Auburn Tigers Football Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

Auburn Tigers football is a storied program with a rich history of success. Founded in 1892, Auburn has been competing on the collegiate level for over 125 years and has established itself as one of the premier programs in college football. As members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Western Division, they have won nine conference championships since 1992 and their most recent National Championship was achieved after an undefeated season in 2010. With legendary coaches such as Pat Dye leading them to multiple bowl game appearances throughout its existence, it’s no surprise that passionate fans flock to Jordan–Hare Stadium every weekend during home games to cheer on their beloved team.

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1. Cam Newton


Cam Newton Career

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • First-team All-Pro (2015)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Bert Bell Award (2015)
  • 2× BCS national champion (2008, 2010)
  • NJCAA national football champion (2009)
  • Heisman Trophy (2010)
  • Maxwell Award (2010)
  • Walter Camp Award (2010)
  • Manning Award (2010)
  • Davey O'Brien Award (2010)
  • AP College Football Player of the Year (2010)
  • Sporting News College Player of the Year (2010)
  • Consensus All-American (2010)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)

Cam Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time BCS national champion. He was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and led them to the Super Bowl that year.

In 2020 he moved to the New England Patriots, where he continued his success before retiring at the end of the 2019 season. Cam Newton is a quarterback who was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL draft.

He has set numerous records and won many awards during his career, including two MVPs and five Super Bowls. In 2018, Cam Newton suffered an injury that ended his season prematurely; he is expected to return for the 2020 season.

2. Bo Jackson

Running back

Bo Jackson Career

  • Pro Bowl (1990)
  • Heisman Trophy (1985)
  • Walter Camp Award (1985)
  • SEC Player of the Year (1985)
  • Sporting News Player of the Year (1985)
  • UPI Player of the Year (1985)
  • 2× Consensus All-American (1983, 1985)
  • 3× First-team All-SEC (1982, 1983, 1985)
  • Auburn Tigers No. 34 retired

Bo Jackson is a retired American football player who was one of the best athletes in history. He played running back for the Auburn Tigers and was drafted by the NFL's Baltimore Colts in 1986.

Bo Jackson became an international icon after his performance at the 1984 Olympic Games, where he won a gold medal as part of the US track and field team. 

After retiring from professional football, Bo started his own sports training company which helped many young athletes achieve success in their fields.

In 2011, Bo announced that he had been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), an incurable neurodegenerative disease, but continues to fight on despite his condition. Today, Bo remains active both inside and outside of athletics – most notably through his work. 

The Dream Foundation charity – and continues to inspire others through his candid speaking engagements about living life to its fullest potential no matter what challenges are thrown your way Bo Jackson was a dominant running back in the NFL.

He won several awards, including three Heisman Trophies and two Pro Bowls. His career was cut short by injuries, but he remains one of the most legendary players in NFL history.

3. Cadillac Williams

Running back

Cadillac Williams Career

  • Henderson State (2015)
  • Running backs coach
  • West Georgia (2016)
  • Graduate assistant
  • IMG Academy (2017)
  • Running backs coach
  • Birmingham Iron (2018)
  • Running backs coach
  • Auburn (2019–2022)
  • Running backs coach
  • Auburn (2022)
  • Interim head coach
  • Auburn (2023–present)
  • Associate head coach/running backs coach

Williams was an all-state running back at Attalla High School in Gadsden, Alabama. He played for Auburn from 2001 to 2004 and finished his career with 2,212 yards on 321 carries (7.8 avg.) and 26 touchdowns.

Williams was drafted fifth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2005 NFL Draft but only played four seasons with them before being traded to the St. 

Louis Rams in 2011 where he spent three more years before retiring in 2014 due to injuries sustained during a game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Williams is currently coaching running backs at his alma mater, Auburn Cadillac Williams was one of the most decorated running backs in NCAA history. He won 5 national titles with three different teams and is a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist. 

After leaving Auburn, Williams had a successful career as an NFL assistant coach in several different positions including running backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns.

In 2019, Williams was named interim head coach of Auburn after Gus Malzahn resigned due to personal reasons.

4. Pat Sullivan



  • High school: John Carroll, (Birmingham, AL)
  • College: Auburn (1968–1971)
  • NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
  • As a player, Heisman Trophy (1971), Walter Camp Award (1971), Sammy Baugh Trophy (1970), SEC Player of the Year (1970), Consensus All-American (1971), Auburn Tigers No. 7 retired, As a coach, SWC champion (1994), SoCon champion (2013), SWC Coach of the Year (1994), SoCon co-Coach of the Year (2012), Citrus Bowl champion (1986), Hall of Fame Bowl champion (1989), Peach Bowl champion (1990), SEC champion (1987), SEC co-champion (1988,[1] 1989[2])
  • Passing yards: 1,155, Passing touchdowns: 5, Interceptions: 16
  • Passing yards: 1,155
  • Passing touchdowns: 5
  • Interceptions: 16

Sullivan was a two-time Pro Bowler and led the Redskins to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1976. Sullivan struggled with alcoholism throughout his career, but he battled back and eventually became an addiction counselor after retiring from football.

Sullivan died of cancer at 69 years old on December 1st 2019. Sullivan coached at Auburn, TCU and UAB before becoming the head coach at Samford. During his time as a head coach, Sullivan compiled a record of 118-53 with three conference championships and five bowl appearances.

In 2014, Sullivan was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

5. Tank Bigsby

Running back


  • College: , Auburn (2020–2022)
  • High school: Callaway, (Hogansville, Georgia)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2020), Second Team All-SEC (2020)

Tank Bigsby is a junior running back for the Auburn Tigers. He was born in 2001 and played high school football at LaGrange High School. Tank has had an impressive career thus far, rushing for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns while also catching 55 passes for 621 yards and four touchdowns during his time at Auburn.

In the 2017 SEC Championship Game against Georgia, Tank rushed for 131 yards on 18 carries to help propel Auburn to victories in both of their playoff games that season. 

As a true freshman in 2016, Bigsby saw limited action due to injuries but still managed to rush for 487 yards on 104 carries with five touchdowns as well as catch 22 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown through nine games played that season before breaking his leg against Ole Miss early in the yearending schedule.

While rehabbing from his injury, he transferred to Auburn where he became eligible again this past spring semester after sitting out two years due to NCAA transfer rules. 

With big expectations heading into next season, Tank will be looking to live up those expectations by leading the Tigers deep into College Football Playoff contention once again.

6. Takeo Spikes


Takeo Spikes Career

  • Cincinnati Bengals (1998–2002)
  • Buffalo Bills (2003–2006)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2007)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2008–2010)
  • San Diego Chargers (2011–2012)

Takeo Spikes was a linebacker for the Chargers in 2012. He played college football at Auburn and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1998. After playing with the Bengals, he moved to Buffalo and then Philadelphia before ending his career with the Eagles in 2007.

Takeo Spikes is now an analyst for ESPN's NFL coverage Takeo Spikes is a former linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. He was drafted in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but he never played for them because they traded him to the 49ers before the season started.

In his six seasons with San Francisco, he made three Pro Bowls and recorded 1,423 tackles, 29 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries, and 19 interceptions. 

After leaving San Francisco in 2010 to sign with the Oakland Raiders, Takeo spent one year there before retiring at age 34 due to injuries sustained during his career.

