Kansas has had its share of NFL stars

Former Kansas University quarterback Nolan Cromwell salutes the crowd at Memorial Stadium after being inducted into the KU Ring of Honor. Cromwell, receivers coach for the Seattle Seahawks, was named offensive coordinator at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Former Kansas University quarterback Nolan Cromwell salutes the crowd at Memorial Stadium after being inducted into the KU Ring of Honor. Cromwell, receivers coach for the Seattle Seahawks, was named offensive coordinator at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Pro-football-reference.com is a great place to go for statistics on NFL players, past and present.

The site enables the user to research based on the players' alma maters as well. It shows that Kansas has had 160 NFL players, 64th most in the country. Notre Dame is first with 573, USC second with 515.

Interestingly, Kansas had an abundance of successful defensive backs in the NFL and precious few quarterbacks.

Here is a look at KU statistical leaders in the NFL:

Passing

Quarterback
Cmp-Att Yds TD-Int Y/A
John Hadl 2,363-4,687 33,503 244-268 7.1
Bobby Douglass 507-1,178 6,493 36-64 5.5
Frank Seurer
26-55 340 0-4 6.2

Rushing

Player Yds TD Y/A
John Riggins 11,352 104
3.9
Delvin Williams 5,598 33 4.3
Gale Sayers 4,956 39 5.0
Curtis McClinton 3,124
18 4.1
Bobby Douglass 2,654 22 6.5
Gene Roberts 1,904 14 3.8
Bert Coan 1,259 15 4.4
John Hadl 1,112 16 3.2
Robert Miller 951 7 3.5
Harry Sydney 805 9 4.2

Receiving

Player Rec Yds TD Y/C
Ron Jessie 265 4,278 26
16.1
John Riggins 250 2,090 12 8.4
Curtis McClinton 154 1,945 14
12.6
Bobby Johnson 112 1,862 20 16.6
Delvin Williams 152 1,415 6 9.3
Gale Sayers 112 1,307 9 11.7
Isaac Byrd
93 1,229 6 13.2
Gene Roberts 64 1,135 12 17.7
Billy Campfield 108 970 6 9.0
Wayne Capers 51 822 5 16.1

Interceptions

Player Interceptions Yards Touchdowns
Nolan Cromwell 37 671 4
LeRoy Irvin 35 676 5
Aqib Talib 34 722 10
Otto Schnellbacher 34 558 3
Kwamie Lassiter 25 356 2
Chris Harris 16 378 3
Galen Fiss 13 178 0
Elvis Patterson
12 233
2
Frank Wattelet 12 135
1
Alvin Walton 12 258 2

Comments

Titus Canby

Frank Seurer had more NFL career completions than David Jaynes? Wow. Did Jaynes never play in the NFL? I thought we had more QBs than that.

And Galen Fiss had 13 interceptions? He was in the NFL before my time, but wasn't he a lineman?

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Tom Keegan

Jaynes had a shoulder injury that ended a promising career before it started. Was 0 for 2 for his career.

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Robert Lofthouse

Statistical Leaders in college? How about the guys who shined once they got in the league?

John Zook ('73 Pro Bowl)
Larry Brown ('71 - Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) Pro Bowl (1982))
Delvin Williams ('74 - Pro Bowl (1976, 1978))
Dana Stubblefield ('93 - Super Bowl Champion (XXIX) Pro Bowl (1994, 1995, 1997))

...and many more (48 Pro Bowl appearances,17 Super Bowl and NFL Champ appearances, 5 MVPs

While you're on this topic why not put together a best of all time Jayhawk football team? Might even include Ralph Miller when he was playing two sports - FB and BB.

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Richard Duran

Can we include Willie Plesss and Jon Cornish? Pless is a Hall of Famer, Cornish will be. Gilbert Brown is a Hall of Famer in Green bay. GREEN BAY!!!! Funny how all those guys played for the Los Angeles Rams! With Fish Smithson, McDougal and others in the NFL are we DB U?

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Marius Rowlanski

To be a star in the NFL, you actually need to play in the NFL. Great careers at Kansas and in the Canadian Football League but in the NFL? Nope.

I will say this, learning about Willie Pless was well worth the research. With his talent, I'm surprised he didn't play as a defensive back or as a safety. He completely tore up the CFL.

And how does Mike McCormick not make your list as one of only three Kansas players in the NFL Hall of Fame.

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Ray Winger

I am drunk. but, I can't help but remember
Delvin Williams (fastest man in the NFL) KU Football.
There are plenty of historically prominant KU Football stars, Gilbert Brown ( a tackle to tackle ) one man defensive line.

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Marius Rowlanski

Enjoyed the article Tom but I wish you could have put in the dates associated with the players.

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