CFB AP Poll

College football season has certainly had its ups and downs, and in the weeks leading up to the end of the season, the AP poll rankings also had a bit of a rollercoaster ride as well – with a few exceptions. While Alabama spent most of the season at No. 1 (until the last two weeks), other teams weren’t quite as consistent. Let’s take a look.

Ranking ‘Em High

The Alabama Crimson Tide, as mentioned, spent the overwhelming majority of the season at the top of the AP poll standings, only dropping out of the No. 1 spot in week 14 (to No. 5) and gaining a spot in week 15 (to No. 4). The other three teams in this year’s college playoff haven’t been quite as consistent all season long, at least according to the AP Poll.

Let’s take a look at the team that nabbed the final No. 2 spot – the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma was in the top four over the last month of the season, but before that, they spent some time a little farther south. Week 7, for example, found the Sooners ranked No. 12, followed by No. 9, No. 10, and then No. 8. The last four weeks, however, saw them sitting pretty at No. 3 for two weeks, before finally moving into the No. 2 spot on the final week of the season.

The Georgia Bulldogs are another team that didn’t spend a lot of time near the top until they started to heat up just as the season winded down. They started off week 1 at No. 15 and slowly but surely navigated their way near the top of the pack. They first reached No. 3 in week 8, and while they bounced around a bit after that (reaching No. 2 in weeks 10 and 11 before dropping down to No. 7 in weeks 12 and 13), they found their way back to the No. 3 spot by week 15.

The Clemson Tigers nabbed the No.1 ranking at the end of the season, but they too spent some time bouncing around the rankings as the season progressed. They were ranked No. 5 at the beginning of the season (week 1) and slowly crept up into the top three, where they remained until week 7. They then fell to No. 7, but didn’t stay there long (nor did they fall below that point during the season). In week 11, they were ranked No. 4, and in week 14, they landed in the No. 1 spot, which is where they remained until the season was over.  

Make It Rain … With Total Points

When we look at a season-long accumulation of points, it’s immediately apparent why Alabama spent most of the season atop the poll – they amassed over 22,200 points, and over 2,000 more than Clemson, who followed right behind them in overall points.

Points are awarded weekly by the AP poll voters (a panel of 61 sportswriters from around the country who vote in the poll every week). Teams receive 25 points for each first-place vote, then 24 for the second, and 23 for the third, all the way down to 1 point for teams who get a 25th place vote. Alabama, then, got the most first-place votes all season long but ended the season ranked No. 4.

Oklahoma received the third most points of the season, racking up over 19,100 points. Georgia was fourth in this category, with over 17,600 points, followed by Penn State (17,559 points), Wisconsin (17,318 points), Ohio State (16,934 points), and Washington (14,542 points).

Seeking a Championship Victory

The College Football Playoff began Jan. 1, 2017 with a couple of semifinal bowl games. The Allstate Sugar Bowl saw the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 4) take out the Clemson Tigers (No. 1), while the Georgia Bulldogs (No. 3) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (No. 2) in the Rose Bowl.

The College Football Playoff National Championship takes place on Jan. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will compete to win the national title.

This format is relatively new in college football. This will only be the fourth national championship game. Interestingly, Alabama and Clemson have both played in the championship twice, when they faced each other at the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons – Alabama won the first meeting, and Clemson the second. While this year won’t see another rematch based on the seeding, it’ll be a rousing match between two SEC powerhouses.  

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Best Places to Watch The Rose Bowl

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This year’s Rose Bowl will ring in the new year with a contest between the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Fans of Oklahoma (Big 12 champs) and Georgia (SEC champs) have a lot to be excited about (this is the first time the teams have met in the Rose Bowl), but traveling to Pasadena may not be in the cards for most fans. Where, then, can they take in the game with like-minded souls as they cheer on their favorite college football team?

Good news. Fans of either team don’t have to stray too far from campus to take in the game with their fellow students, alumni, and fans.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Mont

The Mont is a Norman institution and is located just a few blocks away from OU. Reviewers say the atmosphere is phenomenal, as is the food, but many start game day with an Original Sooner Swirl in hand.

