West Virginia Football Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

Welcome to West Virginia Mountaineers Football. Located in Morgantown, WVU is one of the most beloved schools for college football. Since its first season back in 1891, the team has taken part in some incredible moments and achieved tremendous success on the field. With 15 conference championship titles under their belt, it’s no surprise why so many fans are proud to root for this storied program. From legendary players like Pat White and Steve Slaton to current stars such as Skyler Howard and Shelton Gibson, there have been plenty of greats that have come through this program over its illustrious history. It’s time now though for a new era – join us as we explore what makes West Virginia Mountaineers Football special.

Table of Contents

1. Marc Bulger


Marc Bulger Career

  • High school: Central Catholic, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 168
  • New Orleans Saints (2000)*, Atlanta Falcons (2000)*, St. Louis Rams (2000–2009), Baltimore Ravens (2010)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2003, 2006), Second-team All-Big East (1998)
  • TD–INT: 122–93, Passing yards: 22,814, Passer rating: 84.4
  • TD–INT: 122–93
  • Passing yards: 22,814
  • Passer rating: 84.4

Bulger was a highly successful quarterback in the NFL, having played for the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. Bulger's success as a quarterback can be attributed to his exceptional accuracy and ball-handling skills.

After playing briefly for the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Bulger spent nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He helped lead the team to two Super Bowl appearances (2005 and 2008), as well as winning one championship (2007).

In 2013, Bulger announced his retirement from professional football after failing to recover from an injury he sustained during the 2012 season. 

Marc Bulger is currently a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football". Bulger had a successful 12-year NFL career as a starter, but is most well known for his time with the St.

Louis Rams where he led the team to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1999. Bulger was durable and played through several injuries during his career including two concussions that forced him to retire at the end of the 2009 season. 

After retiring from playing football, Bulger became an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage before joining the Falcons staff as quarterbacks coach in 2019.

Also Played For: west virginia mountaineers football

2. Geno Smith


Geno Smith Career

  • High school: Miramar (Miramar, Florida)
  • College: West Virginia (2009–2012)
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
  • New York Jets (2013–2016), New York Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2019–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Pro Bowl (2022), NFL completion percentage leader (2022), First-team All-Big East (2011), Second-team All-Big East (2010)
  • Passing attempts: 1,578, Passing completions: 991, Completion percentage: 62.8%, TD–INT: 64–48, Passing yards: 11,199, Passer rating: 84.8, Rushing yards: 1,067, Rushing touchdowns: 9
  • Passing attempts: 1,578
  • Passing completions: 991
  • Completion percentage: 62.8%
  • TD–INT: 64–48
  • Passing yards: 11,199
  • Passer rating: 84.8
  • Rushing yards: 1,067
  • Rushing touchdowns: 9

Geno Smith was born on October 10th, 1990 in Lakemont, Georgia. He attended Miramar High School in Miramar, Florida and played for the football team there before signing with West Virginia University as a quarterback in 2009.

After two seasons at WVU, he was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft and started 14 games for them over three seasons before being traded to the Giants midway through the 2017 season. 

He has spent most of his time since joining Seattle playing behind Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett on their offensive roster but has appeared in 18 games (seven starts) during his four-year stay with them - including one playoff game against Green Bay.

In 2019, he signed with Los Angeles Chargers but was released after one season and then joined Seattle again ahead of their 2020 campaign.

Also Played For: nfl playoff, nfl preseason

3. Tavon Austin

Wide receiver

Tavon Austin Career

  • High school: Dunbar (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • College: West Virginia (2009–2012)
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2013–2017), Dallas Cowboys (2018–2019), San Francisco 49ers (2020)*, Green Bay Packers (2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2021), Buffalo Bills (2022)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013), Paul Hornung Award (2012), Jet Award (2012), First-team All-Big-12 (2012), Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year (2012), 2× First-team All-American (2011, 2012), 2× First-team All-Big East (2011, 2012), Big East Special Teams Player of the Year (2011)
  • Receptions: 244, Receiving yards: 2,239, Receiving touchdowns: 16, Rushing yards: 1,361, Rushing touchdowns: 10, Return yards: 1,934, Return touchdowns: 3
  • Receptions: 244
  • Receiving yards: 2,239
  • Receiving touchdowns: 16
  • Rushing yards: 1,361
  • Rushing touchdowns: 10
  • Return yards: 1,934
  • Return touchdowns: 3

Tavon Austin had a successful career with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, but he is most well-known for his time with the San Francisco 49ers from 2018 to 2019.

Tavon Austin was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 and spent four seasons there before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. He played a key role for the Niners during their run to Super Bowl LIII, finishing as one of their top receivers overall.

However, after just one season with Jacksonville, it seems that Tavon Austin's NFL days are behind him - at least for now. Austin was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school and quickly made an impact in the NFL. 

He has been one of the premier receivers in the league for several years now, consistently putting up big numbers even while facing tough defensive opponents.

Austin is known for his explosive speed and ability to make plays downfield, making him a threat both as a receiver and rusher.

4. Major Harris


Major Harris Career

  • High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Brashear
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 12 / Pick: 317
  • Los Angeles Raiders (1990)*, BC Lions (1990), Columbus/Cleveland Thunderbolts (1991–1994), Washington Marauders (1992)*, West Virginia Lightning/Huntington Hawks (1994–1996), Ohio Cannon (1999), Southern Michigan Timberwolves (1999–2000), Charleston Swamp Foxes (2003)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× ECAC Player of the Year (1988, 1989), All-American (1989)
  • Comp. / Att.: 18 / 42, Passing yards: 300, TD–INT: 3–3
  • Comp. / Att.: 18 / 42
  • Passing yards: 300
  • TD–INT: 3–3
  • Comp. / Att.: 186 / 390, Passing yards: 2,159, TD–INT: 29–21, QB rating: 61.05, Rushing TD: 23
  • Comp. / Att.: 186 / 390
  • Passing yards: 2,159
  • TD–INT: 29–21
  • QB rating: 61.05
  • Rushing TD: 23
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Major Harris was a quarterback for the WVU Mountaineers from 1992 to 1994. He played for the Raiders and Lions in 1990 and 1991, respectively, before joining the Marauders.

In 1992, Harris led West Virginia to an 11-1 record as their starter; they lost in the Gator Bowl that year. 

Harris subsequently played with the Thunderbolts and Columbus/Cleveland during his NFL career before retiring in 1994 at age 26 due to injury Major Harris was a two-time ECAC Player of the Year and All-American.

Major Harris played in three seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, amassing 300 passing yards and 3 touchdown interceptions. 

After his playing days were over, Harris transitioned into coaching where he served as offensive coordinator for Charleston Swamp Foxes from 2003 to 2004 before being named head coach at West Virginia Lightning in 2005.

In six seasons at WVU, Harris led the team to four bowl games including a trip to Sugar Bowl in 2007 which they lost 24–21 against Arkansas Razorbacks.

On February 2nd, 2016 it was announced that Major had been hired as an assistant coach by Ohio State Buckeyes football program under Urban Meyer following Dave Wannstedt's departure earlier that week.

5. Pat White


Pat White Career

  • High school: Daphne (Daphne, Alabama)
  • College: West Virginia (2004–2008)
  • NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
  • 2× Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2006, 2007), 3× First-team All-Big East (2006–2008)
  • Pass attempts: 5, Pass completions: 0, TD–INT: 0–0, Passing yards: 0, QB Rating: 39.6, Rushing yards: 81
  • Pass attempts: 5
  • Pass completions: 0
  • TD–INT: 0–0
  • Passing yards: 0
  • QB Rating: 39.6
  • Rushing yards: 81

White played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He spent one season with the Dolphins before joining the Redskins in 2013 as an offensive assistant.

White is best known for his time with the Redskins, where he made 14 starts over three seasons from 2013 to 2015. After leaving Washington, White joined the Los Angeles Chargers as their offensive assistant in 2017-2018. 

Before being promoted to offensive coordinator following Mike McCoy's departure from San Diego late in 2018 White had a very successful collegiate career at Alcorn State, playing for two seasons and winning Big East Offensive Player of the Year both years.

