The cornerback ended his rookie season by making a go-down-in-history, game-saving defensive play in New England’s Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He came back in 2015 to earn a Pro Bowl invitation in his second campaign, and in his third season, Butler got another Super Bowl ring and was a second-team All-Pro.
It’s not unusual for even top-flight kickers to go undrafted. Bironas scored at least 99 points in each of his nine NFL seasons, including 133 in 2007, when he led the league with 35 field goals and was an All-Pro for the Tennessee Titans.
A Tuscaloosa prep standout who played collegiately at Jackson State, Duncan wound up in the AFL with the San Diego Chargers. By 1965, his second season, he had the league’s best punt-return average. An AFL All-Star in 1965, 1966 and 1967 and a Pro Bowl pick in 1971 for the Washington Redskins, Duncan returned four punts and three of his 24 interceptions as a cornerback for touchdowns during his 10-year career.
The linebacker spent 13 seasons in the NFL with four teams. He spent four of those seasons as a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs. Martin recovered 13 fumbles in his 178 career games, starting about half of the contests.
In 10 NFL seasons, Morrow carried the ball 17 times for 75 yards and caught 14 passes for 144 yards. But he spent 142 games in NFL backfields as a hard-blocking fullback. He helped clear the way for six 1,000-yard rushers and one 2,000-yard rusher – Jamal Lewis in 2003 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Moss didn’t start at game as a rookie when he caught on Indianapolis Colts in 1989. But the 325-pounder spent the next 10 years as a starter at right offensive tackle with the Colts, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.
After playing for Eddie Robinson at Grambling State, Peoples spent a season with the semi-pro Richmond Rebels and two years in the Army before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 1968. In his second season, he became a starter at guard and kept that status until his retirement, with his last game coming for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV. Peoples was a Pro Bowler in 1972 and 1973.
After rushing for 249 yards and blocking for James Bostic and Stephen Davis as a fullback on Auburn’s 1993 undefeated team, Richardson didn’t play in an NFL game until 1995. Then he played in 233 more, rushing for 1,727 yards, catching 210 passes and earning three Pro Bowl selections.