How Many NFL Hall of Famers Have Come From Minnesota Colleges?

How Many NFL Hall of Famers Have Come From Minnesota Colleges?
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The 2023 NFL Hall of Fame game kicks off on August third, unofficially starting the football season for future Minnesota sports betting fans that have been waiting all offseason to get their fix in any way they can. 

On August 5th, the actual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place as nine former NFLers make their way into the Hall of Fame, including Darrelle Revis, Joe Thomas and Ronde Barber.

With the induction ceremony so soon, MinnesotaBets decided to look at which colleges have been the most proficient at producing Hall of Fame talent. 

Top Colleges That Have Produced the Most NFL Hall of Famers

Using the Pro Football Hall of Fame database, MinnesotaBets compiled a list of which schools rank the highest. 

Top 5

RankCollegeHall of Famers
T-1Notre Dame14
T-4Ohio State10

Leading the way with 14 Hall of Famers are USC and Notre Dame. Joe Montana, Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis highlight the inductees from Notre Dame, while USC can claim Troy Polamalu, Junior Seau, Marcus Allen and Ronnie Lott among others.

Michigan (11), Ohio State (10), and Pittsburgh (10) are next on the list All of these excellent schools on the list should see their numbers continue to grow in the coming years as more and more players get the call.

Minnesota is Among the Top 10

Minnesota is tied with Miami and Illinois for 8th place with 7 NFL HOFers.

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Golden Gopher Tony Dungy Among Top Minnesota NFL HOFers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers find themselves inside the top 10, a strong showing that should make all Minnesotans proud. Among the Hall of Famers they can call their own is legendary coach Tony Dungy, who coached at the program for three years beginning in 1980. He won the Super Bowl in 2006 with a stacked Indianapolis Colts team that included Peyton Manning in his prime. Dungy ended his career with two coach of the year awards, the Super Bowl and a bevy of other accolades.

Dungy is the most recent Golden Gopher to be inducted, as only three of their Hall of Famers were inducted after 2000, Charlie Sanders and Carl Eller. Sanders played ten seasons as a tight end, going to the Pro Bowl in seven of them. The Detroit Lion was a top tight end in his era and was rightfully named to the 1970’s all decade team. Despite being a star in the 70s, Sanders had to wait until 2007 until being enshrined in the Hall. 

Eller was a similar case, going to six Pro Bowls between 1969 and 1975 as a defensive end but also had to wait until later on in life to get inducted into the Hall. Eller attended Minnesota in college and chose to stay there when he turned pro, spending his career with the Vikings which included going to four Super Bowls. You can track the Vikings Super Bowl odds with all season.



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