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Published: May 23, 2016 at 12:12 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2016 at 02:39 p.m.

Top 30 undrafted players in NFL history

Recently, NFL Media experts made their picks for the best undrafted free agent currently in the NFL. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was my selection. That discussion had me wondering about Romo's place all-time among undrafted players.

Romo is among five active NFL players to crack my top-30 list:

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  • <b>College:</b> Texas Tech
<br><b>Signed by:</b> San Diego Chargers
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12
<br><b>First year:</b> 2004
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Three times led the NFL in receptions; had five seasons with 100 or more catches. 30

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    30. Wes Welker, WR

    College: Texas Tech
    Signed by: San Diego Chargers
    NFL seasons: 12
    First year: 2004
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Three times led the NFL in receptions; had five seasons with 100 or more catches.

  • <b>College:</b> Nevada
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Cleveland Browns
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 9
<br><b>First year:</b> 1946
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 1
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Powerful runner on dominant Browns teams in 1940s and 1950s. ... Motley was the all-time leading rusher of the AAFC and led the NFL in rushing yards in 1950 ... Was inducted into <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/marion-motley/" target="new">the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968</a>. 29

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    29. Marion Motley, RB

    College: Nevada
    Signed by: Cleveland Browns
    NFL seasons: 9
    First year: 1946
    Pro Bowls: 1
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Powerful runner on dominant Browns teams in 1940s and 1950s. ... Motley was the all-time leading rusher of the AAFC and led the NFL in rushing yards in 1950 ... Was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

  • <b>College:</b> Tulsa
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 11
<br><b>First year:</b> 1973
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> Converted from quarterback to wide receiver while at Tulsa. ... Was member of three Cowboys teams that advanced to the Super Bowl, including the Super Bowl XII-winning team. ... Led NFL in receiving yards in 1977. 28

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    28. Drew Pearson, WR

    College: Tulsa
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    NFL seasons: 11
    First year: 1973
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: Converted from quarterback to wide receiver while at Tulsa. ... Was member of three Cowboys teams that advanced to the Super Bowl, including the Super Bowl XII-winning team. ... Led NFL in receiving yards in 1977.

  • <b>College:</b> Kansas
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Denver Broncos
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 5 (active)
<br><b>First year:</b> 2011
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 2
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 0
<br><b>Notes:</b> Harris has been named to the previous two Pro Bowls, and was a member of the Broncos' <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/50" target="new">Super Bowl 50</a>-winning team. 27

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    27. Chris Harris, CB

    College: Kansas
    Signed by: Denver Broncos
    NFL seasons: 5 (active)
    First year: 2011
    Pro Bowls: 2
    All-Pro selections: 0
    Notes: Harris has been named to the previous two Pro Bowls, and was a member of the Broncos' Super Bowl 50-winning team.

  • <b>College:</b> North Texas
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13
<br><b>First year:</b> 2000
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 6
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Played tight end in college, and then went on to become one of the best interior linemen in NFL history. 26

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    26. Brian Waters, OG

    College: North Texas
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    NFL seasons: 13
    First year: 2000
    Pro Bowls: 6
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Played tight end in college, and then went on to become one of the best interior linemen in NFL history.

  • <b>College:</b> Oregon
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 10
<br><b>First year:</b> 1961
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 6
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 4
<br><b>Notes:</b> A member of <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/news/all-time-afl-team-defense/" target="new">the AFL's all-time team</a>, Grayson had 48 career interceptions playing for the Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. 25

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    25. Dave Grayson, DB

    College: Oregon
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    NFL seasons: 10
    First year: 1961
    Pro Bowls: 6
    All-Pro selections: 4
    Notes: A member of the AFL's all-time team, Grayson had 48 career interceptions playing for the Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.

