28. East Mississippi Community College Best Players of All time

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East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) is a public community college located in Scooba, Mississippi. It serves and is supported by six counties in east central Mississippi: Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes Noxubee and Oktibbeha. With two main campuses located in Scooba and Mayhew as well as five other off-site locations offering courses to students; EMCC has become an integral part of the educational landscape for residents across its service region.

The college offers numerous associate degrees that can be earned either on campus or online allowing individuals with limited time flexibility access to higher education opportunities.

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1. Za'Darius Smith

Defensive lineman

Za Career

  • Baltimore Ravens (2015–2018)
  • Green Bay Packers (2019–2021)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2022–present)

Za'Darius Smith was a standout linebacker for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2013-2014. In his final season, he recorded 126 tackles, 10 sacks, and 2 interceptions.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Smith in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft and he has since started all 16 games for them each year. He is a versatile defender who can play both inside and outside linebacker positions.

Smith's athleticism and motor have allowed him to be one of the most productive linebackers in the league over recent seasons. His impact on defense has been criticized as the Vikings have made playoff appearances each year he has been with them.

Outside of football, Smith is an avid painter who often posts images of his work online. He also contributes to various social media platforms regularly to share news about sports or other topics relevant to young adults Za'Darius Smith is a talented and hard-hitting defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens.

He has been very productive in his career, totaling 256 tackles, 54 sacks, 11 pass deflections, and 8 fumble recoveries. Za'Darius Smith was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft after playing college football at Vanderbilt. 

It will be interesting to see how he fares in Green Bay's system; if he can develop into a consistent starter then he could have a long and successful career as a Packer.

In 2020, Za'Darius Smith was a second-team All-Pro after recording 10 sacks and 26 ½ pressures on defense (fifth-most among all defenders). He also showed off his dynamic ability as an edge rusher with 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery during that season. 

With Aaron Rodgers under center for the Green Bay Packers, expect Smith to continue putting up impressive numbers – especially considering his contract situation which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2021 season.

Also Played For: green bay packers, defensive end

2. Jarran Reed

Defensive tackle

Jarran Reed Career

  • Seattle Seahawks (2016–2020)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2021)
  • Green Bay Packers (2022–present)

Jarran Reed is an American defensive end who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at East Mississippi and Alabama, where he won a National Championship with Crimson Tide in 2015.

Reed has also appeared in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks (2016-2018) and Green Bay Packers (2018). In 2018, Reed helped lead the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl victory over New England Patriots Jarran Reed is an NFL linebacker who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Reed played college football at Alabama, where he won numerous awards including First-team All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. In his rookie season with Seattle, Reed made a huge impact as a tackler and pass defender, helping lead the Seahawks to their second consecutive CFP national championship. 

As a sophomore with Kansas City in 2017, Reed continued his stellar play while also leading all linebackers in tackles for loss (14).

The Green Bay Packers acquired Reed from Kansas City during Free Agency in 2018 and have since seen him make an immediate impact on their defense as one of their most important players.

Also Played For: seattle seahawks

3. LeGarrette Blount

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeGarrette Blount Career

  • High school: Perry (FL) Taylor County
  • College: , East Mississippi CC (2006–2007), Oregon (2008–2009)
  • Undrafted: 2010
  • Tennessee Titans (2010)*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010–2012), New England Patriots (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2014), New England Patriots (2014–2016), Philadelphia Eagles (2017), Detroit Lions (2018)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LII), NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2016), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2010)
  • Rushing yards: 6,306, Rushing average: 4.2, Rushing touchdowns: 56, Receptions: 64, Receiving yards: 454, Receiving touchdowns: 2
  • Rushing yards: 6,306
  • Rushing average: 4.2
  • Rushing touchdowns: 56
  • Receptions: 64
  • Receiving yards: 454
  • Receiving touchdowns: 2

LeGarrette Blount is a running back who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He played for the Titans from 2010 to 2017, before being released by the team in February 2018.

In June 2018, Blount signed with the New England Patriots. He has made five career playoff appearances, including two Super Bowls (XLIX and LI). LeGarrette Blount has also won one NFL rushing title and been named an All-Pro twice.

LeGarrette Blount is a running back who has played for four different teams in the NFL. He has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning squads, and he was also named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team in 2010. 

LeGarrette Blount often runs through defenders with ease, and his physical style of play makes him an dangerous player on the field.

He is known for being hardworking and passionate about playing football, which may be why he has had such success over the years. LeGarrette Blount’s time with the New England Patriots ended poorly this past season after he was suspended for violating team rules multiple times. 

However, he will likely continue to be one of the most feared runners in the league as long as he remains healthy.

