This item originally appeared in the April 29, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
Terry Bradshaw, Willie Roaf, Pat Tilley, Fred Dean, Roger Carr and Matt Stover are a few Tech alumni who have had stellar careers in the Big Show of the National Football League, and four more Bulldogs from last year's squad are entering the league to make names for themselves also.
Luke McCown, Josh Scobee, Antonio Crow and LaCorey Street are packing their bags and heading to play with the big boys, joining 10 other former Bulldog players in the NFL.
Leading the pack is Tech's four-year starting quarterback McCown, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as the 10th pick in the fourth round and the 106th pick overall.
McCown's 12,666 yards and 87 touchdowns amassed throughout his career rank him in the NCAA Division I records books as being fourth in yardage and ninth in touchdowns.
And here's something for all of you LSU fans who actually think Matt Mauck is a better quarterback than McCown because he played for an incredibly well-rounded football program.
McCown was the sixth of 17 quarterbacks picked in the draft while LSU's Golden Boy was 15th.
I guess NFL scouts and team managers don't understand football either, do they?
Cleveland's head coach Butch Davis understands football, and he learned of McCown the hard way when McCown threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman to lead Tech to a 42-31 shortcoming of upsetting Davis' Miami Hurricanes.
Davis has never forgotten that day, and the result is McCown being a Brown, which he had envisioned as a possibility since playing Miami in 2000.
Alongside McCown on the squad for the past four years was Scobee, whose incredible leg strength caught the eye of NFL scouts and landed him a position on the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster.
Scobee was the fifth pick in the fifth round and second of only three kickers selected throughout the entire draft.
Few expected Scobee to go that early, including Scobee himself, but everybody knows what landed him this job -- leg strength.
He may not know this, but the Jaguars picked him for his leg strength and look to improve his accuracy, as the Jaguars' personnel assistant James Harris noted Scobee's kick-off bombs through the end zone and long field goals.
Scobee already thinks of himself as the best kicker in the game. Yes, in the NFL.
"I believe I'm as good as anyone in the draft and as good as anybody in the NFL in terms of accuracy and leg strength," Scobee told Jacksonville media after his selection.
No doubt he's good, as his school record 343 points on 145 of 153 extra points and 66 of 92 field goals in his career is proof, and that's why he'll play on Jacksonville's gridiron on Sundays.
And while McCown and Scobee played to put points on the board, Crow and Street played scrappy defense to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
Crow's 92 tackles and two sacks were good enough to sign a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
Defensive lineman Street, who recorded 36 tackles and two blocked field goals, signed a contract to join Scobee and former Bulldogs Troy Edwards and Joe Smith in Jacksonville.
Congratulations, fellas, and good luck in the pros.
Josh Milton is a junior journalism major from Ruston and serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk.