboy's "Triplets," teaming with Michael Irvin and Troy Aikmen to win three Super Bowls. Smith is the first running back to win the NFL Rushing Title, NFL MVP, the Super Bowl, and Super Bowl MVP all in the same year (1993). He finished his career with4 First Team All Pro, 8 Pro-Bowls, and had started 219 of the 226 games in which he appeared. Smith ran for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns, along with 3224 receiving yards, and an additional 11 touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Fred Taylor (1998-2008: Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009: New England). Taylor has 1 Pro Bowl appearance and has started 136 of 146 games. He has rushed for 11,540 yards and 66 touhdowns, with 2,378 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns.
Ricardo Casares. (1955-1964: Chicago Bears, 1965: Washington Redskins, 1966: Miami Dolphins). Casares started for six years during his career, and was named to the Pro Bowl in five of those seasons. He was also named to the AP's First Team All Pro once. He finished his career with 5,797 yards and 49 touchdowns rushing, with 1,588 yards receiving and 11 more touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: John L. Williams. (1986-1993: Seattle Seahawks, 1994-1995: Pittsburgh Steelers). Williams was named to 2 Pro Bowls during his career, and was the starter at fullback for 10 years (135 of 149 games). He accumulated 5,006 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns along with 4,656 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns.
Wes Chandler. (1978-1981: New Orleans Saints, 1981-1987: San Diego Chargers, 1988: San Francisco 49ers). Chandler played 11 years in the NFL , starting in 9 of them (131 of 150 games). He amassed 8,966 yards receiving with 56 touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed for 84 yards, returned 48 kickoffs for 1,048 yards, and gained 428 yards on 67 punt returns. His most memorable performance was during the Epic In Miami 1981 AFC Playoff Game - the Chargers 41-38 win over the Dolphins - when he caught six passes for 106 yards and returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown. Chandler was named to 1 First Team All Pro and 4 Pro Bowls.
Nat Moore. (1974-1986 Miami Dolphins). Moore served as a favorite target for both of Miami's Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Bob Greise and Dan Marino, during his 13 year career. Moore started in 9 of his seasons with Miami, for 124 of 183 games in which he appeared. He was also selected to the AP's First Team All Pro once and to the Pro Bowl once. He finished his career with 7,546 yards receiving and 74 touhdowns. He also rushed for 239 yards, and a touchdown, along with 27 punts for 297 yards and 33 kick returns for 856 yards.
Honorable Mention: Cris Collinsworth (1981-1988: Cincinnati Bengals). Collinsworth started in seven seasons (90 of 107 games) for the Bengals, including the team's two Super Bowl losses to the 49ers in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. He was named to 3 Pro Bowls, while ammassing a career total of 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Ike Hilliard (1997-2004: New York Giants, 20005-2008: Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Hilliard had a successful career, ending it when a neck injury forced him into retirement. He finished with 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Mike Mularkey (1983-1988: Minnesota Vikings, 1989-1991: Pittsbugh Steelers). Mularkey appeared in 114 games, starting 46 of them. He finished his career with 1,222 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Lomas Brown. (1985-1995: Detroit Lions, 1996-1998: Arizona Cardinals, 1999: Cleveland Browns, 2000-2001: New York Giants, 2002: Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Brown was a 17 year starter, for 251 games of the 263 in which he appeared. He was named to 7 Pro Bowls along with 1 AP First Team All Pro.
David W. Williams. (1989-1995: Houston Oilers, 1996-1997: New York Jets). Williams was an 8 year starter during his career (106 of 228 games).
Honorable Mention: Jim Yarbrough (1969-1977: Detroit Lions). Started for six years for the Lions.
Dan Fike: (1985-1992: Cleveland Browns, 1993: Pittsburgh Steelers). Fike started for 7 years at Guard - 102 games of the 118 games in which he appeared.
Crawford Ker: (1985-1990: Dallas Cowboys, 1992 Denver Broncos). Ker started for 6 years at Guard - 85 of 92 games.
Honorable Mention: Cal Dixon (1992-1995: New York Jets, 1996: Miami Dolphins). Dixon started for one year for the Jets during his five year career.
Jack Youngblood. (1971-1984 Los Angeles Rams). This is the only selection that was easier than Emmitt Smith, as Youngblood is the only Florida Gator currently enshrined in Canton. Youngblood started for 14 years, resulting in 5 First Team All Pro selections from the AP, and 7 Pro Browl appearances. He amassed 24 sacks in the last three years of his career, the only three in which sacks were a recorded stat. Youngblood was selected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001.
Kevin Carter. (1995-2000: St. Louis Rams, 2001-2004: Tenessee Titans, 2005-2006: Miami Dolphins, 2007-2008: Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Carter started 219 of the 224 games in which he appearerd. He was named 1st Team All Pro by the AP once, and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He finished his career with 104.5 sacks.