After going undrafted in 2009, White signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent and played one year before being released during final cuts. 

He then spent three weeks on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans before being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to their active roster in December 2010. 

In his only season with Philadelphia (2011), White completed 58% of his passes for 2,986 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 409 yards and four scores on 99 attempts; he was named NFC Special Teams player of the week twice that season.

The Kansas City Chiefs claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia prior to the 2012 season, but he never made it onto an NFL field due to injuries; he later retired after failing multiple physicals due to concussions sustained during his time in Kansas City's training camp.

6. Jeff Hostetler


Jeff Hostetler Career

  • High school: Conemaugh Township Area (Conemaugh Township, Pennsylvania)
  • College: , Penn State (1979–1980), West Virginia (1981–1983)
  • NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59
  • New York Giants (1984–1992), Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1993–1996), Washington Redskins (1997–1998)
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXI, XXV), Pro Bowl (1994)
  • TD–INT: 94–71, Yards: 16,430, QB Rating: 80.5
  • TD–INT: 94–71
  • Yards: 16,430
  • QB Rating: 80.5

Jeff Hostetler was a three-time All-American and two-time winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He led West Virginia to back-to-back national championships in 1981 and 1982, earning consensus first team All American honors both seasons.

The Indianapolis Colts originally drafted Hostetler in 1984 but he never played in the NFL due to injuries sustained during his college career at Penn State and with the Mountaineers. 

In 1997, Hostetler became head coach at Division II Morris Area (Wisconsin) before retiring from coaching after one season due to health reasons.

Jeff has since become an analyst for ESPN College Football coverage including working on their Top 25 rankings show "College GameDay" which airs annually on Saturday morning prior to all games kickoff across America's largest network televising college football bowl games such as Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl & Fiesta Bowl etc. 

Currently resides in South Florida where he is actively involved within several community organizations including being President of The Healing Place Foundation Inc. 

Board Member for Boys & Girls Clubs of Pinellas County North Region and past Chairperson of St Petersburg PAL United Way Golf Classic among others.

7. Steve Slaton

Running back

Steve Slaton Career

  • Houston Texans (2008–2011)
  • Miami Dolphins (2011)
  • Toronto Argonauts (2014)

Steve Slaton was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2008 and spent three seasons with the team before joining the Miami Dolphins for one season. 

Steve Slaton is a running back who primarily plays on the ground but has also caught passes from time to time.

In his career, Steve Slaton has rushed for over 1,000 yards four times and scored 14 touchdowns. He announced his retirement from professional football in March of this year after spending half a season with the Tennessee Titans. 

Outside of football, Steve Slaton is involved in ministry work as he currently serves as an assistant pastor at New Life Church in Houston, Texas where he continues to minister through running clinics and other events Steve Slaton was one of the top running backs in college and the NFL.

He is known for his speed, power, and agility on the field. Slaton has had a successful career with the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys. 

In 2014 he joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). There are high expectations for him in Canada as well as at home in Texas where he is beloved by fans.

8. Adam Jones


Adam Jones Career

  • High school: Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • College: West Virginia (2002–2004)
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
  • Tennessee Titans (2005–2007), Dallas Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2010–2017), Denver Broncos (2018)
  • First-team All-Pro (2014), Pro Bowl (2015), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2005), First-team All-Big East (2004), Second-team All-Big East (2003)
  • Total tackles: 507, Interceptions: 17, Pass deflections: 92, Forced fumbles: 7, Total return yards: 5,179, Total touchdowns: 8
  • Total tackles: 507
  • Interceptions: 17
  • Pass deflections: 92
  • Forced fumbles: 7
  • Total return yards: 5,179
  • Total touchdowns: 8

Adam Jones is a cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals and has been in the NFL since 2005. He was drafted sixth overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, but only played three seasons with them before being traded to Dallas Cowboys.

With Dallas, he won two Super Bowls (2005 and 2011) during his time there before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. Jones has recorded over 1,000 tackles during his career thus far and has also returned punts and kicks for his team-mates on occasion.

Adam Jones is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Adam Jones has played in the NFL since 2005 and has become one of the best cornerbacks in the league. 

Adam Jones was named First-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015, and he was also voted to participate in both Pro Bowls during that time period.

Adam Jones finished second on the Broncos with 5179 total return yards last season, including 88 pass deflections and 7 forced fumbles. Adam Jones will continue to play at an elite level for years to come as he is currently only 30 years old.

9. Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2014)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2014, 2016)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2009)
  • First-team All-American (2008)

Pat McAfee is a punter for the Indianapolis Colts and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has been with the Colts since 2009, playing in 139 games over that time period.

In 2016, Pat signed with the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent and played in 13 games before being released at mid-season. Since then, he has had stints with Baltimore Ravens (2017) and Arizona Cardinals (2018).

On December 7th, 2021 Pat will become only the third player to punt 1,000 times in his career when he kicks off against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football. 

McAfee is one of the most decorated punters in NFL history, with five first-team All-Pro nods and two Pro Bowl appearances to his name.

He set a career record for net average punt yards in 2014 (41.1) and 2016 (40.8). McAfee was named First Team All-American by both the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America in 2008, making him one of just four players ever to be so honored twice on different teams at that level. 

Pat also holds several NFL records including the highest career punt average (46.4), longest punt (74 yards), and most consecutive games with a 50+ yard punt (.98).

10. Will Grier


Will Grier Career

  • High school: Davidson Day School, (Davidson, North Carolina)
  • College: Florida (2014–2015), West Virginia (2016–2018)
  • NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 100
  • Carolina Panthers (2019–2020), Dallas Cowboys (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2018), Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year (2017)
  • TD–INT: 0–4, Passing yards: 228, Completion percentage: 53.8, Passer rating: 33.2, Rushing yards: 22
  • TD–INT: 0–4
  • Passing yards: 228
  • Completion percentage: 53.8
  • Passer rating: 33.2
  • Rushing yards: 22

Will Grier is a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in 2019, and he has been playing well so far. Will attended Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina.

There, he starred as a dual-threat quarterback, completing 71% of his passes with over 4200 yards and 50 touchdown passes. 

After redshirting at Florida in 2014 due to injuries, Grier started 10 games as a freshman for the Gators in 2015 before suffering an ankle injury that ended his season prematurely.

In 2016, Grier transferred to West Virginia where he played one season under head coach Dana Holgorsen and led the Mountaineers to their first ever bowl game appearance (the Peach Bowl) by throwing for 3181 yards on 151 completions (61%) for 18 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions while also rushing for 754 yards on 105 carries (8%).

Following his successful campaign at WVU, many NFL teams were interested in drafting him but it was the Dallas Cowboys who took him with the 100th overall pick of the 2019 draft - making him only the second player drafted by Jerry Jones after Troy Aikman (also #100). 

Although some people may view Grier's relatively short career thusfar as something of a 'redshirt' year given all of his previous injuries which have put him behind schedule; nevertheless I believe that if everything goes according to plan then this young man could go down as one ofthe best quarterbacks – if not THE best –of our generation.

11. Sam Huff

Sam Huff Career

  • NFL champion (1956)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1958, 1959)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (1957, 1960, 1961, 1963)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1958–1961, 1964)
  • Washington Commanders Ring of Fame
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor
  • First-team All-American (1955)
  • West Virginia Mountaineers No. 75 retired

Sam Huff was a linebacker for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins in the NFL. He played until 1963 with the Giants, and from 1964 to 1967 with the Redskins.

Sam Huff was born on October 4, 1934 in Edna, West Virginia. During his time in college at West Virginia, Huff had a stellar career as an athlete and helped lead his team to a National Championship victory in 1955.

In 1956, Sam Huff was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the NFL Draft and went on to play for them until 1963. 

He then moved to Washington where he spent another four seasons before retiring due to injury after playing one final season in 1967 with Washington.

After retirement from football, Sam Huff enjoyed a successful coaching career which included stints as head coach of both Rutgers University (1973–1975) and Hampton University (1976). 

