The Miami (FL) football program has long been a feeder to the NFL, with NFL players past and present having worn a Hurricanes uniform prior to plying their trade in the big league.
And recently, alums of “The U” have maintained a remarkable streak in the NFL.
A Hurricanes alum has scored a touchdown in every regular season week in the NFL starting with Week 15 in 2002 -- a span of 139 game weeks.
It hasn’t always been a given. The streak nearly came to an end many times.
Twice it took until the fourth quarter of Monday Night Football to extend the streak, and once a 107-yard fourth-quarter interception return touchdown by Ed Reed helped keep the streak alive.
And if not for a Jeremy Shockey nullified touchdown in Week 14 of 2002 (he was flagged for offensive pass interference, and even if he wasn’t, there was offensive holding on the play), the streak would be at 152 game weeks.
A look at the streak by Hurricane alums, by the numbers:
Players with Multiple TD During Streak
594 -- Total touchdowns scored during the streak
306 -- Receiving touchdowns during the streak
234 -- Rushing touchdowns during the streak
90 -- Highest single-season touchdown total during the streak (2007)
55 -- Times there have been at least 5 touchdowns scored in a week
54 -- Return touchdowns scored during the streak
30 -- Players who scored during the streak that were drafted
15 -- Times a single PLAYER scored a touchdown during a week
13 -- Times a single TOUCHDOWN was scored during a week
10 -- Highest number of touchdowns scored in a single week (Week 2, 2007)
4 -- Players who scored during the streak that were undrafted