Cal is winning the NFL arms race.
The Bears have had six quarterbacks selected in the first round of NFL drafts, including two with the first overall choices. Cal also has produced four quarterbacks who have started Super Bowls.
And both those numbers could easily have been inflated. Joe Roth was an All-America quarterback for Cal in 1976. But midway through that season he was diagnosed with terminal melanoma. He finished the season but his condition deteriorated rapidly and he passed away in February 1977 – just 34 days after playing his final football game in the Japan Bowl.
Steve Bartkowski was the first overall pick of the 1975 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and Jared Goff went first overall to the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. Craig Morton, Aaron Rodgers, Kyle Boller and Rich Campbell also were first-round selections from Cal. Morton started two Super Bowls, one with Dallas and the other with Denver, Joe Kapp started one for Minnesota, Rodgers one for Green Bay and Goff the 2019 Super Bowl for the Rams.
Rodgers was the Super Bowl MVP in 2010 and the NFL MVP in both 2011 and 2014. He has been voted to seven Pro Bowls and won two NFL passing titles. His 103.1 passing efficiency is an NFL record and he set another mark by throwing 402 consecutive passes without an interception. He also has won 64 percent of his career starts (100-57-1).
Here is Cal’s all-time NFL team:
QB Aaron Rodgers, 7 Pro Bowls, 2-time NFL MVP
RB Marshawn Lynch, 5 Pro Bowls, 10,379 rushing yards
RB Chuck Muncie, 3 Pro Bowls, NFL-leading 19 TDs in 1981
WR DeSean Jackson, 3 Pro Bowls, 10,261 receiving yards
WR Wesley Walker, 2 Pro Bowls, NFL-leading 1,169 yards in 1978
TE Tony Gonzalez, Hall of Fame
OT Tarik Glenn, 3 Pro Bowls, 154 starts
OT Todd Steussie, 2 Pro Bowls, 185 starts
G Ed White, 4 Pro Bowls, 210 starts
G John Welbourn, 9 seasons, 95 starts
C Alex Mack, 6 Pro Bowls, 149 starts
DE Cameron Jordan, 4 Pro Bowls, 71 ½ sacks
DE Andre Carter, Pro Bowl, 80 ½ sacks
DT Brandon Mebane, 12 seasons, 17 ½ sacks
DT Brandon Whiting, 7 seasons, 16 ½ sacks
OLB Matt Hazeltine, 2 Pro Bowls, 15 seasons, 186 starts
MLB Les Richter, Hall of Fame
LB Hardy Nickerson, 1990s NFL all-decade team
CB Nnamdi Asomugha, 3 Pro Bowls, 15 INTs
CB Deltha O’Neal, 2 Pro Bowls, NFL-leading 10 INTs in 2005
S Thomas DeCoud, Pro Bowl, 7 seasons, 15 INTs
S Chris Conte, 9 seasons, 14 INTs
K Jim Breech, 14 seasons, 243 FGs, 1,256 points
P Nick Harris, 12 seasons, 943 punts, 42.4-yard average
KR Bobby Shaw, 35 PR, 12.1-yard average, TD
ST Je’Rod Cherry, 38 ST tackles on 3 New England Super Bowl champs