There are 369 former SEC players in the NFL, according to, which averages to more than 11 per team.

Alabama and Florida have produced 42 NFL players each, but that total is a distant second to the 47 representing LSU.

Not surprisingly considering its lack of on-the-field success, Vanderbilt is the least represented SEC school in the NFL with just nine players.

Here’s a look at the most prominent one from each SEC program, including the two starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl 50.


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and three-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones is the best of an impressive bunch.


Darren McFadden, the fourth pick of the 2008 NFL Draft who spent seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, just completed his first year with the Dallas Cowboys and leads a group of 17 former Razorbacks.


There are 33 former Tigers in the NFL, led by Cam Newton, who has led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, and could add the league’s MVP trophy on Feb. 6.


Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed would have probably led this group had he made the Pro Bowl this season, but until he does, we’ll go with Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler.


We were tempted to go with one-time Pro Bowler and Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, but Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green, who has gone to the Pro Bowl in each of his five seasons, gets the nod to lead 37 former Bulldogs.


With all due respect to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, we’ll give top billing to Danny Trevathan, who has had at least 100 tackles in two of his four seasons with the Denver Broncos, who will take on Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Fourteen former Wildcats are in the NFL.


Arizona Cardinals cornerback/return specialist Patrick Peterson should get the honors, especially since like the Bengals’ Green, he’s made the Pro Bowl every year since his rookie season of 2011. But like him or not, no former Tiger makes one-handed catches — or headlines for that matter — like New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

Mississippi State

Two-time second-team All Pro Fletcher Cox tops a group of 15 former Bulldogs. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end made his first Pro Bowl in 2015.


New York Jet Sheldon Richardson and Oakland’s Aldon Smith have more than just Tiger ties in common. They are both outstanding defensive linemen who seem to make more headlines off the field than on it. Smith’s numbers give him the edge among 19 former Missouri players.

Ole Miss

Eli Manning carries the torch for 17 former Rebels. The two-time Super Bowl winner is well on his way to Canton.

South Carolina

Twenty-seven former Gamecocks are collecting NFL paychecks, and Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery are among the best of that group. But in the “what have you done for us lately” department, we’re giving the nod to Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, who led San Diego with 10.5 sacks in 2015.


Peyton Manning leads 27 former Volunteers. The future Hall of Famer will lead the Broncos against the Panthers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Manning has won one Super Bowl.

Texas A&M

While Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has a beautiful wife and enjoys beautiful weather in Miami, former Aggies teammate Von Miller has taken his Broncos to the Super Bowl again. But in this category, there is no avoiding the human car wreck that is Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel, who is easily the most visible of 23 former Texas A&M players who play for pay on Sundays.


If Jay Cutler isn’t in the news, then his TV personality/actor/fashion designer wife Kristin Cavallari usually is, which makes the Chicago Bears QB the most recognizable former Commodore among nine former Vandy players in the NFL.