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UVA Football - Random Musings
UVA's All-Time NFL Team - Reserves
I was thinking about UVA's recent run of former players being selected in the early rounds of the NFL
draft awhile back and started wondering what an all-time, all-Wahoo NFL roster would look like. I
decided to fill out the 53-player roster in four parts:
defensive starters, offensive starters, special teams
starters, and reserves.  The depth chart appears here.  The reserves appear below.
Don Majkowski
Before being Wally Pipp'ed by Brett Favre, Majkowski was voted
to the Pro Bowl and finished second in the MVP race (behind
Hall of Famer Joe Montana) in 1989, and he was later inducted
into the Packers Hall of Fame.
Matt Schaub
For his career, Schaub has completed close to 64% of his
passes, and he's compiled a quarterback rating of 91.9 during
his two plus seasons in Houston. After five games (10 TDs, 4
INTs, 97.9 QB rating), 2009 looks like it might be his breakout
Thomas Jones
Jones has gotten better with age, ripping off four straight
seasons of 1,100+ rushing yards (2005-2008) and earning his
first Pro Bowl berth in 2008. He has a shot at 10,000 rushing
yards if he can stay healthy.
Terry Kirby
Kirby was an incredibly versatile back. He finished his career
with more than 6,000 yards from scrimmage (2,875 rushing
yards and 333 receptions for 3,222 yards) and 39 rushing /
receiving touchdowns. He also returned one punt and three
kickoffs for touchdowns and threw three touchdown passes.
Chris Warren
Yes, I know Warren transferred to Ferrum. I don't care, I'm
including him anyway. A three-time Pro Bowler, Warren
finished his career with 1,791 carries for 7,696 yards (4.3 ypc),
273 receptions for 1,935 yards, and 58 touchdowns (52
rushing, five receiving, one punt return). He had four 1,000 yard
seasons, including a career-high 1,545 yards in 1994.
Barry Word
Word was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 1990,
after finishing with 204 carries for 1,015 yards (5.0 ypc) and
four touchdowns. Word finished his career with 2,897 rushing
Germane Crowell
Before tearing up his knee, Crowell looked to be a star in the
making. After a solid rookie season, he broke out in 1999,
finishing with 81 catches for 1,338 yards (6th most in the NFL)
and seven touchdowns.
Patrick Jeffers
Like Crowell, Jeffers tore shit up in 1999. Despite starting only
ten games, Jeffers finished with 63 receptions for 1,082 yards
and 12 touchdowns. Also like Crowell, Jeffers suffered a
devastating knee injury after his breakout season and was
never the same afterwards.
Gene Schroeder
Schroeder made the Pro Bowl in 1952, finishing with 39
receptions for 660 yards (8th in the league) and six
touchdowns (7th in the league). He averaged 18.0 yards per
catch for his career.
Terrence Wilkins
Wilkins was a dangerous slot receiver for the Colts early in his
career. He was also a fearless returner, finishing his career
with four returns for touchdowns (three punts, one kickoff).
Tyrone Davis
After two quiet years with the Jets, Davis had several productive
seasons with the Packers, including a career-high seven
touchdown catches in 1998.
Branden Albert
Although Albert is just entering his second NFL season, his
versatility (he played guard in college and has played tackle in
the NFL) and potential are difficult to overlook.
Jim Copeland
Copeland played in 81 games over eight seasons in
Cleveland. He provides some depth at center behind Dan
Mark Dixon
Dixon spent three years in the CFL, where he was widely
regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the league,
before signing with the Dolphins in 1998. He quickly took over
as the Dolphins' starting left guard. Despite an unfortunate
series of injuries, Dixon played in 62 games during his five
seasons in Miami, starting all but two of them.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson
Ferguson has been a mainstay at left tackle for the Jets since
day one, starting all 48 games during his first three seasons in
New York.
Ron Mattes
Mattes was a 7th round draft pick of Seattle in 1985, where he
became the first 300 pound player in the history of the
Seahawks. Mattes spent seven years in the NFL (five in
Seattle, one in Chicago, and one in Indy), primarily at left tackle.
He played in 95 games, starting 60.
John St. Clair
Despite playing center in college, St. Clair has played left
tackle, right tackle, and left guard in the pros. St. Clair has
missed only five games during his seven seasons in the NFL.
Chris Canty
During his four seasons in Dallas, Canty played in all 64
games, and he started every game from 2006-2008. He was
highly sought after on the free agent market before signing a
fat contract with the Giants.
Jeff Lageman
Unfortunately for Lageman, most people remember him as the
focal point of Mel Kiper's draft-day ass-ripping of the Jets' draft
strategy. However, Lageman had a very productive 10-year
career, finishing with 47.5 sacks.
Chris Long
Long probably hasn't done enough in his short career to merit
inclusion on the roster, I'm including him anyway. He is part
cyborg, after all.
Bob Miller
Miller spent seven seasons with the Lions at defensive tackle.
He was voted 1st Team All-NFL by the Sporting News in 1956.
Angelo Crowell
From 2005-2007, Crowell averaged 110 tackles per season
and posted seven sacks and five interceptions.
David Griggs
Before his untimely death in 1995, Griggs spent six seasons in
the NFL, during which time he started 60 games and compiled
14.5 sacks. Griggs started in Super Bowl XXIX for the San
Diego Chargers.
Wali Rainer
Rainer spent seven years in the NFL. During his first four
seasons he played in 62 out of 64 games (with 59 starts) and
exceeded 90 tackles three times, including a career-high 137
tackles in 1999.
Ed Reynolds
Primarily a reserve and special teams player early in his
career, Reynolds started 42 games for the Patriots from
1988-1990. He played in 135 games during his 10-year career.
Tony Covington
Covington showed a ton of promise before injuries derailed
his career. During his rookie year in 1991, Covington played in
all 16 games at safety for the Buccaneers, starting 12. He led
Tampa Bay defensive backs with 84 tackles, inculding 64 solo
tackles and two for losses. Covington also broke up five
passes and notched a career-high three interceptions, second
among NFL rookies to future Pro Bowler Aeneas Williams of
Arizona. Unfortunately, Covington suffered a knee injury in the
opening game the next season and missed the remainder of
1992 and all of 1993, and he was never quite the same player
Antwan Harris
Harris played defensive back for the Patriots for five seasons,
earning two Super Bowl rings.
Lester Lyles
Lyles spent six seasons with the Jets, Cardinals, and
Chargers. He finished his career with 10 interceptions
(including a career-high five in 1986) and five sacks.