Over the next two weeks, CFB 24/7 will unveil its choices for the Mount Rushmores -- top 4 all-time NFL players -- from 10 top college football programs. The 10 were chosen based on the total number of NFL players produced by the school. The series continues with "The U".
Why those four? Lewis is in the conversation among the greatest linebackers in league history. He was a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and was a member of two Super Bowl winners with the Baltimore Ravens, with that second title coming in Lewis' final career NFL game. ... Reed was one of five Hurricanes to be selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Reed was a nine-time Pro Bowler, won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2004, and was a part of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII-winning team. ... As conductor of the Buffalo Bills' "K-Gun" no-huddle offense, Kelly led one of the most explosive scoring threats in league history. Anchored by the offense, Kelly and the Bills reached four consecutive Super Bowls. ... Irvin was one of the most dominant offensive threats on a team that won three Super Bowls in four years. "The Playmaker" was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL's 1990s all-decade team.
Also considered:Ted Hendricks, Edgerrin James, Cortez Kennedy, Bernie Kosar, Warren Sapp, Reggie Wayne
Total number of NFL players from school: 325
Total first-round draft picks from school: 64