The all-time University of Minnesota NFL team features Nagurski, Eller and coaches

The University of Minnesota has produced five Pro Football Hall of Famers.

Impressive, but the Golden Gophers have an even more impressive record on the sideline. Minnesota has produced three Hall of Fame coaches, two in pro football and one in college – Bud Grant and Tony Dungy in pro football and Bud Wilkinson in the college game. The Golden Gophers also produced Phil Bengston, who succeeded Vince Lombardi as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Wilkinson played tackle at Minnesota and became the ninth overall pick of the 1937 draft by the New York Giants. Grant played end for the Gophers and became the 14th overall pick of the 1949 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Dungy played quarterback but went undrafted and signed as a college free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1977 to play safety. Bengston was an All-America tackle who graduated in 1935 – two years before the first NFL draft.


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