As the Syracuse Orange move through spring practice and NFL teams prepare for the upcoming draft discussion often turns to the best players from each school such as this tweet about the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Pitt's all-time NFL team — Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Ditka, Aaron Donald and so much more: https://t.co/Lr9bEZI2cF— Rick Gosselin (@RickGosselin9) March 6, 2019
So that got us thinking, what would Syracuse’s All-Time NFL Team look like and this is what we came up with for our list. Remember this is using NFL careers only.
QB: Donovan McNabb: His Hall of Fame candidacy is questionable but McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowl QB and threw for over 37,000 yards during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.
RB: Jim Brown, Floyd Little: Two Hall of Famers get the nod here with Brown being the easiest call on this roster. When you rush for over 12,000 yards and have 106 TD’s in only 118 games you earn that GOAT moniker. We have Floyd holding off Joe Morris based on his enshrinement in Canton.
FB: Larry Csonka: Another Hall of Famer makes this one an easy call. Csonka won two Super Bowls and is only behind Brown in terms of NFL rushing yards by Cuse alums.
WR: Marvin Harrison and Art Monk: Another pair of Hall of Famers at this skill position. This duo combined for over 2,000 receptions and 27,000 receiving yards in their careers.
TE: John Mackey: Hall of Famer. Super Bowl and NFL Champion and a five-time Pro Bowl honoree.
T: Stan Walters: Two-time Pro Bowl selection during his career with the Eagles.
T: Craig Wolfley: Twelve years in the NFL with the Steelers and Vikings.
G: Walt Sweeney: Nine-time Pro Bowl selection during his twelve year career with the San Diego Chargers and Redskins.
G: Al Bemiller- 1965 Pro Bowl selection with the Buffalo Bills. Bemiller was a starter for nine years with Buffalo.
C: Jim Ringo- Hall of Famer. Ten-time Pro Bowl selection during his career with the Green Bay Packers and Eagles.
DE: Chandler Jones: In his first seven seasons, Chandler has been a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He has a Super Bowl ring and already has 77 career sacks.
NT: Ken Clarke: Played 14 years with the Eagles, Seahawks and Vikings and was a starter in eight of those seasons.
LB: Jim Collins: Started four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1985.
LB: Otis WIlson: Part of the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl Championship team. Wilson earned his only Pro Bowl selection during that season.
LB: Terry Wooden: Played for nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.
CB: Will Allen: A 1st round pick of the Giants in 2001. Allen went on to start for eight years with the Giants and Dolphins.
CB: Tommy Myers: Played ten seasons with the New Orleans Saints and was selected to the Prow Bowl in 1979 when he had seven interceptions.
S: Donovin Darius: A 1st round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars where he started for nine seasons. His best season was 2004 when he compiled 87 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
S: Tebucky Jones: Was selected in the 1st round by the New England Patriots. Jones played five seasons in New England followed by two with the Saints and one with the Dolphins.
K: Gary Anderson: Was active for 23 seasons in the NFL finishing with 2,434 career points. Anderson was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his career which saw him play for the Steelers, Eagles. Niners, Vikings and Titans.
P: Riley Dixon: Was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2016 as a member of the Broncos. His passing completion percentage is 100 and Riley’s averaged 14 yards per carry running the ball in the NFL.
ST: David Tyree: Played six seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005 but he’s best remembered for his “Helmet Catch” in the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl victory.
HC: Tom Coughlin: Two-time Super Bowl winner as Head Coach of the New York Giants. Coughlin also coached the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game in 1996 which was their second season as a franchise.
There are certainly some other Orange alums in the discussion so who do you think we are missing here? Who will be the next crop of players to push their way onto this squad? Let us know in the comments.