Tigers in the Pros

Paxton Lynch

Paxton Lynch was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 26th Pick of the 1st Round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In his last 2 years at Memphis, Lynch scored 50 TDs and led the Tigers to the conference championship in 2014. He will compete for the starting QB job in Denver.

Paxton Lynch

DeAngelo Williams

Williams was the Carolina Panthers 1st Round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft. 

He is Carolina's all-time leader with 1,432 rushing attempts, 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns in addition to 18 games with 100 or more rushing yards.

He has played in 117 games during the regular season with 82 starts, and has seen action in four postseason contests with two starts. In addition to his rushing totals, Williams has 178 career receptions for 1,621 yards with seven receiving touchdowns during the regular season.

After nine years with the Panthers, Williams was signed to the Pittsburgh Steeleers.

DeAngelo Williams

Bobby McCain

Bobby McCain was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins 

Bobby McCain

Alan Cross

Alan Cross played for the University of Memphis in the 2012-2015 seasons. Cross was a Two-Time All-Conference honoree at Tight End in the American Athletic Conference. Cross went Undrafted to make the 52-man roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Alan Cross

Akeem Davis

Akeem Davis was recently signed by the Indianapolis Colts. Akeem has distinguished himself as an asset on Special Teams and gives credit to that for helping him stay in the league.

Akeem Davis

Lonnie Ballentine

Lonnie Ballentine played for the University of Memphis 2010-2014. Ballentine was drafted by the Houston Texans in Round 7. 

Lonnie Ballentine

Robert Steeples

Originally joined his hometown team, the St. Louis Rams, as a rookie free agent in 2013 and spent training camp and preseason with the Vikings.

 

He is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Steeples

Wade Smith

Wade Smith started every game at left guard for the Texans from 2010 to 2013 and went to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

He also played for the Dolphins, Jets, Chiefs, and Eagles during his 11 seasons in the NFL.

Wade Smith

Dontari Poe

Signed with Kansas City (7/26/12) ... Originally entered the NFL as the Chiefs first-round draft pick (11th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. 


He is third-year defensive tackle and has started all 31 games he’s played in. Earned the club’s Mack Lee Hill Award as the team’s top rookie or first-year player after recording 38 tackles (28 solo), including three for loss, three QB pressures and four passes defensed in 2012. Poe earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season after setting a career-high with 4.5 sacks and was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press following the 2013 season. He is a 2x Pro Bowl choice.


Poe became the third first-round draft selection in Memphis football history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dontari Poe

Marcus Ball

Marcus Ball played for the University of Memphis in 2009-2010 seasons. Ball went undrafted played two seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts. Ball got his first opportunity playing playing in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 2014. Now, Ball is in his second season with the Carolina Panthers. 

Marcus Ball

Clinton McDonald

He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. McDonald was traded to the Seattle Seahawks and currently plays for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Clinton McDonald

Ron Leary

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Leary remains an Offensive starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

Ron Leary

Kellen Heard

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Heard signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010.  Later in 2010, Heard was signed off the Raiders practice Squad by the Buffalo Bills.

St. Louis Rams Heard was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams in September 2012.


In November of 2012, Heard was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

Kellen Heard

Stephen Gostkowski

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft with the 118th pick. One of just two kickers drafted, Gostkowski was the only rookie kicker to make an NFL roster that year.

Gostkowski connected on 35 of 37 field goals in the 2014 season, for a percentage of 94.6, making 12 of 13 from 40-49 yards out. 

Gostkowski has made the Pro Bowl 3 times (2008, 2013, 2014). He's a 3× AFC Champion (2007, 2011, 2014), a 4× NFL season scoring leader (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014), and a Super Bowl XLIV Champion. 

Stephen Gostkowski

Jordan Devey

Devey was signed as a rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Later that year he was signed by the New England Patriots who won Super Bowl XLIX.

Jordan Devey

Frank Trotter

Trotter signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.

Frank Trotter

DajLeon Farr

Farr signed with the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants.

DajLeon Farr

Duke Calhoun

He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in the 2010 offseason. He also signed with Oakland in April 2012.

Duke Calhoun

Brandon McDonald

McDonald was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round (140th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 9. 

He finished the season with 16 games played including 2 starts, 24 tackles, 10 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions.

