Tuesday, January 24, 2017

12 NFL Super Bowl 51 Players Who Did Not Play D1 in College Football

There are 12 total NFL players on both the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons active rosters who did not play college football at a Division 1 or FBS school or program. All 12 of these players played college football below the FBS level.


                           (Photo By Jeffrey Beall)

That means each and every one of these Super Bowl 51 players really beat the odds. It's pretty hard to make the NFL even if you play for a D1 or FBS school but to make it from a college football program that plays below the FBS level is incredibly tough to do. 

Most of these players have contributed quite a bit to their teams success this season. One of the players was the star for the New England Patriots in their big playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

Watch for these Dirty Dozen players in Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. 

12 NFL Super Bowl 51 Players Who Did Not Play D1 in College Football


New England Patriots Players Who Played College Football Below FBS Level

  • Malcolm Butler - West Alabama

The Patriots starting CB Malcolm Butler played in college for Division II school the West Alabama Tigers.

  • James Develin - Brown

Patriots FB James Develin played college football for Brown in the Ivy League.

  • Jimmy Garappolo - Eastern Illinois

Quarterback Jimmy Garappolo who started and led the Patriots to two wins while Tom Brady served that joke of a suspension this season, played college football at Eastern Illinois where Tony Romo also played.

  • Chris Hogan - Monmouth

Patriots WR Chris Hogan played one season of college football at Monmouth College after playing four years of lacrosse at Penn State. He's pictured above.


Atlanta Falcons Players Who Played College Football Below FBS Level

  • Robert Alford - Southeast Louisiana

Falcons CB Robert Alford played his college football for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

  • Tom Compton - South Dakota

Tackle Tom Compton played college football for the South Dakota Coyotes.

  • Taylor Gabriel - Abiline Christian

WR Taylor Gabriel played his college football for the Abiline Christian Wildcats.

  • C.J. Goodwin - California (PA)

CB C.J. Goodwin played college football for the California Vulcans who are part of the University of Pennsylvania college system.

  • Deji Olatoye - North Carolina A&T

CB Deji Olatoye played college football for the North Carolina A&T Aggies.

  • Ryan Schraeder - Valdosta State

Tackle Ryan Schraeder played college football for the Valdosta State Blazers in Georgia.

  • Eric Weems - Bethune-Cookman

WR Eric Weems played his college football for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in Florida.

  • Paul Worrilow - Delaware

Linebacker Paul Worrilow made it the NFL playing in college for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

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