Mind you now, this list is based on position, which is why such NFL standouts as Bernard Jackson (a maintstay on Denver's famous Orange Crush defenses), Erik Coleman, Rickey Reynolds and Ken Greene didn't make it; all are defensive backs and that position was loaded with talent to choose from.
On Sunday we'll offer up our choices on the offensive side of the ball.
CLANCY WILLIAMS was 1st-round pick of the Rams in 1965 and proceeded to turn in 8 starting seasons at left corner. In '66 he was NFL leaders in interceptions and kick return yards. Had 28 career INTs.
DON PAUL played for the Cardinals and Browns and was picked to four Pro Bowls. He was a standout DB
KENNY GRAHAM was a 4-time AFL All-Star in the 1960s and first-team All-Pro pick in '66. Played 6 seasons for Chargers and 1 for Bengals. Nabbed 28 career INTs.
JAMES HASTY racked up 45 INTs, 2 Pro Bowl trips and one 1st-team All-Pro selection in 13 NFL seasons (1988-2001). Named to Jets' all-time team.
TURK EDWARDS was All-NFL 8 times from 1932-40 as dominating DT & smothering OT. A member of both the Pro and College Halls of Fame. Spent 17 years w/ Redskins as player, assistant & head coach.
KEITH MILLARD was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 and was voted 1st- or 2nd-team All-NFL four times before suffering career-altering knee injury. One of greatest Minnesota Vikings ever.
ERIK HOWARD: A New York Giants mainstay at nose tackle, he played 13 seasons and won two Super Bowls. Played in a Pro Bowl and collected more than 30 sacks in his career.
ERIC WILLIAMS played 10 years in the NFL, from 1984-93, with the Lions and Redskins. Started 105 regular-season games, plus a Super Bowl, and recorded 30 sacks. A batterymate w/ Keith Millard at WSU.
LaVERNE TORGESON made 5 Pro Bowls in his 8 years with the Lions and Redskins from 1951-57. He won 2 NFL championships as a player and 3 Super Bowls as an assistant coach w/ Steelers and Redskins
LB LEWIS BUSH started 141 regular-season games (plus '95 Super Bowl) in 10 years with Chargers and C
MARK FIELDS played 10 seasons in the NFL, capping his career with a Pro Bowl appearance following his last season of 2004. Posted 769 career tackles. Missed one season due to Hodgkin's disease.
JERRY WILLIAMS: A two-way standout who played six seasons (1949-54) for Rams and Eagles. Averaged 5.3 yards per rush and 14 yards per catch. Also a star return man. Became head coach of Eagles.
STEVE GLEASON was a WSU linebacker and Saints safety but truly one of the great special teams firebrands in the NFL in the 2000s. His blocked punt vs. Falcons in '06 is legendary in the Bayou.
MARCUS TRUFANT was a 1st round draft pick in 2003 who was named All-Rookie that season and All-Pro i
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THE ROLL CALL BY POSITION: Defensive backs: Clancy Williams, Don Paul, Kenny Graham, James Hasty Defensive linemen: Turk Edwards, Keith Millard, Erik Howard, Eric Williams Linebackers: Torgy Torgeson Lewis Bush, Mark Fields Punt returner: Jerry Williams Special teams: Steve Gleason Captain: Marcus Trufant
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THE NFL DRAFT is underway, which naturally turns one's fancy to the great Cougars who have played in the NFL. Approximately 150 Cougs have toiled in the league, but only a select few can be dubbed the best of the best. In the first of a two-part photo series identifying the greatest NFL Cougs of all time, we look at the defense.
ALL-TIME ALL-NFL COUGARS: The Defense
From Turk Edwards to Marcus Trufant, it's a photographic feats for the eyes