7. Carlos Rogers

Defensive back

Carlos Rogers Career

  • High school: Augusta (GA) Butler
  • College: Auburn (2001–2004)
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
  • Washington Redskins (2005–2010), San Francisco 49ers (2011–2013), Oakland Raiders (2014)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2011), Pro Bowl (2011), Consensus All-American (2004), Jim Thorpe Award (2004), First-team All-SEC (2004)
  • Total tackles: 481, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 5, Fumble recoveries: 5, Interceptions: 17, Defensive touchdowns: 3
  • Total tackles: 481
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 5
  • Fumble recoveries: 5
  • Interceptions: 17
  • Defensive touchdowns: 3

A cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2013, Rogers was one of the team's most consistent performers over that time. 

After spending his first four NFL seasons with Washington, he signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and played an important role for them during their run to Super Bowl XLVII.

He is best known for his spectacular interception return against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVII which helped secure a victory for his team. In 2014, he moved on to play for the Oakland Raiders before retiring at the end of that season after suffering a knee injury late in the year. 

Carlos Rogers is a 2004 consensus All-American and first-team all-SEC linebacker who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

He played for six seasons with the Lions before signing with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in 2013. In 2016, he was reacquired by Detroit and led their defense to an 11–5 record and their first playoff appearance since 2009. 

In 2017, he signed with Seattle Seahawks where he played until retirement at age 36 in 2019 . Carlos Rogers has been inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2018) and College Football Hall of Fame (2019). He currently works as an analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage.

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8. Nick Fairley

Defensive lineman

Nick Fairley Career

  • High school: Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)
  • College: , Co–Lin (2007–2008), Auburn (2009–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
  • Detroit Lions (2011–2014), St. Louis Rams (2015), New Orleans Saints (2016–2017)
  • Consensus All-American (2010), First-team All-SEC (2010), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2010), Lombardi Award (2010), BCS national champion (2010)
  • Total tackles: 170, Sacks: 20.5, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 4, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 170
  • Sacks: 20.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 4
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Nick Fairley is a defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions from 2011 to 2014. Nick Fairley was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 13th overall.

Nick Fairley has had a successful career playing for both the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, amassing 88 combined tackles and 3 sacks in 4 seasons with each team. In 2014, he signed with the St Louis Rams but lasted only one season before being released at the end of 2015 due to injury concerns.

Nick Fairley was a consensus All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2010. He won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top defender that year, and he also led St. 

Louis to their only championship in franchise history. Injuries derailed his career after that season, but he has since had some success on the NFL stage with stints with New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

Fairley is one of just four players to ever win both the Lombardi Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year award (along with Derrick Thomas, Michael Strahan, DeMarcus Ware).

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9. Tucker Frederickson

Running back

Tucker Frederickson Career

  • High school: Hollywood (FL) South Broward
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
  • New York Giants (1965–1971)
  • Pro Bowl (1965), SEC MVP (1964), 2× Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Consensus All-American (1964), All-SEC (1964)
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Tucker Frederickson was a running back for the NFL's Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971. He played in 143 games, rushing for 2,521 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Tucker also caught 137 passes for 1,594 yards and six touchdowns during his career. In 1970 he was selected by the Associated Press as the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Tucker is now 79 years old and retired after playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1972-1973 season before retiring completely at age 34 due to a knee injury sustained while playing football with his son on Thanksgiving Day 1973 Tucker Frederickson was a two-time consensus All American and an all-SEC selection at the University of Georgia.

He spent his entire professional career with the New York Giants, playing in six Pro Bowls and helping lead them to their first Super Bowl victory in 1986. 

Tucker retired as the NFL's all-time leader in blocked kicks with 56, which he accomplished during the 1985 season while also making one interception on defense. Tucker is now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was named its 2018 Inductee alongside Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

10. Derick Hall

Defensive end


  • College: , Auburn (2019–Present)
  • Bowl games: , 2020 Outback Bowl, 2021 Citrus Bowl, 2021 Birmingham Bowl
  • High school: Gulfport (Gulfport, Mississippi)
  • First-Team All-SEC (2022), Second team All-SEC (2021)

Derick Hall is a senior defensive end for the Auburn Tigers. He was ranked as the No. 29 player in the country by 247Sports and was rated as a five-star recruit by ESPN.

Hall has played in all 14 games for Auburn this season, recording seven tackles, including one sack and two fumble recoveries which he returned for touchdowns against Arkansas State and Alabama A&M respectively.

Derick Hall is from Gulfport, Mississippi and attended Jackson Christian School before transferring to Auburn where he played football under head coach Gus Malzahn from 2017–2018 seasons before sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules in 2019 season while redshirting his first year at Auburn.

With 1½ years of eligibility remaining after this season, Derick Hall is considered one of the top defenders available in next year's NFL Draft.

11. Ronnie Brown

Running back

Ronnie Brown Career

  • High school: Cartersville (GA)
  • College: Auburn (2000–2004)
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
  • Miami Dolphins (2005–2010), Philadelphia Eagles (2011), San Diego Chargers (2012–2013), Houston Texans (2014), San Diego Chargers (2014)
  • Pro Bowl (2008), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2005), 2× Second-team All-SEC (2002, 2004), Citrus Bowl MVP (2003)
  • Rushing attempts: 1,281, Rushing yards: 5,391, Rushing touchdowns: 38, Receptions: 246, Receiving yards: 1,966, Receiving touchdowns: 2
  • Rushing attempts: 1,281
  • Rushing yards: 5,391
  • Rushing touchdowns: 38
  • Receptions: 246
  • Receiving yards: 1,966
  • Receiving touchdowns: 2

Brown was a standout running back at Auburn and had a successful five-year career with the Miami Dolphins. After being traded to Philadelphia in 2011, Brown became one of the most prolific backs in Eagles history before signing with San Diego as a free agent in 2012.

Injuries limited him to just thirteen games over two seasons with the Chargers but he still managed 1,257 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 313 carries. Brown signed with Houston as a free agent in 2014 but was released after only four months due to injury concerns again.

He has not played since then and is currently out of football completely Brown was drafted in the first round by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. He spent four seasons with the team, becoming a fan favorite due to his hard running and big play ability. 

Brown signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent prior to the 2007 season and had a successful time there, helping them make it to Super Bowl XLII.

After spending two years out of football following an injury, Brown returned to sign with Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 before retiring at age 34 later that year after playing 14 seasons professional football.

12. Jason Campbell


Jason Campbell Career

  • High school: Taylorsville (MS)
  • College: Auburn (2000–2004)
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
  • Washington Redskins (2005–2009), Oakland Raiders (2010–2011), Chicago Bears (2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), Cincinnati Bengals (2014)
  • Sugar Bowl MVP (2005), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2004), Music City Bowl MVP (2003)
  • Pass attempts: 2,518, Pass completions: 1,519, Percentage: 60.3, TD–INT: 87–60, Passing yards: 16,771, QB rating: 81.7
  • Pass attempts: 2,518
  • Pass completions: 1,519
  • Percentage: 60.3
  • TD–INT: 87–60
  • Passing yards: 16,771
  • QB rating: 81.7

Campbell was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for the team from 2005 to 2009, before being traded to Oakland in 2010.

In Campbell's three seasons with Oakland, he recorded a career-high 3,232 yards and 20 touchdowns on 291 completions (62 percent) with 14 interceptions. After leaving Oakland, Campbell signed with Chicago but was released prior to the start of the 2012 season.

He has since retired from football Jason Campbell started his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2003. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft and played for them from 2004 to 2013. After leaving Washington, Campbell signed with Cincinnati Bengals where he has played since 2014.

In 2005, Jason Campbell won a Sugar Bowl MVP award after leading Ohio State to victory over LSU in New Orleans. 

Jason Campbell is considered one of the best quarterbacks in Redskins history and holds several franchise records including most completions (1,519), touchdown passes (87), and passing yards (16,771). 

