Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL

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The University of Oklahoma got its start in 1892 in Norman, Oklahoma, and its football program started soon after (1895). The Sooner football program has led to the most wins nationwide in the modern era (1946 and later), seven national championships, 46 conference titles (tied for first in the country), a 47-game winning streak in the ’50s (an NCAA record), and the most points scored in the country (also a first place spot).

So it’s no surprise the Sooners show up in the NFL fairly often. They’ve contributed over 370 draft picks, including three No. 1 overall picks (Sam Bradford, Billy Sims, and Lee Roy Selmon), 59 Sooners who have appeared in the Big Game, 81 who have been elected to the Pro Bowl – and with that kind of output, it’s not too far of a stretch to imagine that in the future, more Sooners may make an impact in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at the former Oklahoma Sooners players who are currently in the NFL.

From Oklahoma to the NFL

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There are 33 former Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL, and all but two are active. At the top, the Washington Redskins have four former Sooners on their roster: Trent Williams, Tress Way, Samaje Perine, and Stacy McGee. The Dolphins have three: Damien Williams, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Phillips.

Several teams have two former Oklahoma players: the Bengals, for example, with Joe Mixon and Jordan Evans; the Cowboys with Charles Tapper and James Hanna; the Broncos with Donald Stephenson and Corey Nelson; the Vikings with Sam Bradford and Bell Blake; the Buccaneers with Gerald McCoy and Devante Bond; and the Cardinals with Jermaine Gresham and now, Adrian Peterson.

Plenty of teams have one former Oklahoma player on their team as well, such as Tony Jefferson on the Baltimore Ravens squad, Aaron Ripkowski with the Green Bay Packers, Sterling Shepard with the New York Giants, and James Winchester with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the most well-known Sooners on this list is Sam Bradford. Bradford was a standout quarterback at Oklahoma, as he was a prolific passer from the start, tossing 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first game (and broke a school record for most yards in a half while he was at it). Bradford went on to win the Heisman Trophy his sophomore year after amassing 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2008. He ultimately went No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft, and while injuries have plagued his professional career, he has thrown over 3,000 yards four times and earned the Rookie of the Year award his first season.

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His former teammate, DeMarco Murray, is also a pretty well-known former Sooner. He too made a big splash in his collegiate debut alongside Bradford and was drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2011 draft. Murray spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and earned the rushing title in 2014 with 1,845 rushing yards. After spending one season in Philadelphia, he’s pounding the rock for his second season in Tennessee. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls so far.

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Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma before Bradford and Murray did, but he’s also one of the best known former Sooners currently playing in the NFL. Peterson was drafted No. 7 overall by Minnesota in 2007 and spent a solid decade running the ball there (and nabbed the rushing title three times – once for over 2,000 yards). He was the league MVP in 2012 and has been selected to seven Pro Bowls. Peterson currently plays in the backfield for the Arizona Cardinals.

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It’s always a blast watching young players develop during their college years, and it’s definitely exciting to see who drafts them when draft day rolls around each year. If you’ve been following the likes of Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson since those early days, or you’re watching and waiting for the current crop of Oklahoma players to develop and find their way into the NFL, you’re in luck – Fanatics has a huge selection of collegiate swag as well as a ton of authentic NFL gear, so be sure to hook yourself up before heading to the stadium.


Nebraska Huskers in the NFL


The University of Nebraska was founded in 1869, less than two years after Nebraska was granted statehood. While their football program also got its start in the 19th century (the first game was held in late November of 1890), the university didn’t have a football coach until three years later. It took a while for the school to settle on a team name, but fortunately the sports editor of the “Nebraska State Journal,” Charles “Cy” Sherman, called them the Cornhuskers in 1900, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since those early days, Nebraska’s football teams and their players have brought home a number of impressive awards, including five national titles, three Heisman Trophies (Johnny Rodgers, 1972; Mike Rozier, 1983; and Eric Crouch, 2001), and a slew of other awards throughout their impressive history. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is one such player – he  received the Outland, Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski, and Chuck Bednarik awards, and was also named the AP College Player of the Year in 2009.

Unsurprisingly, there have been many former Huskers drafted into the NFL (or signed as an undrafted free agent), including Link Lyman, Guy Chamberlin, Boomer Brown, Will Shields, and Mick Tingelhoff – all Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. Let’s take a look to see which former Nebraska football players are currently playing in the NFL.