The Garage Burgers and Beer

The Garage in Norman, Oklahoma, is a hot spot for burgers and game-watchin’. They offer traditional burgers alongside a plethora of specialities such as the Sticky Finger, which features peanut butter and jalapeno relish on a bacon cheeseburger (reviewers insist it’s amazing, even though it sounds a bit odd). Add in a fab game-watching atmosphere and terrific locale, and it may be just where you head on New Year’s Day.

Louie’s Grill and Bar

There are tons of Louie’s scattered around the OKC metro area, but for those who are on or near campus, there is one located right on the edge of the university (in fact, its location is termed “Campus Corner”). Reviewers say this is a great place to take in a game, as there are multiple TVs scattered throughout.

Georgia Bulldogs

Blind Pig Tavern

Bulldogs fans that love fried pickles – we’ve got your game day locale scouted out for some quality Rose Bowl watching. Blind Pig Tavern will definitely have the game on while you look over the menu (which includes other awesomeness aside from fried pickles – don’t worry). There are three locations to choose from, all right there in Athens.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is known for a variety of kick-ass food, including burgers, wings, and dogs. Reviewers rave about the excellent food and great service, and they’re totally all about the Bulldogs (and other Georgia teams, of course). This may be your only stop on Rose Bowl day for food, drinks, and the game.

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Bar South

Plenty of TVs make Bar South a go-to spot for the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t hurt that it has an amazing beer selection and super good food, too. They usually run specials on big game days, so belly up to the table and get well-fed while getting your Bulldogs fix as they take on the Sooners.

Food, Drinks, and Large TVs

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Best Places to Watch The Sugar Bowl

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While it may be a tad difficult to secure tickets to see No. 1 Clemson take on No. 4 Alabama in this year’s Sugar Bowl in person, thankfully you have other options. The Sugar Bowl traditionally takes place on (or near) New Year’s Day, which makes it a fun way to ring in the new year. If you’re lacking somewhere local to go, don’t worry – we’ve gathered a few places you can check out if you’re staying near campus when the new year rolls in.

Clemson Tigers

The Esso Club

The Esso Club is a Clemson landmark and popular destination on Tigers game days, which makes it an obvious choice for those looking for a Sugar Bowl viewing spot. According to ESPN, the place rocks on game day, and despite its humble beginnings (it got its start as a gas station) remains legendary among students, alumni, and fans.

Sloan Street Tap Room

Sloan Street Tap Room is another locale perfect for checking out the Sugar Bowl. Reviewers tout the excellent selection of beer and the homey, comfortable atmosphere, especially if you’re trying to get away from the crowds.

Tiger Town Tavern

Another Clemson staple is Tiger Town Tavern, which is a solid pub perfect for Tigers fans. Reviewers note the “divey” charm and varied seating areas and amenities, such as pool tables, big TVs, and “gigantic” chicken wings.

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Houndstooth Sports Bar

The Houndstooth Sports Bar has a ton of TVs, great food, and a superb atmosphere – the perfect recipe for some Sugar Bowl action. Don’t worry, you’ll be surrounded by fellow Crimson Tide fans as you root for a Bama victory.

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Mugshots Grill & Bar

Mugshots has a bevy of locations in the South, but we want to direct you to their Tuscaloosa locale for game day. They get high marks from prior customers for a stellar menu (traditional pub fare like burgers and nachos, plus more unique items like Thai shrimp) and a rousing college atmosphere.

Wheelhouse Sports Pub

If you’re looking for a sweet sports bar that also features a vintage-feel “barcade,” then the Wheelhouse may be up your alley. Visitors say the food is great, the games are awesome, and it’s a great place to take in a game. Join your Bama brethren and saddle up to the bar to cheer on the Crimson Tide.