Also Played For: oregon ducks

4. Dakota Allen

Las Vegas Raiders

Dakota Allen Career

  • High school: Summer Creek
  • College: Texas Tech
  • NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 251
  • Los Angeles Rams (2019)* Oakland Raiders (2019), Los Angeles Rams (2019)* Jacksonville Jaguars (2019–2021), Cleveland Browns (2022), Denver Broncos (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2018), Second-team All-Big 12 (2017)
  • Total tackles: 29, Forced fumbles: 1
  • Total tackles: 29
  • Forced fumbles: 1

Allen was a highly-touted linebacker prospect coming out of high school, and he did not disappoint in his college career with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

He started all 44 games he played for the team during his time there, recording 191 total tackles (106 solo), 10 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 4 passes defended.

Allen made an immediate impact in the NFL as a rookie with the Los Angeles Rams, tallying 47 total tackles (26 solo) and 3 sacks in 16 games played. Unfortunately for Allen and the Rams, they were unable to make it past their first playoff game that season.

The Oakland Raiders took notice ofAllen's play during his rookie year and signed him to a three-year contract worth $15 million dollars early in 2019 offseason. Injuries have been an issue for Allen thus far though - 

He has only managed to play in 5 games so far this season due to various injuries including ankle, back/neck surgeries Thankfully though Raider Nation is hoping that things turn around soon for their young defensive star.

Also Played For: texas tech red raiders football, last chance u

5. Chauncey Rivers


  • High school: Stephenson High School, (DeKalb County, Georgia)
  • College: Georgia (2015), Mississippi State (2017–2019)
  • Undrafted: 2020
  • Baltimore Ravens (2020), Green Bay Packers (2021), Houston Roughnecks (2023-present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-Team All-SEC (2019)
  • Total tackles: 2
  • Total tackles: 2

Rivers was a standout linebacker at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He played college football for the Bulldogs from 2015-2017, before transferring to Mississippi State in 2018.

Rivers finished his career with 176 tackles and 10 sacks over three seasons with the Bulldogs. After not being drafted in 2020, Rivers signed with the Houston Roughnecks of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) as a free agent on February 20th, 2021.

In four AAF seasons, Rivers has recorded 253 total tackles and 12 sacks while playing alongside some of the best players in professional football such as Tony Jefferson and Dee Ford Jr.. Rivers is a versatile player who can play both wide receiver and cornerback.

He was second on the team in interceptions with four, while also leading the Ravens in passes defended (14). Rivers has been a key cog for Baltimore as they have made it to back-to-back AFC North titles.

Also Played For: houston roughnecks

6. Buddy Stephens


  • Position(s): Offensive lineman
  • 2001–2007: Pearl River CC (Asst.)
  • 2008–present: East Mississippi CC

Stephens was the head coach of East Mississippi Community College for the past two seasons and has led them to an 115-16 record. Stephens played offensive lineman at Delta State and had a successful career there, earning All-American honors in 1990.

After his playing days were over, Stephens became a teacher and assistant coach at Delta State before moving on to East Mississippi Community College where he is currently coaching. Stephens has been a successful coach at both the high school and college level.

He is currently coaching East Mississippi CC where he has led them to five national championships in just seven seasons. 

Stephens also has a strong record of success in bowl games, having won seven out of eight competitions he's entered as a head coach. Stephens' ability to develop players into championship-level athletes is what sets him apart from other coaches, and his track record proves it.

His teams are consistently among the best in their respective conferences and divisions, making him one of the most successful coaches in America today.

7. C. J. Reavis


  • High school: Thomas Dale, (Chester, Virginia)
  • College: Virginia Tech (2014), East Mississippi (2015), Marshall (2016–2017)
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2018), Atlanta Falcons (2019–2020)*, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2022)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Total tackles: 1, Sacks: 0.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Pass deflections: 0, Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 1
  • Sacks: 0.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Pass deflections: 0
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 4
  • Total tackles: 4

C.J. Reavis was a safety for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2018. He played collegiately at Virginia Tech and East Mississippi before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.

C. J. Reavis is from Chester, Virginia and attended Thomas Dale High School where he helped lead his team to an undefeated season as a senior en route to being named First Team All-State and earning Player of the Year honors from The Richmond Times Dispatch .

Reavis played two seasons with the Hokies (2014–2015) before transferring to Marshall University where he recorded 88 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles over his final three years there. In April of 2017, Reavis signed with the Riders after completing his final year of eligibility at EMU .