He currently ranks fourth all-time on the Redskins' Passing Yards List behind Joe Theismann (#3; 18,421), Dan Snyder (#2; 24,917) and Kirk Cousins (#1; 25,000).

Jason Campbell also spent time playing baseball as a pitcher with both Oakland Athletics' organization and Tampa Bay Devil Rays before turning to football full-time at age 21 years old following an impressive collegiate career at Ohio State University where he led his team to three Big Ten Championships during his four seasons there (.783 winning percentage).

13. Stephen Davis

Running back


  • First-team All-Pro (1999)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2003)
  • NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1999)
  • Washington Commanders 90 Greatest

Davis was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1996 and played for them until 2002. He then signed with the Carolina Panthers, where he remained for three years before moving on to St.

Louis Rams in 2006. Davis retired from professional football after playing one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2007. 

In total, Davis played in 115 games over nine seasons and accumulated 1,309 rushing yards (5th all-time) and 12 touchdowns (tied for 3rd).

Following his retirement, Davis became a color commentator for NFL broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz Davis was an All-Pro running back for the Washington Redskins and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 1999. 

He also played for three years in the Pro Bowl and is a member of the Washington Commanders 90 Greatest list.

Davis retired after the 2004 season and now works as an analyst on Fox Sports 1's "NFL Live".

14. Terry Beasley

Terry Beasley Career

  • High school: Montgomery (AL) Lee
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
  • San Francisco 49ers (1972–1975)
  • Consensus All-American (1971), Auburn Tigers No. 88 retired
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Terry Beasley was born on February 5, 1950 in Montgomery, Alabama. As a collegiate player at Auburn, he caught 327 passes for 4,917 yards and 37 touchdowns.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th overall pick of the 1972 NFL Draft and played there for six seasons before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1978 where he finished his career with 816 receptions for 11,764 yards and 83 touchdowns.

Beasley is one of only three players to have over 10,000 receiving yards and 100 touchdown receptions during their careers (along with Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison). 

After hanging up his cleats following the 1988 season, Terry Beasley became an NFL analyst on CBS Sports until 2018 when he retired from broadcasting after a decade-long run on Fox's NFC East broadcast team as a color commentator alongside Jay Glazer and Chris Rose.

15. Brent Fullwood

Running back


  • High school: Saint Cloud (FL)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
  • Green Bay Packers (1987–1990), Cleveland Browns (1990)
  • Pro Bowl (1989), Consensus All-American (1986)
  • Rushing yards: 1,702, Receiving yards: 370, Touchdowns: 19
  • Rushing yards: 1,702
  • Receiving yards: 370
  • Touchdowns: 19

Brent Fullwood is a running back who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1987 to 1990. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Packers and spent five seasons with them before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1991.

The following year, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and spent two more seasons there before retiring after his third season with them in 1993. In total, Fullwood played 12 years in the NFL and finished his career as runner-up for Rookie of Year honours behind Herschel Walker in 1988.

After retirement, Fullwood became an assistant coach at Auburn University where he remains currently working as head coach for theirrunning backs unit on offense and special teams coordinator on defense Brent Fullwood played for the Cleveland Browns from 1990-1992. 

He was a consensus All-American in 1986 and made three Pro Bowls during his career.

Brent Fullwood is most known for his rushing yards, as he averaged over 100 per season. Additionally, he caught 34 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns during his time with the Browns. Brent Fullwood retired following the 1992 season after playing professionally for 10 seasons total.

16. Rudi Johnson

Running back


  • Cincinnati Bengals (2001–2007)
  • Detroit Lions (2008)

Rudi Johnson played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-2007. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection in his career with the Bengals.

In 2008, he signed with the Detroit Lions where he spent four seasons before retiring in 2012. Rudi's success as both a rusher and receiver has led to him being inducted into several Halls of Fame including the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Johnson is married to his wife Yvette with whom he has two children - daughter Rylee (born 2003) and son Ryker (born 2006). 

Rudi currently works as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports 1 where he covers preseason games and other events related to the league Johnson was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

He played for the Lions and Arizona Cardinals before joining the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. Johnson retired from football after playing with the Colts in 2013 but returned to play for his old team, Arizona Cardinals, during the 2017 season. 

In 2004 he was named a Pro Bowler and won SEC Player of the Year that same year. Rudi Johnson is one of only two players (along with LaDainian Tomlinson) to rush for over 10,000 yards and score 50 touchdowns in their career.

17. Tracy Rocker

Tracy Rocker Career

  • High school: Atlanta (GA) Fulton
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1989), SEC Player of the Year (1988), Outland Trophy (1988), Lombardi Award (1988), Consensus All-American (1988)
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Tracy Rocker is a defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has previously coached in Washington and Atlanta, both of which he played for as a player.

Tracy Rocker is regarded as one of the best coaches at his position and helped guide both the Redskins and Falcons to playoff appearances during his time coaching there.

In 2018, Tracy Rocker was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer but still managed to coach until just before his death on October 25th, aged 56 years old. 

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Tracy Rocker played football at Fulton High School before attending Auburn University where he won two SEC titles and made an appearance in the 1987 All-American game alongside future NFL stars such as Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith.

After leaving college without playing professional football due to an injury sustained while practicing with Team USA's Olympic squad, Tracy worked as an assistant coach under head coaches Joe Gibbs (Washington), Jim Mora (Atlanta) Randy Shannon (Miami) John Harbaugh (Baltimore) then Gus Bradley (Jacksonville). 

On December 2nd 2017 it was announced that after six seasons with Jacksonville Jaguars HC Gus Bradley, Tracy would be joining the Philadelphia Eagles staff as their new defensive line coach.

18. Ed Dyas



  • Position(s): FB, Kicker
  • College: Auburn University
  • NFL draft 1961 / Round: 5 / Pick: 62, (By the Baltimore Colts)
  • Awards: SEC Most Outstanding Back (1960)
  • Honors: FWAA 1st Team All-American (1960), 1st Team All-SEC (1960), 2nd Team All-SEC (1959)
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Dyas was a two-time All-American at Auburn University and played in the NFL for 14 seasons, including nine with the Buffalo Bills. He is best known for being the first kicker in history to make over 100 field goals, as well as his 56 career game winning kicks.

Dyas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and he also received the Lou Groza Award (the highest honor bestowed upon an American football player) in 1999. Dyas died on January 23, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer Ed Dyas was a running back for the Baltimore Colts from 1959 to 1960.

He was selected as a first team All-American in 1960 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Ed Dyas is remembered as one of the best running backs in SEC history, and he helped lead his team to two consecutive conference championships during that time period. 

After playing college football at LSU, Ed Dyas went on to have an extensive career in professional football with stints with the New York Giants (1962), Philadelphia Eagles (1963-1964), Kansas City Chiefs (1965) and Minnesota Vikings (1966).

In 2002, Eddy's number 42 was retired by Louisiana State University after he had been twice named honorary president of their alumni association.

19. Kerryon Johnson

Running back

Kerryon Johnson Career

  • High school: Madison Academy (Madison, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn (2015–2017)
  • Position: Running back
  • NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
  • Detroit Lions (2018–2020), Philadelphia Eagles (2021)*, San Francisco 49ers (2021), Philadelphia Eagles (2021)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2017), First-team All-SEC (2017)
  • Rushing yards: 1,225, Rushing average: 4.3, Rushing touchdowns: 8, Receptions: 61, Receiving yards: 527, Receiving touchdowns: 3
  • Rushing yards: 1,225
  • Rushing average: 4.3
  • Rushing touchdowns: 8
  • Receptions: 61
  • Receiving yards: 527
  • Receiving touchdowns: 3

Kerryon Johnson is a talented running back who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2018. He had an impressive college career at Auburn, where he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons.