  • <b>College:</b> Bethune-Cookman
<br><b>Signed by:</b> San Diego Chargers
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>First year:</b> 1967
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 5
<br><b>Notes:</b> The leader of Miami's great offensive line of the 1970s. ... Played in three consecutive Super Bowls, including Super Bowl VII, which capped the Dolphins' perfect 1972 season. 24

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    24. Larry Little, OL

    College: Bethune-Cookman
    Signed by: San Diego Chargers
    NFL seasons: 14
    First year: 1967
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 5
    Notes: The leader of Miami's great offensive line of the 1970s. ... Played in three consecutive Super Bowls, including Super Bowl VII, which capped the Dolphins' perfect 1972 season.

  • <b>College:</b> Florida A&M
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Washington Redskins
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>First year:</b> 1986
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 6
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Newton had amazing quickness and ability as a blocker for a man his size. ... <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-football-life/0ap2000000292415/A-Football-Life-The-Great-Wall-of-Dallas-Nate-the-Kitchen" target="new">Newton helped form</a> one of <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-football-life/0ap2000000292397/A-Football-Life-The-Great-Wall-of-Dallas-The-perfect-unit" target="new">the greatest offensive lines</a> in league history, which helped anchor three Super Bowl-winning Cowboys teams. 23

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    23. Nate Newton, OL

    College: Florida A&M
    Signed by: Washington Redskins
    NFL seasons: 14
    First year: 1986
    Pro Bowls: 6
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Newton had amazing quickness and ability as a blocker for a man his size. ... Newton helped form one of the greatest offensive lines in league history, which helped anchor three Super Bowl-winning Cowboys teams.

  • <b>College:</b> Arkansas
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Buffalo Bills
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12
<br><b>First year:</b> 2004
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 8
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Originally a defensive end at Arkansas, Peters moved to tight end. Peters' abilities as a blocker prompted a move to offensive line in the NFL. 22

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    22. Jason Peters, OT

    College: Arkansas
    Signed by: Buffalo Bills
    NFL seasons: 12
    First year: 2004
    Pro Bowls: 8
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Originally a defensive end at Arkansas, Peters moved to tight end. Peters' abilities as a blocker prompted a move to offensive line in the NFL.

  • <b>College:</b> South Dakota State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> New England Patriots
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 20 (active)
<br><b>First year:</b> 1996
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> One of the most clutch kickers in league history, Vinatieri booted game-winning field goals in two Super Bowls. 21

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    21. Adam Vinatieri, K

    College: South Dakota State
    Signed by: New England Patriots
    NFL seasons: 20 (active)
    First year: 1996
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: One of the most clutch kickers in league history, Vinatieri booted game-winning field goals in two Super Bowls.

  • <b>College:</b> Texas
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Baltimore Ravens
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 10
<br><b>First year:</b> 1997
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> In 2001, Holmes became first undrafted player since Joe Perry to lead the league in rushing (1,555 yards). ... Holmes followed that up by leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. ... He earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. 20

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    20. Priest Holmes, RB

    College: Texas
    Signed by: Baltimore Ravens
    NFL seasons: 10
    First year: 1997
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: In 2001, Holmes became first undrafted player since Joe Perry to lead the league in rushing (1,555 yards). ... Holmes followed that up by leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. ... He earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2002.

  • <b>College:</b> Jackson State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>First year:</b> 1968
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 0
<br><b>Notes:</b> Traded by Cowboys to Los Angeles Rams, and teamed with <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d8074cd10/Top-Ten-Nicknames-Fearsome-Foursome" target="new">famed Fearsome Foursome</a>. ... Was one of NFL's best at getting to the quarterback before sacks became an official statistic (had 22 sacks in 1976). ... Was an outstanding athlete with unbelievable size/speed combination. 19

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    19. Coy Bacon, DL

    College: Jackson State
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    NFL seasons: 14
    First year: 1968
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 0
    Notes: Traded by Cowboys to Los Angeles Rams, and teamed with famed Fearsome Foursome. ... Was one of NFL's best at getting to the quarterback before sacks became an official statistic (had 22 sacks in 1976). ... Was an outstanding athlete with unbelievable size/speed combination.