He passed away on November 13th, 2021 at age 87 after long suffering from Parkinson's Disease Sam Huff was one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history.

He played for 14 seasons and won multiple awards, including two First-team All-Pro selections and four Second-team All-Pros. 

Known as "The Assassin," Huff racked up 30 career interceptions, five touchdowns, and 17 fumble recoveries - impressive numbers for a defender of his era. 

Huff is perhaps best known for his time with the Washington Redskins during their championship years in the early 1960s.

At 34 years old, he helped lead Washington to back-to-back titles en route to being named an inaugural member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. 

After hanging up his cleats following the 1965 season, Sam Huff retired with more than 18,000 total yards (155 receptions) and 105 tackles from 143 games played in his illustrious NFL career.

12. Jerry Porter

Jerry Porter Career

  • High school: Washington (DC) Coolidge
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
  • Oakland Raiders (2000–2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (2008)
  • Receptions: 295, Receiving yards: 4,120, Receiving touchdowns: 31
  • Receptions: 295
  • Receiving yards: 4,120
  • Receiving touchdowns: 31

Jerry Porter was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2000 and played for them until 2005. During his time with the team, he recorded over 100 receptions and 1,200 yards.

After leaving the Raiders, Jerry Porter signed with the Indianapolis Colts but only played two seasons there before retiring at age 31 due to injuries. 

Jerry Porter is now a color commentator for NFL games on Fox Sports Net and has also appeared in several movies including "The Blind Side" and "Friday Night Lights".

In 2013, Jerry Porter launched a clothing line called "Porter House Collection" which features urban sportswear designed specifically for men of color. 

Jerry Porter is a former NFL player who spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Jerry Porter had an illustrious career in the NFL, amassing 295 receptions for 4,120 yards and 31 touchdowns.

His most successful season came with the Raiders in 2000 when he caught 82 passes for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns. After leaving the NFL, Porter has since become a television commentator and analyst on various sports broadcasts around America. 

Jerry Porter was born on November 12th, 1973 in San Diego California to parents Rick and Kathy Porter-Drews.

Jerry attended Mt Carmel High School where he lettered three times in football as quarterback before switching over to wide receiver his senior year.

(Raiders) Selected by Oakland with pick number one overall in the 2000 draft after playing collegiately at Oregon State University where he totaled 157 catches for 2,781 yards (17th all-time) and 22 TDs (7th).

(Jaguars) Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Jacksonville on March 3rd 2008 following stints with Indianapolis Colts (2002), Seattle Seahawks (2004), New Orleans Saints (2005) [where became first tight end ever selected by #1 team].

13. Kevin White

Wide receiver

Kevin White Career

  • High school: Emmaus (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)
  • College: , Lackawanna (2011–2012), West Virginia (2013–2014)
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
  • Chicago Bears (2015–2018), Arizona Cardinals (2019)*, San Francisco 49ers (2020), New Orleans Saints (2021–2022)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2014), Second-team AP All-American (2014)
  • Receptions: 28, Receiving yards: 397
  • Receptions: 28
  • Receiving yards: 397

White was a highly touted recruit out of high school and chose to play at West Virginia over offers from Michigan, Ohio State and others. 

In his rookie season with the Bears, White led all wide receivers in receptions (54) and receiving yards (1,313).

The following year, White missed nine games due to injury but still managed to lead the team in both catches (50) and receiving yards (871). 

However, White's tenure with the Bears came to an end after three seasons as he was traded to Chicago's divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers during the 2018 offseason.

In total, White has compiled 469 receptions for 6,526 yards and 39 touchdowns in 97 career regular season appearances – including 46 starts – across four NFL seasons. 

White is a former All-Big 12 receiver and Second-Team AP All-American who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

White has had some success in his career, recording 28 receptions for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns over his rookie season with the Cards. 

However, injuries have kept White from reaching his full potential and he only played in 13 games during his sophomore year before being traded to San Francisco where he saw even less playing time due to injury problems again.

In 2018, White spent time on injured reserve as well as out of football completely but is hoping to return this season and reclaim some lost ground in terms of stats accumulated over his three years in the league so far.

14. Will Clarke

Defensive lineman

Will Clarke Career

  • High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Allderdice
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2014–2016), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017–2018), St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Detroit Lions (2020)*, New Orleans Saints (2020)*, Arlington Renegades (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-team All-Big-12 (2013)
  • Total tackles: 37, Sacks: 7.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Total tackles: 37
  • Sacks: 7.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 2

Will Clarke was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played there for two seasons before being released in 2018.

Clarke then signed with the St Louis BattleHawks, but was waived during final cuts on September 1st, 2020. Clarke has been a member of the Detroit Lions since then and is currently on their active roster.

Will Clarke is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the team in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Clarke played college football at Arlington University, where he was a two-time All-Big 12 performer and won several awards including Second Team All-American honors in 2013.

In his rookie season with Saints, Clarke recorded 37 total tackles and seven sacks while also forcing two fumbles and recovering one.

Also Played For: arlington renegades

15. Avon Cobourne

Avon Cobourne Career

  • CFL status: American
  • Position(s): RB
  • Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
  • Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
  • College: West Virginia
  • High school: Holy Cross
  • NFL draft: 2003 / Undrafted
  • CFL All-Star: 2009
  • CFL East All-Star: 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Honors Collegiate:, 2× First-team All-Big East selection (2000, 2001), , Professional:, , 2009 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
  • Records Collegiate:, All-time leading rusher at West Virginia (5,164 yards), All-time rushing attempts leader at West Virginia (1,050), Career leader for most games with 100-yards rushing at West Virginia (28)

Avon Cobourne was born on March 6, 1979 in Camden, New Jersey. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2003 but did not play a game for them.

Avon Cobourne had a short stint with the Cologne Centurions of the German Football League before signing with the Miami Dolphins where he spent two seasons as their primary running back.

In 2006, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he remained until his retirement in 2016 after playing one final season for Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2014-15. 

Avon Cobourne is currently an American CFL running back coach and has been since 2017 when he joined head coaching duties for their practice squad players following Head Coach Chris Jones' departure to Edmonton Eskimos.

16. Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin Career

  • Seattle Seahawks (2012–2015)
  • Oakland Raiders (2016–2018)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2018)
  • Carolina Panthers (2019)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2020)
  • Chicago Bears (2021)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2022–present)

Irvin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He played linebacker for the Seahawks until 2016 when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Irvin has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons in his career.

In 2018, Irvin signed with the Detroit Lions Bruce Irvin is a powerful and versatile linebacker who has been an important part of two Super Bowl champions. 

Irvin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has since played for them, as well as the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers.

He is known for his speed and explosiveness off the edge, which has helped him be one of the league's top pass-rushers over his career. 

Irvin was named to both The PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2012 and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 while with Seattle; he also won a Super Bowl title with that team in 2018.

17. Stedman Bailey

Stedman Bailey Career

  • High school: Miramar (Miramar, Florida)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2013–2016)
  • First-team All-American (2012), First-team All-Big 12 (2012)
  • Receptions: 59, Receiving yards: 843, Rushing yards: 46, Return yards: 127, Total touchdowns: 4
  • Receptions: 59
  • Receiving yards: 843
  • Rushing yards: 46
  • Return yards: 127
  • Total touchdowns: 4

Bailey was a three-year starter at West Virginia where he caught 221 passes for 3,424 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Rams selected Bailey with the 92nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

He has appeared in 51 games over four seasons, recording 335 receiving yards on 54 receptions. Bailey is considered a slot receiver by the Rams and will likely see his most playing time this season as Pharoh Cooper recovers from an ACL injury.

Bailey was an All-American and First-team All-Big 12 receiver at Kansas State. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played for them from 2013 to 2016, before joining the Oakland Raiders in 2017. 

Bailey has 59 receptions for 843 yards and four touchdowns during his career so far, including a breakout season with 87 catches for 1,331 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

Bailey is coming off a disappointing year with only 36 catches for 439 yards and one touchdown playing for the Raiders in 2017.

