While not on most football fans’ radar, the University of Idaho has proven over the years to have a decent football program. The university has sent over 60 players into the NFL over the years and the school remains one of the more respected institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding players who played college football for the Idaho Vandals and then went on to have an NFL career.
-No Idaho Vandals football player has scored more touchdowns in the NFL than Jerry Williams who scored 18 during a career that lasted from 1949 to 1954.
-Wayne H. Walker played in exactly 200 NFL games during his career, no other football player from the University of Idaho can top that. Walker also played more seasons in the NFL, 15, than any other former Vandals football player too.
-In 1967, running back Ray McDonald was drafted out of the University of Idaho by the Washington Redskins with the 13th pick of the first round. This is the highest that an Idaho Vandal has ever been taken in the NFL Draft.
-At 305 pounds, defensive lineman Mao Tosi became the heaviest Idaho football player to be drafted into the NFL when the Arizona Cardinals picked him in the 5th round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Eric Yarber who weighed 156 pounds was the lightest, he was taken in the 12th round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Redskins.
-The tallest player taken in the NFL Draft out of the University of Idaho was defensive lineman Stan Fanning who measured in at 6′ 7″ tall when the Chicago Bears picked him in the 11th round in 1960.
-The most NFL Pro Bowls a player from the University of Idaho has played in during their NFL career is three. This has been done by three different players, they are offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, defensive back Jim Norton, and linebacker Wayne H. Walker.
-Only two quarterbacks have ever been drafted from the Vandals football program into the NFL, John Friesz in 1990 and Doug Nussmeier in 1994.
Notable players that have played football for the University of Idaho and gone on to play in the NFL include Wayne H. Walker, Jeff Robinson, Mark Schlereth, Jerry Kramer, Marvin Washington, John Friesz, Jim Norton, Spencer Folau, Mike Hollis, Jerry Williams, Sam Merriman, Ryan Phillips, and Yo Murphy.