Cornhuskers in the Game


There are 26 former Huskers in the NFL today. As we glance over the current players list, one of the biggest names that stands out is Ndamukong Suh, the former Nebraska superstar who continued a high level of play in the pros. Suh has been elected to five Pro Bowls over his career, which got its start in 2010 when he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Detroit Lions (he currently plays for the Miami Dolphins). He’s also been selected to the First-Team All-Pro three times and has been a sack machine over his seven-plus years of professional play (he has 49 sacks and counting).  

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Another player to mention is Prince Amukamara, who earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 while at Nebraska and is a one-time All-American. He was drafted in 2011, 19th overall, by the New York Giants, and was part of a championship winning team his rookie year. Amukamara currently plays for the Chicago Bears.

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Richie Incognito is another former Husker currently playing in the NFL. Incognito entered the NFL in the third round of the 2005 draft for the St. Louis Rams after a great Nebraska college career, and has been selected to three Pro Bowls during his time in the NFL. Incognito currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.

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Go Big Red

If you’ve been following the Huskers for decades, or you’re a newer fan of this brand of college ball, make sure you’re properly suited up for a visit to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, by visiting Fanatics. You’ll find loads of authentic Nebraska gear, including shirts, hoodies, and hats.


Digging Into The NFL Draft


10 Years of First-Round Picks

After 32 picks, the first round of the 2017 NFL draft was over. Teams had the chance to select the next big thing – from a new face for the franchise to a highly talented player in a position of need – from the most recently declared class college athletes. These picks may have represented the dreams of not just a team, but a city of fans, and the hope that success is on the horizon.

Just what has the history of first-round picks looked like over the past decade? What positions have been most coveted? Have any vindicated their draft position, or did the franchise that selected them ask for a redo? We profiled the last decade of NFL drafts to highlight the highs and lows across the 32 teams in the NFL.

Positions in Demand


In nearly 350 picks made in the past ten years in the first round of the NFL draft, almost 100 were used on either a defensive end or defensive back. The Cleveland Browns and five other teams helped this cause by using their first-round picks this year on defensive ends. Myles Garrett, Solomon Thomas, Derek Barnett, Jonathan Allen, Takkarist McKinley, and Taco Charlton all joined the NFL in this year’s draft class as their team’s latest addition in this position.

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Only 6 players from the three safety positions – free safety, safety, and strong safety – have been drafted in a decade of first rounds. And over 30 percent came from the 2017 NFL draft, with Jamal Adams from Louisiana State University to the New York Jets, Malik Hooker from Ohio State to the Indianapolis Colts, and Jabrill Peppers from Michigan to the Cleveland Browns.

NFL’s Farm System


While Alabama head coach Nick Saban couldn’t unlock a winning formula as the Miami Dolphins head coach, posting a 15-17 record over 32 games, he has proven to be a master of player development. The Crimson Tide accounted for 22 first-round draft picks in the last decade.

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Four Alabama players were drafted in the first round this year: Marlon Humphrey by the Baltimore Ravens, Jonathan Allen by the Washington Redskins, O.J. Howard by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Reuben Foster by the San Francisco 49ers.

The Southeastern Conference is well-represented in regard to total first-round picks over the last 10 years, with two other schools in the top five: the University of Florida and Louisiana State University. One of the biggest picks from these prestigious programs was the 2010 NFL draft’s 25th pick, Tim Tebow. He’d post an 8-6 record as a starter for the Denver Broncos before he’d begin a new line of work, but not before uncorking a beautiful Hail Mary against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC wild-card.

Adverse to First


While some teams have had more picks in the first round, others have been less concerned about the glitz and glamour of those first 32. In fact, the New England Patriots have only had eight first-round picks in the last 10 years, but have had the league’s best record in the same period. With a 10-season record of 126-34, and 20 wins more than the second-place Green Bay Packers, the lack of first-round talent hasn’t hurt the five-time Super Bowl champions.

Only the Seattle Seahawks have had less draft picks in the first rounds – seven – and have made two trips to the Super Bowl, winning one. However, it wasn’t a first-round draft pick that came back to haunt them in their Super Bowl XLIX loss, but New England’s undrafted free agent cornerback, Malcolm Butler.

Who Goes Where?


In seven of the last ten NFL drafts, a quarterback was selected as the number one overall pick, and four had a QB going in the second overall spot. In three drafts – 2012, 2015, 2016 – there were back-to-back quarterback selections in the top two positions.

If you’re looking for defenders to get drafted in the top 10, try and pay attention during the third and ninth picks. Defensive ends and linebackers have been picked most commonly over the past decade in these spots.

Stacking the Deck

While there’s plenty of roster moves that happen through free agency, many teams built their teams through their picks in the NFL draft. Just as there have been over-hyped players who never lived up to their potential, there were also stars who soared higher than anyone’s initial grades. Get all the best gear to represent your favorite NFL draft picks and team at Fanatics.com!