After appearing in six games during his rookie season – including five starts – he emerged as one of Regina’s top players in 2018 tallying 87 total defensive tackles (41 solo), eight special teams.

 tackles, an interception return touchdown and nine knockdown blocks on punt returns while adding an assist on another interception return TD along with 215 coverage yards on 16 total grabs out of Regina's secondary.

8. Denico Autry

Tennessee Titans

Denico Autry Career

  • High school: Albemarle, (Albemarle, North Carolina)
  • College: Mississippi State
  • Undrafted: 2014
  • Oakland Raiders (2014–2017), Indianapolis Colts (2018–2020), Tennessee Titans (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Total tackles: 260, Sacks: 47.5, Forced fumbles: 5, Fumble recoveries: 3, Pass deflections: 27
  • Total tackles: 260
  • Sacks: 47.5
  • Forced fumbles: 5
  • Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Pass deflections: 27

Denico Autry was born in Albemarle, North Carolina on July 15th, 1990. He attended Mississippi State University and played football for the Bulldogs before being undrafted in 2014.

Denico is now an outside linebacker with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. In 2018 he recorded 82 tackles and 2 sacks playing for the Titans' reserves team during their season opener against New England Patriots.

Denico's ability to play multiple positions has seen him be a valuable asset to teams throughout his career - most notably as a fullback at MSU where he caught 11 passes for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. 

Denico is married with two young children, who are avid basketball players - something which shows off his athleticism yet again.

Denico Autry is a young linebacker who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Denico has started in every game for the Raiders and has been an integral part of their defensive unit. 

Recently, he was named to his first Pro Bowl after recording 126 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries on defense this season alone.

Denico is a hard-hitting linebacker who intimidates opposing players on Sundays with his aggressive playstyle. He will be an important piece of Oakland's defense moving forward and should continue to develop into one of the league's top linebackers over time.

9. Milford Brown


  • High school: Montgomery (AL) Carver
  • College: East Mississippi Community College, Florida State
  • Supplemental draft: 2002 / Round: 6
  • Houston Texans (2002–2005), Arizona Cardinals (2006), St. Louis Rams (2007), Carolina Panthers (2008)*, Jacksonville Jaguars (2008), Detroit Lions (2009)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • 2× First-team JUCO All-American (1998–1999), JUCO Lineman of the Year (1999)
  • Games played: 53, Games started: 47, Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Games played: 53
  • Games started: 47
  • Fumble recoveries: 0

Milford Brown was a standout player at Montgomery Carver High School, which earned him a scholarship to East Mississippi Community College. He played for the Houston Texans (2002-2005) and then moved on to the Arizona Cardinals (2006).

Milford Brown left the NFL in 2007 after struggling with injuries, but he has since bounced back and played for various teams including St Louis Rams (2007), Carolina Panthers (2008)* and Cincinnati Bengals (2009-2010). Milford Brown was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2008 NFL Draft.

He played for Detroit Lions in 2009, but did not appear in any games. Milford Brown is most known for his time at JUCO where he was a two-time First-team All American and Lineman of the Year. 

In 2013, Milford Brown signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent and appeared in 8 games before being released on September 2nd, 2014.

10. Quinton Dial

San Francisco 49ers

Quinton Dial Career

  • High school: Clay-Chalkville (AL)
  • College: Alabama
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
  • San Francisco 49ers (2013–2016), Green Bay Packers (2017)
  • 2× BCS national champion (2011, 2012)
  • Total tackles: 145, Sacks: 4.5, Pass deflections: 5
  • Total tackles: 145
  • Sacks: 4.5
  • Pass deflections: 5

Dial was a 5th round pick in the 2013 NFL draft out of Alabama. He has played nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers since 2014. Dial is 1st team All-Pro and 3rd team AP Defensive Player of the Year in his 2nd season with SF, as well as being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2013.

In 2016, he was traded to Jacksonville Jaguars where he played until 2018 when he retired due to injury Dial is a former 2-time BCS National Champion and 4-time All American at the University of Texas. 

He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 and helped lead them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2014, but they were unable to win it all.

Dial signed with the Green Bay Packers as an unrestricted free agent after his release from San Francisco and has been playing very well so far this season.

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11. Antowain Smith

Antowain Smith Career

  • High school: Millbrook (AL) Stanhope Elmore
  • College: Houston
  • NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
  • Buffalo Bills (1997–2000), New England Patriots (2001–2003), Tennessee Titans (2004), New Orleans Saints (2005), Houston Texans (2006)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII), C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (1996), First-team All-C-USA (1996)
  • Rushing yards: 6,881, Rushing average: 3.9, Rushing touchdowns: 54, Receptions: 136, Receiving yards: 982, Receiving touchdowns: 3
  • Rushing yards: 6,881
  • Rushing average: 3.9
  • Rushing touchdowns: 54
  • Receptions: 136
  • Receiving yards: 982
  • Receiving touchdowns: 3

Antowain Smith was drafted by the Bills in 1997 and made an immediate impact as a running back for Buffalo. After two seasons with the Bills, he signed with the Patriots where he spent three years before being traded to Tennessee in 2004.

