The University of Nevada-Reno is one of the better small schools when it comes to intercollegiate athletics in the country. Over the years, the university has sent more than forty players into the National Football League and many of them have excelled at a high level. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding players who played college football for the Wolfpack of the University of Nevada-Reno and then went on to enjoy an NFL career as well.
-No former Nevada-Reno football player has scored more NFL touchdowns than running back Marion Motley who accumulated 39 TDs during his career.
-Brock Marion, who played in 182 NFL games during his career, played in more NFL games than any other former Nevada-Reno football player.
-In the history of the NFL Draft, only three quarterbacks were ever selected out of Nevada-Reno. Interestingly all three quarterbacks were drafted within six years of each other. Those Nevada-Reno quarterbacks were Bill Mackrides in 1947, Stan Heath in 1949, and Pat Brady in 1952.
-At 6’7″ tall, defensive lineman Doug Betters was the tallest player ever drafted out of Nevada-Reno when the Miami Dolphins picked him in the 1978 NFL Draft.
-Four players tie for first when determining what former Nevada-Reno football player played the most seasons in the NFL, they are Brock Marion, Victor Carroll, Charles Mann, and Eric Sanders who each played 12 seasons in the NFL.
-Offensive linemen Tony Moll and Derek Kennard, both weighing 285 pounds, are the heaviest players ever drafted out of the University of Nevada-Reno.
-The first football player ever drafted by the NFL out of Nevada-Reno was guard Bob McClure who was taken in the 1946 NFL Draft by the Boston Yanks.
-Charles Mann appeared in more NFL Pro Bowls, four, than any other former Nevada-Reno football player.
-Nevada-Reno quarterback Stan Heath was drafted higher than any other player coming out of Nevada-Reno ever has been when in 1949 the Green Bay Packers selected him with the fifth pick in the first round.
Notable players who played college football at Nevada-Reno and then went on to the NFL include Victor Carroll, Brock Marion, Eric Sanders, Charles Mann, Derek Kennard, Tony Zendejas, Terry Hermeling, Doug Betters, Patrick Hunter, Ed Sharkey, Marion Motley, Frank Hawkins, Henry Rolling, Robert Awalt, Nate Burleson, Bill Mackrides, and Alex Van Dyke.