Johnson has already made some big impacts during his short time with the Detroit Lions, including scoring two rushing touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Johnson was a standout running back for the University of Auburn before being drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions in 2018.

Johnson had an impressive rookie season with 560 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 132 carries, earning him a spot on the Pro Bowl roster. 

In 2019, Johnson broke out even more with 1,275 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 243 carries, earning him another Pro Bowl selection as well as First-team All-Pro honors from both NFL Network and ESPN.

As one of only two players to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of their first three seasons (the other is Adrian Peterson), Johnson has established himself as one of the premier running backs in football today.

20. Zeke Smith


  • College: Auburn
  • Position: Guard
  • NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 4 / Pick: 48
  • AFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 1, Pick: First Selections, (by the New York Titans)
  • Auburn Tigers (1957–1958), Baltimore Colts (1960), New York Giants (1961)
  • National championship (1957), Consensus All-American (1958), Outland Trophy (1958)

Zeke Smith was born on September 29, 1936 in Walker Springs, Alabama. He attended Auburn University and played football there before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959.

Zeke then spent six seasons with the Eagles before playing for the Dallas Cowboys from 1971 to 1975 and then finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1979. 

In total, Zeke played 14 seasons of professional football and retired as a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

After retirement, Zeke became an ESPN commentator and appeared on shows such as SportsCenter and College GameDay until his death at age 79 in 2016 after a long battle with cancer Zeke Smith is a former college football player who started his career with the Auburn Tigers before moving on to play for the Baltimore Colts.

Zeke Smith was one of the most decorated players in NCAA history, winning several awards including consensus All-American and Outland Trophy. After retiring from football, Zeke Smith has since worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports Network.

21. Tre Mason

Running back

Tre Mason Career

  • High school: Lake Worth (FL) Park Vista
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
  • St. Louis Rams (2014–2016), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2018)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2013), Second-team All-American (2013), First-team All-SEC (2013)
  • Rushing attempts: 254, Rushing yards: 972, Rushing touchdowns: 5, Receptions: 34, Receiving yards: 236, Receiving touchdowns: 1
  • Rushing attempts: 254
  • Rushing yards: 972
  • Rushing touchdowns: 5
  • Receptions: 34
  • Receiving yards: 236
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Tre Mason was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014 and played for them until 2016. In 2018, he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has been their starting running back ever since.

Mason is a versatile player who can run between the tackles or catch passes out of the backfield. He has averaged over 100 yards from scrimmage per season throughout his career to date. 

Tre Mason is considered one of the most exciting players in all of football and is sure to excite fans wherever he plays next Tre Mason is a talented running back who was one of the SEC's most prolific offensive players in 2013.

Mason has also been impressive at the NFL level, accumulating over 1,000 rushing yards and five touchdowns through 254 carries in his rookie season. He will be looking to build on that success in 2014 as he looks to help lead the Rams to an NFC West title. 

As a junior at Auburn, Mason led the Tigers with 1,821 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on 272 attempts (6.1 avg). With explosive speed and elusiveness combined with strong hands and vision behind the line of scrimmage, Tre Mason is well-equipped for professional football elevating him into one of its top prospects moving forward.

22. Owen Pappoe



  • College: , Auburn (2019–present)
  • High school: Grayson (Loganville, Georgia)
  • 2× USA Today High School All-American (2017, 2018)

Owen Pappoe is a linebacker for the Auburn Tigers. He was born on September 29, 2000 and is a senior at Auburn University. Owen has played football since he was young and represents Lawrenceville, Georgia in college athletics.

In his freshman season with the Tigers, Pappoe tallied 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown, and four fumble recoveries while also playing special teams as a punt returner and kick returner.

His sophomore campaign saw him rack up 80 tackles (59 solo) along with six sacks, three interceptions returned for touchdowns including one against Alabama in the SEC Championship game which helped clinch their berth in the College Football Playoff;two fumble recoveries;and 25 kickoff returns for 945 yards (24th all-time on AU’s single-season list).

As of October 15th 2019 Owen Pappoe leads all linebackers nationally averaging 16 stops per game putting him fourth in Heisman Trophy consideration behind Tua Tagovailoa(USC), Dwayne Haskins(Ohio State), and Bryce Love(Stanford).

23. Marcus McNeill

Marcus McNeill Career

  • 2× Pro Bowl (2006, 2007)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2006)
  • 2× First-team All-American (2004, 2005)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2004, 2005)

Marcus McNeill is an offensive tackle who has spent his entire NFL career with the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in 2006 by the Bears and has been a mainstay on their line ever since.

McNeill is a strong, physical player who can hold his own against most opponents. He's not just a blocker though- he can also get to the quarterback if needed, making him very dangerous as a passer protector.

Injuries have slowed down McNeill over the past few seasons, but he still brings plenty of skill and athleticism to Chicago's offense. Marcus McNeill was a two-time Pro Bowler and First-Team All-American for the San Diego Chargers. He started in 82 games over his career, fumble-recovering twice. 

Marcus McNeill is now an NFL analyst with Fox Sports 1 Marcus McNeill was a very successful player in the NFL, winning 2 consecutive Pro Bowls as well as being named to both first teams all American and first-team all SEC teams during his tenure with San Diego Chargers.

After starting in over eighty games throughout his entire professional career, including twenty starts each of the past two seasons on FOXSports1's pregame show "Fox Football Daily", Marcus will be remembered most fondly by those who knew him best - his teammates and friends.

24. Kevin Greene


Kevin Greene Career

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (NEA) (1996)
  • UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1996)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1989, 1994, 1996)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1989)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1989, 1994–1996, 1998)
  • 2× NFL sacks leader (1994, 1996)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor

Greene was a dominant defensive end and outside linebacker in his career. He won three Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including two against the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2009, Greene became head coach of the Packers' defense but was fired after one season. He then served as an assistant coach with the Jets before being hired by Carolina Panthers in 2018 to be their linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.

Greene was a dominant defensive player in the NFL for nearly two decades. He was named to multiple All-Pro teams and held several sack records during his career. 

Greene also coached successfully after retiring from playing, winning a Super Bowl championship as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

25. Karsten Bailey


  • High school: Sharpsburg (GA) East Coweta
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
  • Seattle Seahawks (1999–2000), Green Bay Packers (2002–2003)
  • Receptions: 9, Receiving yards: 88, Touchdowns: 1
  • Receptions: 9
  • Receiving yards: 88
  • Touchdowns: 1

Karsten Bailey was a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions from 1999-2003. In 2003, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and played there until 2006. He then spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2009.

After his retirement, Bailey served as an NFL analyst on Fox Sports 1 until 2016 and currently works as a commentator for college football games on ESPNU and SEC Network affiliates across Georgia. Karsten is married to former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey and they have one daughter together named Kierstin (born in 2008).

Bailey was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Bailey played for two seasons with Seattle before joining the Green Bay Packers in 2002. In 2003, Bailey had his best season as a pro, catching 49 passes for 698 yards and one touchdown. 

After leaving the NFL following the 2003 season, Bailey returned to Western Washington University where he currently serves as an assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator.

26. Colby Wooden

Colby Wooden Career

  • College: , Auburn (2019–2022)
  • High school: Archer High School, (Lawrenceville, Georgia)

Colby Wooden is a defensive end for the Auburn Tigers. He played football and soccer in high school before choosing to focus on football at Auburn. Colby was named first-team All-SEC as a junior and senior, while also being selected to the AP All-America team both seasons.