Antowain Smith spent one season with the Titans before signing with New Orleans in 2005. He then retired after nine NFL seasons. Antowain Smith is now a analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage Antowain Smith was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Houston Texans.

He played college football at Virginia Tech, where he was an All-American and C-USA Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. In his nine NFL seasons, Antowain Smith has rushed for over 6,000 yards and scored 54 touchdowns. 

His career ended in 2009 due to injuries, but he is still remembered as one of the league's top running backs.

12. Willie Earl Gillespie


  • Tampa Bay Bandits 1983-1986, Minnesota Vikings (1986–1986), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1987)

Willie Earl Gillespie is a retired American football wide receiver who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the eighth round of the 1983 NFL Draft.

He also played college football at Auburn University where he caught 97 passes for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career. In 2002, Willie Earl was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. 

After his playing days ended, Gillespie became an assistant coach with both Tampa Bay and Indianapolis before becoming head coach of the Chargers in 2006 but only lasted one season as they were unable to improve on their 5-11 record from 2005 campaign under him (Gillespie's first year).

Since retiring from coaching, Willie Earl has been working as a color commentator on Buccaneer broadcasts alongside Rick Stroud since 2009 and has also worked as an analyst on CBS Sports Network games since 2012.

13. Carl Fair


  • High school: Starkville (MS)
  • College: East Mississippi CC, UAB
  • Undrafted: 2001
  • Cleveland Browns (2001–2002), Barcelona Dragons (2002)
  • Games played: 3, Tackles: 1
  • Games played: 3
  • Tackles: 1

Carl Fair is a running back who has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and most recently, the Cincinnati Bengals. Carl Fair was born in Starkville, Mississippi on June 8th 1979.

He attended high school at Starkville (MS) where he starred as a running back and linebacker. After playing college football at East Mississippi CC, Carl Fair was undrafted in 2001 but signed with the Baltimore Ravens later that year.

In 2002, Carl made his NFL debut with Baltimore before being traded to Cleveland in 2004 where he spent two seasons before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. 

During his nine-year career with Cincinnati and Cleveland (2006–2013), Carl amassed over 2,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns while also adding 417 receiving yards and three more scores through the air from scrimmage.

On February 25th 2014 it was announced that Carl had retired from professional football after eight years of outstanding service which included five consecutive playoff appearances including their trip to Super Bowl XLVIII against Seattle Seahawks. 

As of 2018, Carl continues to be involved in off-the-field activities such as coaching youth athletes through his foundation "Run To Remember" which helps underprivileged kids participate in sport via scholarships & equipment grants provided by sponsorships/donations.

14. Jack Manley


  • High school: Hazlewood, (Town Creek, Alabama)
  • College: Mississippi State
  • San Francisco 49ers (1953)

Jack Manley was a linebacker for the Baltimore Colts from 1953-1957 and then the New Orleans Saints from 1958-1963. He played in two Super Bowls with the Colts, winning one (1958) over the St Louis Cardinals.

After leaving football, he became a successful real estate agent in Rogersville, Alabama. He died on November 25th 2014 at the age of 85 after a long illness. Jack Manley was a linebacker for the 49ers from 1953-1954.

He played in 12 games and recorded 3 sacks during his time with San Francisco. After playing football, Jack became a police officer in Mississippi State. 

In 1978, he was nominated for the prestigious Edward JONES Award which is given to law enforcement officers who have made significant contributions to their communities and society at large.

Jack passed away on March 10th, 2007 after a long battle with cancer at age 78 years old.

15. J.J. Johnson

North Texas Mean Green football


  • High school: Davidson (Mobile, Alabama)
  • College: East Mississippi CC, Mississippi State
  • NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
  • Miami Dolphins (1999–2001), Cleveland Browns (2002)
  • Conerly Trophy (1998)
  • Rushing yard: 748, Average: 3.4, Touchdowns: 5
  • Rushing yard: 748
  • Average: 3.4
  • Touchdowns: 5

J.J. Johnson was a running back and fullback for the Miami Dolphins from 1999 to 2001. He played in 58 games, rushing for 1,269 yards on 228 attempts (4.5 yards per carry) and scoring six touchdowns while catching 48 passes for 568 yards and two scores.