18. Chuck Howley

Chuck Howley Career

  • Super Bowl champion (VI)
  • Super Bowl MVP (V)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (1966–1970)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1971)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (1965–1969, 1971)
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • 3× All-SoCon (1955–1957)

Chuck Howley was a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 to 1973. He helped lead the team to two Super Bowl victories in 1971 and 1972. 

Chuck Howley also played for the Chicago Bears from 1958 to 1959, and he was a part of their only championship victory in 1963.

In 2016, Chuck Howley was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the football team that won back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956. 

Chuck is also known for his charity work with children, which includes hosting an annual golf outing benefiting Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF).

On July 29th, 2017, at age 86, Chuck passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease Chuck Howley was a three-time All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s. 

He won two Super Bowl titles with Dallas and was MVP of one game. After retiring from football, he became a broadcaster and spent several years working for ESPN before leaving to join Fox Sports Southwest as an NFL analyst in 2013.

Chuck Howley is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1991.

19. Owen Schmitt

Owen Schmitt Career

  • High school: Fairfax High School
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 163
  • Seattle Seahawks (2008–2009), Philadelphia Eagles (2010–2011), Oakland Raiders (2012)
  • Division III All-Conference (2004), Ira Errett Rodgers Award (2007), Captain Award (2007)
  • Rushing attempts: 11, Rushing yards: 28, Receptions: 34, Receiving yards: 218, Total touchdowns: 2
  • Rushing attempts: 11
  • Rushing yards: 28
  • Receptions: 34
  • Receiving yards: 218
  • Total touchdowns: 2

Owen Schmitt was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008. He played for them from 2008 to 2009 and then moved onto the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for two seasons.

Owen Schmitt is a fullback who primarily plays on special teams, but can also play running back if needed. In 2011, Owen Schmitt had an injury-plagued season with the Eagles and was released at the end of it.

However, he has since bounced around between NFL teams without ever really finding a permanent home. Currently, Owen Schmit is playing with the Detroit Lions after signing with them in early 2017. 

Although his career has been marred by injuries and inconsistent performance, there is no doubt that Owen Schmit has some talent as a fullback and could potentially have success in another league if given a chance.

20. Amos Zereoué

Running back

Amos Zereoué Career

  • High school: Mepham, (Bellmore, New York)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1999–2003), Oakland Raiders (2004), New England Patriots (2005)
  • 1996 Big East Rookie of the Year, 3× First-team All-Big East
  • Rushing Yards: 2,137, Average: 3.9, Rushing touchdowns: 10, Receptions: 137, Receiving yards: 1,111, Receiving touchdowns: 1
  • Rushing Yards: 2,137
  • Average: 3.9
  • Rushing touchdowns: 10
  • Receptions: 137
  • Receiving yards: 1,111
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Amos Zereoué was a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1999 to 2003. After playing for the Raiders from 2004 to 2005, he signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2006 but only played one game before being released.

He then played for the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints before retiring after the 2009 season. Amos has two children and is currently an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mepham High School in Bellmore, New York. 

Amos Zereoué was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2005 and played for them until 2009.

He rushed for 2,137 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career with the Pats. After leaving the NFL, he returned to France where he played for Rennes from 2010-2012 before retiring again.

21. Karl Joseph


Karl Joseph Career

  • High school: Edgewater (Orlando, Florida)
  • College: West Virginia (2012–2015)
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
  • Oakland Raiders (2016–2019), Cleveland Browns (2020), Las Vegas Raiders (2021)*, Pittsburgh Steelers (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Injured reserve
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2016), First-team All-Big 12 (2014), Second-team All-American (2015)
  • Total tackles: 305, Sacks: 3.0, Forced fumbles: 1, Fumble recoveries: 5, Interceptions: 5, Pass deflections: 20
  • Total tackles: 305
  • Sacks: 3.0
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 5
  • Interceptions: 5
  • Pass deflections: 20

Karl Joseph is a strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, but only stayed with that team for one season before being traded to Cleveland Browns in 2020.

Karl Joseph has been a mainstay on defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2021 and is considered one of their most important players. Karl Joseph is a versatile linebacker who has the ability to play in any position on the field.

He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact as a rookie, recording 105 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. 

Joseph is known for his speed and athleticism, which together make him difficult to block downfield.

The 24-year-old will be looking to build on his impressive rookie campaign this season as he looks to have a big impact on both sides of the ball for Oakland.

22. Bruce Bosley

Bruce Bosley Career

  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
  • San Francisco 49ers (1956–1968), Atlanta Falcons (1969)
  • 4× All-Pro (1959–1961, 1966), 4× Pro Bowl (1960, 1965–1967), West Virginia Mountaineers No. 77 retired
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Bruce Bosley was a two-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler in the NFL. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1956 to 1966, making him one of their most iconic players.

Bruce Bosley died from cancer in 1995 at the age of 61. He was an All-American linebacker at West Virginia University. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons, but did not play a game for them before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers in August 1970.

Bosley played 12 seasons with San Francisco and helped lead them to their first Super Bowl championship in 1981. After leaving football, Bruce Bosley worked as a broadcaster for both ESPN and CBS Sports before his death from melanoma on January 3, 2017 at age 71.

23. Todd Sauerbrun

Todd Sauerbrun Career

  • High school: Ward Melville, (East Setauket, New York)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
  • Chicago Bears (1995–1999), Kansas City Chiefs (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001–2004), Denver Broncos (2005–2006), New England Patriots (2006), Denver Broncos (2007), Florida Tuskers (2009)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2001, 2002), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1996, 2003), 3× Pro Bowl (2001–2003), 2× NFL punting yards leader (2001, 2002), PFW Golden Toe Award (2001), Consensus All-American (1994), 3× First-team All-Big East (1992–1994)
  • Punts: 889, Punting yards: 39,208, Average punt: 44.1
  • Punts: 889
  • Punting yards: 39,208
  • Average punt: 44.1

Todd Sauerbrun was a punter for 14 seasons, with the Chicago Bears (1995-1999), Kansas City Chiefs (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001-2004) and Denver Broncos (2005-2006).

He registered 1,088 punts in his career for an average of 41.8 yards per punt. Todd is known primarily as a specialist in kicking offs, having converted on over 80% of his opportunities during his NFL career.

In 2006 he was signed by the New England Patriots and served as their regular kicker until being released at the end of the 2007 season due to injury concerns.. Sauerbrun is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler.

He led the NFL in punting yards twice, was an consensus All-American and also earned First Team All Big East honors during his college career at Louisville. 

In 2006, he signed with the Denver Broncos where he played until 2009 before joining the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).

Sauerbrun is currently a punter for the Kansas City Chiefs and has been since 2011.

24. Anthony Becht

Anthony Becht Career

  • High school: Drexel Hill (PA) Monsignor Bonner
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2000), 2× Second-team All-Big East (1998–1999)
  • Receptions: 188, Receiving yards: 1,537, Receiving touchdowns: 21
  • Receptions: 188
  • Receiving yards: 1,537
  • Receiving touchdowns: 21

Becht is the head coach of the St. Louis BattleHawks in the Arena Football League (AFL). Becht played linebacker for four seasons in the NFL with the Jets, Buccaneers and Rams.

He was an assistant coach at West Virginia before becoming head coach of the St. Louis team in 2008. The BattleHawks have made three playoff appearances under Becht's leadership, but they have yet to win a championship game or even make it to the semi-finals stage of play.

Anthony Becht is a former NFL player and coach who has spent the last 20 years in coaching. He began his career as a tight end with the San Diego Fleet of the Arena Football League before moving on to become an offensive coordinator for two different teams over that time period.

In 2019, he was named head coach and general manager of the St. Louis BattleHawks in the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

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25. Noel Devine

Running back

Noel Devine Career

  • CFL status: American
  • Position(s): RB
  • Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
  • Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
  • College: West Virginia
  • High school: North Fort Myers, (North Fort Myers, Florida)

Noel Devine was born in 1988 and played football for West Virginia. He is now a CFL running back with the BC Lions, having signed with them as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Noel has had success playing in Canada, amassing over 2,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns during his career to date. In 2014 he was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player after helping the BC Lions secure their first championship since 2004.

