Nick Bellore He attended Central Michigan University before signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2011. Bellore was a linebacker during his first six seasons in the NFL until being converted to a fullback for the Lions in 2017.
He played in 44 games over six seasons with the Jets and Lions, accumulating 102 tackles and five sacks. Bellore is currently a free agent after being released by the Lions in May. He returned to CMU for two seasons after leaving the NFL.
Bellore is the brother of Detroit Lions wide receiver Brandon Bellore. They are both alums of Central Michigan University. Their father, Bill, was an All-American defensive back for CMU in 1977. Their uncle, Jeff King, played running back for Ohio State University from 1970 to 1972 and for the San Diego Chargers in 1973. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 13th round of the 1973 NFL Draft but never played in a game for them. He spent most of his career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL), where he was a three-time all-star. He died in a car accident in 1991 at the age of 36.
Nick Bellore recently signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent. He will be looking to make the team after already having one year of experience playing in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins selected him in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He attended Georgia Tech during his collegiate football career. He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Francisco 49ers.
Andrew Gardner was born on January 4th, 1984, in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Indian River High School in Fort Pierce, Florida. As a senior, he made 72 tackles, three interceptions, and nine passes defensed. He chose Georgia Tech over offers from Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
He started out as a wide receiver but eventually moved to defensive back. At Georgia Tech, he played in 46 games with 26 starts, finishing with 126 tackles, seven interceptions, and 22 passes defensed. He was drafted by the Dolphins with the 236th pick in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Gardner signed a contract with the Dolphins on May 19, 2009. He was placed on injured reserve on September 5th, after tearing an ACL in his left knee. He appeared in four games last season before being released by the team on November 24th.
After leaving the Dolphins, he spent time on the practice squads of several teams before landing with the Baltimore Ravens in February 2012.
He was an All-American while playing collegiate football for the University of Georgia. He was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals and also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos in the NFL. In four different seasons, he rushed for 1,000 yards or more. His career average of 6.1 yards per carry is the highest of any player who has carried the ball at least 100 times in the NFL history.
After graduating from high school in 2000, Hearst attended Georgia but left after one season to begin his career with the NFL. He stayed with the team until 2011 when he died at the age of 40.
In addition to playing football, Hearst also competed in wrestling during his time at Georgia. He won the NCAA Division I national championship in 2003 and 2004 and was a two-time runner-up. He went on to become one of the most successful wrestlers of all time with a record of 68-4.
Hearst was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. The following year, the University of Georgia renamed its football stadium after him. It previously was known as Sanford Stadium but was officially named after former UGA president George M. Tinsley in honor of Thomas J. "Tom" Jones Jr., who served from 1971 to 1975 and again from 1977 to 1980.
Wiggins, Jermaine He attended Georgia and signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 1999. Wiggins also played for the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts, the Carolina Panthers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Florida Tuskers. In Super Bowl XXXVI, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots.
In college, he played for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1996 to 1998. During that time, UGA went 32-0 while Wiggins was on the team. He finished his career at Georgia with 175 tackles and nine interceptions.
Wiggins is the only player in NCAA history with at least three interceptions in each of his first five seasons. He returned one of those picks for a touchdown during his freshman year at Georgia.
After not being selected in the 1999 NFL Draft, Wiggins signed with the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent. He spent two years with the Patriots before moving to the Indianapolis Colts where he stayed for four years. After leaving the Colts, he joined the Carolina Panthers where he ended up winning a championship. He then moved on to play for the Minnesota Vikings for one season before finishing his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. On January 20, 2015, Wiggins was named the defensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers of the XFL. He will be responsible for coaching the linebackers.
Wiggins is the only player in NFL history with at least three interceptions in each of his first five seasons.
He was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958 after playing on both the offensive and defensive lines at California Polytechnic State University (in San Luis Obispo). However, a knee injury sustained during his first training camp stopped him from beginning his NFL career. He returned to Cal Poly for another season before moving on to the United States Marine Corps where he played against the Army.
Madden began his professional football career with the Eagles in 1959 when he was just 24 years old. He went on to have a very successful career as a center or guard for the Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams. He was named AFL MVP in 1964 and had several other top-five finishes as well. He also received two votes for the Heisman Trophy in 1962 while at Cal Poly.
After retirement, Madden became one of the best analysts of football on television, working for NBC and the NFL Network. He died in 2004 at the age of 70 due to heart disease related issues.
California Polytechnic State University has three different trophies dedicated to Madden: the John H. Madden Sr. Memorial Award, the John H. Madden Jr. Award, and the John H. Madden III Award. The awards are given out annually to honor student-athletes who show leadership, excellence, and commitment to their university and its athletic program.
He attended Ohio State and was picked sixth overall by the New York Jets in the 2008 NFL Draft. He also played for the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams. He started just five games with the Jets in three seasons and never earned a sack. He is widely regarded as one of the worst draft flops in NFL history.
In college, he played left defensive tackle for the Buckeyes and was a four-year starter for Urban Meyer's team. As a senior in 2007, he had 51 tackles (40 solo) with 7.5 sacks. That same year, he led all defensive linemen with 17 knockdowns. He finished his Ohio State career with 140 tackles (109 solo) with 22 sacks.
As a junior in 2006, he started every game at left defensive tackle and was named second-team All-American by The Sporting News. As a sophomore in 2005, he started 12 games at left defensive end and made first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the media and coaches' polls.
Before Ohio State, Gholston played high school football at Clarkstown South High School in Rockland County, New York. There, he helped lead his team to the 2002 Division II National Championship after posting 46 tackles and seven sacks as a senior.
He chose Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, and Tennessee.