Former Auburn football stars that have made a tremendous impact in the NFL
Few schools can boast having produced the incredible line of running backs that the Tiger program has produced through the years.  The
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Discover which pro AU stars have made the biggest impact in Pro Football
Cam Newton
After winning the 2010 Heisman
Trophy while leading AU to a
national title, Newton assualted
the NFL record books.
Cadillac Williams
After being drafted in 2005, he
cruised to the AP NFL Offensive
Rookie of the Year Award.
Kevin Greene
Went from being a walk-on at
Auburn to one of the most
feared NFL LB's.  Greene
has become the University's
second Pro Football Hall of
Fame member with his
election to the Hall in the
Class of 2016.
Bo Jackson
Although Jackson devoted most
of his pro career to baseball, Bo
delivered some incredible
moments before a devastating
hip injury ended his football
William Andrews
Was a 4-time NFL Pro Bowl
selection before his career
was prematurely ended by a
knee injury.  The Atlanta
Falcons retired his #31 jersey.
James Brooks
Excelled as an all-purpose back and
retired as the Cincinnati Bengals all-time
leading rusher.
Top NFL Stars from Auburn
Stephen Davis
Led the NFL in rushing TD's with
17 in 1999.
Auburn Tigers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Frank Gatski (1985)

The former NFL center who played 12 years of pro football for the Cleveland Browns and
Detroit Lions is the only Auburn Tiger that has been enshrined (1985) into the Pro Football
Hall of Fame.  Gatski was First-Team All-Pro three times and his teams went to the
league title games in 11 of his 12 seasons.  Gatski’s NFL career spanned from 1946-57.  
Gatski died November 22, 2005.

Kevin Greene (2016)

This former NFL sack artist has been elected into the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame
Class.  It marks the first time in more than 30 years that a former Auburn Tiger has been
honored with his bust in Canton, Ohio.
Auburn Tigers in Pro Football Hall of Fame
Gatski was enshrined in 1985
Willie Anderson

Anderson entered the NFL as a 1996 1st round draft choice (10th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals.  The
former Plainsmen didn’t disappoint as he anchored offensive lines for 13 seasons while earning four Pro
Bowl trips and being named All-Pro four times.  The Mobile, AL native played all but one of his NFL
seasons for the Bengals and finished his career with Baltimore in 2008.

William Andrews

Andrews was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (79th overall selection) of the 1979 NFL
Draft.  Andrews hit the ground running in his inaugural game by rushing for 167 yards against the New
Orleans Saints.  The Thomasville, GA native rushed for 1,023 yards that season and made the NFL’s All-
Rookie team in 1979.  Andrews continued to excel through the first five years of his career before a
serious knee injury knocked him out of action for two seasons.  The former Auburn Tiger returned for the
1986 season, but that was his final season.  Andrews retired with 5,986 rushing yards and a franchise
leading 8,633 yards from scrimmage. Career achievements include:

·        4-time Pro Bowl Selection
·        1st Team All-Pro (Sporting News and NEA) 1983
·        Atlanta Falcons retired his #31 jersey

Fred Beasley

Beasley was a 6th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1998 and earned the reputation as the
best blocking fullback in the NFL.  Beasley was a one-time Pro Bowl selection and earned All-Pro honors
twice before being released by the 49ers following the 2005 season.  

James Brooks

Brooks entered pro football as a 1st round draft pick (24 overall) of the San Diego Chargers in the 1981
NFL Draft.  Before his career ended 12 seasons later, Brooks was a 4-time Pro Bowler and had played
with four different franchises.  The Warner Robins, GA native best years were with the Cincinnati Bengals
for whom he played for from 1984-91.  Brooks excelled as an all-purpose player with excellent rushing,
receiving and return skills.  The former Tiger back retired as Cincinnati’s all-time leading rusher and
totaled 7,962 rushing yards, 3,621 receiving yards, 565 punt return yards and 2,762 yards on kickoff
returns.  Brooks retired in 1992 after one season in Tampa Bay.

Ronnie Brown

Brown was the 2nd overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  In his career, Brown has
earned one Pro Bowl selection following the 1998 season.

Joe Cribbs

Cribbs was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd round of the 1980 NFL Draft.  After a sensational rookie
season, Cribbs was the only first-year player to earn starter status in the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,185
yards and 11 TD’s.  The former Auburn back played pro football through 1988 after playing  for the Colts
and Dolphins that season.  Cribbs earned Pro Bowl appearances in 1980, 81 and 83.

Stephen Davis

Davis entered the NFL as a 4th round draft selection of the Washington Redskins in 1996.  The former
two-time All-SEC performer’s pro career spanned 11 seasons and also included stints with Carolina and
St. Louis where he retired after the 2006 season.  When Davis’ career came to a close he led all former
Auburn running backs in career NFL rushing yards (8,052) and rushing TD’s (65).  Career highlights

·        3-time Pro Bowl selection
·        1-time All-Pro selection
·        Led NFL in rushing TD’s with 17 in 1999.

“Tucker” Frederickson

After earning All-American and Heisman runner up status at Auburn in 1964, Frederickson was the overall
number one pick in the 1965 NFL Draft when he was selected by the NY Giants.  Frederickson earned
one Pro Bowl season in 1965 before a knee injury forced his retirement in 1971.