McDonald started for the Cleveland Browns in 2008. He recorded 64 tackles, 11 assists and 5 interceptions. On December 15, 2008, against the Eagles, McDonald returned an interception, right before halftime, 98 yards only to be tackled out of bounds at the 7 yard line. This play set the record for the longest return in NFL history to not result in a touchdown. Later in the game, McDonald did return an interception 22 yards for a touchdown,

He recorded 55 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interceptions in the 2009 season.

He also played for the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brandon McDonald

Idrees Bashir

Bashir, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Bashir played in 51 games over 4 seasons (2001–2004) with the Colts, amassing 234 tackles and 5 INT's. After signing with the Panthers prior to the 2005 season, Bashir appeared in 11 games. He finished the season on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. In his career Bashir was also a member of the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions.

Idrees Bashir

Tim Goodwell

Goodwell signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent.

Tim Goodwell

Eric Taylor

 He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft.  In the NFL, Taylor has played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans.

Eric Taylor

Michael Stone

Stone was most recently a member of the New York Giants in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (54th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was later acquired by the New England Patiriots.

Michael Stone

Artis Hicks

Hicks signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in April 2002 as an undrafted free agent. He made the active roster for the entire 2002 season. In 2003, Hicks got his first start against the New York Giants.. He started at left guard for the 2004 season, including Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 against the New England Patriots.

In April 2006, the Eagles traded Hicks to the Minnesota Vikings, where he started at right guard for the Vikings during the 2006 season.


Hicks was signed by the Washington Redskins as a free agent. He was also signed with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins.

Artis Hicks

Tony Williams

Williams was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 5th round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Williams spent the first four years with the Vikings. After the 2000 season he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals who he played for until 2004. Williams went un-signed for the 2005 season and was a free agent. Before the 2006 season he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tony Williams

Marcus Bell

With the Detroit Lions in 2006, Bell started seven games at nose tackle after Shaun Rogers was lost to an injury, and registered a career-best 39 tackles. 
A former fourth-round draft choice, Bell spent the first three seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals and then signed with Detroit as a free agent in 2004. He concluded his career with the New York Giants.

Marcus Bell

Reggie Howard

He is a former cornerback who played for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. He intercepted Tom Brady in Super Bowl 38 during his tenure with the Panthers, but the Panthers lost the game 32-29.

Reggie Howard

Mike McKenzie

McKenzie was drafted in 1999 by the Green Bay Packers. He played 12 Years in the NFL including his last 4 years with the New Orleans Saints. 

Mike McKenzie

Ken Irvin

Irvin was drafted in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by Buffalo, he spent seven seasons with the Bills before signing with the New Orleans Saints in 2002. He completed his 11-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Ken Irvin

Isaac Bruce

Bruce was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 1994. He played 16 seasons in the NFL, retiring in 2010 as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver with 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns.

Isaac Bruce

Jerome Woods

Woods spent his entire 10 year career with the Chiefs organization. The former 1996 first-round pick had 15 career interceptions. He was one of the team's best tacklers, racking up 720 tackles to rank seventh in franchise history.

Jerome Woods

Tony Semple

Semple played guard for ten seasons for the Detroit Lions.

Tony Semple

James Logan

James Logan played six seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers and Seattle Seahawks. 

James Logan

Steve Matthews

He was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs and spent two years rehabilitating before playing in 1996 as a backup to Joe Montana. Matthews would also play for Jacksonville and Tennessee before ending his NFL career in 1998.

Steve Matthews

Reginald Jones

He played 4 seasons in the NFl with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

Reginald Jones

Scott Dill

He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1988 and played for two seasons before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990. Dill worked as an offensive lineman and deep snappers for the Bucs until 1995 when he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He spent two seasons with the Vikings before retiring and coming back to Memphis.

Scott Dill

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson played six seasons for the Green Bay Packers (1990–1991), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992–1994), and the New York Jets (1995). 

Charles Wilson

James Cribbs

James Cribbs played 1 season with the Detroit Lions.

James Cribbs

Donnie Elder

Donnie Elder played cornerback for six seasons for the New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers.

Donnie Elder

Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker was an offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers in the 1986 season and New Orleans Saints in the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

Jeff Walker

Derrick Crawford

Derrick Crawford played 1 season for the 49ers.

Derrick Crawford

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman (born June 16, 1959) a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Raiders. He had a career total 18 starts, 14 with the San Diego Chargers.