NoelDevine is married and has one child; he enjoys spending time outdoors fishing or gardening when not involved in his sport Noel Devine played football at North Fort Myers High School. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, but did not play there due to injury.

Noel then spent two years with the Omaha Nighthawks of the CFL before signing with Montreal Alouettes in 2014. 

Noel has appeared in 47 games over four seasons, recording 84 tackles and one interception along the way. In 2018 he was signed by Edmonton Eskimos where he currently plays on their practice squad.

26. Canute Curtis

Canute Curtis Career

  • High school: Farmingdale (NY)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
  • Consensus All-American (1996), Big East Defensive Player of the Year (1996)
  • Games played: 70, Games started: 15, Tackles: 87, Quarterback sacks: 3.0, Forced fumbles: 3
  • Games played: 70
  • Games started: 15
  • Tackles: 87
  • Quarterback sacks: 3.0
  • Forced fumbles: 3

Canute Curtis was born on August 4, 1974 in Amityville, New York. He attended Farmingdale High School and played linebacker for the school's football team.

After high school, he went to West Virginia University where he played for the Mountaineers football team. Curtis was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1997 and spent six seasons with them before finishing his career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.

During his time as a player, Curtis accumulated 253 tackles (137 solo), 5 interceptions, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery over 76 games played. 

After retiring from playing professional football Canute became an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals under Marvin Lewis from 2003-2005 followed by four years as defensive coordinator of Akron Browns before being hired as head coach of The Citadel Bulldogs in 2016.

27. Renaldo Turnbull

Renaldo Turnbull Career

  • High school: Charlotte Amalie (VI)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
  • New Orleans Saints (1990–1996), Carolina Panthers (1997)
  • First-team All-Pro (1993), Pro Bowl (1993), PFWA All-Rookie Team (1990)
  • Tackles: 245, Sacks: 45.5, Forced fumbles: 9, Fumble recoveries: 7
  • Tackles: 245
  • Sacks: 45.5
  • Forced fumbles: 9
  • Fumble recoveries: 7

Renaldo Turnbull was a dominant defensive end in the NFL for over a decade. He helped the Saints win two Super Bowls and earn numerous accolades along the way.

However, Renaldo's career was cut short by injuries. After being drafted by New Orleans with the 14th overall pick in 1990, he played just six seasons before retiring due to injury in 1996.

Despite his shortened career, Turnbull is still considered one of the greatest defensive ends ever to play in the NFL. 

His athleticism and strength were unmatched at his position and will always be remembered as one of football's all-time greats Renaldo Turnbull was a standout linebacker for the Carolina Panthers from 1997-2002.

He first made an impact in 1993, when he earned First-team All-Pro honors and was also named to the Pro Bowl. In 2000, he became just the third player in franchise history to make three straight Pro Bowls and helped lead Carolina to their second NFC South title. 

After retiring as a Panther following the 2002 season, Turnbull now works as an analyst on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning."

28. Darryl Talley

Darryl Talley Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1990, 1993)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1990, 1991)
  • Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1983)

Darryl Talley was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons from 1983 to 1994. He helped lead both teams to playoff appearances, with the Bills making it to the playoffs in 1984 and 1988 and the Falcons reaching the postseason in 1990, 1992, 1996, and 1998.

In 1989, he was named to The Sporting News All-American First Team after recording 117 tackles (third on the team) and two interceptions while helping Buffalo reach its first Super Bowl appearance since 1981. 

Talley also played in three Pro Bowls during his career – all as part of Bill Belichick's Patriots dynasty – earning Second-Team honors in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

After retiring from football following a 14-year playing career that saw him earn seven Pro Bowl selections (and one Third-Team), Darryl now works as an NFL analyst for ESPN+. Darryl Talley is a two-time first-team All-Pro and consensus first-team All-American. 

He played for the Buffalo Bills from 1983 to 1992, amassing over 1,252 tackles and 38.5 sacks during his career.

Darryl was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 1993 and is currently a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Darryl has been involved with coaching both at the collegiate level and professional levels since retiring from football in 1992.

29. David Saunders

David Saunders Career

  • High school: Palatine (IL)
  • College: West Virginia
  • Undrafted: 1999
  • New Jersey Red Dogs/Gladiators (2000–2001), Tampa Bay Storm (2002–2005), Grand Rapids Rampage (2005), Columbus Destroyers (2006–2007), Tampa Bay Storm (2008), Arizona Rattlers (2008)
  • First-team All-Big East (1996), Second-team All-Big East (1998), First-team All-ECAC (1998), Tampa Bay Storm Team MVP (2002)
  • Receptions: 446, Receiving yards: 4,999, Avg.: 11.2, Touchdowns: 115, Tackles: 103
  • Receptions: 446
  • Receiving yards: 4,999
  • Avg.: 11.2
  • Touchdowns: 115
  • Tackles: 103

Saunders is a former wide receiver and linebacker who played in the NFL for ten seasons. He was drafted by the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League in 1999 but did not play with them before being signed by the Tampa Bay Storm two years later.

Saunders spent four seasons with Tampa Bay, appearing in 96 games and making 328 tackles (including 109 solo) and 10 interceptions. 

After spending time with three other teams, he joined his fourth team - the Columbus Destroyers - at the end of 2007 season.

Saunders retired after playing one more year for Columbus during 2008 before returning to coaching as an assistant coach for West Virginia University's football team from 2009-2011 under head coach Dana Holgorsen In 2012.

He became offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Liberty University where he remained until 2016 when he left to become receivers/tight ends coach at Appalachian State University.

30. Chris Henry

Wide receiver

Chris Henry Career

  • High school: Belle Chasse, (Belle Chasse, Louisiana)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2005–2009)
  • Receptions: 119, Receiving yards: 1,826, Receiving touchdowns: 21
  • Receptions: 119
  • Receiving yards: 1,826
  • Receiving touchdowns: 21

Chris Henry was one of the most electrifying receivers in the NFL. He had a lot of speed and could take the top off any defense. However, his life was cut tragically short when he died in a car accident in 2009 at just 26 years old.

His death has left an immense void in the league, and many players have dedicated themselves to helping young people avoid making the same mistake as Chris Henry did by drinking and driving safely Chris Henry is one of the most explosive and dangerous players in the NFL.

He has great speed and can take it to the house anytime he wants. Henry's career was cut short by a neck injury, but that won't stop him from being remembered as one of the best receivers in Bengals history. 

In 2005, Chris Henry led all rookies with 119 receptions for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He was an instant star on offense for Cincinnati and helped them reach Super Bowl XLIV where they lost to New Orleans Saints 41-34. 

After leaving Cincinnati following the 2009 season, Chris Henry signed with Buffalo Bills where he spent two years before retiring due to injuries at age 27.

31. Mark Glowinski

Offensive lineman

Mark Glowinski Career

  • High school: G.A.R. Memorial, (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
  • Seattle Seahawks (2015–2017), Indianapolis Colts (2017–2021), New York Giants (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Games played: 107, Games started: 86
  • Games played: 107
  • Games started: 86

Mark Glowinski was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has played for the Colts and Browns since then, but he is now with New York.

Glowinski primarily plays guard, but can also play center or tackle if needed. He has started all 32 games in his career so far and been a key player on many teams over that time frame.

Mark Glowinskis current contract runs until 2020 and he is expected to be an important part of this season's Giants team too Glowinski was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He played college football at West Virginia University and started all 36 games he appeared in during his four-year career there. 

Glowinskie has been a mainstay on both sides of the ball for Seattle, playing every offensive snap as a rookie and starting 86 out of 107 games he's appeared in over three seasons with the Seahawks (2015-2017).

In 2017, Glowinski signed with Indianapolis Colts where he played through 2021 before being released last week by New York Giants. 

With experience at both guard positions and center, Mark will likely continue to see action on Sundays moving forward as a member of some team near or in contention for an NFC Championship berth.