Honorable Mention: Jevon Kearse (1999-2003: Tennesee Titans, 2004-2007: Philadelphia Eagles, 2008-2009: Tennessee Titans). "The Freak" stormed into the NFL, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year by leading the AFC in sacks (14.5 - a rookie record) and forced fumbles (8). He continued to assault opposing quarterbacks the next year with 11.5 sacks. However, injuries seemed to slow him over the next few years. Kearse has 76 sacks in his career, along with 245 tackles.
Trace Armstrong. (1989-1994: Chicago Bears: 1995-2000: Miami Dolphins, 2001-2003: Oakland Raiders). Armstong had a 15 year NFL career, in which he was selected to 1 Pro Bowl and accumulated 106 sacks and 1 interception.
Gerrard Warren. (2001-2004 Cleveland Browns, 2005-2006 Denver Broncos, 2007-2009: Oakland Raiders). Warren has started 7 seasons in his career and has a total of 32 sacks and 228 tackles.
Brad Culpepper. (1992-1993: Minnesota Vikings, 1994-1999: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2000: Chicago Bears). Culpepper started for 5 seasons (83 of 131 games), and ended his career with 227 tackles, and 34 sacks.
Honorable Mention: Dudley Meredith. (1963: Houston Oilers, 1964-1967: Buffalo Bills, 1968: Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers). Meredith was named to 1 Pro Bowl during his career, in his third year in the league, but only started during his rookie year.
Wilbur Marshall. (1984-1987: Chicago Bears, 1988-1992: Washington Redskins, 1993: Houston Oilers, 1994: Arizona Cardinals, 1995: New York Jets). Marshall spent 10 years as a starting linebacker, being recognized twice on the AP's First Team All Pro list, along with 3 Pro Bowl appearances. He ended his career with 1,050 tackles, 45 sacks, 23 interceptions and 3 touchdowns.
David Little. (1981-1992: Pittsburgh Steelers). Little appeared in 1 Pro Bowl during his 12 seasons in the league, 10 as a starter. He accumulated 10 interceptions and 9 sacks in his career.
Mike Peterson. (1999-2002: Indianapolis Colts, 2003-2008: Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009: Atlanta Falcons). Peterson has been a starter in 10 of his 11 seasons in the NFL, including last year with the Falcons - or 127 of the 1515 games in which he appeared. He has amassed 821 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and 16 interceptions in his career thus far.
Honorable Mention: Glenn Cameron (1975-1985 Cincinnati Bengals). Cameron started 84 of the 159 games in which he appeared. He obtained 3 sacks and 5 interceptions in his career.
Bernie Parrish. (1959-1966: Cleveland Browns, 1966: Houston Oilers). Parrish was selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his eight year career. He snagged 31 interceptions, returning the ball 3 times for touchdowns, as well as 92 passes defensed.
Lito Sheppard. (2002-2008: Philadelphia Eagles, 2009: New York Jets). Sheppard has become a solid cornerback in the NFL. He has started in 5 of his 9 seasons in the league, and has been selected twice to the Pro Bowl and once to the AP's First Team All Pro - however he has also had three years shortened due to injury. Thus far into his career, Sheppard has defensed 79 passes, intercepted the ball 19 times, returning 3 for touchdowns, and sacked the opposing quarterbacks twice.
Louis Oliver. (1989-1993: Miami Dolphins, 1994: Cincinnati Bengals, 1995-1996: Miami Dolphins). Oliver started all but one year in his eight year career. He amassed 27 interceptions, returning 2 for touchdowns, along with 2 sacks, to go along with his 502 tackles.
Jarvis Williams. (1988-1993: Miami Dolphins, 1994: New York Giants). Williams started every season while he was in the NFL, all but his rookie year (Free Safety) at Strong Safety. Williams accumulated 555 tackles, 16 interceptions, 1 touchdowns, and 3 sacks during his career.
Honorable Mention: Hagood Clarke (1964-1968: Buffalo Bills). Clarke was selected to one Pro Bowl during his career, during which he picked off the opposing quarterback 12 times returning one for a touchdown.
John James. (1972-1981: Atlanta Falcons, 1982: Detoit Lions / Houston Oilers, 1983-1984: Detroit Lions). James spent 13 years in the NFL, starting all of them as a punter. His career punting average was 40.6 yards per kick, earning him three Pro Bowl Selections.
Don Chandler. (1956-1964: New York Giants, 1965-1967: Green Bay Packers) Chandler served as his team's punter for his entire career (average of 43.5 yards per kick), adding service as the place kicker for the 1962-1967 seasons. During those years, Chandler had a 58.4% field goal accuracy, along with a 96.1% extra point accuracy. During his career, Chandler amassed 530 points.
Please feel free to let me know if you think I missed someone in the comments below.
And, watch for RZ's FSU posting next week.