  • <b>College:</b> South Carolina State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Pittsburgh Steelers
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>First year:</b> 1974
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> Shell was a member of all four Steelers teams that won Super Bowls in the 1970s. 18

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    18. Donnie Shell, DB

    College: South Carolina State
    Signed by: Pittsburgh Steelers
    NFL seasons: 14
    First year: 1974
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: Shell was a member of all four Steelers teams that won Super Bowls in the 1970s.

  • <b>College:</b> Kent State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Pittsburgh Steelers
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13 (active)
<br><b>First year:</b> 2002
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> A vital member of two Super Bowl-winning teams in Pittsburgh. ... <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000146425/James-Harrison-interception-return-touchdown" target="new">Harrison's 100-yard pick six</a> in Super Bowl XLIII is <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000630850/article/top-50-clutch-moments-in-super-bowl-history-110" target="new">one of the most clutch plays</a> in Super Bowl history. 17

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    17. James Harrison, OLB

    College: Kent State
    Signed by: Pittsburgh Steelers
    NFL seasons: 13 (active)
    First year: 2002
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: A vital member of two Super Bowl-winning teams in Pittsburgh. ... Harrison's 100-yard pick six in Super Bowl XLIII is one of the most clutch plays in Super Bowl history.

  • <b>College:</b> Missouri Southern State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Denver Broncos
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12
<br><b>First year:</b> 1994
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 0
<br><b>Notes:</b> Two-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos. ... NFL receptions leader in 2001. ... Finished as Broncos' career leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. 16

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    16. Rod Smith, WR

    College: Missouri Southern State
    Signed by: Denver Broncos
    NFL seasons: 12
    First year: 1994
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 0
    Notes: Two-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos. ... NFL receptions leader in 2001. ... Finished as Broncos' career leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

  • <b>College:</b> Louisville
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Washington Redskins
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13
<br><b>First year:</b> 1981
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 4
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> Founding member of the Redskins' <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/washington-redskins/09000d5d828ced51/Films-Encore-The-Hogs" target="new">famed "Hogs" offensive line</a> that won three Super Bowls. ... Member of <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1980s" target="new">the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team</a>. 15

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    15. Joe Jacoby, OT

    College: Louisville
    Signed by: Washington Redskins
    NFL seasons: 13
    First year: 1981
    Pro Bowls: 4
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: Founding member of the Redskins' famed "Hogs" offensive line that won three Super Bowls. ... Member of the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.

  • <b>College:</b> Kent State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> San Diego Chargers
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13 (active)
<br><b>First year:</b> 2003
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 8
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> Former college basketball player has 844 receptions for 10,644 yards and
104 TD catches in 13 seasons. 14

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    14. Antonio Gates, TE

    College: Kent State
    Signed by: San Diego Chargers
    NFL seasons: 13 (active)
    First year: 2003
    Pro Bowls: 8
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: Former college basketball player has 844 receptions for 10,644 yards and 104 TD catches in 13 seasons.

  • <b>College:</b> Eastern Illinois
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12 (active)
<br><b>First year:</b> 2004
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 4
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 0
<br><b>Notes:</b> Romo's 97.1 career passer rating currently ranks third on the all-time
list. 13

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    13. Tony Romo, QB

    College: Eastern Illinois
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    NFL seasons: 12 (active)
    First year: 2004
    Pro Bowls: 4
    All-Pro selections: 0
    Notes: Romo's 97.1 career passer rating currently ranks third on the all-time list.

  • <b>College:</b> Texas A&amp;M Kingsville
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Minnesota Vikings
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>First year:</b> 1990
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 7
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 6
<br><b>Notes:</b> Randle, who was <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/john-randle/" target="new">selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010</a>, had
137.5 career sacks in 219 games. ... In addition to being <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d81f32ab4/Top-Ten-Undrafted-Players-John-Randle" target="new">top undrafted players ever</a>, Randle was also <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d810a59e0/Top-Ten-Characters-John-Randle" target="new">one of the game's more colorful characters</a>. 12

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    12. John Randle, DT

    College: Texas A&M Kingsville
    Signed by: Minnesota Vikings
    NFL seasons: 14
    First year: 1990
    Pro Bowls: 7
    All-Pro selections: 6
    Notes: Randle, who was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, had 137.5 career sacks in 219 games. ... In addition to being top undrafted players ever, Randle was also one of the game's more colorful characters.