32. Wendell Smallwood

Running back

Wendell Smallwood Career

  • High school: Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Maryland)
  • College: West Virginia
  • Position: Running back
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2016–2018), Washington Redskins (2019), Pittsburgh Steelers (2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2021)*, Washington Football Team (2021)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl champion (LII)
  • Rushing yards: 956, Rushing average: 4.0, Receptions: 60, Receiving yards: 474, Return yards: 401, Total touchdowns: 8
  • Rushing yards: 956
  • Rushing average: 4.0
  • Receptions: 60
  • Receiving yards: 474
  • Return yards: 401
  • Total touchdowns: 8

Wendell Smallwood was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, but only played for them for one season before being traded to the Washington Redskins.

He had a breakout year with Washington in 2019, rushing for 1,276 yards and 10 touchdowns on 237 carries (4.8 average). Wendell Smallwood has also caught 21 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns during his career.

He is 29 years old and set to enter the final year of his contract with the Redskins in 2020. Wendell Smallwood is a versatile running back that can play on all three downs. 

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft and made his debut in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2019, he played for both the Eagles and Washington Redskins before being released by Washington at the end of training camp. 

He signed with Jacksonville Jaguars early in 2020, but was waived prior to their season opener on September 9th due to injury reasons.

33. John Thornton

John Thornton Career

  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
  • Tennessee Titans (1999–2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2003–2008)
  • Tackles: 303, Sacks: 27.5, Forced fumbles: 4
  • Tackles: 303
  • Sacks: 27.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4

John Thornton was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1999. He has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers during his career.

John Thornton is a two-time Pro Bowler who has also won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers (2011, 2013). In 2017, he announced his retirement from professional football after 14 seasons in the NFL.

Thornton was a 3-time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro with the Titans from 1999 to 2002. He signed with Cincinnati in 2003, where he won a championship in 2005. Thornton retired after the 2008 season, but made an unannounced return to play for the Bengals in 2013.

He is currently an NFL analyst on television networks such as CBS and Fox Sports 1. Thornton has also authored several books about football including "The Rookie Scouting Portfolio" (2006) and "Total Football: The Official Guide to Playing American Football" (2009).

John Thornton was born on March 21, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland.

34. Nick Kwiatkoski


Nick Kwiatkoski Career

  • High school: Bethel Park (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia (2011–2015)
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
  • Chicago Bears (2016–2019), Las Vegas Raiders (2020–2021), Atlanta Falcons (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Total tackles: 292, Sacks: 7.0, Forced fumbles: 6, Pass deflections: 12, Interceptions: 2
  • Total tackles: 292
  • Sacks: 7.0
  • Forced fumbles: 6
  • Pass deflections: 12
  • Interceptions: 2

Nick Kwiatkoski was born on May 26, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Bethel Park and played college football at West Virginia.

After being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 NFL Draft, he has since started all 16 games for them this season. 

Nick Kwiatkoski is a linebacker who specializes in pass coverage and run support; his strengths include speed and agility across the field as well as strength against the run game.

Nick Kwiatkoski is an up-and-coming linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of West Virginia University. 

Nick Kwiatkoski has been a key part of the Falcons' defense over the past two seasons and is poised to take his game to another level in 2020.

Kwiatkoski's speed, toughness and tackling ability make him a valuable asset on any team, but he will be especially important for the Falcons moving forward as they attempt to rebound from their disappointing season in 2019. 

Nick Kwiatkoski should continue to develop at an impressive rate over the next few years and could eventually become one of the top linebackers in pro football.

35. Rasheed Marshall

Rasheed Marshall Career

  • High school: , Pittsburgh (PA) Brashear, Wayne (PA) VFMA
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 174
  • San Francisco 49ers (2005–2006), Pittsburgh Steelers (2007)*, St. Louis Rams (2007)*, Columbus Destroyers (2007–2008)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Receptions: 1, Receiving yards: -1, Return yards: 575, Total touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: -1
  • Return yards: 575
  • Total touchdowns: 0

Rasheed Marshall was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at West Virginia and had a standout career there, earning All-American honors as a receiver and return specialist.

After being drafted, Rasheed spent three seasons with the Steelers before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. In 2012, he signed with the Oakland Raiders and has since been playing for them steadily ever since then. 

Rasheed is currently entering his tenth season in the NFL and continues to be one of Pittsburgh's most dedicated players both on and off the field.

Rasheed Marshall was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007 to 2008, and then spent time with the St. Louis Rams before retiring after playing only one season with them. 

His best season came in 2007 when he caught 44 passes for 654 yards and four touchdowns. In his career, Rasheed Marshall has 314 receptions for 4,816 yards (18th all-time) and 31 touchdowns (10th all-time).

36. Bo Orlando


  • High school: Berwick (PA)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 157
  • Houston Oilers (1989–1994), San Diego Chargers (1995), Cincinnati Bengals (1996–1997), Pittsburgh Steelers (1998)
  • First-team All-American (1988), WVU Sports Hall of Fame
  • Tackles: 301, Interceptions: 10, Forced fumbles: 3
  • Tackles: 301
  • Interceptions: 10
  • Forced fumbles: 3

Bo Orlando was an outstanding safety for the Houston Oilers from 1989-1994. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1995, but only played one season with them before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Orlando spent his final two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring after the 1999 NFL season. Bo Orlando is a three time Pro Bowler and holds numerous team records including most combined tackles (746) and interceptions (23).

Bo Orlando is currently a football analyst for Fox Sports 1 and has been since 2005 He was a First-team All-American at West Virginia, and he played in the NFL for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers.

Orlando had 301 tackles, 10 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles during his career. He is now an assistant coach for the WVU Mountaineers football team.

37. Rich Rodriguez

Defensive back

Rich Rodriguez Career

  • 1981–1984: West Virginia
  • Position(s): Defensive back
  • 1985: West Virginia (SA)
  • 1986: Salem (DB/ST)
  • 1987: Salem (AHC/DC)
  • 1988: Salem
  • 1989: West Virginia (OLB)
  • 1990–1996: Glenville State
  • 1997–1998: Tulane (OC/QB)
  • 1999–2000: Clemson (OC/QB)
  • 2001–2007: West Virginia
  • 2008–2010: Michigan
  • 2012–2017: Arizona
  • 2019: Ole Miss (OC/QB)
  • 2021: Louisiana–Monroe (AHC/OC/QB)
  • 2022–present: Jacksonville State

Rich Rodriguez is the current head coach of Jacksonville State and has led them to a 9–2 record this season. He began his coaching career at West Virginia in 1985 as the defensive backs coach before becoming the assistant head coach for defense in 1988.

After spending two years at West Virginia, he moved on to become the linebackers coach at Salem from 1989-1991. In 1992, he was hired by Arizona where he spent six seasons before being fired after posting a 3–19 record in 2007. 

He then took over as head coach of Michigan Wolverines who posted an 11–1 mark in 2010 but was dismissed following a 5–7 2012 campaign which led him back to Jacksonville State where he currently coaches Rodriguez was a highly successful coach at Glenville State, winning four WVIAC championships.

Rodriguez then went on to coaching stints at Clemson and West Virginia, where he led the Mountaineers to two Big East titles. 

After leaving WVU, Rodriguez spent five years as Michigan's offensive coordinator before taking over as Arizona's head coach in 2012. 

In 2017, Rodriguez left Arizona for Ole Miss but only lasted one season with the Rebels before being fired amidst controversy surrounding his team's performance. 

Since departing Ole Miss, Rodriguez has been hired by Jacksonville State as their new head football coach in 2019.

Rodriguez is known for his high-octane offenses which have produced some of college football's most prolific passers including Tim Tebow and Jake Coker during his time coaching at various levels of the game.

38. Oliver Luck

Oliver Luck Career

  • High school: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
  • 2× First-team Academic All-American (1980, 1981), 2× WVU team MVP (1980, 1981), Louis D. Meisel Award (1981), WVU Sports Hall of Fame, WVU All-Time team (1980–89)
  • TD–INT: 13-21, Passing yards: 2,544, Passer rating: 64.1
  • TD–INT: 13-21
  • Passing yards: 2,544
  • Passer rating: 64.1

Oliver Luck is the first Commissioner of the XFL, which was a professional American football league that launched in 2000. Luck served as Athletic Director at West Virginia University from 2010 to 2014 and helped revive the Mountaineers' program after it had suffered through several years of decline.