In 2018, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 25th overall pick in the NFL Draft; however, he elected not to sign with them and instead returned to play college ball for Auburn in 2019. 

Colby has been widely considered one of the best defensive ends in college history, and is projected by many analysts as a top draft pick when it's all said and done.

He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his family Colby Wooden is a versatile player who can play multiple positions on the court. 

He was an important part of Auburn's championship season in 2019-20 and has high potential to continue his success at the next level. Colby Wooden is a hard worker who puts in long hours on the practice court, striving for excellence every time he steps on the floor.

He is a team player with great leadership skills and always looks out for others on the court. Colby Wooden has excellent footwork which allows him to get around defenders easily and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. 

His shooting ability is top notch, as he can shoot from anywhere within range with consistency and accuracy, making him difficult to defend one-on-one or switch off of defensively.

27. James Brooks

James Brooks Career

  • San Diego Chargers (1981–1983)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1984–1991)
  • Cleveland Browns (1992)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992)

James Brooks played running back for the San Diego Chargers from 1981 to 1983. He then had a brief stint with the Cincinnati Bengals before playing for Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

James Brooks was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and he currently resides in Warner Robins, Georgia. James Brooks was a standout player at the University of Florida, where he won four consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986 to 1990.

After his professional football career ended, Brooks went on to have a successful broadcasting career with NFL Network and ESPN. In 2012, Brooks was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

28. Joe Cribbs

Joe Cribbs Career

  • High school: Sulligent (AL)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
  • Buffalo Bills (1980–1983), Birmingham Stallions (1984–1985), Buffalo Bills (1985), San Francisco 49ers (1986–1987), Indianapolis Colts (1988), Miami Dolphins (1988)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (1980, 1981, 1983), PFWA All-Rookie Team (1980), All-USFL (1984), SEC Player of the Year (1979)
  • Rushing yards: 5,356, Rushing average: 4.1, Rushing TDs: 27
  • Rushing yards: 5,356
  • Rushing average: 4.1
  • Rushing TDs: 27

Joe Cribbs was a running back for the Buffalo Bills and the Birmingham Stallions in the NFL. He finished his career with 1,117 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Joe Cribbs is from Sulligent, Alabama. He attended Auburn University before playing in the NFL. Joe Cribbs played for the Bills (1980-1983) and then spent time with the Birmingham Stallions (1984-1985).

He has also been a member of other teams including Buffalo (1985) and Baltimore Ravens (1996). In 1981, Joe Cribbs set an AFL record by scoring four touchdowns in one game against Oakland Raiders. 

In 2007, he was inducted into both The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as well as The College Football Hall of Fame at Auburn University where he majored in business administration Joe Cribbs was a versatile running back for the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins in the 1980s.

He rushed for over 5,000 yards and scored 27 touchdowns during his career. Joe also played cornerback and safety during his time in the NFL. After retiring from football, Joe worked as a color commentator on Fox Sports' college football coverage before he passed away in 2016 at the age of 74 years old.

29. Frank Sanders


  • Arizona Cardinals (1995–2002)
  • Baltimore Ravens (2003)

Frank Sanders was a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-2006. He had his best season in 1998 when he recorded 82 catches for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 2006, Sanders was released by the Seahawks after nine seasons with the team. Since then, Sanders has played for several teams in the NFL but has not been able to recapture his former form.

At 49 years old, Frank Sanders is still playing professional football and hoping to rekindle his past success one day Sanders was a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.

He played for the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts over his career. Sanders is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection. He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (1995 with 7,549 and 1998 with 8,192) and receptions once (1999).

Sanders holds several franchise records including the most touchdown receptions in a season by a receiver (14 in 1999), and the most consecutive games with at least one reception (19 total from 1995 to 1997).

The highest single-game reception average (146 yards on 9 catches against Denver Broncos on December 12, 1996) and most seasons leading the league in receiving touchdowns ((1994–1998)).

30. Karlos Dansby

Karlos Dansby Career

  • High school: Birmingham (AL) Woodlawn
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
  • Arizona Cardinals (2004–2009), Miami Dolphins (2010–2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013), Cleveland Browns (2014–2015), Cincinnati Bengals (2016), Arizona Cardinals (2017)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2004), First-team All-American (2003), 2× First-team All-SEC (2002, 2003)
  • Total tackles: 1,419, Sacks: 43.0, Interceptions: 20, Forced fumbles: 18, Fumble recoveries: 12, Defensive touchdowns: 6
  • Total tackles: 1,419
  • Sacks: 43.0
  • Interceptions: 20
  • Forced fumbles: 18
  • Fumble recoveries: 12
  • Defensive touchdowns: 6

Karlos Dansby is a linebacker who played for the Cardinals from 2004-2009 and then with Miami in 2010-2012. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2004 NFL Draft, 33rd overall.

Karlos signed with Miami on August 1st, 2012 but was traded to Cleveland three months later on October 30th in exchange for running back Willis McGahee and a 3rd round pick (#83). 

With Cleveland he appeared in 14 games recording 95 tackles (71 solo), one sack, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and two fumble recoveries before being released during final cuts on September 4th, 2015.

Karlos re-signed with Arizona that day and finished his 11 year career there playing until 2017 when he was released after appearing in just seven games due to injury. Dansby has been an integral part of the Arizona Cardinals defense for the past decade. 

He has started all but one game during that time, and he is a three-time first-team All American. Dansby's impact on the defense can be seen in his stats: he has totaled over 1,500 tackles, 43 sacks, 20 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in his career.

He is also sixth all-time in Cardinals history with 18 forced fumbles. Dansby will likely retire after this season as a member of the Arizona Cardinals organization. He will go down as one of most successful defenders in NFL history and one of the greatest players to ever play at Arizona State University.

31. Aundray Bruce


  • High school: Montgomery (AL) Carver
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
  • Atlanta Falcons (1988–1991), Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders (1992–1998)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1988), 1987 All-American, 2× All-SEC (1986, 1987), 1987 Citrus Bowl MVP
  • Sacks: 32, Interceptions: 4, Fumble Recoveries: 3
  • Sacks: 32
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Fumble Recoveries: 3

Aundray Bruce was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1988 and played for them until 1991. He then spent time with the Los Angeles Raiders and Oakland Raiders before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons again.

Aundray Bruce is best known for his play as an outside linebacker, but he also played defensive end and safety during his NFL career. He has three Super Bowl rings - two with the Atlanta Falcons (1988, 1990) and one with the Oakland Raiders (1993).

Aundray Bruce was a three-time All-Pro selection (1989, 1990, 1991), as well as a two-time Pro Bowler (1988, 1989). 

After retiring from football in 1998, Aundray Bruce became an analyst on college football games for ESPNU and currently does commentary work for SEC Network television broadcasts of Auburn Football Games.

32. Quentin Groves

Quentin Groves Career

  • High school: Greenville (MS) Weston
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2008–2009), Oakland Raiders (2010–2011), Arizona Cardinals (2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), Houston Texans (2014)*, Tennessee Titans (2014), Buffalo Bills (2015)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • First-team All-SEC (2006)
  • Total tackles: 175, Sacks: 9.5, Pass deflections: 6, Interceptions: 2, Forced fumbles: 5
  • Total tackles: 175
  • Sacks: 9.5
  • Pass deflections: 6
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Forced fumbles: 5

Quentin Groves was a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders from 2010-2011. He played in 52 games and had 246 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. Groves died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on October 15th, 2016 at the age of 32.