  • <b>College:</b> Bishop
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Kansas City Chiefs
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13
<br><b>First year:</b> 1966
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 1
<br><b>Notes:</b> Had 58 career interceptions in a <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/emmitt-thomas/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Fame</a> career. ... Had an interception in <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d8111b5b7/Top-Ten-Biggest-Upsets-Super-Bowl-IV" target="new">Chiefs' win in Super Bowl IV</a>. 11

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    11. Emmitt Thomas, CB

    College: Bishop
    Signed by: Kansas City Chiefs
    NFL seasons: 13
    First year: 1966
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 1
    Notes: Had 58 career interceptions in a Pro Football Hall of Fame career. ... Had an interception in Chiefs' win in Super Bowl IV.

  • <b>College:</b> Utah State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>First year:</b> 1962
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 13
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 5
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> Former college basketball player had 34 career interceptions. ... Was part of Cowboys' <a href="http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2016/02/03/americas-game-1971-dallas-cowboys" target="new">first championship team in 1971</a>. 10

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    10. Cornell Green, DB

    College: Utah State
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    First year: 1962
    NFL seasons: 13
    Pro Bowls: 5
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: Former college basketball player had 34 career interceptions. ... Was part of Cowboys' first championship team in 1971.

  • <b>College:</b> Ouachita Baptist
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Dallas Cowboys
<br><b>First year:</b> 1970
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 10
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 6
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> One of the Cowboys' greatest success stories. Nickname was "Crash" and
he was as tough as they come. ... Played in five Super Bowls with team. 9

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    9. Cliff Harris, S

    College: Ouachita Baptist
    Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
    First year: 1970
    NFL seasons: 10
    Pro Bowls: 6
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: One of the Cowboys' greatest success stories. Nickname was "Crash" and he was as tough as they come. ... Played in five Super Bowls with team.

  • <b>College:</b> Ohio State
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Cleveland Browns
<br><b>First year:</b> 1946
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 21
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 9
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 4
<br><b>Notes:</b> Groza doubled as an offensive tackle and kicker for 14 years in Cleveland before becoming a kicking
specialist in 1961. ... Groza helped the Browns win eight championships (4 AAFC and 4 NFL) between 1949 and 1964. ... <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/lou-groza/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Famer</a> played until he was 43 years old. 8

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    8. Lou "The Toe" Groza, OT/K

    College: Ohio State
    Signed by: Cleveland Browns
    First year: 1946
    NFL seasons: 21
    Pro Bowls: 9
    All-Pro selections: 4
    Notes: Groza doubled as an offensive tackle and kicker for 14 years in Cleveland before becoming a kicking specialist in 1961. ... Groza helped the Browns win eight championships (4 AAFC and 4 NFL) between 1949 and 1964. ... Pro Football Hall of Famer played until he was 43 years old.

  • <b>College:</b> Compton (Calif.) Community College
<br><b>Signed by:</b> San Francisco 49ers
<br><b>First year:</b> 1948
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 3
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> One of the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-path-to-the-draft/09000d5d81f79a29/A-look-back-at-Joe-Perry" target="new">most explosive inside runners</a> in NFL history. <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/joe-perry/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Famer</a> led NFL in rushing two seasons, and was first to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. 7

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    7. Joe Perry, RB

    College: Compton (Calif.) Community College
    Signed by: San Francisco 49ers
    First year: 1948
    NFL seasons: 14
    Pro Bowls: 3
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: One of the most explosive inside runners in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer led NFL in rushing two seasons, and was first to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

  • <b>College:</b> USC
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Green Bay Packers
<br><b>First year:</b> 1960
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 8
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 5
<br><b>Notes:</b> Member of <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/willie-wood/" target="new">the Pro Football Hall of Fame</a>. ... Wood <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000620329/Golden-Play-Super-Bowl-I-Willie-Wood-50-yd-INT" target="new">had an interception</a> in <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/09000d5d8014d326/Super-Bowl-Memories-Super-Bowl-I" target="new">Super Bowl I</a>. 6

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    6. Willie Wood, CB

    College: USC
    Signed by: Green Bay Packers
    First year: 1960
    NFL seasons: 12
    Pro Bowls: 8
    All-Pro selections: 5
    Notes: Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Wood had an interception in Super Bowl I.

