Pac-12: Mike Rozier

Simply Saturday: Great in college, not NFL?

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
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ESPN.com is running a cool feature this week that has some Pac-12 flavor: Simply Saturday.

It's about 50 great college players who never made a mark in the NFL.

So far the only Pac-12 players noted is former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam at No. 42, but there will be more ahead. Trust me.

Pat Forde wrote this about Salaam:

In 1994, Salaam rushed for 2,055 yards. At the time it made him just the fourth player in FBS history to break the 2,000-yard barrier. The previous three (Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier and Barry Sanders) all won the Heisman Trophy, and Salaam did the same.

Then he turned pro, and the glory didn't go with him. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie for the Chicago Bears, but injuries and fumbles curtailed his career. He played three seasons with the Bears, bounced around with a couple more NFL teams, dabbled in the CFL and XFL and was out of the game.

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