Brent Fullwood

Fullwood was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the overall 4th pick of 1987 NFL Draft.  The 1986
Consensus All-American played four seasons in the NFL and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1989 when he
led the Packers in rushing with 821 yards.

Lionel James

James joined the NFL’s San Diego Chargers as a 5th round draft choice of the franchise.  Known as the
‘Little Train’, James played all five of his NFL seasons with the Chargers. In 1985 James set a then-NFL
single season record for receiving yards (1,027) by a running back and all-purpose yards (2,535).   
Bo Jackson

After winning the 1985 Heisman Trophy, Jackson was drafted by Tampa Bay with the first overall selection
of the 1986 draft.  However he decided to played baseball for the Kansas City Royals instead.  When the
Buccaneers failed to sign him, Jackson’s name was reentered into the NFL Draft where the Los Angeles
Raiders picked him in the 7th round.  

Jackson joined the Raiders midway through the 1987 season and generated some sensational
moments before a hip injury ended his NFL career.  Jackson rushed for 221 yards against Seattle that
season to set a Monday Night Football rushing record.  

Jackson’s hip injury forced him out of football in 1990 and despite having artificial hip surgery, Jackson
returned to a productive baseball career that lasted through the 1994 season.

Rudi Johnson

After being the SEC Player of the Year in 2000, Rudi Johnson entered the NFL as a 4th round draft pick of
the Cincinnati Bengals.  After backing up Corey Dillon for two seasons, Johnson emerged to be one of
the best backs in the league.  By the 2004 season Johnson was the full-season starter and rushed for a
franchise-record 1,454 yards while also scoring 12 times.  Those stats enabled Johnson to earn a Pro
Bowl berth that season.  After playing with Cincinnati for seven seasons, Johnson finished his career with
a final season in Detroit.  The former “Auburn Rambler” retired with 5,979 rushing yards and 49 TD’s.

Tony Richardson

Although Richardson had to make an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent in 1994, he is considered
one of the best blocking fullbacks in the history of the NFL.  The former Auburn Tiger had stints with
Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota and the NY Jets.  It was with the Chiefs and the Vikings where
Richardson made his biggest impact.  While excelling as a blocker, Richardon’s teams finished fifth or
higher in league rushing sevent times.  Richardson was a 3-time Pro Bowl selection and earned All Pro
honors twice.

Carnell Cadillac Williams

After fellow Auburn backfield mate Ronnie Brown was drafted 2nd overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, Williams
was selected with the 5th overall pick by Tampa Bay.  Williams paid quick dividends as he was named
the NFL’s Rookie of the Week for the first three weeks of the season.  ‘Cadillac’ won
AP NFL Offensive
Rookie of the Year honors with 1,178 yards and six TD’s.  Since that spectacular rookie season,
Williams has been plagued with injuries and played the 2011 season in St. Louis
Auburn University a.k.a. Running Back U
An incredible line of running backs have emerged from the Plains to the NFL where they have impacted individual franchise
and NFL record books.  The former Tiger stars earned great nicknames such as "Cadillac,", "Little Train,"
Bo," the "Auburn Rambler"and more.
Cam Newton: A record-setting NFL quarterback
selected by the Carolina Panthers with the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Newton became the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year honors by assaulting the NFL record books.  2011 highlights
include Newton becoming:

·        First rookie to throw for 400+ yards in his first career game (422),
·        Set the all-time NFL rushing TD record for quarterbacks with 14.
·        Became just the 4th QB in NFL history to pass for over 3000 yards his rookie year as he joined                   
     Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford in that club.  
·        Set the all-time Rookie passing yards mark with 4,051 yards.
Top Auburn NFL Defensive Stars

Kevin Greene

The former Auburn walk-on who won the 1984 Zeke Smith Award as the Defensive Player of the Year entered the NFL as a 5th
round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985.  Greene played for 4 teams throughout his 15-year career that included stints
with the Rams, Steelers, Panthers, 49ers and then the Panthers again for his last two seasons.  Greene positioned himself for Pro
Football Hall of Fame consideration with the following achievements:

·        Was in the NFL’s top 10 in sacks for 10 seasons.
·        Led his team in sacks 11 of his 15 seasons.
·        5-time Pro Bowl selection
·        3-time First-Team All-Pro selection
·        NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
·        1996 NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Auburn Tiger Players
Selected With the First
Pick of the NFL Draft
  • Cam Newton, QB,
    2011 - Carolina
  • Aundray Bruce, LB,
    1988 - Atlanta
  • Bo Jackson, RB,
    1986 -Tampa Bay
  • T. Frederickson,
    RB, 1965 NY Giants
Auburn Tigers Retired Football
Jersey Numbers
In the history of Auburn Tigers football, three football jersey numbers have been
Auburn Tigers Jersey
No. 88
Worn by Auburn WR Terry
was Pat Sullivan's
favorite target and was an
All-American in 1970 and
Auburn Tigers
Jersey No. 7
Worn by Auburn QB Pat
who won the
Heisman Trophy in 1971
Auburn Tigers Jersey No.
Worn by Auburn RB
Bo Jackson who rushed for
1,786 yards while running for the
1985 Heisman Trophy
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