The Evolution of the Miami Dolphins Logo

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While it may be home to beaches and palm trees, Miami offers more than just sand and sun – it also loves tailgating, cheerleaders, and touchdowns. In fact, Sundays in Miami are focused on the city’s professional football team – the Miami Dolphins. The team plays in the NFL’s American Football Conference East Division, along with the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots, and the New York Jets.

Now that they have over 50 seasons under their belt (the Dolphins were originally founded as an expansion team in the American Football League), it’s the perfect time to look back at the evolution of the Miami Dolphins logo.

Fins Up

The Miami Dolphins, their name chosen in a nearly 20,000-entry contest in 1965, are one of 19 franchises to win a Super Bowl. They’re also the only team to have completed a perfect season – regular season and playoffs – by winning 14 games in a row under head coach Don Shula in the 1972 season. The Dolphins would make a repeat appearance – and victory – in the following year’s Super Bowl, despite losing two games during the 1973 season.

Retired quarterback Dan Marino – arguably the most famous Dolphin – played 17 seasons for the organization, but he seemingly joined a decade too late to earn his Super Bowl ring. During his time under center, he was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and was just shy of a 60 percent completion rate.

Shore Enough

The Miami Dolphins have had five different logos since their franchise’s inception. Describing the animal during the 1965 team name reveal, club founder Joe Robbie said, “Dolphins can attack and kill a shark or a whale. Sailors say bad luck will come to anyone who harms one of them.” Over the years, each logo has included a dolphin with an orange sunburst in the background; however, both features have changed significantly.

Let’s see how the Miami Dolphins logo has evolved throughout the years.

Notable Logo Changes

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1966–1973: The original logo includes an aqua-colored dolphin leaping upward with an orange sunburst background. The helmet features an “M” for Miami.

1974–1989: The dolphin changes positions by being moved up slightly and being centered on the sunburst.

1989–1996: The dolphin slims down and becomes a darker green. The sunburst brightens.

1997–2012: This version of the logo contains a more animated dolphin (perhaps because 1997 is the year that “T.D. the Dolphin” becomes the team’s official mascot). He has more expressive facial features (eyes and nose) and better-outlined fins. The sunburst also becomes more defined.

2013–Present: This is the largest change since the team’s establishment. The logo becomes a smoother, sleeker version of T.D. The dolphin no longer wears a helmet; he seems to move in an upward swimming position. The sunburst remains as an anchor among all the logos.

Team With a “Porpoise”

Although the Miami Dolphins haven’t wrapped their hands around the Vince Lombardi Trophy in over 40 years – thanks mainly to the New England Patriots – it doesn’t mean their fan base is anything less than electric. Show off your love for the only team to have a perfect season through the playoffs (sorry, Pats fans), and get the latest and greatest officially licensed merchandise and apparel for the Miami Dolphins from Fanatics.com.




College Breakdown of NFL Teams: Miami Dolphins


When the upstart American Football League (AFL) was looking to expand from its original eight teams, the powers that be awarded both Miami and Cincinnati a new franchise. When Miami’s owners, Joe Robbie and Danny Thomas, held a contest to see what sort of killer name people could come up with, “Dolphins” won by a landslide. “The dolphin is one of the fastest and smartest creatures of the sea,” Robbie said in a statement. “Dolphins can attack and kill a shark or a whale. Sailors say bad luck will come to anyone who harms one of them.” And so the franchise was born.

Historic Seasons

Miami got off to a rough start during its 1966 inaugural season, going 3 and 11. After half a decade, however, the team turned it around. They pounded out winning seasons from 1970 to 1974, including two historical campaigns in 1972 and 1973. In fact, the 1972 Dolphins are currently the only team that has ever had a perfect winning season, including postseason and the Super Bowl. Rumors say that every time a modern team tries and fails to do the same, the members are reported to gather and celebrate after their first loss. (Spoiler: It’s not true.)

The Miami Dolphins also won the Super Bowl in 1973 and have gone to the big dance two times since (although they did not win). Appearances in which they fell short include the strike-shortened 1982 season and the 1984 season.

Team Leaders

There’s no telling what the 2016 Dolphins team will produce on the field, but they definitely have the potential to make waves in the AFC East. Notable players include starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was selected eighth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M – where he threw over 3,700 yards his senior year and dazzled scouts enough to become the third quarterback selected in a draft stacked with QBs (including Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III).

