When most people think of NCAA football powerhouses, they don’t think about the Utah Utes. The University of Utah though has sent over 100 players to the NFL, and many of them have gone on to perform quite well over the years. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding the players that have played college football at the University of Utah and then gone on to play in the National Football League as well.
-No Utah Utes football player has scored more NFL touchdowns than Roy Jefferson who racked up 53 during his career.
-Defensive back Larry Wilson played in more NFL seasons than any other former Utah football player, his career lasted 13 years.
-Larry Wilson made it to more Pro Bowls than any other former Utah Ute football player, his eight Pro Bowls are twice as many as the next names on the list Bob Trumpy and Dave Costa who each played in four Pro Bowls.
-Two Utah football players tie for the heaviest Ute ever drafted into the NFL at 344 pounds, offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu in 2005 and Paul Soliai in 2007.
-The lightest former Utah footballer ever drafted into the NFL was Frank Nelson who weighed 166 pounds when he was selected in the 20th round of the 1948 NFL Draft.
-Five Utah Utes quarterbacks have been drafted into the NFL over the years, they are Tom Dublinski in 1952, Lee Grosscup in 1959, Terry Nofsinger in 1961, Scott Mitchell in 1990, and Alex Smith in 2005.
-Larry Wilson played in 169 NFL games during his career, no former Utah Utes football player has surpassed this.
-Three players are tied for the tallest Utah Ute ever drafted into the NFL; quarterback Scott Mitchell, tight end Greg Kent, and wide receiver Bob Trumpy all stood at 6′ 6″ tall when they went into the NFL.
-The highest any Utah football player has ever been taken in the NFL Draft is the first overall pick of the first round, this happened when quarterback Alex Smith was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.
Notable players who played in the NFL but went to school at the University of Utah include Alex Smith, Jamal Anderson, Mike Anderson, Kevin Dyson, Luther Elliss, Manny Fernandez, Steve Folsom, Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala, Roy Jefferson, Scott Mitchell, Steve Odom, Barry Sims, Charlie E. Smith, Bob Trumpy, and Larry Wilson.