20. Scott Brumfield- Brumfield went undrafted after leaving BYU but was able to make the Cincinnati Bengals roster in 1993. Brumfield spent his whole six-year NFL career and appeared in 56 games. Included in those games for Brumfield were 29 starts.
As a rookie, Brumfield played in every game and even managed to make seven starts. That’s an incredibly impressive feat when you consider that Brumfield was an undrafted free agent.
Brumfield had his best season in 1995 when he appeared in 14 games and started 11 at left guard according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Brumfield is a remarkable story of strength and perseverance. After moving into the starting lineup during the second game of the 1996 season, Brumfield started eight straight games. During the eighth and final game of his season, Brumfield suffered a severe spinal cord injury against the Baltimore Ravens which left him temporarily paralyzed. After months of rehab Brumfield was able to return to the football field and play in 15 of the Bengals 16 games the following season including two starts.
19. Austin Collie- after a record-breaking career at BYU, Collie was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the 127th overall pick in the fourth round in the 2009 draft.
During his time with the Colts, Collie found plenty of success and also a number of injuries.
The injuries almost end his NFL career. As a slot receiver, Collie spent plenty of time going over the middle to catch passes from passing legend Peyton Manning. As with most slot receivers, he took a ton of really hard hits. On a couple of occasions, Collie took vicious shots to the head which caused severe concussions.
Concussions haven’t been the only issue that he has had with injuries however. During his first game of 2012, Collie caught one pass before being injured for the season.
After an injury riddled last few seasons, Collie didn’t make a roster in 2013 but was signed just a few days ago by the New England Patriots.
Even with all of his time missed to injuries, Collie has put up impressive numbers when he has been on the field.
As a rookie in 2009, Collie played in all 16 games Including five starts and registered 60 receptions for 676 yards and eight touchdowns.
His second year started even better before he started having his concussion issues. Year two was the most impressive year of his short career as Collie had his two best games in the first three weeks of the season.
In the first game of the year, Collie caught 11 balls for 163 yards and a touchdown in a Colts loss to Houston. Only two weeks later Collie bested those numbers with 12 receptions for 171 yards and two scores.
Collie would only play six more games the rest of the season but was still able to score four more touchdowns.
Year three wasn’t quite the same without Peyton Manning under center but Collie still caught 54 passes for 514 yards and a score.
Since the end of the 2011 season Collie has only appeared in one game because of a leg injury.
The regular season isn’t the only place that collie has played well.
In the 2009 playoff run for the Colts, collie registered 17 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Included in those Numbers were Big games in the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl. Against the Jets, in the AFC title Collie caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up two weeks later with six catches for 66 yards in a Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Now that Collie has found his way onto a NFL roster, hopes are he can stay healthy to become the player he was meant to be. If that is the case, Collie will surely move a long way up this list.
18. Brad Oates- Oates was the 83rd overall pick in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1976 draft.
Oates played six years in the NFL for five different teams as a guard and tackle. During his NFL career, Oates played in 67 games including 20 as a starter.
His best year came in 1978 with the Detroit Lions when Oates played in all 16 games, including 15 as a starter at right tackle.
17. Ty Detmer- Detmer was the 230th pick in the ninth round of the 1992 draft by the Green Bay Packers. Detmer spent 14 seasons in the NFL and saw action in eight different years.
Detmer’s best seasons came as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles where he started 18 games in two years.
In 1996, Detmer started 11 games and won seven while passing for almost 3000 yards and 15 touchdowns. That was the only season of Detmer’s pro career where he started more than seven games.
For his career, Detmer threw for 6,351 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing 57.7 percent of his passes.
16. Itula Mili- Mili was drafted with the 174th overall pick in the sixth round of the 1997 draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Mili played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks and had a fair amount of success. He had five straight years with more than four starts including back to back years With 12 starts midway through his career.
During those two seasons, Mili put up his best numbers by far with a combined 89 receptions 1,000 yards and six touchdowns.
For his career, Mili registered 164 receptions for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdowns.