The University of Southern Mississippi is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and has had a very successful football program over the years. More than 90 players have come from Southern Miss and gone on to enjoy a career in the National Football League. Here is a look at some interesting facts surrounding the players that Southern Miss has sent to the NFL.
-Brett Favre has played in more NFL games than any other former Southern Miss football player.
-No former Southern Miss football player has scored more NFL touchdowns than running back Sammy Winder who racked up 48 TDs during his career.
-It should come as no surprise that the player who holds the record for most NFL Pro Bowl appearances by a former Southern Miss football player is quarterback Brett Favre, second on the list is former Raiders punter Ray Guy.
-Brett Favre has also played more seasons in the NFL than any other former Southern Miss player.
-Southern Miss has had five different quarterbacks drafted into the NFL during the school’s history, they are George Herring in 1956, Val Keckin in 1961, Reggie Collier in 1983, Brett Favre in 1991, and Jeff Kelly in 2002.
-Defensive tackle Daleroy Stewart is the heaviest Southern Miss player to ever be drafted into the NFL, he weighed 327 pounds at the time of his selection.
-Offensive lineman Glen Howe stood at 6′ 7″ tall, he is the tallest former Southern Miss football player ever taken in the NFL Draft.
-When the Atlanta Falcons selected running back Tony Smith with the 19th pick in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft, it marked the highst any former Southern Miss player had been chosen during the selection process.
Notable NFL players who played college football for Southern Miss include: Brett Favre, Louis Lipps, Ray Guy, Todd Pinkston, Patrick Surtain, Sammy Winder, Michael Jackson, Adalius Thomas, and Marcus Dupree.