Nebraska's NFL Tradition
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Two-time Pro Bowl selection Kyle Vanden Bosch enters his eighth season in the NFL in 2008. Vanden Bosch is a captain for the Tennessee Titans.
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Nebraska owns one of the most glorious histories of any school represented by players in the National Football League. Nearly 300 former Huskers have represented Nebraska in the NFL. Over the past 12 years, Nebraska has averaged nearly five players chosen in each NFL Draft for a Big 12-leading total of 59 drafted players.

The 2008 NFL Draft marked the 39th consecutive year the Huskers have had at least three players chosen in the draft. Since 2000, the Huskers have had 34 players chosen on draft day.

Since 1990, Nebraska has had 22 defensive backs, 19 linebackers, 17 defensive linemen, 14 offensive linemen, 11 running backs, eight wide receivers, five quarterbacks and three kicker/punters chosen in the NFL Draft. Twenty Husker receivers have signed free agent contracts in that span.

Since 1962 NU has had 272 players drafted, an average of nearly six selections per year, including an amazing 47 Husker offensive linemen.

Nebraska leads the nation with four former kickers (two place-kickers, two punters) who will be on NFL rosters for the 2008 season.

Bob Brown became Nebraska’s third inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2004, joining Guy Chamberlin and William (Roy) Lyman.

Will Shields, an 11-time Pro Bowl lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named the NFL Man of the Year in 2003.

A total of 46 former Huskers have made 60 appearances in the Super Bowl. At least one Husker has appeared in 29 of the 42 Super Bowls in history.

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