  • <b>College:</b> Grambling
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Denver Broncos
<br><b>First year:</b> 1963
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 16
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 9
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 5
<br><b>Notes:</b> Starred for Oakland Raiders. ... Had 54 career interceptions and
inducted into <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/willie-brown/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984</a>. 5

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    5. Willie Brown, CB

    College: Grambling
    Signed by: Denver Broncos
    First year: 1963
    NFL seasons: 16
    Pro Bowls: 9
    All-Pro selections: 5
    Notes: Starred for Oakland Raiders. ... Had 54 career interceptions and inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

  • <b>College:</b> Washington
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Houston Oilers
<br><b>First year:</b> 1984
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 17
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 9
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 0
<br><b>Notes:</b> <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/warren-moon/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Famer</a> twice led the league in passing yards and had four 4,000-yard passing seasons. 4

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    4. Warren Moon, QB

    College: Washington
    Signed by: Houston Oilers
    First year: 1984
    NFL seasons: 17
    Pro Bowls: 9
    All-Pro selections: 0
    Notes: Pro Football Hall of Famer twice led the league in passing yards and had four 4,000-yard passing seasons.

  • <b>College:</b> Iowa
<br><b>Signed by:</b> New York Giants
<br><b>First year:</b> 1948
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 9
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 4
<br><b>Notes:</b> One of the great defensive backs in NFL history, Tunnell -- a <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/emlen-tunnell/" target="new">1967 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee</a> -- is second on the all-time
list with 79 interceptions. 3

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    3. Emlen Tunnell, DB

    College: Iowa
    Signed by: New York Giants
    First year: 1948
    NFL seasons: 14
    Pro Bowls: 9
    All-Pro selections: 4
    Notes: One of the great defensive backs in NFL history, Tunnell -- a 1967 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee -- is second on the all-time list with 79 interceptions.

  • <b>College:</b> Scottsbluff (Neb.) Junior College
<br><b>Signed by:</b> Los Angeles Rams
<br><b>First year:</b> 1952
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 14
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 7
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 3
<br><b>Notes:</b> <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/dick-night-train-lane/" target="new">Pro Football Hall of Famer</a> still owns rookie record for interceptions (14 in 1952) ... Had 68 career interceptions with three teams (Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions). 2

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    2. Dick "Night Train" Lane, DB

    College: Scottsbluff (Neb.) Junior College
    Signed by: Los Angeles Rams
    First year: 1952
    NFL seasons: 14
    Pro Bowls: 7
    All-Pro selections: 3
    Notes: Pro Football Hall of Famer still owns rookie record for interceptions (14 in 1952) ... Had 68 career interceptions with three teams (Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions).

  • <b>College:</b> Northern Iowa
<br><b>Signed by:</b> St. Louis Rams
<br><b>First year:</b> 1998
<br><b>NFL seasons:</b> 12
<br><b>Pro Bowls:</b> 4
<br><b>All-Pro selections:</b> 2
<br><b>Notes:</b> In addition to being perhaps the greatest Cinderella story in NFL history, Warner is a two-time league MVP who has posted the three best
single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history. 1

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    1. Kurt Warner, QB

    College: Northern Iowa
    Signed by: St. Louis Rams
    First year: 1998
    NFL seasons: 12
    Pro Bowls: 4
    All-Pro selections: 2
    Notes: In addition to being perhaps the greatest Cinderella story in NFL history, Warner is a two-time league MVP who has posted the three best single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history.

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