BEST PRO CAREERS
Who were the top Tigers in the pro ranks?
1. Steve Van Buren
– Eagles, Pro Football Hall of Fame, oldest living member of
A first-round draft pick in 1944, Van Buren ran for 444 yards in nine games during his first season. He also led the league in returning punts as a rookie. The following season, Van Buren led the NFL in rushing for the first time. He would win three additional rushing crowns during his career.
2. Jimmy Taylor –
Packers, Pro Football HOF, five NFL Championships, one Super Bowl ring, first
Lombardi Packer to be inducted into
3. Y.A. Tittle – 49ers, Giants, Pro Football Hall of Fame
In a career lasting 17 years, Tittle passed for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns, and he twice received the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. In 1971, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of pro football's greatest quarterbacks never to win the NFL Championship, Tittle did throw seven touchdown passes in the October 28, 1962, game against the Washington Redskins that the Giants won 49-34.
4. Johnny Robinson – KC Chiefs, All-Time All-AFL team, started two Super Bowls
Robinson was a six-time All-American Football League selection who played a Super Bowl game with three broken ribs. Five times the interception leader on the Chiefs, Robinson redefined the role of the safety in professional football.
5. Bert Jones –
Jones was chosen in the first round (2nd overall) of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. During his eight-year tenure as the Colts' starting QB, Jones and his teammates enjoyed three consecutive AFC East division titles (1975–77). The 1976 regular season was his finest as a professional as he threw for 3,104 yards and a career-high 24 touchdowns, compiling a passer rating of 102.5. Jones was one of only three quarterbacks to achieve a 100+ passer rating during the entire decade of the 1970s.
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7. Kevin Mawae – 14-year active veteran, Seahawks, Jets, Titans, six-time All-Pro
Mawae is one of the top centers of recent times, having been selected to the Pro Bowl on six consecutive occasions (1999-2004). His unbroken streak of 177 games came to an end in October 2005 with a serious tricep injury to his left arm, and he missed the rest of the season.
8. Jerry Stovall –
Stovall was the 2nd overall pick in the 1963 NFL Draft, selected by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals converted him to full-time defensive back. During his nine seasons with the Cardinals, Stovall had 18 interceptions in 97 games and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1966, 1967 and 1969 seasons.
9. Tommy Casanova
In 1972, Casanova was drafted 29th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played safety for the Bengals from 1972 to 1977, being selected to the Pro Bowl in 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. Known as a faster-than-average, hard-hitting free safety, Casanova also collected 17 career interceptions in what is considered a short career.
10. Fred Miller – Baltimore Colts, All-Pro, two Super Bowls, one ring
Miller taken in seventh round as the 93rd pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. A defensive lineman from 1963 through 1972, he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts.
Billy Cannon - Houston, Okaland, Kansas City, led league rushing 1961, injury forced him to change positions to tight end, caught 45 TD passes through the 1960s
Jim Cason – 49ers, Rams, All-Pro
Kevin Faulk – Patriots, three Super Bowl rings
Domanick Davis – Texans, 2003-04 NFL Rookie of the Year
Eddie Kennison – Rams, Saints, Bears, Broncos, Chiefs, 11-year active veteran
Kenny Konz – Cleveland Browns, three NFL championship teams, All-Pro