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Best Places to Watch The Peach Bowl

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This year’s Peach Bowl will be a huge milestone. It’s the 50th Peach Bowl, and fans will see No. 12 UCF Knights take on No. 7 Auburn Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 1, 2018.

If you don’t have tickets for the game or you aren’t planning a roadtrip to Atlanta on New Year’s Day, don’t fret. There are plenty of amazing spots in Orlando or Auburn to take in all the action with local fans that are as fervent as you.  

Auburn Tigers

17-16

The unique name of 17-16 comes from the final score of a classic 1972 Auburn game when the Tigers bested heavily favored rival Alabama by a score of – you guessed it – 17-16. The locale is heavy on the Auburn love and trolls Bama hard, making it the perfect spot for a Peach Bowl viewing party.

Halftime

With a name like Halftime, you know this Auburn hotspot is up for plenty of football watching. They have a full menu (wings, burgers, and apps galore), and a ton of drink specials that would go very well with taking in your Tigers at the Peach Bowl.

Baumhower’s Restaurant

There are Baumhower’s all over Alabama, but the one in Auburn is, of course, the one you’d head to for the Peach Bowl. For burgers that are (probably) bigger than your head and plenty of TVs to take in the game, it’s a definite sweet spot for Tigers fans.

UCF Knights

Knight Library

The Knight Library opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became a go-to spot for the college crowd. To no surprise (look at its name!), they rock game day with watch parties and sweet specials. Cheer your Knights on with scads of like-minded fans.

The Basement

The Basement is a downtown Orlando destination for those looking to check out the local bar scene while taking in a game. They also serve tacos, which is a total win-win. Additionally, they have a pretty unique promotion during Knights game days: free beer every game until the team loses. That’s right – actual free beer.

Taco Tuesday! Our tacos are half off and Corona is only $3. 🌮🍻

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Wall Street Plaza

If you’re up for a little variety (or can’t make up your mind on where to go), head to Wall Street Plaza, which is a nifty complex of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs packed into one city block. Food, drinks, and football (plus plenty of local fans rooting on the Knights) make the Wall Street Plaza a natural choice for watching the Peach Bowl.

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Best Places to Watch The Fiesta Bowl

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On Dec. 30, prepare to see the No. 11 Washington Huskies take on the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions at this year’s Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. If you’re planning to stay on or near campus instead of heading to Phoenix, there are plenty of places where you can check out the game while hanging out with fellow fans. From hidden neighborhood haunts to mouthwatering gastropubs, we’ve got you covered.

Washington Huskies

Ballard Loft Restaurant & Sports Bar

The Ballard Loft is a popular place for Seattle-area sports fans, making it a natural spot to catch the Fiesta Bowl. It caters to like-minded souls, which means you’ll be in the company of friends you never knew you had as you root for the Huskies Dec. 30.

Roanoke Park Place

Roanoke Park Place is a terrific place to watch your Washington Huskies battle in the Fiesta Bowl. They offer a great menu (and no deep fried foods), plus a bevy of drinks to keep you in tiptop shape. Locals refer to it as a quality neighborhood bar with a stellar ping pong table out back and is a nice place for catching the game.

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Quality Athletics

Quality Athletics is a truly modern sports bar packed with amenities, including TVs to take in the Fiesta Bowl. Better yet, their menu is to die for, and they weren’t named one of the best sports bars in the U.S. for nothing.

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Penn State Nittany Lions

Bill Pickle’s Tap Room

Bill Pickle’s Tap Room is a rousing sports bar super close to Penn State’s campus that is packed with TVs, making it a sweet spot for Nittany Lions fans hoping to catch some Fiesta Bowl action. Their kitchen is open until midnight, seven days a week, which means you can fill your belly while watching the game.

In the neighborhood? Stop in and grab a drink with us!

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Lettermans Sports Grill

Lettermans is another locale close to campus that’s perfectly fit for a Nittany Lions fan. They feature a full menu of apps, wings, sandwiches, tacos, entrees (and more), plus plenty of drinks to go around.