Jarvis Landry is another player to note. A more recent addition, he’s currently playing in his third season with the Dolphins and had over 1,100 yards receiving last season. This is not a huge surprise to anyone who followed him during his playing days at LSU, where he had similar stats his junior year. Ndamukong Suh is another popular player – this time on the defensive side – whose standout performances at Nebraska put him up high on draft boards in 2010.

Fans know where their favorite players went to school, but where do the rest of the players hail from? We did the research to determine the colleges that contributed the most to this year’s Dolphins roster.


Strong Southern Ties

A quick glance at the graphic shows one particular thing – Southern colleges dominate the Dolphins’ roster. Tennessee gets the top spot for contributing seven former college players. Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Kentucky also each have three players representing their state.

Even some Western states have strong ties to the Dolphins, such as Oregon (five players), California (three players), Utah (three players), and Arizona (two players). The Northeast region also shines, with four players from Pennsylvania and three players from New York.

Totally Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers are represented well in Miami, with six of its former players on the roster. Oregon is another school that has a strong showing in South Florida, with four players making an appearance. Additionally, Oklahoma and Penn State have produced three Dolphins, while several universities have contributed two players – Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, and Michigan State.  

Nod to the SEC

There are a few conferences that have produced quite a number of Miami players. Fifteen Dolphins hail from SEC schools, with seven players coming from the University of Tennessee. Other SEC schools represented in Miami are Alabama, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, and Georgia. The Pac-12 produced 11 players, the Big Ten produced 10, and the ACC contributed nine to the Dolphins’ roster.

While many colleges are represented on the Miami Dolphins roster, it’s easy to see that the power schools and conferences tend to produce more NFL players.

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The Evolution of the Miami Dolphins Jersey

The Evolution of the Miami Dolphins Jersey

The evolution of the Miami Dolphins jersey. An honest question casual observers of the NFL may ask is why do fans tend to buy jerseys for non-quarterback players, considering that the media don’t tend to promote support players? In attempting to answer this, it is worthwhile to remember that when it comes to the NFL, a fan doesn’t necessarily wear a team’s jersey because it is fashionable or hip.

Because NFL franchises are restricted in what players wear, some of the most exciting and eye-popping jerseys come from NCAA Division I FBS teams. This may be due to the fact that the NCAA is serviced by Adidas, Under Armour, Nike, and Russell Athletic, while the NFL only deals with Nike; or perhaps it is due to the conservative nature of league management and ownership. Regardless, the most colorful field progressions happen on the collegiate side of the sport.

A fan buys an NFL jersey because he or she feels a personal connection with a player, team, or area. “The colors of the Dolphins perfectly evoke the City of Miami,” said Michael MacCambridge, author of “America’s Game,” in an NFL video discussing the evolutions of the Dolphins’ team colors of aqua and orange. “The colors really do depict the area. This is how we dress, we wear these colors. Our houses are these colors; there are a lot of pink houses, blue houses. We don’t have dark colors in Miami.”

For fans of the Miami Dolphins jersey, the almost pastel jersey reflects a storied history of a relatively young team: a team founded in part by comedian Danny Thomas and coached during its infancy by Don Shula, the man with the most wins in NFL history; and a team that became only the third to have an undefeated regular season, as well as the first and only team to have a perfect season. The aqua and orange represents two Super Bowl wins, five AFC Championships, 13 AFC East Championships, and 22 playoff appearances – a remarkable tally for a team only 50 years old.

The History of the Miami Dolphins Jersey

The Evolution of the Miami Dolphins Jersey

1966: The Dolphins are founded in 1965, bought by Thomas and lawyer Joseph Robbie for $7.5 million, as an expansion team for the fourth American Football League – the first professional football team in the Deep South since the Miami Seahawks folded in 1947. The expansion is granted during the interim known as the “World Championship Period,” when the AFL and NFL – while ironing out details for the eventual 1970 merging – function as two separate leagues, sending their winners to a single championship game to determine the World Champion of American Football. The World Championship would be rebranded the Super Bowl after the merger.

The Dolphins receive their name after a “name the team” contest draws over 1,000 names from 19,843 entries. “Dolphins” is the runaway winner. For the most part, the team has made few changes over the years to the 1966 inaugural home jersey: a short-sleeved jersey aqua jersey with orange and white-outlined white number patches on the sleeves and chest as well as alternating orange and white horizontal stripes.

1969: In the four years before the arrival of Shula, the Dolphins are mediocre (15-39-2), but the team is able to assemble a solid foundation to build on. This includes quarterback Bob Griese, fullback Larry Csonka, safety Dick Anderson, running back Jim Kiick, defensive end Bill Stanfill, running back Mercury Morris, and wide receiver Paul Warfield. All these players would be essential components of the 1972 season.