After his NFL career ended, Johnson pursued a career in coaching at East Mississippi CC where he spent seven seasons as head coach before being fired after the 2009 season with an overall record of 54-76 (.426). In February 2010, Johnson was hired by Division.

Tuskegee University as head football coach but resigned less than one year later amid allegations of player mistreatment which led to NCAA sanctions against the school including a postseason ban that lasted until 2013.

Johnson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Penn State University, where he earned All-America honors as a defensive back and kick returner. 

Johnson has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004), Detroit Lions (2005-2006) and Indianapolis Colts (2007). In 2007, he led the Colts with 890 rushing yards on just 77 carries and five touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown during his tenure with Indianapolis.

After being released by Indianapolis in 2008, Johnson signed with the Tennessee Titans but was waived before appearing in a game for them that year. Johnson retired from professional football following his release from Tennessee later that year.

16. Orlando Bobo


  • College: Northeast Louisiana
  • Position: Offensive guard
  • Minnesota Vikings (1997–1998), Cleveland Browns (1999), Baltimore Ravens (2000–2001), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2004)

Orlando Bobo was born in West Point, Mississippi on February 9th 1974. He attended Northeast Louisiana and played offensive guard for the Tigers from 1994-1998.

Orlando started his professional career with the Memphis Grizzlies (1999-2002) before being traded to Dallas Mavericks (2003). In 2004, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks but never played a game for them as he was waived shortly after being signed.

Orlando then returned to Dallas where he finished his playing career with the Mavs in 2007. 

After retiring from basketball, Orlando became an assistant coach at Texas Wesleyan University before passing away on May 14th 2007 aged 33 due to complications from a heart attack Orlando Bobo was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1999.

He played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2000 to 2001 before moving on to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004. Orlando Bobo had a brief stint with the Minnesota Vikings, playing one game for them during the 1997 season.

17. Bobby Collins


  • College: North Alabama
  • NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 122
  • Buffalo Bills (1999–2000), Green Bay Packers (2001)
  • Receptions: 16, Receiving yards: 199, Kick returns: 1, Return yards: 6, Touchdowns: 2, Assisted tackles: 3
  • Receptions: 16
  • Receiving yards: 199
  • Kick returns: 1
  • Return yards: 6
  • Touchdowns: 2
  • Assisted tackles: 3

Bobby Collins has been a tight end for most of his career. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1999 and played with them for two seasons before moving on to other teams.

Collins is best known for his time with the Bills, where he started 33 games and had 174 receptions for 2,680 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2000, Collins signed with the Baltimore Ravens but did not play any games due to an injury.

After being released by the Ravens in 2001, Collins retired from football that year after struggling with injuries again during training camp Collins is best known for his time with the Green Bay Packers in 2001. 

He was a mainstay at receiver and returner during his tenure, compiling 16 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns as well as three assists on tackles.

Collins spent most of his career playing for NFC North teams before joining the Packers in 2001, but he found success no matter where he played. After retiring from football after the 2003 season.

Collins transitioned into broadcasting, first working with Fox Sports Midwest and then moving to CBS Sports Network prior to becoming an analyst on NFL GameDay Live starting in 2017.

Bobby Collins has accomplished a lot not just on the field but also behind it - making him one of the most successful players ever to come out of Wisconsin.

18. Virgil Seay


  • High school: Moultrie (GA)
  • College: Troy State
  • NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 10 / Pick: 270
  • Denver Broncos (1980)*, Washington Redskins (1981–1984), Atlanta Falcons (1984)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl Champion (XVII)

Virgil Seay was a wide receiver in the NFL for 10 seasons. He had a productive career, recording over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. Seay was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1980 and played with them until 1987.

He then moved to the Minnesota Vikings before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons. After retiring from football, Seay became a television commentator and coached receivers at Troy State University in Alabama.

Virgil Seay is retired now but he still enjoys spending time with family and friends. Virgil Seay is a member of the 1980 Denver Broncos team that won Super Bowl XVII. Virgil Seay played for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1984 and then for the Atlanta Falcons in 1984.

Virgil Seay was a linebacker during his career, totaling 496 tackles, 12 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one touchdown over 14 seasons in the NFL. 

After retirement from football, Virgil Seay began working as an analyst with ESPN's College GameDay program and also works as a commentator on select games throughout college football season.

In 2007, Virgil Seay was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with teammate Earl Campbell Jr.