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Local Whiskey

Prior customers say Local Whiskey’s burgers are the best – the rest of their menu isn’t too shabby, either, and it includes fun stuff like cheesesteak egg rolls and Guinness pot roast, because why not. TVs scattered around the pub make Fiesta Bowl viewing a sweet treat.

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The Best Places to Watch The Orange Bowl

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Are you a Badgers fan? Or a die-hard Canes fanatic? If you’re not heading to Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 30 to catch No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers take on No. 10 Miami Hurricanes in the Capital One Orange Bowl, you may be experiencing FOMO. After all, it’s tons of fun to watch your fave team in the flesh. However, if you’re sticking around campus, all is not lost – college towns know how to do a few things, including watch football. Here are a few options near both campuses where you can support your team in the Orange Bowl.

Miami Hurricanes

Rathskeller

Rathskeller (also known as the Rat) is an on-campus pub that caters to students, faculty, alumni and basically anyone else who is a Canes fan. It’s a natural choice for viewing the Orange Bowl (they even have a salad dish called the Orange Bowl). Watch your boys play in the big game with fellow Hurricanes fans and have fun doing it.

GameTime Miami

GameTime Miami is not only a full-service bar and restaurant, it’s also a mega-arcade with 165 video games, ride simulators, and prize machines. What’s better than taking in the Orange Bowl and blowing some quarters on some amazing video games while you get your food and drink on? That’s right. Probably nothing.

Bougainvillea’s

Bougainvillea’s (also known as Bougie’s Bar) is another South Miami pub just right for excited Hurricanes fans. They frequently have watch parties and the Orange Bowl is just another excuse to check out what they have to offer.

Wisconsin Badgers

Lucky’s 1313

Not too far from campus, Lucky’s 1313 serves up amazing grub and is a natural watering hole for college students and alumni alike. It also features a rousing game day atmosphere and should be on your short list for an Orange Bowl outing.  

Kollege Klub

The Kollege Klub in Madison is a Badgers paradise and located just a hop, skip, and jump away from campus. Dating back to 1953, this student hangout has a rep as an amazing college pub, with a bevy of dishes to keep you full. If you’re looking for new Badgers fan friends, this is the place to go.

Sconniebar

Sconniebar is Wisconsin through and through (it’s in the name, after all). Plenty of drinks and an amazing menu are only part of the draw – it’s, of course, a popular hangout for Badgers games. Rub elbows with other Wisconsin fans as you take in the game with a ton of friends, new and old.

TV, Grub, and a Win

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Best Places to Watch The Cotton Bowl

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Are you headed to Arlington to watch the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the No. 8 USC Trojans? If so, we’re jealous, but don’t fret if you’re not in Texas for the Dec. 29 showdown. There are loads of amazing locales close to campus where you can catch the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic among friends (and strangers!) who love your team as much as you do.

USC Trojans

Traditions

Traditions is an on-campus sports bar that caters to all Trojans fans (and don’t worry, it’s all-ages on game day). In addition to an easy-to-find location for students, it serves typical pub grub like wings and nachos, and unique items like corn dog lollipops (yes, really). You really can’t get much closer to campus, and it’s sure to be rockin’ on game day.

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901 Bar and Grill

The 901, a hotspot not too far from campus, has been entertaining USC students and alumni since 1947. Of course, this makes it a great spot to catch the Cotton Bowl to cheer your Trojans on. Prior visitors say the vibe on game day is amazing, and if you love a hyped, rowdy crowd, this is the place to go.

Dog Haus Biergarten

If you love dogs and burgers, you’ll be happy to know there is an excellent choice near campus that features both. Dog Haus Biergarten has delicious food (much of it served on Hawaiian rolls), a rotating craft beer selection, and of course, TVs to check out the game.  

Ohio State University

Buckeye Crazy

If a name will give you an idea of what kind of establishment a place is, then Buckeye Crazy certainly gets the point across. If you’re in the mood for fab food, a feisty environment, and the Buckeyes, then head here ASAP if you’re in Columbus for game day.

