Football - In the Pros

  • Prince Amukamara, 2011 NFL First-Round Draft Pick
  • Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 Overall Draft Choice, 2010 NFL Draft
  • Nebraska leads all conference schools with 65 players drafted since 1997

    Since 1962, Nebraska has averaged nearly six selections per year

  • The Huskers had seven players drafted in 2011, which ranked fourth nationally
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Ndamukong Suh
“I had a fantastic football career at Nebraska and thanks to my coaches and support staff, I have learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and life skills. These skills will help me tremendously as a I prepare for my career in the NFL.”

Nebraska owns one of the most impressive histories of any school with players in the National Football League. Over 300 former Huskers have represented Nebraska in the NFL. Over the past 17 years, Nebraska ranks second among all Big Ten Conference programs with 78 players chosen during the NFL Draft. The Huskers have been especially impressive with defensive players, with 50 former Huskers chosen since 1997.

  • Over the last 17 years, Nebraska has averaged nearly five players chosen in each NFL Draft, ranking second among all Big Ten programs with a total of 78 drafted players.
  • Since 1962 NU has had 289 players drafted, an average of nearly six selections per year, including 51 Husker offensive lineman.
  • Since 1990, Nebraska has had 27 defensive backs, 19 defensive linemen and 18 defensive linemen chosen in the NFL Draft. The Huskers have also had five quarterbacks and four kickers/punters selected in the draft.
  • Nebraska has had a defensive player taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in 23 of the last 29 years, including second-round pick Lavonte David in 2012.
  • Nebraska has averaged one defensive linemen per year selected in the past 16 drafts, with five defensive ends alone picked in the first or second round.
  • Since 1998, Nebraska has had 15 defensive linemen drafted and five defensive ends drafted in the first or second rounds.
  • Nebraska had three former kickers (two place-kickers, one punter) on NFL rosters at the end of the 2012 season.
  • Nebraska was represented by nine players at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, the most in school history. Nebraska’s nine players were tied for the second-most in the nation. Nearly every NFL team was represented at Nebraska’s Pro Day last March in Lincoln.
  • Nebraska has had 53 former Huskers make 68 appearances in the Super Bowl dating back to Super Bowl II following the 1967 season. Huskers have appeared in 35 of the 47 Super Bowls. Dating back to 1993, at least one Husker has appeared in 20 straight Super Bowls.Sam Koch of the Baltimore Ravens was the most recent Husker to play in the Super Bowl, as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.Mick Tingelhoff's four appearances in the Super Bowl with the Minnesota Vikings leads the list of all former Huskers. Unfortunately, Tingelhoff never walked away with an NFL title. Roger Craig, Grant Wistrom and Russ Hochstein each appeared in three Super Bowls with the Craig coming away with a trio of NFL championship rings to lead all former Huskers in that category.
  • Nebraska has had 34 first-round NFL Draft choices. In 2010, Ndamukong Suh became the 12th Nebraska player to be taken among the top five choices in the NFL Draft.
  • List of Huskers in the NFL.

 

Current Huskers in the NFL

 

 

 

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara

  • N.Y. Giants
  • Cornerback
  • No. 19 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft
  • Super Bowl Champion
Zack Bowman

Zack Bowman

  • Chicgao Bears
  • Cornerback
  • 7 interceptions entering 2013
Stewart Bradley

Stewart Bradley

  • Denver Broncos
  • Linebacker
  • Played in 76 career games entering 2013
  • 216 career tackles entering 2013
Josh Brown

Josh Brown

  • N.Y. Giants
  • Kicker
  • Played in 148 games entering 2013
  • 1,003 career points entering 2013
Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Running Back
  • 6th-round pick in 2013
Adam Carriker

Adam Carriker

  • Washington Redskins
  • Defensive End
  • 58 career starts for Washington
  • 124 career tackles and 9.0 sacks entering 2013
Will Compton

Will Compton

  • Washington Redskins
  • Linebacker
  • Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013
Jared Crick

Jared Crick

  • Houston Texans
  • Defensive End
  • 4th-round pick by the Texans in 2012
Lavonte David

Lavonte David

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Linebacker
  • 2nd-round pick by the Bucs in 2012
  • 139 tackles as a rookie in 2012
Alfonzo Dennard

Alfonzo Dennard

  • New England Patriots
  • Cornerback
  • 7th-round pick by the Patriots in 2012
  • 3 interceptions as a rookie in 2012
Dejon Gomes

Dejon Gomes

  • Detroit Lions
  • Defensive Back
  • Played in 30 games entering 2013
Roy Helu

Roy Helu

  • Washington Redskins
  • Running Back
  • Led rookie running backs in rushing in 2011
  • 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team
Alex Henery

Alex Henery

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Placekicker
  • Set an NFL record for field goal accuracy by a rookie in 2011
  • 51-for-58 in FG's entering 2013
Ricky Henry

Ricky Henry

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Offensive Guard
Marcel Jones

Marcel Jones

  • New Orleans Saints
  • Offensive Tackle
  • 7th-round pick by the Saints in 2012
Sam Koch

Sam Koch

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Punter
  • Super Bowl Champion
  • 198 career punts inside the 20 entering 2013
Eric Martin

Eric Martin

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Linebacker
  • Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013
  • 198 career punts inside the 20 entering 2013
Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill

  • St. Louis Rams
  • Tight End
  • Played 17 games entering 2013
  • 4 career catches for 31 yards
Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Offensive Guard
  • 2009 Super Bowl Champion
  • Two-time All-Pro (2010, 2011)
Niles Paul

Niles Paul

  • Washington Redskins
  • Tight End
  • 2011 5th-round pick
  • 10 receptions for 117 yards entering 2013
Dominic Raiola

Dominic Raiola

  • Detroit Lions
  • Center
  • Played in 187 games with 171 NFL starts entering 2013
Matt Slauson

Matt Slauson

  • Chicago Bears
  • Offensive Guard
  • Started every game in 2010, 2011 and 2012
Daimion Stafford

Daimion Stafford

  • Tennessee Titans
  • Safety
  • 7th-round pick in 2013
Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

  • Detroit Lions
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Two-time All-Pro selection (2010, 2011)
  • 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • 22.0 career sacks entering 2013
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