He has been a staunch supporter of Republican causes and was elected to serve on the Ohio State Board of Education in 2006. Luck married Kathy Wilson in 2013 and they have two children together. Luck started his NFL career with the Houston Oilers. 

Luck quarterbacked the Oilers to a playoff berth in 1983, but was unable to lead them past the first round.

In 1984, he led the Oilers all the way to Super Bowl VIII before losing 34-13 against San Francisco 49ers. 

He rejoined Houston for 1985 and helped them win their second consecutive AFC West title en route to another playoff appearance; this time they were able to make it all the way to Super Bowl XIX where they lost 12-7 against Chicago Bears (his former team).

After leaving Houston in 1986, Luck signed with Indianapolis Colts and went on to become one of best quarterbacks in league history - leading his team twice (1998–2000) backto back Championship games while earning 2 MVP awards along the way (2003 & 2007).

39. Dante Stills

Dante Stills Career

  • College: , West Virginia (2018–present)
  • High school: Fairmont Senior, (Fairmont, West Virginia)
  • 2× First team All-Big 12 (2021, 2022), 2× Second team All-Big 12 (2019, 2020)

Dante Stills is a senior defensive tackle for the West Virginia Mountaineers. He was born on December 14, 1999 in Fairmont, West Virginia. 

Dante played football and basketball growing up before choosing to focus solely on football when he reached high school.

After standout performances at Fairmont High School, he was recruited by numerous Division I programs including Ohio State and Pittsburgh but decided to attend West Virginia University where he has started all four years of his collegiate career. 

As a junior in 2018, Dante totaled 47 tackles (26 solo) with 5 sacks en route to being named Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference player by league coaches and media members alike.

In 2017 as a sophomore, Dante registered 38 tackles (22 solo), 6 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles while also appearing in 11 games as a reserve defensive lineman due to injuries sustained by other players on the team; contributing 4 tackles (1 solo). 

His older brother Devante plays linebacker for Oklahoma State University while younger brother Kameron is currently playing college football at Monmouth University after attending Fork Union Military Academy during his freshman year where he recorded 111 total tackles (53 solos).

10 sacks and 3 interceptions over two seasons as starting middle linebacker Dante's father Terry played professional baseball professionally from 1984-1994.

Dante has volunteered extensively with multiple organizations throughout his life including Special Olympics WV which helps prepare athletes with intellectual disabilities for competitive athletics.

Feeding America - sorting food donations directly into local pantries so that hungry people can have what they need*, Big Brothers Big Sisters - providing mentorship opportunities for children who are facing difficult circumstances such as poverty or abuse.

United Way - helping raise funds to support local community initiatives.

40. Mike Logan


  • High school: McKeesport Area, (McKeesport, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (1997–2000), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001–2006)
  • Super Bowl champion (XL)
  • Tackles: 292, INT: 5, Passes defended: 23, Forced fumbles: 7
  • Tackles: 292
  • INT: 5
  • Passes defended: 23
  • Forced fumbles: 7

Logan is a safety who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1997-2000. He was a part of the team that won the AFC Championship in 1999 and made it to Super Bowl XXXIX, but they were defeated by the New England Patriots.

Logan finished his NFL career with 190 total tackles, two interceptions, and five forced fumbles in 14 seasons. After retiring from football, Logan has since worked as an analyst for Fox Sports Florida and ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in The Morning." 

In 2013 he was inducted into the West Virginia University Hall of Fame alongside his former teammate Marshall Faulk.

Logan played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001-2006. He was a part of their Super Bowl championship team in 2006, and he also had 5 interceptions on his career. 

Logan is known as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, and he has always been an elite defender at both center and linebacker positions. 

He was voted to 3 Pro Bowls during his time with the Steelers, and he will be remembered fondly by fans everywhere as one of the most successful players in franchise history.

41. Daryl Worley


Daryl Worley Career

  • High school: William Penn Charter School, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
  • Carolina Panthers (2016–2017), Philadelphia Eagles (2018)*, Oakland Raiders (2018–2019), Dallas Cowboys (2020), Buffalo Bills (2020), Las Vegas Raiders (2020), Arizona Cardinals (2021)*, Detroit Lions (2021), Baltimore Ravens (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2015)
  • Total tackles: 273, Sacks: 2.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 1, Interceptions: 5
  • Total tackles: 273
  • Sacks: 2.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Interceptions: 5

Daryl Worley played cornerback for the Carolina Panthers in 2016 and 2017. Daryl Worley was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, but he was waived soon after.

In October 2018, Daryl Worley signed with the Oakland Raiders. Daryl Worley was an All-Big 12 linebacker at Texas in 2015. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Worley has started all 16 games for the Ravens this season, recording 73 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.

42. Brian Jozwiak


  • High school: Catonsville (MD)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1986–1988)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1986)
  • Games played: 28, Games started: 3
  • Games played: 28
  • Games started: 3

Brian Jozwiak was born on June 20, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Catonsville High School where he starred as an offensive lineman for the football team.

After high school, Jozwiak played college football at West Virginia University and won two conference championships while playing for the Mountaineers. 

In 1986, Brian Jozwiak was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL Draft and went on to play 12 seasons with them before retiring in 2000.

Following his retirement from professional football, BrianJozwiak served as a color commentator for ESPN's College Football coverage until 2011 when he left to become a head coach at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois where he currently resides. 

With his wife and three children Jozwiak was drafted by the Chiefs in 1986, and he would play for them until 1988.

He was a part of their Super Bowl-winning team in 1987. Jozwiak also earned All-Rookie Team honors that year. After leaving the NFL, Jozwiak played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canadian Football League (CFL). 

In 2006, he became Kansas City's assistant head coach/linebackers coach under Dick Vermeil.

43. Shelton Gibson

Wide receiver

Shelton Gibson Career

  • High school: Cleveland Heights (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
  • College: West Virginia
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2017–2018), Cleveland Browns (2019)*, Philadelphia Eagles (2019), Washington Football Team (2020)*, Carolina Panthers (2020)*, BC Lions (2021–2022)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl champion (LII)
  • Receptions: 3, Receiving yards: 59, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 3
  • Receiving yards: 59
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Shelton Gibson was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 20th 1995. He attended high school at Cleveland Heights and played football for the team there before moving onto West Virginia to play college football.

Shelton was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft but did not make an appearance with them until 2018 when he appeared in 4 games as a wide receiver/returner.

In 2019, Gibson signed with the Cleveland Browns who selected him 53rd overall in that year's draft - making him their highest-ever selection at that position.

Gibson is one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL and was a big part of the Eagles' Super Bowl victory. Gibson has great speed and can take down any defender he comes across. 

He will be key to Washington's success this season, as they look to make another run at the playoffs. Gibson is also an excellent returner, which could give him an extra advantage on Sundays come playoff time.

This year should be his breakout year; don't miss out on what could be a memorable campaign by watching Shelton Gibson play football.

44. A. B. Brown


  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 8 / Pick: 209
  • New York Jets (1989–1992)
  • Rushing yards: 117, Rushing average: 2.9, Rushing touchdowns: 1, Receiving yards: 40, Receiving average: 5
  • Rushing yards: 117
  • Rushing average: 2.9
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • Receiving yards: 40
  • Receiving average: 5

A. B. Brown was a running back for the New York Jets from 1989 to 1992. He played in 137 games and had 1,289 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 454 carries.

Brown also caught 31 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns during his NFL career. After he retired from football, Brown worked as an assistant coach at West Virginia University from 1995 to 1998. 

Before leaving to become the head coach of the Delaware Blue Hens from 1999 to 2001 Brown played college football at the University of Oregon, where he was a two-time All-Pac 10 selection.