LOBSTERTAILS AT BUCKEYE CRAZY

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Gallo’s Tap Room

Gallo’s Tap Room has two locations, but if you’re in or near Columbus city proper, head to the Bethel Road location as it’s closer to campus (those north of the city can, of course, check out the Powell locale). Inside, you’ll find more than 20 TVs, some sweet craft beer, and a chef-driven menu.

Turtle Creek Tavern

Turtle Creek Tavern has tons of TVs to catch all the Ohio State games, including the upcoming Cotton Bowl. Their menu includes lots of typical bar fare, including something called a “Garbage Plate” (which sounds pretty amazing if you ask us). Clink some bottles with your new best buds here on game day.

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Buckeyes vs. Trojans

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Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL

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Ohio State University was established in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, and classes began just a few years later. In 1878, the name was changed to The Ohio State University, and in 1890, the first football game in the school’s history took place. Since then, the university’s football program has brought home eight national championships (most recently in 2014), seven Heisman winners (including Troy Smith, Eddie George, Archie Griffin, and Howard Cassady), and a slew of players who made their name in the NFL.

BUCKEYES

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Past NFL players include James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Orlando Pace, Mike Vrabel, and Cris Carter. Also, 11 former Buckeyes were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Dick LeBeau, Jim Parker, and Lou Groza.

There are currently 44 former Ohio State players in the National Football League. Some teams have several, while others just have one. Let’s take a look to see where everyone falls.

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The Indianapolis Colts have the most former Buckeyes on their roster, including John Simon, Jack Mewhort, Malik Hooker, and Johnathan Hankins (plus Joshua Perry on the practice squad). The New Orleans Saints have four former Ohio State players, including Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Ted Ginn, and Vonn Bell.

Among former Buckeyes that currently play in the NFL, there are a few that definitely stand out. Last year’s leading rusher, for example, was an Ohio State player – Ezekiel Elliott. He rampaged for 1,631 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, averaging a league-best of 108.7 yards per game. During his time as a Buckeye he earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award, and then was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

FOCUSED. One thing on my mind.

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Ryan Shazier is another former Ohio State player. Shazier was drafted 15th overall in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the linebacker is a part of a formidable linebacking corps, along with fellow former Buckeyes Cameron Heyward, who was selected 31st overall in 2011.

Defensive end Joey Bosa is another intriguing player to mention here. This former Buckeyes was drafted third overall in 2016 by the Chargers and has been quite the sack master since his NFL debut. He racked up 10.5 sacks his first season and is on pace to break this mark in 2017 (he has 8.5 as of week nine).

See ball, get ball.

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Go Bucks!

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Miami Hurricanes in the NFL

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The University of Miami was chartered in 1925 and classes began in 1926. The university’s first president, Dr. Bowman Ashe, proposed a 50,000-seat stadium for the school’s would-be football team. Just one day after work on a temporary stadium began, a massive hurricane struck much of South Florida, leaving destruction in its wake and leveling much of the area. Understandably, plans for the stadium were halted, and classes started late, so it wasn’t until Oct. 23, 1926, that the University of Miami played its first football game in front of 304 spectators.

We ballin’ boysss.

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While the origin of the team name, the Hurricanes, may be shrouded in mystery (some say it came from the 1926 hurricane, as the university hoped the football team would sweep opponents away just as the storm did), the traditions at the school are very strong, and they’ve certainly produced a ton of NFL players. In fact, they hold a number of NFL draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft (six in 2004), the most consecutive years with first-round draftees (14 from 1995 to 2008).

Former Hurricanes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto, and Warren Sapp. There are scads of former Miami players currently playing in the NFL.

It’s All About The U

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There are 46 former Hurricanes in the NFL, spread out among 23 teams. A few teams have four, including the Jaguars (Brandon Linder, Allen Hurns, and Calais Campbell, plus Marques Williams on reserve) and the Chargers (Rayshawn Jenkins and Travis Benjamin, plus Denzel Perryman and Asante Cleveland on reserve). The Panthers have three (Ladarius Gunter, plus Greg Olsen and Corn Elder on reserve). The Colts also have three, including Sean Spence and Frank Gore, as well as Erik Swoope on reserve.

