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The Greatest Game Ever Played and the NFL Talent in it

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I googled the first five words of the post title and up popped a link to a movie starring Shia LaBeouf and another link to a book about the 1958 NFL Championship game. Horse-Puckey. Add Texas as a sixth word and google gets it right.

The talent that night went far beyond VY vs Reggie. I don't have a great historical perspective how it compares with other championship games, as I don't have the depth-charts to do the research, but I have to believe it shows well. Here's what I see:

At least 65 future NFL players were at the Greatest College Football Game Ever Played--the Rose Bowl National Championship game in 2006.

Texas (13 NFL players on D, 15 on O):

Starting DT Rod Wright was cut by the Dolphins Sunday, but had 3 NFL season-credits under his belt before the cut. 226th pick ’06.

Starting DT Frank Okam graduated, and is entering his second NFL season with the Texans. 151st pick ’08.

Backup DT Derek Lokey graduated, and is on IR with the Chiefs after spending the 2008 season with them. UDFA ’08.

Backup DT Roy Miller graduated, and is entering his Rookie season with the Buccaneers. 81st pick ’09.

Starting DE Tim Crowder was cut by the Broncos Sunday, but had 2 NFL season-credits. 56th pick ’07.

Starting DE Brian Robison enters his 3rd season with the Vikings. 102nd pick ’07.

Backup DE Brian Orakpo graduated, and is entering his Rookie season with the Redskins. 13th pick ’09.

Starting SLB Robert Killebrew graduated.

Starting MLB Aaron Harris graduated.

Starting WLB Rashad Bobino graduated.

Starting RCB Cedric Griffin is entering his 4th season with the Vikings. 48th pick ’06.

Backup RCB Brandon Foster graduated, and spent the 2008 season with the Colts. UDFA ’08.

Starting FS Michael Griffin is entering his 3rd season with the Titans. 19th pick ’07.

Starting SS Michael Huff graduated and is entering his 4th season with the Raiders. 7th pick ’06.

Starting LCB Tarell Brown is entering his 3rd season with the 49ers. 147th pick ’07.

Backup LCB Aaron Ross is entering his 3rd season with the Giants. 20th pick ’07.

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Starting WR Quan Cosby graduated, and is entering his Rookie season with the Bengals. UDFA ’09.

Backup WR Limas Sweed graduated, and is entering his 2nd season with the Steelers. 53rd pick ’08.

Backup WR Nate Jones graduated, and is entering his 2nd season with the Rams. UDFA ’08.

Starting TB Selvin Young graduated, is out of the NFL for now with an injury, but spent the previous 2 years producing for the Broncos. UDFA ’07.

Backup TB Jamaal Charles is entering his 2nd season with the Chiefs. 73rd pick ’08.

Backup TB Henry Melton is entering his Rookie season with the Bears. 105th pick ’09.

Backup TB Chris Ogbonnaya graduated, and is entering his Rookie season with the Rams. 211th pick ’09.

Backup TB Ramonce Taylor is still an idiot: http://www.winnipegsun.com/sports/football/2009/06/20/9869906-sun.html.

Starting TE David Thomas graduated, and was recently traded to the Saints after 3 seasons with the Patriots. 86th pick ’06.

Starting RT Justin Blalock graduated, and is entering his 3rd season with the Falcons. 39th pick ’07.

Starting RG Will Allen graduated.

Starting C Lyle Sendlein graduated, and is entering his 3rd season with the Cardinals. UDFA ’07.

Starting LG Kasey Studdard graduated, and is entering his 3rd season with the Texans. 183rd pick ’07.

Starting LT Jonathan Scott graduated, played 2 seasons for Detroit, and is entering his 2nd season with the Bills. 141st pick ’06.

Backup LT Tony Hills is entering his 2nd season with the Steelers. 130th pick ’08.

FB Ahmard Hall is entering his 4th season with the Titans. UDFA ’06.

Starting QB Vince Young is entering his 4th season with the Titans. 3rd pick ’06.

Backup QB Matt Nordgren lasted three weeks with the Eagles.

USC (18 NFL players on D, 19 on O)

Starting WR Dwayne Jarrett is entering his 3rd season with the Panthers. 45th pick ’07.

