KU football hasn’t been very good over the past few seasons, but that doesn’t mean that the Jayhawks haven’t had good players on the gridiron. Who have been the best football players for the University of Kansas?
Yes, KU football has not been good recently. In fact, they’ve been awful. Still, the school has a long history of producing some fine NFL players, including a few Hall of Fame inductees.
The Kansas Jayhawks have only won one game in the past two seasons and continue to struggle when it comes to college football. We’re all aware of the Jayhawks’ recent problems on the football field, but there was a time when KU produced good NFL players.
Even now despite the poor records over the years, Kansas has given the NFL players like Ben Heeney and JaCorey Shepherd. Both of these guys were later round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, but they’re in the pros and that’s all that matters.
Who have been the ten best KU football players ever? Let’s take a look.
THIS WAS INITIALLY PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2016 AND HAS BEEN UPDATED AS RECENTLY AS APRIL 2018.
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Darrell Stuckey hasn’t had mind blowing stats during his six-year NFL career, but he deserved to at least be mentioned. He was a fourth-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2010 after spending four years at Kansas.
Stuckey played for the Jayhawks when they were a competitive team. Two of his seasons spent at KU saw the team making it to high-profile bowl games, including an Orange Bowl victory in 2007.
Stuckey went on to have a respectable career in San Diego. He was never been a big-time starter for the Bolts, but he played in every single game since his second year in the league and had proven to be a nice depth piece. Stuckey was released in 2017.
Stuckey wasn’t one of the ten best Jayhawks to play in the pros, but he’s certainly worth a mention and he’s an honorable mention on this list.
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