19. Tim Johnson

Sacred Heart Pioneers football


  • College: Youngstown State
  • Undrafted: 2001
  • Baltimore Ravens (2001)*, Chicago Bears (2001–2002)*, →Rhein Fire (2002), Oakland Raiders (2002–2005), Baltimore Ravens (2005–2006), Calgary Stampeders (2009)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • CFL status: international
  • I-AA Defensive P.O.Y. finalist (2000), All-NFL Europe (2002)
  • Tackles: 114, Sacks: 0.5, Forced fumbles: 0
  • Tackles: 114
  • Sacks: 0.5
  • Forced fumbles: 0

Tim Johnson spent his entire NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, playing linebacker for six seasons. He was originally undrafted in 2001 and signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent.

In 2002, he was traded to Chicago Bears where he played two seasons before being released in 2004. Tim Johnson then signed with the Rhein Fire of Germany (a team that competed in the2002 European Football League) and remained there until 2005 when he rejoined the Raiders.

After six seasons with Oakland, Tim Johnson retired at the end of the 2006 season and currently resides in Fairfield, Alabama with his wife Elle and their three children Tim Johnson was a standout defensive tackle at Division III Wesleyan University and then played in the NFL for six seasons.

He started 84 of 94 career games, recording 114 tackles, 0 sacks, and 0 forced fumbles. Johnson also made an impact on special teams as he had 8 punts placed inside the opponents' 20-yard line over his career. 

In 2006, Johnson signed with the Baltimore Ravens but only played in one game before being released due to injury; he later joined the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL where he finished his playing days in 2009.

20. Quincy Jackson


  • High school: Brundidge (AL) Pike
  • College: Alabama
  • Undrafted: 1999
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1999)*, Albany/Indiana Firebirds (2000–2002), Birmingham Thunderbolts (2001), Edmonton Eskimos (2001), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2001–2003), Edmonton Eskimos (2003)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Receptions: 68, Receiving yards: 954, Avg.: 14.0, Touchdowns: 16
  • Receptions: 68
  • Receiving yards: 954
  • Avg.: 14.0
  • Touchdowns: 16
  • Receptions: 102, Receiving yards: 1,397, Avg.: 13.7, Touchdowns: 8
  • Receptions: 102
  • Receiving yards: 1,397
  • Avg.: 13.7
  • Touchdowns: 8

Quincy Jackson is a former wide receiver who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Edmonton Eskimos. Quincy Jackson was born in Alabama on April 2, 1977.

After playing college football at Alabama, Quincy Jackson was undrafted in 1999 but signed with the Cincinnati Bengals that year. In 2001, Quincy Jackson joined the Albany/Indiana Firebirds of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

The following year, he joined the Birmingham Thunderbolts of NFL Europe where he caught 63 passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns over two seasons before joining Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2003 as their third leading receiver behind Terrell Owens and Darian Durant.

Jackson was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos in 2003. Quincy Jackson played for the Eskimos from 2003-2007, and then again from 2009-2011. 

Quincy Jackson had a productive CFL career, recording 102 receptions for 1,397 yards and 16 touchdowns. Quincy Jackson is now a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he has started all 10 games this season.

21. Tony Akins


  • Position(s): WR/SB
  • Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
  • Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
  • College: Northeast Louisiana
  • High school: Starkville HS
  • Grey Cup champion (1999)

Tony Akins was a standout receiver at Northeast Louisiana. He spent four seasons with the Houston Texans before signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2006.

Tony made an immediate impact on his new team, leading the Titans in receptions and receiving yards for two consecutive seasons. In 2010, he became one of only six players in NFL history to record over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season.

Tony finished his career with the Atlanta Falcons after three seasons there, retiring as one of league's all-time leading receivers both in terms of catches (1,098) and touchdown receptions (88). 

After retirement from football, Tony started working as an analyst for Fox Sports Tennessee covering their local games throughout the year .

Tony is married to wife Whitney and they have two children together - son Knox and daughter Kaeleigh.

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22. Claude Davis

Claude Davis Career

  • High school: Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson
  • College: South Florida
  • Undrafted: 2012
  • New York Jets (2013)*, Tampa Bay Storm (2013), Nebraska Danger (2015), Billings Wolves (2015)*, Sioux Falls Storm (2015), Sioux City Bandits (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • 2× United Bowl champion (2015, 2016), 2× Second-team All-IFL (2016, 2017)
  • Tackles: 2
  • Tackles: 2

Claude Davis is a linebacker and defensive end who hails from Lakeland, Florida. He was drafted by the New York Jets in 2013 but did not make an appearance with them before being released in 2014.

Claude then joined the Tampa Bay Storm for two seasons before moving to Nebraska Danger in 2015. 

Claude has played in 41 games over three different leagues and recorded 244 tackles, 14 sacks and one interception during his career so far Claude Davis was a two-time United Bowl champion and Second-team All-IFL selection at defensive end for the Billings Wolves.

