Mizzou Football: Ten Best NFL Careers of All-Time

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Apr 19, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; The Missouri Tigers prepare to enter the field during the Black & Gold Game at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
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Though the Missouri Tigers and Mizzou football program have struggled as of lately, there has always been a great mix of alumni in the NFL from this school.

This list includes two Hall of Fame football players in Kellen Winslow and Roger Wehril and also has Super Bowl champions such as Andy Russell, Otis Smith, Mike Jones, and Eric Wright.

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Mizzou football has always done well at producing guys at the pro level even when their teams aren’t all that great. As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Mizzou football currently has 22 guys repping them in the NFL at the moment.

That’s a big number for any school and shows how the players at Missouri are ready to go and do work in the pros when that time comes.

I originally wanted to include Sheldon Richardson on this list, but he’s only a few years into his pro career and I wanted this list to be mostly guys who had played out their whole career.

Jeremy Maclin was an honorable mention and while he’s having a down year in Kansas City this season, the guy has been a great receiver in the pros and maybe someday can leapfrog into the top ten.

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What I thought was interesting about this group of guys was that almost all of them were first round picks or early round draft picks. That shows that Mizzou players are noticeable coming out of college and are worth taking with a high pick to build a certain position around.

It was also interesting to see that most of these guys remained with the same team that had drafted them throughout their entire career. It’s rare to see that in the current NFL, as it tends to be all about the money.

What other guys would you include on this list? Did I leave anyone notable off?