Backup WR Patrick Turner is entering his Rookie season with the Dolphins. 87th pick ’09.

Starting LT Sam Baker is entering his 2nd season with the Falcons. 21st pick ’08.

Backup LT Kyle Williams is entering his 3rd season with the Seahawks. UDFA ’07.

Starting LG Taitusi "Deuce" Lutui is entering his 4th season with the Cardinals. 41st pick ’06.

Backup LG Chilo Rachal is entering his 2nd season with the 49ers. 39th pick ’08.

Starting C Ryan Kalil is entering his 3rd season with the Panthers. 59th pick ’07.

Starting RG Fred Matua left school a year early and spent time on several NFL rosters but is not signed now.

Backup G Drew Radovich is entering his 2nd NFL season with the 49ers. UDFA ’08.

Starting RT Winston Justice is entering his 4th season with the Eagles. 39th pick ’06.

Starting TE Dominique Byrd is entering his 4th NFL season, with the Cardinals now. 93rd pick ’06.

Backup TE Fred Davis is entering his 2nd NFL season with the Redskins. 48th pick ’08.

Starting WR Steve Smith is entering his 3rd season with the Giants. 51st pick ’07.

Starting QB Matt Leinart is entering his 4th season with the Cardinals. 10th pick ’06.

Backup QB John David Booty is entering his 2nd NFL season with the Vikings. 137th pick ’08.

Scout Team QB Mark Sanchez is entering his Rookie season with the Jets. 5th pick ’09.

Starting FB David Kirtman was a 5th-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2006, but is no longer in the NFL. 163rd pick ’06.

Starting TB Reggie Bush is entering his 4th season with the Saints. 2nd pick ’06.

Backup TB Lendale White is entering his 4th season with the Titans. 45th pick ’06.

Starting DE Lawrence Jackson is entering his 2nd season with the Seahawks. 28th pick ’08.

Backup DE Kyle Moore is entering Rookie season with the Buccaneers. 117th pick ’09.

Starting DT Sedrick Ellis is entering his 2nd season with the Saints. 7th pick ’08.

Starting DT LaJuan Ramsey, now a Ram, is entering his 4th NFL season. 204th pick ’06.

Backup DT Fili Moala is entering his Rookie season with the Colts. 56th pick ’09.

Starting DE Frostee Rucker is entering his 4th season with the Bengals. 91st pick ’06.

Starting SLB Thomas Williams is entering his 2nd NFL season, this one with the Seahawks after spending his 1st with the Jaguars. 155th pick ’08.

Backup SLB Brian Cushing is entering his Rookie season with the Texans. 15th pick ’09.

Starting MLB Oscar Lua got hurt in the Patriot's final preseason game and was placed on IR before the 2007 season, waived in 2008. 211th pick ’07.

Backup MLB Rey Maualuga is entering his Rookie season with the Bengals. 38th pick ’09.

WLB Keith Rivers is entering his 2nd season with the Bengals. 9th pick ’08.

Backup LB Kaluka Maiava is entering his Rookie season with the Browns. 104th pick ’09.

Backup LB Clay Matthews is entering his Rookie season with the Packers. 26th pick ’09.

Starting CB Justin Wyatt was on the Cardinal's practice squad in 2006, and was released in Sept 2007.

Backup CB Cary Harris is entering his Rookie season with the Bills. 183rd pick ’09.

Starting FS Scott Ware signed with the Eagles but was cut before the 2006 season started; then signed with the Colts and was cut before the 2007 season started.

Starting SS Darnell Bing was drafted by the Raiders in 2006, but was placed on IR with a neck injury and released in July 2007. The 49ers signed him and he spent the 2007 season on the practice squad. The Jets picked him up for the first six months of 2008, when the Lions signed him to their practice squad. He made the active roster as a LB in December 2008, and is on their active roster going into the 2009 season. 101st pick ’06.

Backup SS Kevin Ellison is entering his Rookie season with the Chargers. 189th pick ’09.

Starting CB Josh Pinkard is still in school.

Backup CB Terrell Thomas is entering his 2nd season with the Giants. 63rd pick ’08.

Remarkable.