Sunday, January 27, 2019

15 NFL Super Bowl 53 Players Who Did Not Play D1 in College Football

There are 15 total NFL players on both the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams active rosters and practice squads who did not play college football at a Division 1 or FBS school or program. All 15 of these players played college football below the FBS level.

That means each and every one of these Super Bowl 53 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. All the players below will either play in the game or could play if activated from the practice squad.

Watch for these Underdog players in Super Bowl 53 on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia.

15 NFL Super Bowl 53 Players Who Did Not Play D1 in College Football

New England Patriots Players Who Played College Football Below FBS Level

  • Keion Crossen (DB) - Western Carolina

The Patriots Keion Crossen played in college for Division II school the Western Carolina.

  • Keionta Davis (DB) - Tennessee-Chattanooga

  • James Develin (FB) - Brown

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

  • Chris Hogan (WR) - Monmouth

Patriots WR Chris Hogan played one season of college football at Monmouth after playing four years of lacrosse at Penn State. 

  • Ramon Humber (LB) - North Dakota State

  • Derek Rivers (DE) - Youngstown State

Practice Squad

  • Damoun Patterson (WR) - Youngstown State

Los Angeles Rams Players Who Played College Football Below FBS Level

  • Marqui Christian (S) - Midwestern State

  • Jamil Denby (G) - Maine

  • John Franklin-Myers (DE) - Stephen F.  Austin State

  • KhaDarel Hodge (WR) - Prairie View A&M

  • Matt Longacre (LB) - NW Missouri State

  • Ethan Westbrooks (DE) - West Texas A&M

  • Greg Zeurlein (K) - Missouri Western State

Practice Squad

Aaron Neary (C) - Eastern Washington

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  1. Chris Hogan did not play football at Monmouth College. He played at Monmouth University.

  2. OK Thanks for the info Chris Hogan!