For students and alumni, one of the best parts about the University of Nevada – Las Vegas is that it is located in one of the top cities of the world. For sports fans, UNLV is probably best known for its basketball program. The football program began in 1968, a year before the college name would be changed to UNLV, back when it was known as Nevada Southern, and quickly rose to prominence at the Division II level. They would experience some success, though they would never achieve the heights that the basketball program would come to enjoy.
Glenn Carano – 1977 – Cowboys – 2nd Round
After a stellar career at UNLV, Glenn Carano was selected in the 2nd round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He would stay on with the team, backing up both Roger Staubach and Danny White, for seven years until 1983. 1984 would see him play for the only other pro football team he’d ever suit up with, the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League. After retiring, he would serve on the Nevada Athletic Commission, the governing body over boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts in the state of Nevada.
Randall Cunningham – 1985 – Eagles – 2nd Round
Randall Cunningham was one of the most exciting players in football during much of his career. Known as someone who could win games and make big plays while running the ball, he also had a strong arm too. After several years with the Philadelphia Eagles he would move on to be very productive with the Minnesota Vikings too.