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Nebraska Cornhuskers who had the most memorable NFL careers

Football in Nebraska has a long history of placing players in the NFL. That list dates back to 1936, when the first Cornhusker, Bernie Sherer, was drafted.

Of course, not all of them have enjoyed wild success. However, a select few have achieved unforgettable results in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the most memorable NFL careers of Cornhusker alumni.

Not many NFL quarterbacks have emerged from the Nebraska program, as Nebraska has been all about running the football for most of its history. However, Vince Feragamo is one exception.

Ferragamo was drafted in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and did not get a chance to start until midway through the 1979 season. That year, an injury to starter Pat Haden put Feragamo in the spotlight for the Rams.

He would lead his team to road victories over the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs. Ferragamo then started in Super Bowl XIV, making him the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl in the same season as his first career start. The underdog Rams put up a good fight, but fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19.

Ferragamo had his best statistical season a year later, throwing 30 touchdowns and finishing second in the NFL. The Rams made the playoffs again, but lost to the Cowboys, 34–13.

After a year in the Canadian Football League, he returned to the NFL as a backup in 1982. In 1983, he started again and led LA back to the playoffs. A year later he was the starter, but a broken finger ended his season. In 1985 he went to play for the Buffalo Bills.

He finished his career with 11,336 passing yards and 76 TD passes. He appeared in 75 games, going 27-26-0 as a starter and completing 55.9% of his passes.