Rick Ackerman

Stanley Adams

Stanley Adams played one season in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984. Adams was born on May 20, 1960 in Marion, Arkansas. He entered the league as a free agent in 1984.

Stanley Adams

Eddie Hill

Eddie Hill was born May 13, 1957. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2nd round of the 1979 NFL Draft and was later traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1981.

Eddie Hill

Eric Harris

Harris appeared in 39 games with the Kansas City Chiefs. He made 37 starts and 17 interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. 

Harris was traded from the Chiefs in 1983 to the Los Angeles Rams, where he played three more seasons. In total, he played six years in the NFL, 71 games in all, with 21 career interceptions.

Eric Harris

Keith Butler

While at Memphis, Butler starting for three years at inside linebacker. He had 384 career tackles and seven interceptions, leading the school in tackles during his junior and senior seasons. Butler was named a 1977 Associated Press All-American in his senior year.

Butler was selected 36th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1978 NFL Draft. He started 132 of 146 games in his 10 year career, and finished with 813 tackles (ranking second on the Seahawks' all-time tackles list).

Butler was born May 16, 1956 and is the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks for 10 years and retired after the 1987 NFL season.

Keith Butler

Keith Simpson

Keith Simpson played his entire career for the Seattle Seahawks from 1978-1985. He appeared in 108 games / 70 as starter and was Defensive Captain 1980-1982.

Keith Simpson

Earnest Gray

Earnest L. Gray (born March 2, 1957) is a former wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. He was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He caught 78 passes for 1,139 yards and five touchdowns in 1983.

Earnest Gray

Keith Wright

William Keith Wright (born January 30, 1956 in Mercedes, Texas) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 1978 NFL Draft. 

Keith Wright

Bob Rush

Robert Jeffrey Rush (born February 27, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former professional American football Center (American football). He played in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers (1977-1982) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1983-1985). 

Bob Rush

Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor (born May 13, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the ninth round of the 1975 NFL Draft.

Ed Taylor

Charlie Babb

Charles David Babb (born February 4, 1950 in Sikeston, Missouri) was a safety for the Miami Dolphins (1972-1979). He is a graduate of Charleston High School in Charleston, Missouri. 

Charlie Babb

Doug Woodlief

Doug Woodlief has played in 69 games, in his 5 year career, with the Los Angeles Rams. Woodlief was born on Sep 4, 1943 in Marianna, FL. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1965 in Round 5.

Doug Woodlief

Harry Schuh

Harry Schuh, who became a legend at offensive tackle while playing for Billy J. Murphy's Tiger football teams in the early 1960s.

Schuh, born September 25, 1942, came to Memphis in the fall of 1961 from Feasterville, Penn., where he was an all-state fullback at Neshaminy High School. After playing on the freshman team, per NCAA eligibility rules at that time, Schuh was moved to offensive tackle as a sophomore and thus began his legendary career as a Tiger and as a professional football player.

From 1962-64, Memphis compiled an overall record of 22-5-1. In 1962, the Tigers gained their first victory ever against a Southeastern Conference team by knocking off Mississippi State in Starkville, 28-7. During the undefeated 1963 season, Schuh and his teammates fought third-ranked Ole Miss to a 0-0 tie at Crump Stadium and again defeated the 11th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Upon completion of his playing career at Memphis, Schuh ranked as the most decorated player in school history. He was named to 11 All-America teams, including first-team selections to the Football Coaches Association, Time Magazine, The Sporting News, Associated Press and Playboy Magazine squads. He was twice selected to play in the College All-Star Game, which pitted top collegians against the NFL's championship team from the previous season.

In 1965, Schuh was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, becoming the first Memphis player ever to be selected in the first round of the draft. In fact, he was the second player taken in the AFL Draft behind quarterback Joe Namath. Schuh would play six seasons for the Oakland Raiders, three seasons for the Los Angeles Rams and one season for the Green Bay Packers before retiring after the 1974 season. He was an All-AFL selection and a Western Division All-Star for the Raiders and was a starter in Super Bowl II for Oakland. He would later be named to the All-Time Raider Team. 

The University of Memphis honored Schuh on October 15, 2011, by retiring his jersey in a ceremony at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. He was just the fifth player in school history to be so honored. He was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Tennessee State Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Harry Schuh

Fred Moore

Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 15th round (120th overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft, Fred Moore played all of his three year career with the Chargers. These three successful years included two AFL West titles and an AFL Championship in 1963.

Fred Moore

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