Nine Colleges Dominate NFL Rosters

As the 2007-08 college football season concluded earlier this week, heads now turn to the Senior Bowl and Shrine Bowl as college seniors prepare for the 2008 NFL Draft. A quick look over to the index of NFL rosters, there are a handful of teams in the NCAA who consistently recruit, develop and produce the type of athletes good enough to play in the league.

  • The Elite Nine
    The following are the elite nine (number of players in the league): Miami (50), Ohio State (48), Georgia (47), Florida State (44), Michigan (43), Tennessee (40), Notre Dame (39), Florida (38) and LSU (35).
  • Note: To be clear, in no way am I trying to make or prove a point. The data contained within is for informative purposes only. Why did I pick 35 as the base number to be considered part of the elite? No particular reason other than it is a nice, round number and to help keep the number of teams in the elite below ten. And for full disclosure, there were five teams who barely missed the cut: Auburn (34), Texas (33), Southern Cal (31), Cal (30) and Penn State (30).

  • More than 20% of all NFL rosters
    The Elite Nine football programs account for 20% of the entire NFL roster. In the Elite Nine, affiliation includes four SEC teams, two Big Ten, two ACC and one Independent.
  • BCS Conference Supremacy
    Taking a look and including every team from every BCS conference, the breakdown is predictably dominated by the SEC (313), followed by the Big Ten (280), ACC (281), Pacific Ten (220), Big 12 (208) and finally the Big East (107). The Big Ten was listed before the ACC because they have one fewer team in the conference and only one fewer player in the league. Advantage Big Ten.
  • The Weakest Links
    The weakest conferences are clearly the Big 12 and the Big East. Even with fewer conference teams than the Big 12, the Big Ten and Pacific Ten have a decided advantage in NFL players. As for the eight team Big East, they send less than three players to the league for every one that Notre Dame sends.
  • Team & Conference Notes of Interest
    Historic Big 12 superpowers Oklahoma and Nebraska both have fewer than 30 players in the NFL.The SEC’s big four (Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, LSU) have more players in the NFL (160) than the rest of the eight conference members combined (153).

    The Big 10 and Pacific 10 are the only conferences with every member sending double digit products to the NFL.

    Duke, Connecticut, South Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt all have fewer than ten players each in the league.

  • Completely Unacceptable
    Navy has two players in the pros. Air Force has one. Army has zero. There is absolutely no excuse for the Irish to ever lose to Navy. Air Force and Army should remain off Notre Dame’s schedule…forever.

And finally, a piece of useless trivia encountered while conducting research. Brady Quinn is the only player in the NFL who shares the first letter of his last name with nobody.

Well that is the data and with very little opinion contributed. I encourage everybody to use the comments section so you can take the data and form your own opinions in a discussion with other fans.

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23 comments

  1. MEG 10 years ago

    By the way Texas has 44 active NFL players

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  2. jack dankovsky 10 years ago

    This article is very excellent. I was reading it with pleasure. sincerely

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  3. Brian 12 years ago

    Bob, how did you defeat phony judges if you are still disbarred?

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  4. Judge Ito 12 years ago

    RE: “2. if you had bothered to check previous posts or subsequent published opinions of the california supreme court, you would have found out that i defeated the crooks at the phony ca state bar court, before you republished the link to this article and committed libel per se.”

    Yeah Bob,
    Then why are you still disbarred to this day?

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member_detail.aspx?x=70962

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  5. bleednd82 12 years ago

    Gutless Wonders…HAHHAAHHAA Well lets see my tuition cost about 160k for 4 years and my season tix keep going up every year for the stadium tax. I have 4 tix and each tix is $62.00 apiece and the tix have been in my family for 23 years. I think I’ve paid them enough already. I love my ND but your beyond obsessed.

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  6. robert t. gilleran 12 years ago

    mikeS,

    1. nothing went wrong with my personal, business, or professional life. what went wrong with yours, if you have any?

    2. if you had bothered to check previous posts or subsequent published opinions of the california supreme court, you would have found out that i defeated the crooks at the phony ca state bar court, before you republished the link to this article and committed libel per se. the ca supreme court ruled that the judge referred to in the article you posted the link to was not a real judge at all and that none of his findings or any of the so called proceedings in the phony ca state bar court were admissible in and real civil or criminal court or entitled to any credibility whatsoever.

    3. in addition, you would have found out that 2 crooked ca judges connected with those illegal proceedings and the article containing the fraudulent information, george trammel and anthony kline, ended up pleading guilty to federal felonies in the us district court in los angeles.

    4. if any of that trash referred to in that article were true, i would have a criminal record. i have none at all. i would also have been sued over these matters in the civil courts. i never have been.

    5. you are correct, i do not like pete carroll or urban meyer since they have engaged in fraudulent nd bashing in the recruiting wars.

    6. what my friends and i have done, and still are doing, in exposing the dishonest tactics of pete carroll and urban meyer in the recruiting wars, certainly has shown up in the 2008 recruiting statistics at rivals.com and scout.com.

    7. we have done things to help notre dame by exposing and attacking notre dame’s enemies.

    8. what have you ever done for notre dame or notre dame football?

    9. while we appreciate all of the flattery from whomever you may be hiding behind phony internet identities( sure fits with your gutless wonder images), you are not going to change what we have been doing, and will continue to do for notre dame and notre dame football and for all of the schools that play college football and college sports with honesty and integity.

    10. since none of you gutless wonders have the courage to disclose your real names, for all we and for all anyone looking at your ridiculous posts know, you are just one person using multiple phony internet ids and providing aid and comfort to notre dame’s enemies.

    GO IRISH!!!

    bob gilleran

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  7. smilinirish 12 years ago

    Don’t poke a stick into the freak’s cage. When you see the name and the numbered lists with no caps, just scroll down to the next “normal” post.

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  8. smilinirish 12 years ago

    Don’t poke the a stick into the freak’s cage. When you see the name and the numbered lists with no caps, just scroll down to the next “normal” post.

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