Quentin Groves was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008 but never played a game with them before being traded to Oakland two years later. In three seasons with the Raiders, he made 146 tackles (79 solo), 2 sacks, and 1 interception while starting all 16 games he appeared in during that span.

Quentin Groves is survived by his wife Brittany and their son Waylon who was born just one day after his father's death Quentin Groves was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school and won numerous awards while playing for the Cardinals. He spent three seasons with Arizona before signing with Cleveland in 2013.

In his first season with the Browns, he played well and made an impact on defense as a rookie, which led to him being selected to play in the Pro Bowl that year. 

The following season, he had another strong year and was once again named to participate in the Pro Bowl; however, injury hampered his performance at times during that campaign.

After spending two years with Houston (2014-2015), Groves signed a four-year deal with Tennessee prior to the 2016 NFL season; unfortunately, injuries continued to plague him throughout.

His time there and he eventually ended up being released by the Titans at the end of 2017 after appearing in just six games over two seasons combined due to various ailments including foot surgery.

Quentin has since retired from professional football due to recurring ankle injuries.

33. Dee Ford

Defensive lineman

Dee Ford Career

  • High school: St. Clair County, (Odenville, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn (2009–2013)
  • Position: Defensive end
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2014–2018), San Francisco 49ers (2019–2021)
  • Pro Bowl (2018), NFL forced fumbles co-leader (2018), BCS national champion (2010), First-team All-SEC (2013)
  • Total tackles: 159, Sacks: 40.0, Forced fumbles: 12, Fumble recoveries: 0, Pass deflections: 7
  • Total tackles: 159
  • Sacks: 40.0
  • Forced fumbles: 12
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Pass deflections: 7

Dee Ford is an experienced defensive end who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. In his three seasons with the Chiefs, Ford has played in 58 games and recorded 23 sacks.

Prior to playing professional football, Ford attended Auburn where he played for four years and won a National Championship in 2013. Ford signed with the 49ers as a free agent in 2019 but was released shortly after during training camp.

He has since been signed by the San Francisco Giants and will compete for a roster spot this season Dee Ford was an All-American and BCS champion at Auburn before being drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Ford is one of the most talented pass rushers in the NFL, with a knack for forcing fumbles and disrupting opposing offenses.

He has been nominated for several awards this season, including Pro Bowl selection and NFL forced fumble co-leader. Ford will be important to Kansas City's defense as they look to make another run at a Super Bowl title.

34. Gregory Robinson

Offensive lineman

Gregory Robinson Career

  • High school: Thibodaux, (Thibodaux, Louisiana)
  • College: Auburn (2011–2013)
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2014–2016), Detroit Lions (2017), Cleveland Browns (2018–2019)
  • First-team All-SEC (2013)
  • Games played: 83, Games started: 70
  • Games played: 83
  • Games started: 70

Robinson was a highly-touted offensive tackle prospect coming out of high school, and Auburn made him the first player in program history to be drafted in the first round.

He started all four years at Auburn and played in 39 games, including 36 starts. Robinson signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and has been with Cleveland ever since, starting all but one game during his time with the club.

In 2019 he moved from left tackle to right tackle after Joe Thomas retired. Robinson is known for being strong both physically and mentally, which has helped him overcome injuries throughout his career (he's missed 26 games due to injury over the past three seasons).

Despite having struggled through some inconsistency throughout his career – primarily on passing plays – Robinson remains a trusted member of Cleveland's offensive line rotation who can play either side of the ball effectively.

35. James Bostic


  • Position(s): Running back
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
  • Weight: 230 lb (100 kg)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL draft 1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83

James Bostic was born in Florida and attended Auburn. He played running back for the Detroit Lions from 1994-1998, recording 2,521 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 283 carries.

In 1999, he signed with the Carolina Panthers and played there until 2003. In 2004, he joined the New Orleans Saints where he spent two seasons before retiring at age 34 in 2006 due to injury.

Since retirement, James has worked as a football analyst for ESPN's Madden NFL 09 video game series James Bostic was a standout player at the University of Florida and made an immediate impact in the NFL.

He played for four different teams over his career, but is most known for his time with the Rams and Eagles. James Bostic had a very successful stint with the Rams, helping them reach the Super Bowl in 1994.

After leaving L.A., he spent three seasons with Green Bay before signing on with Philadelphia in 1999. In 2001, Bostics signed on to play for the Birmingham Thunderbolts (XFL). Despite having some impressive stats (especially considering how short their season was), they didn’t make it past the first round of playoffs.

After retiring from football in 2003, James started working as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 and ESPN Radio Networks where he currently works as a commentator on college football games.

36. Bo Nix



  • College: , Auburn (2019–2021), Oregon (2022–present)
  • Bowl games: , 2021 Citrus Bowl, 2022 Holiday Bowl
  • High school: Pinson Valley High School (Pinson, Alabama)
  • Alabama Mr. Football (2018), USA Today All-American (2018), SEC Freshman of the Year (2019)

Bo Nix is a two-time Pac-12 Conference champion and graduate of Auburn. He was drafted by the Oregon Ducks in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but did not sign with any team.

In his senior season at Oregon, Bo led the Ducks to their first ever College Football Playoff appearance and victory over Alabama in the CFP semifinal game. 

Bo was named MVP of both The Associated Press (AP) Division I FBS National Championship Game as well as The Heisman Trophy Presentation following his final collegiate season at Oregon, becoming only the third player to win both awards in one year (joining Johnny Manziel and Deshaun Watson).

During his time playing football for Auburn, he also played baseball for coach Butch Thompson's Tigers squad that won a national championship in 2018, posting an impressive .321 batting average with 16 home runs over 47 games played during his 2 seasons on campus before entering professional football full-time.

37. Walter Gilbert


  • Position(s): Center
  • College: Auburn University
  • NFL draft 1937 / Round: 4 / Pick: 31
  • Drafted by: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Awards: SEC MVP
  • Honors: 3x All-American
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Walter Gilbert was a center for the Auburn Tigers basketball team from 1941 to 1946. He helped lead the Tigers to two NCAA championships, in 1944 and 1945.

Gilbert also played football at Auburn, where he was a three-time All-SEC selection and captain of the 1942 squad that won the SEC championship game. After his playing career ended, Gilbert served as an assistant coach at several schools before joining Adolph Rupp's staff at Kentucky in 1958.

Walter Gilbert remained with Rupp until his death in 1979, serving as both head coach and associate athletic director during this time period.

He is credited with helping build one of America's most successful college basketball programs Walter Gilbert was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1937 and played for them until 1945.

He recorded 3 All-American honors while at Auburn University. Walter Gilbert won the SEC MVP Award in 1943 and 1944, both seasons he led his team to a championship. 

After his playing career ended, Walter Gilbert worked as a coach at several schools before becoming head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 1966 where he remained until 1971 when he retired from coaching altogether.

Walter Gilbert is one of only two players ever inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (the other being Hal Newhouse). 

In 2002, Walter Gilbert was named Coach Emeritus at Auburn University where he served as an assistant football coach for over 25 years prior to retiring full time in 2006.

38. Stan White


  • High school: W. A. Berry (Hoover, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Undrafted: 1994
  • New York Giants (1994–1997), London Monarchs (1997)
  • Auburn all-time #1 passer (8,016 yards), 1990 Peach Bowl MVP, 1994 Senior Bowl MVP

Stan White is a Quarterback from Birmingham, Alabama who played for the New York Giants in the NFL. He was drafted by them in 1994 but did not make any starts during his time with the team.

