MORGANTOWN — With the NFL starting its season at 8:20 tonight with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, we thought it might be fun to test your knowledge on the best players WVU has sent to the NFL.
Over the years, the Mountaineers had a Super Bowl MVP and another who should have been one. They have had Hall of Fame members and record setters, surprise stars and flops.
Here’s a quiz to see how much you know about WVU players after they leave.
No peeking at the answers at the bottom and let me know via social media how you did and what surprised you the most.
TESTING ... WVU AND
1. Which former WVU player has rushed for the most NFL yardage?
2. Which former WVU player has scored the most NFL touchdowns?
3. Which former WVU player has recorded the most NFL sacks?
4. Which former WVU player has made the most tackles in the NFL?
5. Which former WVU player has the highest NFL punt return average?
6. Which former WVU player has the highest NFL rushing average?
7. Which former WVU player has the most NFL rushing touchdowns?
8. Which former WVU player has the most NFL receiving yards?
9. Which former WVU player has the most NFL pass interceptions?
10. Which former WVU player has kicked the most NFL field goals?
11. Which former WVU player has the highest NFL punting average?
12. How many WVU players have been among the Top 10 players picked in the NFL draft and name them.
13. Which of the former WVU Top 10 draftees were picked the highest?
14. Which former WVU quarterback led all other Mountaineer QBs in the NFL in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and touchdown passes.
15. Which former WVU players have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton?
Answers at the bottom.
1. Adrian Murrell, 5,199 yards
2. Jerry Porter, 31 touchdowns
3. Renaldo Turnbull, 45 sacks
4. Darryl Talley, 1,190 tackle
5. Adam “Pac Man” Jones. 10.5 yards
6. Tavon Austin, 6.4 yards
7. Joe Marconi, 30 touchdowns
8. James Jett, 4,417 yards
9. Tom Keane, 40 interceptions
10. Mike Vanderjagt, 230 field goals. He also led in field goal percentage with 86.5%.
11. Pat McAfee, 46.4 yards
12. Eight were Top 10 picks; Joe Stydahar, 1936; Joe Marconi, 1956; Chuck Howley 1958; Dick Leftridge, 1956; Brian Jozwiak, 1986; Adam Jones, 2005; Tavon Austin 2013; Kevin White 2015
13. Fullback Dick Leftridge was picked by the Steelers in 1956 with the third pick in the draft.
14. Marc Bulger unquestionably was the statistical leader in the NFL by topping all WVU QBs in completions, 1,969; completion percentage, 62.1%, yards passing, 22,814; touchdown passes, 122.
15. Joe Stydahar and Sam Huff are the only former Mountaineers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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