The Missouri Tigers have sent more than 140 players to the National Football League over the years. The Tigers have proven to be somewhat successful over the years and a number of the players playing there have gone on to make quite an impact in the NFL. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding the football players that the University of Missouri has sent to the NFL.
-No former Missouri Tigers football player has scored more touchdowns in the NFL than running back James Wilder who has 47 TDs to his name.
-The record for most NFL Pro Bowl appearances by a forumer Missouri football player is seven. This was done twice, first by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell, and then by Cardinals defensive back Roger Wehrli.
-The highest any Missouri Tigers football player has ever been selected in the NFL Draft is the first overall pick of the first round. This happened in 1973 when the Houston Oilers picked defensive lineman John Matuszak with the very first selection of the draft.
-The heaviest Missouri player ever drafted into the NFL was offensive guard Tony Palmer who was listed at 344 pounds when selected by the St. Louis Rams in 2006.
-The Missouri Tigers football player that has gone on to play in the most NFL games is Russ Washington who is credited with 200 regular season game appearances. Washington has also played in the NFL in more seasons than any other former Tiger footballer with a 15 year career under his belt. This is one more than the second place person on the list, Roger Wehrli.
-The tallest Missouri football player ever selected by an NFL team in the yearly draft was defensive lineman John Matuszak who stood at 6′ 8″ tall when selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft.
-Seven former Missouri Tigers quarterbacks have been taken in the NFL Draft over the years, they would be Paul Christman in 1941, Paul Collins in 1945, Vic Eaton in 1955, Gary Lane in 1965, Steve Pisarkiewicz in 1977, Babe Laufenberg in 1983, and Brad Smith in 2006.
Notable Missouri Tigers who have gone on to play football in the NFL include Curtis Brown, Byron Chamberlain, Harry Colon, Jeff Cross, Butch Davis, Robert Delpino, Brad Edelman, Ron Fellows, Tony Galbreath, Mel Gray, Mike Jones, Babe Laufenberg, Leo Lewis, Henry Marshall, John Matuszak, Erik McMillan, Steve Pisarkiewicz, Johnny Roland, Andy Russell, George Seals, Otis Smith, Morris Towns, Bruce Van Dyke, Russ Washington, Roger Wehrli, James Wilder, Kellen Winslow, and Eric Wright.