After spending two years out of football, White signed with the Atlanta Falcons and had some success there before being released in 1999. White then played for several other teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders before retiring at age 34 due to injury.

Stan has since worked as a broadcaster on ESPN while also doing commercials and acting roles here and there. Stan White was one of the most prolific passers in Auburn history and went on to have a successful career in the NFL. He led the Tigers to an undefeated season as a senior, earning MVP honors at the Peach Bowl.

White played for several teams during his time in the league, including Jacksonville, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots.

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39. Courtney Taylor


  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
  • Seattle Seahawks (2007–2008), BC Lions (2011–2016)
  • CFL status: International
  • Freshman All-SEC (2003) AP SEC Honorable Mention (2004), 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic MVP
  • Receptions: 14, Receiving yards: 136, Receiving average: 9.7, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 14
  • Receiving yards: 136
  • Receiving average: 9.7
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Courtney Taylor was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. He played for the Seahawks from 2007 to 2008, before signing with the BC Lions in 2011. In 2016, he retired after playing nine seasons with the Lions.

Courtney Taylor is a wide receiver who was born on April 7, 1984 in Carrollton, Alabama. He has played for the Seahawks (2007-2008), BC Lions (2011-2016) and will finish his career with the Cincinnati Bengals this season Courtney Taylor played college football at the University of Alabama and was a two-time All-SEC selection.

After graduating from college, Courtney signed with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2004. 

Courtney enjoyed a successful rookie season and led the team in receptions with 14 for 136 yards and one touchdown. In 2005, Courtney saw his numbers drop slightly but still managed to record six touchdowns on the ground and through the air.

The 2006 campaign saw some significant changes for Courtney as he was traded to divisional rivals Tennessee Titans during preseason where he would later win AP SEC Honorable Mention honors after recording 71 catches for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns over 13 games played that year - including five starts. 

All career highs. In 2007, following another strong season from Taylor (86 catches for 1,202 yards), he captured MVP honors when he led Memphis Tigers to their first ever bowl victory: The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against Oklahoma State Cowboys by catching 10 passes 111 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

40. Derrick Brown

Defensive tackle

Derrick Brown Career

  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2020)
  • Lott Trophy (2019)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2019)
  • First-team All–SEC (2019)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2018)

Derrick Brown was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Brown played college football at Auburn and was a part of their 2016-2019 seasons.

He had an impressive rookie season where he earned All-Rookie Team honors from PFWA. In 2019, Brown appeared in all 16 games for the Panthers and recorded 43 tackles, two sacks, and one interception on defense.

With his play over the last couple of years, Derrick Brown has shown that he is a talented player with the potential to be successful in the NFL for many years to come Brown was a dominant defensive player in college and is expected to be an impact player at the next level.

He has the ability to disrupt offenses with his athleticism and size, making him a valuable asset on any team. Brown will need to improve his ball skills if he wants to make it in the NFL, but he has all the talent necessary to be successful. 

With continued development, Brown could become one of the best defenders in the league within several years.

41. Ben Obomanu

Ben Obomanu Career

  • High school: Selma (AL)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
  • Seattle Seahawks (2006–2012), New York Jets (2013)
  • Receptions: 88, Receiving yards: 1,217, Receiving touchdowns: 7
  • Receptions: 88
  • Receiving yards: 1,217
  • Receiving touchdowns: 7

Ben Obomanu was a standout wide receiver at Auburn who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. After playing for two seasons with the Seahawks, Obomanu signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2009.

He played three seasons with Buffalo before retiring from football in 2013. Ben Obomanu is currently an analyst on ESPN's SEC Network and also has his own sports radio show called "Ben & Skin" which airs weekdays from 10 AM to noon EST on CBS Sports Radio affiliates across the country.

Ben Obomanu is a wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. He has 88 receptions for 1,217 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. 

Ben Obomanu was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Ben Obomanu made his professional debut with the Seahawks in 2006 against the Denver Broncos.

He had two catches for 20 yards that day. In 2007, Ben Obomanu started to see more playing time with Seattle as he recorded 36 receptions for 464 yards and three touchdowns over 16 games played that season. 

The 2008 season was a breakout year for Ben Obomanu as he caught 73 passes for 953 yards and six touchdowns en route to being named to both Pro Football Weekly's All-Rookie Team and The Sporting News' All-Pro Second Team squad at wide receiver.

BenObamanu who only managed to play in nine games due to various injuries sustained throughout training camp including a torn ACL which ended his season early.

Percy Harvin on offense which led many people (including myself) thinking that this would be BEN OBOMANU's breakthrough campaign; however disaster struck when WR#1 tear his Achilles tendon Week 3 vs SF ending any chance at achieving such lofty goals – although still compiling impressive numbers (65 rec., 961 yds., 8 TDs).

It’s fair say “the race was close” between him & Golden Tate continuing into 2011 whereupon another young player thrust into key contributor status on defense SEA RB Marshawn Lynch took some attention off OBJ but didn't stop him from setting career highs once again with 80 grabs (+1088 Yds.), 12 TD receiving).

Despite all these accolades, don't forget about OBO during those crucial playoff moments. (#9 v ATL SB 51), or anytime there might have been questions if #87 could make big plays despite not starting often previous 2 seasons ('13 — 5 starts; '12 — 7 starts)." 

Benjamin "Ben" Obomanu is considered one of best receivers in Seahawk history having racked up 88 catches totaling 1,217 yardage while scoring seven touchdowns through eight seasons since joining them as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA.

42. TJ Finley



  • College: , LSU (2020), Auburn (2021–present)
  • High school: Ponchatoula High School, (Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana)

TJ Finley is a sophomore quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. He led his team to an undefeated regular season and reached the SEC Championship game in his first year as a starter.

In 2017, he was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy behind Lamar Jackson of Louisville. Finley has been praised for his ability to make plays with his feet and arm, both on designed runs and improvisational passes in close quarters or against big defenses.

As a high school player in Louisiana, TJFinley played running back before switching to QB after watching Nick Marshall play during one of A&M's games at Alabama – an event which solidified Finley's decision to attend Auburn instead of LSU or Texas A&M University (where Marshall would eventually sign).

With two years left in college, it remains to be seen whether or not T J Finley will declare himself eligible for next year's NFL Draft but if he does so there is no doubt that he will be one of the top picks available due to his outstanding skills as both a passer and rusher on offense.

43. Seth Williams

Wide receiver


  • High school: Paul W. Bryant, (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn (2018–2020)
  • NFL Draft: 2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 219
  • Denver Broncos (2021), Jacksonville Jaguars (2022–present)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Practice squad
  • Receptions: 1, Receiving yards: 34
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: 34

Seth Williams was a highly-rated wide receiver prospect coming out of high school. He attended Auburn for two years and finished his career with 181 catches for 2,734 yards and 21 touchdowns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Seth in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He is expected to compete for a spot on the team's roster this year. Seth Williams was drafted in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Seth has appeared in one game for the Broncos and totaled 34 receiving yards. Seth is currently on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

44. Fob James

Fob James

Fob James was the 48th Governor of Alabama and served from 1995-1999. He is best known for his time in office during which he presided over some big changes, most notably the end of segregation in the state and a rise in education funding.

His term also saw an increase in crime rates as well as problems with corruption throughout his administration. Despite these setbacks, Fob James remains largely popular within Alabama's political circles, especially among conservatives who view him as a successful conservative governor.

Forrest James Jr. is a retired American football player and civil engineer who served in the United States Army during the Korean War. 

James was born on September 15, 1934, in Lanett, Alabama. He played college football at Auburn University and won two National Football League (NFL) championships with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 1978.

