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Hook ‘em Horns: Highlighting the Texas Longhorns in the NFL

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The Texas Longhorns are one of college football's most successful programs, boasting some of the greatest players in NCAA history and NFL history.

With college football's regular season kicking off this week and the NFL's regular season not far behind, I compiled a list of all the former Texas Longhorns who are currently signed to an NFL team (sorry, Vince Young, but you didn't quite make the cut).

Former Texas Longhorns in the NFL:

Lyle Sendlein, C, Arizona Cardinals

Sam Acho, LB, Arizona Cardinals

Blake Gideon, DB, Arizona Cardinals

Justin Blalock, OG, Atlanta Falcons

Sergio Kendle, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Chykie Brown, CB, Baltimore Ravens

Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

David Snow, C, Buffalo Bills

Aaron Williams, CB, Buffalo Bills

Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears

Roddrick Muckelroy, LB, Cincinnati Bengals

Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns

Emmanuel Acho, LB, Cleveland Browns

Phil Dawson, K, Cleveland Browns

Derrick Dockery, OG, Dallas Cowboys

Tony Hills, OT, Denver Broncos

Jonathan Scott, OT, Detroit Lions

Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

Cory Redding, DT, Indianapolis Colts

Aaron Ross, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Kheeston Randall, DT, Miami Dolphins

Brian Robison, DE, Minnesota Vikings

Cullen Loeffler, LS, Minnesota Vikings

Kyle Hix, OT, New England Patriots

David Thomas, TE, New Orleans Saints

Shaun Rogers, DT, New York Giants

Lamarr Houston, DE, Oakland Raiders

Michael Huff, S, Oakland Raiders

Casey Hampton, NT, Pittsburgh

Curtis Brown, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Quentin Jammer, CB, San Diego Chargers

Leonard Davis, OG, San Francisco 49ers

Tarell Brown, CB, San Francisco 49ers

Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks

Cody Johnson, FB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jordan Shipley, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Roy Miller, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Frank Okam, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Michael Griffin, S, Tennessee Titans

Brian Orakpo, LB, Washington Redskins

Keenan Robinson, LB, Washington Redskins

Cedric Griffin, CB, Washington Redskins

Top Three Texas Longhorns in the NFL:

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: In three years at Texas, Jamaal Charles compiled the fourth-most rushing yards in school history behind only Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, and Earl Campbell. After being one of Larry Johnson's backups for the Chiefs during his first season in the NFL in 2008, he became one of the league's premiere running backs in Year 2, when he carried the ball 190 times for 1,120 yards. He followed that up with 230 carries for 1,467 yards in 2010. Unfortunately, his 2011 season was derailed by an ACL injury in Week 2. Still, he is likely the best former Longhorn in the NFL today.

Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers: Speaking of great Texas running backs, Cedric Benson is another talented one, finishing with 5,540 rushing yards in four years with the Longhorns, the sixth-most in NCAA Division I-A history. While he has changed teams a few times, he has managed to find success with each, appearing in a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 2006 and rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. I expect more of the same with the Packers.

Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks: From the time I first saw him take the field for the burnt orange and white, I knew Earl Thomas was destined for greatness. Although he played just two seasons for the Longhorns, he certainly made his mark, being named a consensus All-American during his sophomore season in 2009. In the NFL, he has picked up right where he left off in college, appearing in his first Pro Bowl last season in just his second year in the league, after recording 98 tackles (69 solo) and two interceptions.

Source: ESPN.com

Josh McKinney has been a devoted follower of the Texas Longhorns ever since Vince Young, who led them to a National Championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl, was in school. His all-time favorite Longhorns are Colt McCoy, Vince Young, and Jordan Shipley, but he also has a lot of respect for the great Earl Campbell. You can follow McKinney on Twitter @SuperJMac32.

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