The record book: Cougar leaders in the pros

IF YOU WERE to make a wager on who is the all-time leading rusher in pro football among former Cougars, two names that immediately spring to mind are Steve Broussard and Rueben Mayes. But what's the right answer?

In these tough economic times, a sure-fire method to win a bet: Ask a buddy (or, better yet, an enemy) to name the all-time leading rusher in pro football among former Cougars.

Chances are that most people would name Mayes or Broussard, who rank 1-2 in career rushing at WSU with 6,573 collegiate ground yards and a whole bunch of Pac-10 and WSU record book entries between them.

Mayes and Broussard also rank 1-2 in career rushing by ex-Cougars in the NFL.

Ah, but the bet is on PRO football.

And former Cougars Mike Pringle, who was at WSU in the late '80s, and George Reed ('59, '61-62) are the leading rushers in Canadian Football League history.

Pringle, who blossomed in college after transferring to Cal State-Fullerton as a junior, rushed for 16,425 yards in 13 CFL seasons. Reed piled up 16,116 yards on the ground rushing during his 13 seasons up north. Only Pringle played a down in the NFL, and that amounted to three games and two carries for 9 yards with Atlanta in 1990.

Mayes saw action in six NFL seasons and rushed for 3,484 yards.

Broussard, now WSU's running backs coach, was a nine-year NFL pro, rushing for 2,621 yards and catching 126 passes for another 882 yards. WHILE WE'RE ON the subject of all-time Cougars leaders in the pros...

Drew Bledsoe is tops in NFL passing yards (44,611, eighth all-time). Current Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson leads in points (1,744, seventh all-time) and field goals (406, sixth all-time).

In the NBA, James Donaldson has the most points (8,203), rebounds (7,492) and blocked shots (1,267). Craig Ehlo leads the pack in assists (2,456) and steals (989). Don Collins had the highest career scoring average (9.8).

John Olerud has the highest career batting average (.295) in major league baseball, and Ron Cey is No. 1 in homers (316). Aaron Sele holds the wins record (148), and Tom Niedenfuer is the leader in saves (97).

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