The all-time best players in pro football history from the University of Utah on the offensive side of the ball: #5-1

5. Jordan Gross: Gross was selected in the first round (eighth overall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2003 draft.  Gross has been with the Panthers his entire 11-year career and has started all 167 games he has appeared in on the offensive line.  His most decorated season came in 2008 when Gross was named to the Pro Bowl as well as First-Team All-Pro.  Gross was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in 2010.

4. Jamal Anderson: Anderson was selected in the seventh round (201st overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1994 draft.  Anderson spent his entire eight-year career as a member of the Falcons.  During his first two years in Atlanta, Anderson only registered 160 yards rushing on 41 carries.  Season number-three was when he finally showed what the “dirty bird” was all about.  As a first time starter, Anderson registered his first 1,000 yard season on the ground and also caught 49 passes for nearly 500 yards.

The following season, Anderson would put up another 1,000 yard campaign even though his yards per carry average was only 3.5, but his best was yet to come.

In 1998, Anderson and his powerful running style led the Falcons all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos.  He carried the ball 410 times for 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with 27 receptions for 319 yards and two more scores in the regular season to earn First-Team All-Pro honors.

From that point on injuries would slow his career down significantly.  Anderson would gain 1,000 yard on one more time in his final three seasons before hanging up the pads.

For his career, Anderson carried the ball 1,329 times for 5,336 yards and 34 touchdowns.  He also registered 156 receptions for 1,645 yards  and seven scores.

3. Mac Speedie: Speedie was selected in the 15th round (135th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 1942 draft.  He didn’t play his first professional game until four years later as a member of the Cleveland Browns.  Speedie was with the Browns for four seasons when they were playing in the AAFC and three more once they merged with the NFL.

Speedie was one of the favorite targets of legendary quarterback Otto Graham as the Browns won four consecutive AAFC crowns and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1947, 48 and 49. In each of those seasons, Speedie led the AAFC in receptions and led the league in yards twice.

Speedie was still a weapon for the Browns when they made the jump to the NFL.  In fact, Speedie led the league in receptions in 1952 and finished fifth in receiving yards.  That year he was also named to the Pro Bowl for the second time.

According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Speedie finished his career with a combined 349 receptions for 5,602 yards and 33 touchdowns.

2. Roy Jefferson: Jefferson was selected in the second round (18th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1965 draft.  Jefferson spent 12 seasons in the NFL playing for the Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins as a receiver.  His most productive years came while he was in Pittsburgh where he had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 1968 and 69 and was named to the Pro Bowl each year.  After catching 67 passes for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns, Jefferson was also named a First-Team All-Pro in 1969.

For his career, Jefferson registered 451 receptions for 7,539 yards and 52 touchdowns.

1. Steve Smith: Smith was selected in the third round (74th overall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2001 draft.  Smith started out his career as a punt and kick returner, but over the last dozen years has turned himself into one of the games elite receivers.  During his 13 years in the NFL,Smith has record seven seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving and been named to the Pro Bowl five times.

His most productive year came in 2005, when Smith led the NFL in receptions (103), receiving yards (1,563) and receiving touchdowns (12).

For his career to this point, Smith has totaled 836 receptions for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns as well as carrying the ball 57 times for 387 yards and two scores.

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