Pigskin Alumni Greats
Dan Fouts was considered to be one of the greatest QB’s to ever control the Oregon offense. He holds just under 20 passing records while in Eugene. Two of the top records are for passing yards(5995) & total offense(5871).
Not only was Fouts a great college QB he was also a great NFL QB too. He was drafted in the 3rd round in 1973 by the San Diego Chargers. After being drafted, he led the league on 4 separate occasions in passing yards. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 6 times. These numbers also led Founts into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 1993.
A first class offensive lineman while in Eugene. A player that didn’t take the accustomed route to the next level. Playing instead for a couple years in a smaller league(USFL) than the NFL. His time there was well worth the effort. 12 years later & a couple different NFL teams you have a guy that ended up being voted into Canton, Ohio amongst elite best NFL players in history.
After spending two seasons in the USFL, Zimmerman finally made it to the NFL. His trip was well worth it. 12 great seasons with both the Vikings & Broncos. Those seasons led him to being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago. Along with Steve Young, Zimmerman & 4 other NFL Hall of Famers share something in common. They all went the route of the USFL before gaining access to the NFL.
A Defender & Speedster From Oregon
A talented running back & a ball hawk on defense too at Oregon. He was also a fast guy too. The Ducks had him as a part of their world record relay team in 1962. His skills at running back garnered him All-American status. He scored just over 140 points during his tenure at Oregon. His stats led him into the College football Hall of Fame century ago.
He went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round of the 1964 NFL Draft. He spent his entire NFL career in Dallas. He played defensive back his entire career but played at both the safety & cornerback position. However, after 5 seasons at safety, he was switched to cornerback due to his speed. He accumulated 52 interceptions during his NFL career. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL. He was also a great special teams player with duties of punt & kick returns. He ended his playing days when Dallas won Super Bowl XII over the Broncos.
Solid College QB to NFL Letdown
Akili Smith was at an all-time high. Being selected 3rd overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. His days in Cincinnati wasn’t something to remember. After those days, things wasn’t much better with a couple other NFL teams. Due to his limited success, Smith left the NFL 5 years ago.
Star RB in Eugene to NFL Status
A player taken in the top 15(13th overall) of the NFL Draft back in 2008. Taken by a team located near Tar Heel country. A high school star & well sought after player by many schools. Three very solid season at Oregon before declaring for the next level. He is a present running back for the Panthers & starting to show promise at his position. This is Jonathan Stewart.
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