In 1994, he was elected to serve as Governor of Texas after defeating incumbent Ann Richards in a close race. 

After leaving office, James returned to his engineering career and has since been involved in several high-profile projects including building stadiums for both the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. 

In 2013, he was named honorary chairman of President Barack Obama’s My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at helping young men of color succeed socioeconomically.

45. Nick Marshall



  • High school: Wilcox County, (Rochelle, Georgia)
  • College: Auburn
  • Undrafted: 2015
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2015–2016), New York Jets (2016), Arizona Rattlers (2018)*, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2018–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: International
  • CFL West All-Star (2021)
  • Total tackles: 18, Pass deflections: 1, Total return yards: 643
  • Total tackles: 18
  • Pass deflections: 1
  • Total return yards: 643
  • Total tackles: 65, Sacks: 0, Forced fumbles: 1, Interceptions: 5, Total Touchdowns: 12
  • Total tackles: 65
  • Sacks: 0
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Interceptions: 5
  • Total Touchdowns: 12

Nick Marshall is a cornerback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 but did not sign with them and instead played for the New York Jets that year.

Marshall joined the Arizona Rattlers during the 2018 season and has since been a mainstay on their defense, helping lead them to a Grey Cup victory over the Calgary Stampeders. Marshall has also had success playing in Canada, winning two championships with the Roughriders (2018 and 2017).

At 30 years old, Nick Marshall is still young enough to play at a high level into his thirties or forties should he choose to do so. 

Overall, Nick Marshall is an excellent player who has proven himself throughout his career both in America and internationally; he will be an important part of any team he joins moving forward.

46. Cameron Artis-Payne

Running back


  • High school: Harrisburg, (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 174
  • Carolina Panthers (2015–2018), Dallas Renegades (2020), Montreal Alouettes (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Suspended
  • CFL status: American
  • First-team All-SEC (2014)
  • Rushing yards: 211, Rushing average: 5.02, Rushing touchdowns: 1, Receptions: 5, Receiving yards: 20, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Rushing yards: 211
  • Rushing average: 5.02
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • Receptions: 5
  • Receiving yards: 20
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Cameron Artis-Payne was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1990. He attended Auburn University where he played Running back for the Tigers from 2009 to 2013.

In his 5 NFL seasons, Cameron has rushed for over 10K yards and 50 touchdowns while also catching 36 passes for 476 yards and 2 scores. In 2020, Cameron signed with the Dallas Renegades of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

As a member of the Alouettes this season, he is leading Montreal with 947 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on 177 carries through 6 games. Cameron Artis-Payne is a talented running back who spent four seasons with the Auburn Tigers.

In his final season, he was first-team All-SEC and led the SEC in rushing yards with 1,361 on 187 carries. 

After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Artis-Payne signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in seven games for Carolina but did not score any touchdowns and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.

In 2018, Artis-Payne signed with the Indianapolis Colts after spending preseason camp there before being waived on September 2nd without playing a single game for them either. 

The CFL signing period opened up shortly after this and Artsipayne quickly found a new home in Edmonton where he has been tearing it up since joining their team late last month - averaging 124 yards from scrimmage over three contests.

47. Roger McCreary

Roger McCreary Career

  • High school: Williamson, (Mobile, AL)
  • College: Auburn (2018–2021)
  • NFL Draft: 2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
  • Tennessee Titans (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All American (2021), First-team All SEC (2021)
  • Total tackles: 61, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0, Pass deflections: 3, Interceptions: 1
  • Total tackles: 61
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Pass deflections: 3
  • Interceptions: 1

Roger McCreary was born on February 10, 2000 in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Williamson High School and played for the Tigers football team as a cornerback.

In 2018, he started 11 games for Auburn and recorded 34 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defended. As a sophomore in 2019, Roger tallied 38 tackles and four interceptions while starting all 12 games for the Auburn defense.

The Titans drafted him with the 35th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after he finished his college career at Auburn with 109 total tackles (51 solo), 15 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown over three seasons of play.

Roger McCreary was an All-American linebacker for the Tennessee Titans in 2021. Roger McCreary helped his team win a conference title and was named first-team All SEC. 

Roger McCreary is entering his fourth NFL season and has totaled 61 tackles, 0 forced fumbles, 3 pass deflections and 1 interception so far in his career.

48. Lee Ziemba


  • High school: Rogers (AR)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
  • Carolina Panthers (2011−2012), Indianapolis Colts (2012)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • BCS national champion (2011), Consensus All-American (2010), First-team All-SEC (2010), Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2010)
  • Games played: 6, Games started: 0
  • Games played: 6
  • Games started: 0

Lee Ziemba was a seven-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, he played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2014.

Lee Ziemba is an offensive tackle who has spent time with both the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts over the past four seasons. He recorded 32 tackles (16 solo) during his time at Auburn before being drafted in 2011 by Carolina.

Lee Ziemba is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason and will likely look for another team that can give him more playing time. 

At 6'6" and 320 pounds, he has good size and should be able to hold his own against most opponents in the NFL Lee Ziemba was a two-time BCS national champion and consensus All-American at the University of Alabama.

He played six NFL games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 before being released by the team during final cuts. In 2011, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent but was waived within days of signing due to injury concerns. 

The following year, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad but was later promoted to their active roster where he spent most of 2012 playing in nickel and dime linebacker roles before being cut prior to 2013 season opener.

Lee has since retired from football and is currently working as a sports radio analyst for ESPN affiliate WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida.

49. C. J. Uzomah

Tight end

C. J. Uzomah Career

  • High school: North Gwinnett (Suwanee)
  • College: Auburn (2011–2014)
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2015–2021), New York Jets (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Receptions: 180, Receiving yards: 1,769, Receiving touchdowns: 15
  • Receptions: 180
  • Receiving yards: 1,769
  • Receiving touchdowns: 15

Uzomah was a highly-rated college tight end who turned in an excellent rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He missed all of 2016 due to injury, but is looking to bounce back in 2017.

Uzomah has good size and strength, which makes him an effective blocker on offense as well as a receiver. He is likely to be one of the Jets' top offensive players next season. Uzomah was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and made his debut with Cincinnati as a rookie in 2017.

He appeared in all 16 games that season, recording 36 receptions for 464 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018, Uzomah started all 16 games for the Bengals and set career highs with 58 receptions for 785 yards and six scores. 

The Jets signed Uzomah to a contract extension ahead of the 2020 season and he has played every game thus far for New York, totaling 66 catches for 806 yards and seven touchdowns on 99 targets.

50. Will Herring


Will Herring Career

  • High school: Opelika (Opelika, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
  • Seattle Seahawks (2007–2010), New Orleans Saints (2011–2013), St. Louis Rams (2014)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2005), 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic MVP
  • Total tackles: 148, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 3, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 3
  • Total tackles: 148
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 3
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 3

Will Herring was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and played for them until 2010. He has also had stints with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs.

In 2009, he made an important tackle on Matt Forte which helped the Seahawks win their game that day. Will Herring is a linebacker who plays strong defense and brings energy to every game he participates in.

After playing college football at Auburn, Will Herring was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. In his rookie season with the Saints, he started 8 games and recorded 50 tackles and one interception.

The following year (2008), Herring started all 16 games for the Saints and posted career highs in tackles (99) and interceptions (two). After two seasons with New Orleans, Herring was traded to St Louis Rams where he would play for four years before being released in 2014.

Since leaving professional football, Will has been working as a teacher at a high school in Louisiana.

Final Words

. . The Auburn Tigers football program has produced some of the greatest players in college football history. The list includes names like Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, and Cam Newton.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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