Commentary: Top 25 all-time NFL offensive players to come out of the University of Utah (+photos)

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 1:05 a.m. MST

The University of Utah has sent players to the NFL since long before the game was popular or even in the mainstream of American society. Even during the program's down times they have had plenty of talent move on to the NFL and the leagues that came before. This is a list of the best players in the history of American pro football to ever come out of the University of Utah on the offensive side of the ball.

Note: A list like this is completely subjective, but I try to leave all bias out when I do my rankings. Only what each player did in the NFL got taken into consideration.

All-pro selections, Pro Bowl selections, years as a starter, years in the league, stats and impact on the team were the factors used when doing these rankings.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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Syracuse, UT

Just look at the number of Super Bowl MPV's, Hall of Fame guy's, truely record setting!
The u is the plac to go! I have just got to go to their trophy cases in their hall of fame and read more on all these famous athletes.
I am truely, truely blown away!

Jambo Dave

There is no way this list does not include Eric Weddle!

Go Utes, CA

Pretty sure Weddle plays defense.

Salt Lake City, UT

Pretty cool list, even though I am a BYU fan through and through I still enjoy seeing the success of everyone who has ties to this great state, even if it is the Utes. Just to tie into previous comments, Weddle not only plays defense but also happens my favorite ex-Ute NFL player. He seems like an awesome guy from what I have heard and could be my favorite current NFL player if he only went to BYU (I had to throw some lame rivalry talk in somewhere).

Wasatch Al
South Jordan, UT

Marv Fleming should be much higher on the list. Four super bowl rings!! Tight ends are not only receivers but blockers. Must have been doing something right.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Four of the 25 identified are still playing in the NFL!


Marv was a fantastic player at a time when tight ends were rarely utilized as receivers. Also he's very close friends with a few of my friends from the Midwest, and took them all to the Packers' Super Bowl win in Dallas a couple years ago, so a very kind and generous man as well! Had the pleasure of meeting a few guys on this list, and am proud of not only their production on the field, but their character and class with which they represent my alma mater. Steve Smith will be a first ballot HOFer, and Jordan Gross may have a chance to get there as well!

St. George, UT

Weddle plays offense sometimes haha ex. two weeks ago when he ran that fake punt against the Chiefs haha. Does it put him on the offensive list? No probably not.... but he does play SOME offense

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Whoa. . . where's is All-American Lee Grosscup. He invented the "Utah pass".

Sandy, UT

Grosscup is one of the Honorable Mentions after the list gets to #1. There are 10 more slides of players.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

Marv Flemming played in 5 of the first 8 Super Bowls and was on the winning team 4 times. I remember seeing his name in the records for playing in that game the most times. Sure he has been surpassed now but impressive none the less.

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

Steve Smith will be a first ballot HOFer.

First ballot? No, he won't.

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

While not a first ballot HOF, Steve Smith may make the Hall. I wish him luck (Good luck, not throw-stupid-interceptions bad Luck.)

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

While not a first ballot HOF, Steve Smith may make the Hall. I wish him luck (Good luck, not throw-stupid-interceptions bad Luck.)

Payson, UT

pretty darn good for a school known for putting defensive players into the NFL.

Springville, UT

Not very well researched! Where is Larry Wilson, a hall of fame safety? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but he was a first ballet selection. It was great to see his bust and name honored in Canton, Ohio.

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