What Colleges Produced Most NFL Players?


Sports is a great part of education. Many students who seek college education attain scholarships through athletic programs.

In fact, that’s how many of the great NBA players have been able to study in college, leading to their getting drafted into the NBA.

Many NFL players have gone to prestigious colleges before getting into the NFL and receiving legendary fame.

It’s no surprise that many of the best pro football players had started their career in college (and even high school).

Football is one of the most watched and loved games in the country, so here are the top 5 colleges that have produced the most number of NFL players.

(The ranking is based on the most recent date from the US News and World Report.)

#1 University of Miami


University of Miami – photo source: miami.edu

Location: Coral Gables, Florida

Type of College: Private university

Number of NFL Players: 52

6 NFL Hall-of-Fame Players:

  • Ted Hendricks
  • Cortez Kennedy
  • Jim Otto
  • Jim Kelly
  • Warren Sapp
  • Michael Irvin


The University of Miami’s football athletics program is one of the best in the country

The university’s football team has won the championship five times (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001).

The football team, called the Hurricanes, has seen 5 Pro Football Hall-of-Famers and two Heisman Trophy winners.

The college’s football program has been lauded by other colleges after ESPN aired a documentary on the program called “The U” and drew the most number of viewers for a sports documentary on ESPN. (watch video below)

“The U” Documentary Video Clip

The university was chartered in 1925 to serve local students. US News and World Report ranks it No. 44 among National Universities, No. 63 in Business Programs, and No. 105 in Engineering Programs.

#2 Florida State University


Forida State University – photo source: fsu.edu

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Type of College: Public/state university

Number of NFL Players: 50

4 NFL Hall-of-Fame Players:

  • Derrick Brooks
  • Fred Biletnikoff
  • Deion Sanders
  • Walter Jones


Florida State University’s Seminole football team has won 3 national championships, 18 conference championships, and 6 division titles.

The Seminoles have been around for a long time, and their athletics program hasn’t been slacking.

It became the first state champion in 1904 when it defeated Florida Agriculture College and Stetson University.

During the 1990s, the Seminoles had a winning percentage of 89%, making it one of the most competitive college football teams in the country.

It’s no wonder Florida State University is the second largest producer of NFL players!

Top Plays Seminoles National Championship Game 2014

FSU began when the state decided to establish 2 higher education institutions: the West Florida Seminary and the East Florida Seminary.

The latter was built in 1853, and became the Florida Military and Collegiate Institute during the Civil War.

The West Florida Seminary merged with the East, and both became the University of Florida in 1885.

It finally became Florida State College in 1901. It garnered a university status in 1947. It is No. 38 among public schools in the country, according to US News and World Report.

#3 Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge


Louisiana State University – photo source: lsu.edu

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Type of College: Public/state university

Number of NFL Players: 49

3 NFL Hall-of-Fame Players:

  • Y.A. Tittle
  • Jim Taylor
  • Steve Van Buren


LSU’s team is called the Fighting Tiger or Tigers, after the Louisiana Tigers brigade that fought in the Civil War.

The university’s football team has won 3 national champions in 1958, 2003, and 2007.

LSU Game Highlights BCS National Championship

The university has its very own Tiger Stadium, and its athletic teams are always up for giving pride to their community.

Even its cheer team is one of the best in the country! Louisiana state obviously takes care of its football team. There are several facilities for the team within the community:

  • LSU Academic Center for Student-Athletes
  • Charles McClendon Practice Facility
  • LSU Football Operations Center
  • LSU Indoor Practice Facility

LSU, the main college of the Louisiana university system, began with several land-grant colleges in the state, and was originally the Seminary of Learning for the State of Louisiana.

The colleges official name is actually Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College.

It ranks as No. 64 among top public schools and No. 94 in business programs.

#4 University of Alabama


University of Alabama – photo source: en.wikipedia.org

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Type of College: Public research activity

Number of NFL Players: 47

8 NFL Hall-of-Fame Players:

  • John Hannah
  • Ken Stabler
  • Derrick Thomas
  • Don Hutson
  • Bart Starr
  • Ozzie Newsome
  • Dwight Stephenson
  • Joe Namath


The University of Alabama has an insatiable appetite for sports. It’s well known for its domineering cheerleading team, and its football program is hard to beat.

University of Alabama Cheerleading National Championship 2015

Alabama has won 25 SEC titles and 16 national championships.

The Crimson Tide team has spawned 18 Hall of Fame inductees, 97 All-American players, and 2 Heisman Trophy winners.

SEC Championship- Alabama Crimson Tide Vs. Florida Gators 2015

The university was established in 1819 as the University of the State of Alabama. It is ranked No. 66 as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans, and No. 103 among National Universities.

#5 University of Southern California


University of Southern California – photo source: usc.edu

Location: Los Angeles, California

Type of College: Private research university

Number of NFL Players: 46

12 NFL Hall-of-Fame Players:

  • O.J. Simpson
  • Ron Yary
  • Marcus Allen
  • Morris (Red) Badgro
  • Ronnie Lott
  • Frank Gifford
  • Ron Mix
  • Anthony Muñoz,
  • Lynn Swann
  • Junior Seau
  • Willie Wood
  • Bruce Matthews


You know that many colleges in California are constantly in the top lists of nearly everything – from beautiful college housings to competent academic programs.

In fact, the university has been represented by participants during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

USC had 21 medals, making the college the 3rd university with the highest number of medals won in the Olympic Games.

The USC football program has won 11 championships. Its games are always spectacular to watch, especially during its matches with long-time rivals UCLA and the University of Notre Dame.

Game Highlights USC vs. UCLA (2015 game)

The University of Southern California officially opened in 1880, thanks to the efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney.


One of the founders of UCLA Robert M. Widney – image source: wikipedia.org

It’s been ranked No. 13 in Best Colleges for Veterans, and No. 23 among National Universities.


Rob Clark

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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