The 1969 away uniform is a classic inverse of the 1969 home jersey, with a white short-sleeved jersey bearing orange and blue-trimmed aqua number patches on the chest and sleeves and white-framed orange alternating horizontal stripes.

1971: During Shula’s first full season as the Dolphin’s coach in 1970, he takes the team – which had a losing record up to that point – and amasses a 10-4 record, the first winning season in the franchise’s history. In 1971, he tops himself, taking the 10-3-1 Dolphins all the way to the Super Bowl, where they would lose to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 24-3.

The home jersey changes: Gone are the sleeve stripes, and the number patches on the sleeves grow smaller – as the sleeve has a higher cut – and are moved closer to the shoulders.

Then, 1972 happened.

1972: This season redefines what perfection means in the NFL. In just seven years, the Dolphins go from newborn expansion team to four consecutive losing seasons to an undefeated, untied perfect regular and post-season. Only the Chicago Bears had known a perfect regular season to that point, but in the two years that they went undefeated in regular matchup, they lost the NFL Championship Game. The Dolphins, on the other hand, win Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins, 14-7.

The jersey the team wears for that Super Bowl win, the 1972 away jersey, is a slightly modified version of the 1969 away jersey. The sleeves are shortened, with the negative space below the horizontal stripes cropped. The sleeve elements – the horizontal stripes and the number patches – shrink to better fit the reduced space, and the sleeve number patches are raised to below the shoulders.

1973: This season sees the Dolphins return to the Super Bowl for the third straight year – and secure their second straight win at the Big Game. The game is won on the strength of Csonka’s rushing – a Super Bowl record of 145 yards.

The 1973 home jersey sees the horizontal stripes return to the sleeve but just above the cuff – as on the away jersey.

1980: Following the 1973 season, the Dolphins remain a threat in the AFC but are not championship contenders. The 1980 jersey would not see a change in design but rather a change in materials, as the jerseys are made with meshed fabric with silk-screened numbers.

1984: In 1983, the Dolphins get lucky and draft – with the 27th pick – a quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Marino. Marino in 1984 will lead the Dolphins to a 14-2 regular season record and another shot at the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Dolphins are forced to face the unstoppable San Francisco 49ers, who finish the season 18-1 and take Super Bowl XIX 38-16.

The away jersey sees minor changes – mainly regarding the sizing and placement of the number patches. Overall, the majority of the Dolphins uniform changes over the years concern their helmet logo and their belts.

1988: This year sees the Dolphins logo appear for the first time on the away jersey’s sleeve, which pushes the sleeve numbers onto the shoulders. The orange outline around the chest numbers also is loosened to reveal a white outline.

1990: This year marks the death of team owner Joe Robbie – who purchased Thomas’ share of the franchise shortly after the Dolphins’ founding and was the leading force in the management of the young team, including the fateful hiring of Shula. It also is the team’s 25th anniversary. A 25th anniversary patch is attached to the jerseys at the upper left chest area, and players wear a black armband with the initials “JR” attached to the right sleeve.

1994: This year sees the team bring back their 1969 jersey in commemoration of the league’s 75th anniversary. The NFL Shield also appears on the jersey at the collar for the first time.

1997: The 1997 away jersey is significantly altered – the first major uniform change in franchise history. The collar is changed from white to aqua, the chest and shoulder numbers are given a black drop shadow, the sleeve and helmet logos are redesigned, and the sleeve cuffs become a solid aqua bar.

The 2000 home jersey also changes: The collar remained untouched, but drop shadows are added to the numbers, as well as the logotype “Dolphins” underneath the collar. The cuffs’ stripes are compacted.

2009: An orange alternate jersey is introduced. The jersey features aqua-trimmed white number patches on the chest and shoulder, the Dolphins logo on the sleeves, and the Dolphins logotype below the NFL Shield on the collar.

The Orange and Aqua

For fans of South Florida football, the NFL is the Dolphins, and the Dolphins are the NFL. More than any other team and, perhaps, because the team opted to keep it close to its original form, the orange and aqua of the team’s jersey represents this love and the hope that the franchise has a second perfect season in its future.

“I was born and live in San Diego. I’ve been a Dolfan since 1970 when I was 9 years old,” wrote one Yelp reviewer in 2014. “The SPANKING they gave the Chargers this season was amazing! 37-0. I have bragging rights for at least the next year. From Griese to Woodstrock to Marino and now Tannehill. A real fan sticks with their team thru thick and thin, not just the good seasons. GO FINS!!!”

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