What Former Military Academy Footballer Played In The Most NFL Games?
Here is a great question that came in to the AskIQFB email box from Phil in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A couple of months ago we wrote about the pro football player who scored more NFL touchdowns than any other player who played college football at one of the United States military academies (Air Force, Army and Navy). Phil asked, what about longevity?
What NFL player, who played collegiately at a military academy, went on to play in the most games in the NFL?
We’ll take a look at it in reverse order.
The player who played collegiately for Army who went on to play in more NFL games than any other Army football player was Bob Mischak who played in 79 NFL games. Mischak played in one season (1958) for the New York Giants, sat out the 1959 season, and then came back to play six seasons in the American Football League (AFL). Because of the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, AFL statistics are included in the NFL record book.
The player who played college football for the Naval Academy who went on to play more games in the NFL than any other Navy football player is kicker Todd Peterson. Peterson played 12 seasons for six different teams (Cardinals, Seahawks, Chiefs, Steelers, 49ers and Falcons) and during that time appeared in 159 NFL games.
But the player who played in the most NFL games after playing collegiately at a military academy came out of the Air Force Academy. Larry Cole played in 176 games during an NFL career that lasted from 1968 to 1980, all of it spent with the Dallas Cowboys. During his time with the Cowboys Cole played in five Super Bowls, winning two of them.