Yale University has a reputation as being one of the top academic institutions in the country, but the school also has a rich athletics history too. The school has sent more than 25 players to play in the National Football League over the years. Here are some interesting facts about former Yale football players that have moved on to the NFL.
-No former Yale football player has scored more touchdowns in the NFL than running back Calvin Hill who accumulated 65 TDs during his career.
-The most NFL games any former Yale football player has played in is 164, this record is held by former Chicago Bears defensive back Gary Fencik.
-The highest any former Yale football player has been taken in the NFL Draft is the third pick in the first round, this happened in 1947 when the Boston Yanks selected offensive lineman Fritz Barzilauskas.
-Two players played college football at Yale and then went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL, no other Yale footballer has played more seasons than them. The players who hold that record are running back Calvin Hill and defensive back Gary Fencik.
-The heaviest Yale football ever drafted into the NFL was guard Greg Dubinetz who weighed 260 pounds when selected by Cincinnati in 1975. The lightest was defensive back Don Martin who weighed 187 pounds when the Raiders picked him in the 7th round of the 1971 NFL Draft.
-In 2004, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected tight end Nate Lawrie out of Yale University. Standing at 6′ 7″ tall, he was the tallest Yale football player ever drafted into the NFL. The shortest was running back Rich Diana who stood at just 5′ 8″ tall when Miami selected him in the 5th round of the 1982 NFL Draft.
-Calvin Hill made more Pro Bowl games in the NFL, four, than any other former Yale football player.
-Yale University has only had one quarterback drafted into the NFL in their entire history, this happened when Brian Dowling was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in the 11th round of the 1969 NFL Draft.
Notable NFL players who played college football at Yale include Gary Fencik, Calvin Hill, Dick Jauron, Chris Hetherington, Eric Johnson, and John Spagnola.