It’s a U thing. (📸: @jaguars)

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The rest of the teams have one or two former Miami players, including the Falcons with Jermaine Grace and Matthew Bosher; the Bears with Pat O’Donnell and Dean Bush; the Packers with Justin Vogel and Herb Waters; and the Texans with Lamar Miller and Ufomba Kamalu.

There are quite a few standout players that once roamed the field at what is now the Hard Rock Stadium. Tight end Jimmy Graham, drafted in 2010 by the New Orleans Saints, has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times and has gained over 1,000 yards twice in his career so far, including 2013, when he led all of the NFL with 16 touchdowns. Graham now plays in Seattle.

Frank Gore, who now runs the ball for the Indianapolis Colts, was drafted in 2005 by the San Francisco 49ers, where he remained for a solid decade, putting up a ton of yardage (including nine seasons of 1,000 yards or more). He ran for over 1,000 during his first year with the Colts as well (2015) and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

@fg2132 just passed Barry Sanders (3,062) for the 6th-most rushes in @NFL history.

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Greg Olsen, who is currently on injured reserve for the Carolina Panthers, is another former Hurricane of note. Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons and has been selected to three Pro Bowls during his time with the Panthers. He played the first four years of his career in Chicago, having been drafted in the first round in 2007.

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Canes Football

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Penn State Nittany Lions in the NFL

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Pennsylvania State University, located in “Happy Valley” (a nickname for the State College area), has been around since its founding in 1855. The school’s football program got its start in the 1880s. While early teams were scarce (reports say the school didn’t even have a team from 1882 to 1886) and they competed independently of a conference until the early 1990s, Penn State certainly has had a ton of success on the field.

To date, the Penn State Nittany Lions have brought home four conference championships and 47 bowl appearances (with 28 wins) and enjoy a loyal fan base, which are all highlights of this storied football program.

Penn State has produced plenty of NFL talent, including John Cappelletti, who is the sole Nittany Lion to receive a Heisman Trophy. The running back was drafted No. 11 overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1974 and spent nine seasons in the NFL, first as a Ram and later as a part of the Chargers. Other Nittany Lions who have spent time in the NFL include LaVar Arrington, Mike Reid, and Kerry Collins.

There are currently 30 former Penn State players who play in the NFL. Let’s take a look to see where these Nittany Lions are making impacts on the field.

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The Miami Dolphins are home to three former Penn State Players: Cameron Wake and Mike Hull, with Jordan Lucas residing on the practice squad. Several teams have two former Penn Staters, like the San Francisco 49ers with Robbie Gould and Garry Gilliam. On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you’ll find Donovan Smith and Chris Godwin, while on the Tennessee Titans, you’ll find DaQuan Jones and Austin Johnson. The Kansas City Chiefs have two former Nittany Lions on their team: Ross Travis and Tamba Hali, who is currently on injured reserve. It’s the same story for the Jacksonville Jaguars – Paul Posluszny plays for the team, and Allen Robinson is on injured reserve.

Sean Lee, a linebacker and tackling machine for the Dallas Cowboys, is one standout player who formerly played at Penn State. Lee has been selected to two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro. This well-liked defensive phenom is one of his team’s captains and leads them in tackles (no surprise there).

Sean Lee #DALvsSF

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Cameron Wake is another outstanding linebacker who hails from Penn State. His tackling and sacking prowess for the Miami Dolphins has earned him five Pro Bowl invitations, and although he’s getting “up there” in years (he’ll be 36 in January), he’s still a solid wrecking ball for the Miami defense.

LET’S GO!!

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Paul Posluszny is yet another fantastic linebacker to hail from Penn State. Posluszny, who now tackles the heck out of guys for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has netted over 100 tackles in four out of 11 seasons so far and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Our 2017 team captains.

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