Wake Forest is not known for being a traditional football powerhouse, but they have had successful teams and great players at times over the years. Quarterbacks get the most attention though and who have been the school’s biggest name players at that position?
Here is a look at the former Wake Forest quarterbacks who have been taken in the NFL Draft.
Norm Snead – 1961
Norm Snead was drafted into the NFL out of Wake Forest with the second overall pick of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He was also selected that year in the AFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but chose to play in the NFL instead. He played from 1961 to 1963 with the Redskins and was then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sonny Jurgensen. He would play for the Eagles from 1964 to 1970. He would finish his career with one season with the Minnesota Vikings, three with the New York Giants, and finally two years with the San Francisco 49ers. He would go to the Pro Bowl four times.
Karl Sweetan – 1965
Karl Sweetan was drafted in the eighteenth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played for the Lions from 1966 to 1967, including starring as himself in the 1968 film Paper Lion. In 1968, Sweetan played for the New Orleans Saints and he would finish his career playing two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams.
Mike Elkins – 1989
Mike Elkins was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent his first couple of years in the NFL with the Chiefs before moving on to play for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football in 1991. He later signed on with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 and spent the last year of his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1992.