Ken Norton photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers

Rick Gosselin

UCLA has produced two Hall of Fame quarterback and another who started a Super Bowl.

Troy Aikman, Bob Waterfield and Bill Kilmer give the Bruins quite an NFL legacy at the quarterback position.

But when NFL teams scout the Pac 12 school, they want to see tape of the UCLA linebackers. That’s where the quantity is with a healthy dose of quality.

UCLA has produced five first-round draft picks at linebacker, six more in the second round and six more in the third. Five of them became Pro Bowlers – Anthony Barr, Jamir Miller and Jerry Robinson (first round), Ken Norton (second) and Don Paul (third).

Norton is the only player in NFL history to start on three consecutive Super Bowl champions. He started for the Dallas Cowboys on their 1992 and 1993 Lombardi Trophy winners and the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Roman Phifer won three Super Bowl rings in a span of four seasons with the New England Patriots and Don Shinnick won three NFL championships with the Baltimore Colts. In addition, Marvcus Patton started at inside linebacker in two Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills.

Super Bowls abound on UCLA’s all-time NFL team. Aikman, of course, won three with the Cowboys, center Dave Dalby won three with the Oakland Raiders, guard Randy Cross three with the San Francisco 49ers and special-teamer Matthew Slater three with the Patriots. In addition, defensive tackle Mike Lodish played in six Super Bowls.

Here’s UCLA’s all-time NFL team:

QB Troy Aikman, Hall of Fame

HB Freeman McNeil, 3 Pro Bowls, 8,074 rushing yards

FB Mel Farr, 1967 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

WR Tom Fears, Hall of Fame

WR Flipper Anderson, NFL record 336 receiving yards in a game

TE Marcedes Lewis, Pro Bowl, 378 career catches

OT Jonathan Ogden, Hall of Fame

OT Luis Sharpe, 3 Pro Bowls, 189 career starts

G Max Montoya, 4 Pro Bowls, 195 career starts

G Randy Cross, 3 Pro Bowls, 3-time Super Bowl champ

C Dave Dalby, Pro Bowl, 3-time Super Bowl champ

DE Manu Tuiasosopo, 8 seasons, 94 starts

DE Kenyon Coleman, 11 seasons, 81 starts

DT Mike Lodish, 6 Super Bowl appearances, 2 rings

DT Kenny Clark, 3 years, 10 ½ sacks

OLB Anthony Barr, 4 Pro Bowls

MLB Ken Norton, Started on 3 consecutive Super Bowl champs

OLB Don Shinnick, 12 seasons, 37 career INTs

CB Jimmy Johnson, Hall of Fame

CB Kermit Alexander, Pro Bowl, 43 career INTs

S Kenny Easley, Hall of Fame

S Carnell Lake, 1990s NFL all-decade team

K Frank Corral, 1978 NFL scoring champion

P Jeff Locke, 5 seasons, 43.4-yard career average

KR Maurice Jones-Drew, 79 KR, 26-yard average, 2 TDs

ST Matthew Slater, 7 Pro Bowls, 3-time Super Bowl champ

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brian wolf
brian wolf

Another great team of pros...

Steve Sabol of NFL films thought Kermit Alexander should be in the HOF. His tackle of Gale Sayers in a game with the 49ers essentially ended Sayers career.

I thought Carnell Lake had a great career, unselfishly playing both corner and safety. The reason why I believe he should be discussed for the Hall, is that he played in a division that had physical RBs in Eddie George, Corey Dillon, Fred Taylor and Jamal Lewis and he consistently tackled these guys.

Dave Dalby is underrated too. Its hard to make the Pro Bowl in the AFC those years with Mike Webster, Dwight Stephenson and Jim Langer on the rosters.

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