He signed with the Sioux Falls Storm in the offseason, hoping to make an impact on their defense as a rookie. Claude Davis has NFL experience having played four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before signing with the Storm this year. 

His size (6'5", 275 lbs) and athletic ability should give him plenty of opportunities to make plays in South Dakota's tough Arena league football atmosphere.

23. Damion Willis

Cincinnati Bengals

Damion Willis Career

  • High school: Southeast Lauderdale (Meridian, Mississippi)
  • College: Troy
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2019), Cleveland Browns (2020)*, Jacksonville Jaguars (2020)*, Denver Broncos (2021)*, New York Giants (2021)*, Washington Football Team (2021)*, Pittsburgh Steelers (2021)*, Seattle Sea Dragons (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • First-team All-Sun Belt (2018)
  • Receptions: 9, Receiving yards: 82, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 9
  • Receiving yards: 82
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Willis was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2020, but did not sign with them. He then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 2020 season. Willis has caught 47 passes for 741 yards and 5 touchdowns in his career thus far.

Willis is known as a big receiver who can stretch defenses vertically downfield. Willis was a two-time All-Sun Belt selection and is one of the most promising receivers in the country. Willis had an impressive junior year, catching 46 passes for 730 yards and eight touchdowns.

With his speed and big play ability, Willis should have no trouble finding success in the NFL. The Broncos are always a contender and will be looking for someone to step up opposite Courtland Sutton this season. 

Look for Willis to make some big plays this season as he looks to build off of his strong junior campaign with Denver.

Also Played For: seattle sea dragons

24. Chad Kelly

Clemson Tigers football

Chad Kelly Career

  • High school: St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, (Tonawanda, New York)
  • College: , Clemson (2012–2013), East Mississippi CC (2014), Ole Miss (2015–2016)
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253
  • Denver Broncos (2017–2018), Indianapolis Colts (2019–2020), Toronto Argonauts (2022–present)
  • Grey Cup champion (2022), NJCAA National champion (2014), First-team All-SEC (2015), Second-team All-SEC (2016), Sugar Bowl MVP (2016)
  • Games played: 1
  • Games played: 1
  • Passing attempts: 45, Passing completions: 26, Completion percentage: 57.8%, TD–INT: 2–3, Passing yards: 297
  • Passing attempts: 45
  • Passing completions: 26
  • Completion percentage: 57.8%
  • TD–INT: 2–3
  • Passing yards: 297

Chad Kelly was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and played quarterback for the school's football team before enrolling at Clemson University to play football.

After redshirting his first year, Chad Kelly started all 13 games of the following season as a freshman quarterback and led Clemson to an appearance in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game where they lost to Alabama 41-35 on a last second field goal by Jake Coker.

In 2017, he became one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history (with Donovan McNabb) to start all 16 regular season games for three different teams during their rookie seasons (the other being Carson Wentz). 

On September 1st, 2017, after starting the entire preseason with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Chad Kelly signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent and was released on October 6th after completing 3 out of 5 passes in a Week 4 loss against Dallas Cowboys; however he was re-signed just 2 days later On March 14th 2018.

He passed for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns while leading his team past Jacksonville Jaguars 23-16 who had entered halftime with a 21 point lead; earning him AFC Offensive Player Of The Week Award which made him only fourth player ever in CFL history.

Henry Burris(Ottawa Redblacks/2006), Damon Allen(Calgary Stampeders/2001) & Ricky Ray(Toronto Argonauts/2007) - to win that award twice consecutively.

He completed 25 out of 43 pass attempts for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns while playing 44 minutes including overtime period against Baltimore Ravens on August 30th as part of NFL.

 International Series held at Wembley Stadium resulting Philadelphia Eagles winning 33-30 thanks also to Torrey Smith receiving touchdown from Nelson Agholor less than two minutes into OT making it 34-30 Baltimore.

Which resulted television ratings record breaking game attracting over 50 million viewers on NBCSN.

In week 12 vs Carolina Panthers he injured his ankle late in third quarter but continued playing until final whistle finishing 15 out of 27 passing attempts for 263 yards Kelly is currently under contract through 2020 with option years thereafter.

Also Played For: toronto argonauts

25. Dontario Drummond

Dontario Drummond Career

  • High school: Laurel, (Laurel, MS)
  • College: , East Mississippi CC (2017–2018), Ole Miss (2019–2021)
  • Undrafted: 2022
  • Dallas Cowboys (2022–present)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Reserve/futures

Drummond was a standout receiver at Laurel High School before playing college ball with East Mississippi CC. Drummond caught 18 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman at EMCC in 2017.

