Best NFL players from each Big 12 school analyzed

April, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There was a very interesting piece on ESPN.com's Insider earlier this week about the NFL draft. Some of the very fine number crunchers and statistic analyzers went back through every draft of the modern era -- since the NFL-AFL merger -- to determine the players who accomplished the most during their NFL careers.

ESPN Stats & Information ranked players based on the following criteria: Hall of Fame induction, MVP awards, All-Pro first-team selections, All-Pro second-team selections, Pro Bowls, offensive and defensive player of the year and rookie of the year awards and membership on a Super Bowl-winning or -losing team. A player scores on the ranking system when he earns at least one of those honors.

Specifically, this is the numeric criteria that was used:

THE POINTS SYSTEM

Players received points based on the following criteria, coming up with rankings for the 13,808 NFL players who have played since 1967:

Super Bowl loss (1 point)
Offensive rookie of the year (2 points)
Defensive rookie of the year (2 points)
Pro Bowl (2 points)
Super Bowl win (3 points)
AP All-Pro second team (3 points)
AP All-Pro first team (4 points)
AP Defensive Player of the Year (6 points)
AP Offensive Player of the Year (6 points)
AP Most Valuable Player (8 points)
Hall of Famer (15 points)

Here's how the formula calculated the most valuable NFL player produced from each Big 12 school.

  • Oklahoma State: Barry Sanders, 93
  • Baylor: Mike Singletary, 81
  • Texas: Earl Campbell, 65
  • Oklahoma: Lee Roy Selmon, 46
  • Missouri: Roger Wehrli, 44
  • Nebraska: Will Shields, 44
  • Texas Tech: Zach Thomas, 40 
  • Kansas State: Larry Brown, 34
  • Texas A&M: Shane Lechler, 31
  • Colorado: Dick Anderson, 30
  • Kansas: John Riggins, 25
  • Iowa State: Matt Blair, 18

Interesting numbers to say the least. We'll look at other items in regards to Big 12 schools and the NFL draft in the next several days.

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