In his rookie season in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Brown rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. 3. He also had a strong second year with the 49ers and recorded over 1,200 yards from scrimmage on 279 carries (5.4 avg). 

After spending three seasons with San Francisco before being traded to Baltimore in 2015, Brown enjoyed another successful year there rushing for 834 yards on 159 carries (3 avg) with six scores en route to earning him an All-Pro nomination.

5. Recently signed by Cleveland as a free agent this off-season after spending 2017 out of football due to injury, it's still uncertain whether or not he'll be able to return to full form following surgery on his foot earlier this year.

45. Dave Stephenson


  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 15 / Pick: 194
  • Los Angeles Rams (1950), Green Bay Packers (1951–1955)
  • Games played: 61
  • Games played: 61

Stephenson was a guard who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns during his NFL career. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the AFL before retiring after the 1966 season.

Stephenson attended West Virginia University where he starred as a lineman on the football team. 

After playing professional football, Stephenson worked as an insurance salesman and later became a police officer before dying from cancer at age 49 years old Stephenson was a standout player at the University of Kansas and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 15th round of the 1950 NFL Draft.

He played for the Green Bay Packers from 1951 to 1955, becoming one of their all-time greats. Stephenson led his team to three straight championships, including two NFL Championships and a Super Bowl victory in 1954. 

After retiring from football, he became an executive with PepsiCo for many years before passing away in 2009 at age 76.

46. James Jett


  • College: West Virginia
  • Undrafted: 1993
  • Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders (1993–2002)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1993)
  • Receptions: 256, Receiving yards: 4,417, Touchdowns: 30
  • Receptions: 256
  • Receiving yards: 4,417
  • Touchdowns: 30

James Jett was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. He played college football at West Virginia and was undrafted. In 1993, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent and went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL.

His best season came in 2003 when he caught 69 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. After his retirement from professional football in 2007, James Jett began coaching youth football in Pennsylvania.. Jett was drafted in the 7th round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

He played for the team from 1993 to 2002. Jett had a successful career with the Raiders, amassing 256 receptions for 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns during his time there. Jett is best known for his work as a wide receiver and punt returner on offense, though he also served as a backup quarterback at times during his career.

After playing his final season with the Raiders in 2002, Jett retired from professional football and returned to college at Fresno State University where he currently holds graduate degrees in business administration and education leadership.

47. Dan Mozes

Dan Mozes Career

  • High school: Washington (PA)
  • College: West Virginia
  • Position: Center
  • Undrafted: 2007
  • Minnesota Vikings (2007–2008)
  • Unanimous All-American (2006), First-team All-Big East (2004, 2005, 2006), Rimington Trophy (2006), Fred Schaus Captain's Award (2007)

Dan Mozes played center for West Virginia University from 2002 to 2007. He was undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.

Dan Mozes spent three seasons with the Colts before being released in 2010. Dan Mozes then signed with the Baltimore Ravens, where he remained until 2013 when he was released again.

In 2014, Dan Mozes signed with the Cleveland Browns and has since been playing there for two seasons Mozes was an All-American at Iowa and led the Hawkeyes to two bowl games. 

He was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent four seasons before joining the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in 2012.

Mozes has played in 46 career games, starting 43 of them, with 264 tackles (2 for losses), 20 passes defensed, six interceptions and one sack.

48. Rasul Douglas

Rasul Douglas Career

  • High school: East Orange Campus High School, (East Orange, New Jersey)
  • College: West Virginia (2015–2016)
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2017–2019), Carolina Panthers (2020), Las Vegas Raiders (2021)*, Houston Texans (2021)*, Arizona Cardinals (2021)*, Green Bay Packers (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Super Bowl champion (LII), First-team All-Big 12 (2016)
  • Total tackles: 322, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 0, Pass deflections: 60, Interceptions: 14, Defensive touchdowns: 2
  • Total tackles: 322
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Pass deflections: 60
  • Interceptions: 14
  • Defensive touchdowns: 2

Douglas was drafted by the Eagles in 2017 but did not play a single down for them. He signed with the Panthers in 2020, where he had some success before being released midway through the 2021 season.

Douglas is a talented cornerback who has shown flashes of brilliance on the field. He should be able to thrive with another team and make an impactful contribution on defense. 

Douglas will likely go undrafted this year due to his injury history, but there's no doubt that he has the potential to become a solid starting corner in the NFL if given enough time and opportunity.

Rasul Douglas is a cornerback and the team's second-leading tackler. Douglas has been with the Texans since they drafted him in the third round of the 2016 draft. 

He was named to first-team All-Big 12 in 2016 and won Super Bowl LI as part of their championship team that season. 

Douglas is known for his speed, agility, and ball skills which have helped him become one of Houston's most consistent players over time.

In addition to being an excellent cover corner, Douglas can also contribute on special teams units by returning punts and kicks.

49. Mario Alford

Wide receiver

Mario Alford Career

  • High school: Greenville (GA)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 238
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2015), New York Jets (2016)*, Cleveland Browns (2016), Chicago Bears (2017)*, Toronto Argonauts (2018), Montreal Alouettes (2019–2022), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • John Agro Special Teams Award (2022)
  • Receptions: 1, Receiving yards: 15, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: 15
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 8, Receiving yards: 71, Receiving touchdowns: 0, Return yards: 2,834, Return touchdowns: 7
  • Receptions: 8
  • Receiving yards: 71
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Return yards: 2,834
  • Return touchdowns: 7

Mario Alford is a wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, but did not make an appearance with them before being traded to the New York Jets in 2016.

Alford spent time with both clubs before joining the Cleveland Browns late in 2017 and making one appearance for them. 

He joined the Chicago Bears during their final season of play, appearing in 10 games and scoring three touchdowns throughout that span.

Mario Alford will return to play for his original team, Saskatchewan Roughriders this year after signing a two-year contract extension earlier this month Alford was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL draft, but he never played a down for them.

Alford then signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in May 2017 and had an impressive rookie season. He caught 58 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns. 

In 2018, Alford led all receivers with 1,524 receiving yards on 98 catches while also adding 11 rushing touchdowns to his resume.

His stellar play has landed him numerous awards such as CFL's John Agro Special Teams Award and league MVP honors from both The Canadian Press and Football Reporters Canada (FR). 

As it stands right now, Alford is set to return to Toronto for another year before moving on to join Saskatchewan next season where he'll hope to replicate or even better his previous success.

50. Aaron Beasley


  • High school: Pottstown High School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (1996–2001), New York Jets (2002–2003), Atlanta Falcons (2004)
  • Consensus All-American (1995), First-team All-Big East (1995), West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame
  • Total tackles: 427, Sacks: 8.5, Forced fumbles: 10, Fumble recoveries: 4, Interceptions: 24, Defensive touchdowns: 4
  • Total tackles: 427
  • Sacks: 8.5
  • Forced fumbles: 10
  • Fumble recoveries: 4
  • Interceptions: 24
  • Defensive touchdowns: 4

In 1996, Aaron Beasley was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played for the team from 1996 to 2001. In 2002, Aaron Beasley signed with the New York Jets and played there until 2003.

After leaving the NFL, Aaron Beasley spent a year playing in Germany before returning to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. 

He retired after one season with them and now works as a football coach at Pottstown High School where he also serves as their defensive coordinator In 2007.

Aaron Beayson was named assistant head coach of West Virginia University's defense but left two years later to become an analyst for Fox Sports Net's college football coverage In 2013.

Was hired by Vanderbilt University as their new defensive backs coach Beasley was one of the most decorated collegiate athletes in history, earning consensus All-American honors and being named First-team All-Big East.

He started all 12 games for West Virginia as a true freshman and recorded 67 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Beasley continued his success at the next level, becoming one of the NFL's best pass rushers with 427 total tackles (24 interceptions), 10 fumble recoveries and 4 defensive touchdowns over his career.

Final Words

. . West Virginia Mountaineers football has produced some of the best players in NCAA history. From QB Pat White to WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, this program is loaded with talent.

However, there are a few players who stand out above the rest. Here are West Virginia’s best players of all time:

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