The University of Wyoming Cowboys have had a decent amount of success during their history as a college football team. They, like most schools, have had their ups and downs but in the end they have a number of conference championships and postseason bowl game wins, so former players and fans both have a lot to be proud of.
The team has had a lot of great players come through the ranks there, some of them ending up to be fairly well known. Jim Kiick, Mike Dirks, Conrad Dobler, Ken Fantetti, Jay Novacek, and Ryan Yarborough are just some of the great players who have gone on to be drafted into the National Football League. How many quarterbacks though have played at Wyoming and then have later been drafted by an NFL or AFL team? The answer is three.
Jim Walden – 1960
Jim Walden was a very successful quarterback at the University of Wyoming at the end of the 1950’s and would be drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in its first year of existence in 1960. He would play just a few years of pro ball, most of it in the Canadian Football League, before moving on into the college football coaching ranks. He was head coach of Washington State University from 1978 to 1986 and Iowa State University from 1987 to 1994.
Rick Egloff – 1967
From 1964 to 1966, the star quarterback at the University of Wyoming was Rick Egloff. He was quarterback for the Cowboys when they defeated the Florida State Seminoles in the 1966 Sun Bowl. He would be drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round in 1967, but would end up playing virtually his entire pro football career north of the border in Canada.
Casey Bramlet – 2004
Casey Bramlet was very successful during his playing days at Wyoming and left the school with a number of passing records, both career and season. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He would see time on the rosters of several other NFL teams during this time, including the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens. He also spent the 2007 NFL Europe season with the Hamburg Sea Devils. In 2009, he would go to the Canadian Football League and play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.