Arkansas Razorbacks Who Have Gone On To Play In The NFL


One of the more legendary college football programs of all time is run by the University of Arkansas. The school has sent over 190 players into the NFL and many of these former Arkansas Razorbacks football players have gone on to become legends in the game. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding players that played college football at the University of Arkansas and then went on to have an NFL career.

-No University of Arkansas football player has gone on to score more touchdowns in the NFL than Lance Alworth who accumulated 87 during his career.

-Quarterback Joe Ferguson appeared in 186 games during his NFL career, this is more NFL games than any other Arkansas football player ever played in. Ferguson also played more seasons in the NFL than any other Arkansas football player with 17 years of NFL service.

-The two heaviest players ever drafted out of the University of Arkansas were oddly enough both taken by the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2000 they picked guard Bobbie Williams and in 2004 they chose offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, both players weighed 340 pounds at the time they were drafted.

-In 1984, the New York Jets drafted defensive lineman Ron Faurot in the first round of the NFL Draft, he is the tallest Arkansas player to ever be drafted into the NFL.

-With eight NFL Pro Bowls on his resume, defensive back Steve Atwater holds the record for most Pro Bowl appearances by a former Arkansas Razorbacks football player. This is one more Pro Bowl appearance than Hall of Famer Lance Alworth.

-The highest any Arkansas Razorback player has ever been taken in the NFL Draft is the second pick of the first round. This happened in 1954 when the Chicago Cardinals used their first round pick to take quarterback Lamar McHan. He would go on to lead the league in interceptions his first year in the NFL.

-The first Arkansas football player to ever be drafted into the NFL was tailback Jack Robbins, chosen by the Chicago Cardinals with the fifth pick of the 1938 NFL Draft.

Notable players who played college football at the University of Arkansas before heading to the NFL include Joe Ferguson, Fred Williams, Dave Hanner, Billy Ray Smith Sr., R.C. Thielemann, Preston Carpenter, Dan Hampton, Raylee Johnson, Greg Koch, Steve Atwater, Wayne Martin, Lance Alworth, Lew Carpenter, Dirt Winston, Dave Reavis, Pat Summerall, Henry Ford, Billy Ray Smith, Lamar McHan, Kenny Wright, Gary Anderson, Tarvaris Jackson, Jamaal Anderson, Kenoy Kennedy, Ravin Caldwell, Derek Russell, Ray Hamilton, Bobby Duckworth, Barry Foster, Bobby Joe Edmonds, and Boo Williams.

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