The Players Sent To The NFL From The University of Washington

The Washington Huskies have spent time as one of the best teams in college football, as well as time as one of the worst. Through 2009, 237 different football players have gone on to the NFL after playing college football at the University of Washington. Here is a look at some interesting facts surrounding the many Washington Huskies that went on to play in the NFL.

-Three former Washington Huskies football players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Arnie Weinmeister, Hugh McElhenny, and Warren Moon.

-The Washington Huskies football players that went on to play the most games years in the NFL are quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Warren Moon, and center Blair Bush who all played 17 seasons in the pros.

-No former Washington Huskies football player made it to more Pro Bowls than quarterback Warren Moon.

-The tallest player ever drafted into the NFL out of the University of Washington was defensive lineman Ben Davidson who was taken in 1961 in the 4th round by the New York Giants and went on to have an 11 year career.

-The highest any former Husky player has been taken in the NFL Draft is the first pick in the first round. This has happened on just one occasion, in 1992 when the Indianapolis Colts selected defensive lineman Steve Emtman.

-14 players have played quarterback at the University of Washington and gone on to appear in the NFL: Mark Brunell, Chris Chandler, Cary Conklin, Tom Flick, Lee Grosscup, Don Heinrich, Billy Joe Hobert, Brock Huard, Damon Huard, Hugh Millen, Warren Moon, Steve Pelluer, Cody Pickett, and Marques Tuiasosopo.

-The most players drafted out of the University of Washington in one year is 11. This was done twice, first in 1984 and then again in 1992. The Washington Huskies NFL Draft Class of 1984: Ray Horton, Tony Caldwell, Chuck Nelson, Vince Newsome, Mark Stewart, Paul Skansi, Anthony Allen, Bill Stapleton, Eric Moran, Aaron Williams, and Don Dow. The Washington Huskies NFL Draft Class of 1992: Steve Emtman, Dana Hall, Ed Cunningham, Siupeli Malamala, Aaron Pierce, Orlando McKay, Mario Bailey, Donald Jones, Kris Rongen, Brett Collins, and Chico Fraley.

-Offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy was the heaviest Washington Huskies player ever drafted when the Atlanta Falcons took him with the 9th overall pick in 1993. He weighed 335 pounds at the time.

Notable NFL players who played college football for the Washington Huskies: Chuck Allen, Eric Bjornson, Bern Brostek, Dennis Brown, Mark Bruener, Mark Brunell, Blair Bush, Rich Camarillo, Chris Chandler, Cam Cleeland, Ernie Conwell, Ben Davidson, Corey Dillon, Steve Emtman, D’Marco Farr, Rick Fenney, Frank Garcia, Nesby Glasgow, Kevin Gogan, Brian Habib, Dana Hall, Don Heinrich, Lonzell Hill, Billy Joe Hobert, Ron Holmes, Ray Horton, Brock Huard, Damon Huard, Charles Jackson, Michael Jackson, Vestee Jackson, Jeff Jaeger, Tank Johnson, Napoleon Kaufman, Joe Kelly, Lincoln Kennedy, Dave Kopay, Olin Kreutz, Jake Kupp, Mike Lansford, Greg Lewis, Siupeli Malamala, Ray Mansfield, Doug Martin, Hugh McElhenny, Hugh Millen, Lawyer Milloy, Charles Mincy, Warren Moon, Vince Newsome, Benji Olson, Tony Parrish, Jerome Pathon, J.C. Pearson, Steve Pelluer, Aaron Pierce, Pete Pierson, Ray Pinney, Rick Redman, Bob Sapp, Rashaan Shehee, Jim Skaggs, Paul Skansi, Isaiah Stanback, Jerramy Stevens, Lester Towns, Larry Tripplett, and Marques Tuiasosopo.


  1. Rex says:

    Isaiah Stanback played QB for the Dawgs and also appeared in a NFL game………..

  2. Mark says:


    Right you are… and he was a lot of fun to watch too. That article was written before he had gotten a chance to play in the NFL. Since then he’s caught a few passes while with the Dallas Cowboys and some more during a season with the New England Patriots. He was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks, but missed all of 2010 with a torn achiles. I’ve added him into the list now though. 😉

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