The Florida Tuskers of the new United Football League are slated to begin play with the rest of the UFL in October. At their recent training camp, there were quite a few recognizable names.
Tatum Bell played college football at Oklahoma State University and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2nd round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Bell’s second and third season in Denver were very productive, with him putting up 921 and 1,025 rushing yards, respectively. Bell was then traded to the Detroit Lions for the 2007 season and then found his way back to Denver for the 2008 season.
Doug Gabriel was taken in the 5th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Gabriel stayed in Oakland for three and a half seasons before finishing his NFL career with half a season with the New England Patriots.
Craig Nall was picked in the 5th round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and saw action in three seasons as one of Brett Favre’s backups. Over the course of his time in the NFL, Nall threw a total of 48 passes with 30 completions and five touchdowns.
Drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina, Andrew Pinnock put together a five year career as a fullback for the San Diego Chargers.
Koren Robinson was the 9th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He would go on to have an eight year career playing for Seattle, Green Bay, and Minnesota. His most productive year was 2002, when he caught 78 passes for 1,240 yards. He also returned kickoffs during his career, including one for a touchdown.
Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, not bad for a punter, Todd Sauerbrun put together a very successful 13 year NFL career. He even kicked one field goal and four extra points during his time in the league. He played with five teams in the NFL including Chicago, Kansas City, Carolina, Denver, and New England. Sauerbrun also made two Pro Bowls and led the NFL in yards per punt twice.
Michael Waddell was drafted out of the University of North Carolina in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He played two seasons in Tennessee and a final year with the Oakland Raiders.
Jermaine Wiggins began his college career at Marshall University and then after two seasons transferred to the University of Georgia. He wasn’t drafted, but signed as a free agent rookie with the New York Jets. He finished his NFL career in 2006 with 236 catches, 2141 yards, and 14 touchdowns. During his career he saw action with the Jets, Patriots, Colts, Panthers, and Vikings.
The head coach of the Florida Tuskers, Jim Haslett, is also a familiar name to many football fans. Haslett was drafted out of Indiana (Pennsylvania) University in the 2nd round of the 1979 NFL Draft and went on to put together a very productive eight year NFL career, the first seven with the Bills and the last one with the New York Jets. Haslett was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000 through 2005, and then was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2008. His NFL coaching record includes 47 wins and 61 losses. He has also held a number of other coaching positions with teams other than the Saints and Rams including the University of buffalo, the Sacramento Surge of the WLAF, the Los Angeles Raiders, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.