San Jose State Spartans Football - Notable Players and Alumni

Notable Players and Alumni

  • Courtney Anderson — former NFL tight end, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders
  • Stacey Bailey — former NFL wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
  • Kim Bokamper — former NFL linebacker, Miami Dolphins
  • John Broussard — NFL wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Gill Byrd — former NFL defensive back, San Diego Chargers; two NFL Pro Bowl appearances
  • Jim Cadile — former NFL guard, Chicago Bears
  • Matt Castelo — former NFL linebacker, Seattle Seahawks; former CFL linebacker, Hamilton Tiger-cats
  • Steve Clarkson — nationally renowned quarterbacks coach; founder of Steve Clarkson Dreammaker quarterback camp
  • Sherman Cocroft — former NFL defensive back, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Clarence Cunningham — former AFL wide receiver, defensive back, running back, and kick returner; former AF2 starter, Stockton Lightning; IFL free safety, Catania Elephants
  • Neal Dahlen — former SJSU quarterback, NFL manager and scout; holds the record for the most earned Super Bowl rings at seven.
  • Rashied Davis — NFL wide receiver, Chicago Bears
  • Yonus Davis — CFL running back, BC Lions
  • Steve DeBerg — former NFL quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
  • David Diaz-Infante — former NFL and CFL offensive guard, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, and Sacramento Gold Miners
  • Terry Donahue — UCLA head football coach; College Football Hall of Fame inductee (attended SJSU for one year)
  • Carl Ekern — former NFL linebacker, Los Angeles Rams; one NFL Pro Bowl appearance
  • Mervyn Fernandez —former NFL wide receiver, Los Angeles Raiders
  • Coye Francies — NFL defensive back, Cleveland Browns
  • Jeff Garcia — NFL quarterback, San Francisco 49ers et al.; four NFL Pro Bowl appearances
  • Trestin George — AFL and CFL wide receiver, San Jose Sabercats and BC Lions
  • Jarron Gilbert - NFL defensive tackle, Chicago Bears
  • Charlie Harraway — former NFL running back, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns
  • Paul Held — former NFL quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers
  • Willie Heston — former SJSU halfback; College Football Hall of Fame inductee (attended SJSU from 1898 to 1900; graduated from University of Michigan)
  • James Hodgins — former NFL fullback, Saint Louis Rams et al.
  • Johnny Johnson — former NFL running back, New York Jets; one NFL Pro Bowl appearance; consensus choice for Rookie of the Year (1990)
  • Cody Jones — NFL defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams; one NFL Pro Bowl appearance
  • James Jones — NFL wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
  • Kevin Jurovich — NFL wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles; San Francisco 49ers
  • Rick Kane — former NFL running back, Detroit Lions
  • Bob Ladouceur — among winningest high school football coaches in U.S. history; coached De La Salle High Spartans to 151 consecutive wins from 1992 to 2003
  • Bill Leavy — NFL referee; officiated Super Bowl XL
  • Dwight Lowery — NFL defensive back, New York Jets and two-time All-American at SJSU
  • Joe Nedney — NFL kicker, San Francisco 49ers
  • William Yaw Obeng — Arena Football League lineman, San Jose Sabercats
  • Chris Owens — NFL defensive back, Atlanta Falcons
  • Neil Parry — football; Most Courageous Athlete Award (Philadelphia Sports Writers Association; 2003)
  • Tom Petithomme — former Arena Football League player, San Jose Sabercats
  • Art Powell — NFL wide receiver, Oakland Raiders; Raiders' 7th all-time leading receiver
  • Waylon Prather — former NFL punter, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals
  • David Richmond — former NFL wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Scott Rislov — Arena Football League quarterback, San Jose Sabercats
  • Al Saunders — former NFL head coach for the San Diego Chargers
  • Rufus Skillern — CFL and NFL wide receiver, BC Lions and Baltimore Ravens
  • Gerald Small — former NFL defensive back, Miami Dolphins
  • Carl Sullivan — former NFL defensive end, Green Bay Packers
  • Adam Tafralis — CFL quarterback, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Tyson Thompson —NFL kick returner, Dallas Cowboys
  • Bob Titchenal — former NFL linebacker, Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Dons; one Pro Bowl appearance; former head football coach, University of New Mexico and SJSU
  • Dick Vermeil — NFL head coach; winning coach, Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Bill Walsh — NFL head coach; winning coach, Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, and Super Bowl XXIII; Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Gerald Willhite — former NFL running back, Denver Broncos
  • Billy Wilson — former NFL receiver, San Francisco 49ers; six NFL Pro Bowl appearances
  • Louis Wright — former NFL defensive back, Denver Broncos; 1st round NFL draft pick; five NFL Pro Bowl appearances
  • Roy Zimmerman — former NFL quarterback, Washington Redskins; one Pro Bowl appearance

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