Big 12: Bill Bradley

The best NFL players for each Big 12 team

April, 22, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I got a lot of good feedback last week after I detailed a post that listed the top NFL player from each Big 12 school in the modern era.

ESPN Stats & Information 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.

The rankings were 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 was the criteria that was used:


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)

After popular demand, here's how the formula calculated the five most valuable NFL players produced from each Big 12 school. I'm curious what some of your thoughts about these players and others might be.

Remember, this includes only players who were drafted. So free agents like Wes Welker were not included.


Mike Singletary 81
Mike Nelms 22
Vann McElroy 10
Gary Green 8
Thomas Everett 8


Dick Anderson 30
Cliff Branch 29
Mark Haynes 23
Chad Brown 15
Charles Johnson 14
Alfred Williams 12


Matt Blair 18
Keith Sims 9
Marcus Robertson 5
Otto Stowe 4
Karl Nelson 3


John Riggins 25
Dana Stubblefield 24
Nolan Cromwell 21
Leroy Irvin 15
Larry Brown 14


Larry Brown 34
Martin Gramatica 8
Barrett Brooks 3
Clarence Scott 2
Henry Childs 2
Terence Newman 2


Roger Wehrli 44
Kellen Winslow 40
Eric Wright 23
Russ Washington 16
Mel Gray 12


Will Shields 44
Roger Craig 30
Neil Smith 28
Irving Fryar 17
John Dutton 13


Lee Roy Selmon 46
Keith Jackson 28
Billy Sims 14
Roy Williams 14
Adrian Peterson 13
Greg Pruitt 13


Barry Sanders 93
Thurman Thomas 60
Kevin Williams 24
Leslie O'Neal 16
Dexter Manley 13


Earl Campbell 65
Doug English 21
Steve McMichael 21
Bill Bradley 17
John Elliott 16


Shane Lechler 31
Lester Hayes 29
Richmond Webb 28
Ray Childress 26
Sam Adams 13


Zach Thomas 40
Curtis Jordan 4
Dylan Gandy 3
Maury Buford 3
Ted Watts 3
Timmy Smith 3

Source: ESPN Stats & Analysis Team

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Happy Friday. Here are some delecteable links that go especially well with Lenten lunches.

  • Columbia Daily Tribune beat writer Dave Matter writes that Dave Steckel should be named as Missouri's new defensive coordinator before the start of the Tigers' spring practice Tuesday.
  • Ohio coach and former Nebraska coach and player Frank Solich plans to return to Lincoln to watch practice and check out improvements in Nebraska's football facilities, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple reports. It would be Solich's first trip back to the program since he was fired as its coach after the 2003 season.
  • Legendary former Texas defensive back Bill "Super Bill" Bradley was obliging and appreciative after he was inducted into the statewide Texas Sports Hall of Fame earlier this week, San Antonio Express-News columnist David Flores writes. And Bryan-College Station Eagle columnist Robert Cessna notes that there were no Texas A&M alumni who were inducted in this year's Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction class.
  • Waco Tribune-Herald beat writer John Werner writes that former Waco High School standout running back Jarred Salubi of Baylor is ready to challenge for playing time after sitting out his redshirt season.
  • The Omaha World-Herald's Mitch Sherman provides a video breakdown of the Cornhuskers' running backs.
  • Pete Fiutak of analyzes all of the Big 12 teams heading into spring practice.
  • An online survey commissioned by the Houston Chronicle indicated that John David Crow was the greatest Texas A&M football player in history. Other players finishing in the top five, in order, included Dat Nguyen, Ray Childress, John Kimbrough and Jacob Green.

Big 12 lunch links: Quiet without board of regents

February, 20, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Earlier this week, I could have sworn I would be spending my Friday afternoon covering a board of regents meeting in Lubbock. And if you had asked me yesterday morning, I would have been even more convinced.

Instead, things played out a little easier for me and Mike Leach. I've got no complaints and I bet the Tech coach doesn't, either.

Here are some Big 12 lunchtime links to get you ready for the weekend.

  • Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram analyzes how Leach outfoxed Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers in the negotiations for his contract extension.
  • The Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice believes that Mike Leach's contract extension is a dramatic move for Texas Tech, although he wishes that the Tech coach would be a little less restrictive on his media access to players.
  • Texas A&M quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley is one of six candidates known to have interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at start-up program UTSA, the San Antonio Express-News' David Flores reports. Former Baylor defensive coordinator and Texas football standout Bill Bradley also is scheduled to meet with UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey about the job next week.
  • Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel breaks down Bill Snyder's daunting challenge of turning the culture at Kansas State -- again.
  • How about a look ahead to Texas spring practice? The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls provides most of the early answers.
  • Renny Vandeweghe of the Big Red Network proposes five wishes to help spruce up Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.

Way Backs for a Wednesday night game

September, 17, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

It wouldn't be a game night in the Big 12 without a couple of Way Backs to remind us of previous great games on this date. How about these?

Sept. 17, 1955: Hawaii 6, Nebraska 0 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- The Rainbow Warriors avenged a 50-0 loss to the Cornhuskers the previous season. Hartwell Freitas accounted for the game's only TD on a 1-yard plunge as two late Cornhusker drives were turned away deep in Hawaii territory.

Sept. 17, 1966: No. 9 USC 10, Texas 6 (Austin, Texas) -- With USC alum John Wayne watching from the sidelines, the Trojans dominated play behind a steady defense and QB Troy Winslow. USC scoring was accounted for on a 9-yard TD run by Winslow and a 23-yard field goal by DE/K Tim Rossovich. The USC defense confounded Texas QB Bill Bradley, who scored on a 9-yard run, but also fumbled at the USC 11 to end another drive.