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Published: April 26, 2012 at 02:31 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2012 at 11:15 p.m.

College Rivalries: Ohio State vs. Michigan

Michigan and Ohio State have one of the most storied rivalries in college football, but who has the edge when it spills over to the NFL? Here is a look at some of the best players from Michigan and Ohio State, and you can be the judge.

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  • Everybody knows the story of Brady -- the former sixth-round draft pick who went on to win three Super Bowls as quarterback of the New England Patriots. After a humble beginning, Brady will go down as one of his  generation's best. 10

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    Tom Brady-Michigan

    Everybody knows the story of Brady -- the former sixth-round draft pick who went on to win three Super Bowls as quarterback of the New England Patriots. After a humble beginning, Brady will go down as one of his generation's best.

  • Woodson won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan, but the awards kept coming when he joined the NFL in 1998 as the first-round pick (fourth overall) of the Oakland Raiders. After signing on with the Green Bay Packers in 2006, Woodson was selected the NFL's defensive player of the year in 2009 and helped the team win Super Bowl XLV the following season. 9

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    Charles Woodson-Michigan

    Woodson won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan, but the awards kept coming when he joined the NFL in 1998 as the first-round pick (fourth overall) of the Oakland Raiders. After signing on with the Green Bay Packers in 2006, Woodson was selected the NFL's defensive player of the year in 2009 and helped the team win Super Bowl XLV the following season.

  • Hirsch was a big part of the Los Angeles Rams' 'three-end' offense in the 1950s, when the NFL's passing game was beginning to spread its wings. Hirsch also contributed to the L.A. Rams' 1951 NFL championship team. 8

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    Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch-Michigan

    Hirsch was a big part of the Los Angeles Rams' 'three-end' offense in the 1950s, when the NFL's passing game was beginning to spread its wings. Hirsch also contributed to the L.A. Rams' 1951 NFL championship team.

  • There are only four players in history who have both a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl MVP award -- Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Howard. A first-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 1992, Howard joined that elite company as a result of his efforts in Super Bowl XXXI, when he helped the Green Bay Packers win their first title since 1967. 7

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    Desmond Howard-Michigan

    There are only four players in history who have both a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl MVP award -- Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Howard. A first-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 1992, Howard joined that elite company as a result of his efforts in Super Bowl XXXI, when he helped the Green Bay Packers win their first title since 1967.

  • Dierdorf was a standout at Michigan who had the size and speed of a future NFL superstar. In 13 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dierdorf made six Pro Bowls and was a three-time All-Pro. 6

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    Dan Dierdorf-Michigan

    Dierdorf was a standout at Michigan who had the size and speed of a future NFL superstar. In 13 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dierdorf made six Pro Bowls and was a three-time All-Pro.

  • Some consider Warfield, who played with the Browns for eight seasons and the Miami Dolphins for four, the finest player to ever line up at receiver. His numbers might not seem like much when compared to those put up by receivers in the modern pass-happy era, but Warfield's amazing career 20.1 yards-per-reception mark would be impressive in any time period. 5

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    Paul Warfield-Ohio State

    Some consider Warfield, who played with the Browns for eight seasons and the Miami Dolphins for four, the finest player to ever line up at receiver. His numbers might not seem like much when compared to those put up by receivers in the modern pass-happy era, but Warfield's amazing career 20.1 yards-per-reception mark would be impressive in any time period.

  • Groza was the last of his kind, the final member of the original 1946 Cleveland Browns team when he retired 21 years later. A devastating blocker, Groza was also the team's placekicker; "The Toe" made a last-second field goal to lead the Browns to victory in the 1950 NFL Championship Game. 4

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    Lou Groza-Ohio State

    Groza was the last of his kind, the final member of the original 1946 Cleveland Browns team when he retired 21 years later. A devastating blocker, Groza was also the team's placekicker; "The Toe" made a last-second field goal to lead the Browns to victory in the 1950 NFL Championship Game.

  • Known as "Gluefingers" because of his ability to make tough catches, the lifelong Cleveland Browns receiver joined with quarterback Otto Graham to make one of the most feared passing duos in NFL history in the 1940s and 1950s. 3

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    Dante Lavelli-Ohio State

    Known as "Gluefingers" because of his ability to make tough catches, the lifelong Cleveland Browns receiver joined with quarterback Otto Graham to make one of the most feared passing duos in NFL history in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Parker was destined for greatness, starting at Ohio State when he was a two-way tackle and Outland Trophy winner. Although he wasn't experienced in pass blocking, he excelled at it in the NFL, going on to play in eight Pro Bowl games as a member of the Baltimore Colts from 1957 to 1967. 2

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    Jim Parker-Ohio State

    Parker was destined for greatness, starting at Ohio State when he was a two-way tackle and Outland Trophy winner. Although he wasn't experienced in pass blocking, he excelled at it in the NFL, going on to play in eight Pro Bowl games as a member of the Baltimore Colts from 1957 to 1967.

  • A first-round pick by the New York Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft, Mangold had the unenviable task of replacing Kevin Mawae. But he held his own and emerged as one of the league's best centers. The six-year veteran earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2011. 1

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    Nick Mangold-Ohio State

    A first-round pick by the New York Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft, Mangold had the unenviable task of replacing Kevin Mawae. But he held his own and emerged as one of the league's best centers. The six-year veteran earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2011.