In 2018, Drummond had another productive season, catching 47 passes for 692 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Dontario Drummond is a versatile linebacker who has played for the Dallas Cowboys in both the regular season and playoffs. He was undrafted out of Ole Miss, but has made an impact on special teams and defense since joining the league.

In 2018, he led all linebackers with 142 tackles, including 10 for loss and 3 sacks. Drummond will look to build off his impressive rookie campaign in 2019 as he compete against some of the best linebackers in the NFL.

26. Tyre Phillips

Baltimore Ravens

Tyre Phillips Career

  • High school: Grenada, (Grenada, Mississippi)
  • College: , East Mississippi CC (2015–2016), Mississippi State (2017–2019)
  • NFL Draft: 2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 106
  • Baltimore Ravens (2020–2021), New York Giants (2022–present)
  • Games played: 34, Games started: 18
  • Games played: 34
  • Games started: 18

Phillips was a two-time All-American at East Mississippi CC, and he helped the team to three consecutive Division II championships. Phillips was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He made his NFL debut in Week 3 of that season, playing guard on offense and defensive tackle on defense. Phillips played every game for the Giants during his rookie year, starting 12 out of 16 games at right guard. 

In 2017, Phillips started all 16 games at right guard for New York again, helping them to their first playoff appearance since 2012.

In 2018, Phillips missed Weeks 14 and 15 due to injury but still played in all 16 games; he graded positively as one of the best offensive guards in football according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).

 The Giants signed free agent Nate Solder from Patriots prior to 2019 offseason - leaving Tyre with competition for starts this upcoming season...as well as long term future with team.

27. D.J. Jones

San Francisco 49ers


  • High school: Wren (Piedmont, South Carolina)
  • College: Ole Miss
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
  • San Francisco 49ers (2017–2021), Denver Broncos (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Tackles: 160, Sacks: 9.0, Forced fumbles: 3, Pass deflections: 9
  • Tackles: 160
  • Sacks: 9.0
  • Forced fumbles: 3
  • Pass deflections: 9

D.J. Jones was a standout nose tackle at Ole Miss, and he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 16 games for the Broncos over two seasons, recording 12 tackles and one sack.

Jones is a powerful player who can push his way into gaps on either side of the line of scrimmage. His versatility could be an asset as he transitions to professional football; he's played both defensive end and linebacker during his career thus far.

Jones will need to continue to work hard on his technique if he wants to make an impact at the next level, but with talent like his there's no reason why he shouldn't reach his potential soon. In his rookie season in 2017, Jones put up some impressive numbers for the 49ers.

He was third on the team with 60 tackles and had two sacks. The following year, he improved upon those totals by recording 66 tackles and four sacks. In 2020, Jones signed a three-year contract extension with San Francisco worth $30 million ($20 million guaranteed). 

As of 2022, Jones has 160 total tackles (103 solo), nine pass deflections, and three forced fumbles in 15 career games played for San Francisco 49ers.

Also Played For: ole miss rebels football, university of mississippi

28. Tom Goode


  • High school: West Point, Mississippi
  • College: Mississippi State
  • NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 17 / Pick: 234, by the Detroit Lions
  • AFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16, by the Houston Oilers
  • AFL All-Star (1969), Super Bowl Champion (V), Dolphins Most Valuable Player (1967), Pro Bowl (1969), Iron Man Award (1969), 2× All SEC (1959, 1960), Kodak All-American (1960), Blue-Gray Game (1960), Coaches All-America Game (1961), Senior Bowl (1961), Mississippi Sportsman of the Year (1974), Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame (1976), Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1990), Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Coach of the Year (1996), All-American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (1996), All-American Football Foundation Unsung Hero Award (1998), East Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame (2014), Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame (2015)
  • Games played: 113, Games started: 55, Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Games played: 113
  • Games started: 55
  • Fumble recoveries: 1

Tom Goode was a center and linebacker who played 10 seasons in the NFL. Goode attended West Point and played for Mississippi State before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1961.

He spent time with the Lions, Houston Oilers, and Philadelphia Eagles before retiring after the 1981 season. Tom Goode was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and received his second gold jacket in 1998.

After retirement, he worked as an analyst on NFL broadcasts until his death at age 76 from cancer Goode was the offensive coordinator and head coach of Mississippi State from 1972 to 1975. He then served as the offensive line coach for Calgary Stampeders in 1976.

In 1978, he became assistant head coach at Ole Miss under Percy Harvin Sr.

Where he remained until 1982 when he left for Alabama. Goode had a brief stint with East Mississippi Community College before retiring in 2003 after sixteen years of coaching experience at various levels including college football, professional football and baseball.

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