The Program loses 10 early entrants to NFL Draft

In each edition of the College Football America Yearbook, Publisher Kendall Webb selects a team of the nation’s top incoming freshmen designated by their signing year — e.g., the Class of 2017. The team is the equivalent of a Freshman All-America team for the upcoming season, but we also continue to track their progress throughout their collegiate careers as the goal is to find players that can make an impact early…

February 4, 2017

January 30: This Date in American Football History

Former California Golden Bear defensive back Deltha O’Neal was born on this date in 1977. O’Neal played for the Golden Bears in the late 1990’s, and in his senior season in 1999, he set an NCAA single-season record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns. He was named a Consensus All-American by the NCAA following the season, and then was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in…

January 30, 2017

January 19: This Date in American Football History

January 19, 2017

Everyday celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history. Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on…


February 14: Celebrating American football’s past

Valentine’s Day has a lot of historical connections to great players and coaches starting in 1913 with the birth of Ohio State legend Woody Hayes. Hayes played college football as a tackle at Denison from 1933-1935, and after a stint as a high school coach followed by his naval service in World War II, he returned to coach his alma mater from 1946-1948. It was the first stop in a 30-plus…

February 14, 2016

February 10: Celebrating college football’s history

Former New York Giants head coach Allie Sherman was born on this date in 1923. Sherman played quarterback for the now-defunct team at Brooklyn College before heading to the pros as an undrafted player in 1943. He ended up with the NFL’s Phil-Pitt Combine – a combined war-time Philadelphia Eagles–Pittsburgh Steelers squad better remembered as the Steagles. When the dearth of players eased somewhat beginning in 1944 as the war began to…

February 10, 2016

February 9: Celebrating college football’s history

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson hailed from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he played college football for the University of Minnesota from 1934-1936. He helped establish the great Minnesota dynasty of the mid-1930’s leading the Golden Gophers to three straight national championships during his time as a quarterback there. Despite his team’s success, Wilkinson wasn’t given a shot at the pros instead turning to a career in coaching not long…

February 9, 2016

Legends of California: The Golden Bear Quarterbacks

The 2016 NFL Draft is not considered a great draft for quarterback prospects. There are no ‘can’t-miss’ talents like there are in some years, and that fact was highlighted by the 2015 Heisman Trophy vote when two running backs slugged it out for the trophy. From 2000-2014, the award went to a quarterback 13 out of 15 times, and 39 of the 61 finalists during that timeframe were quarterbacks. If…

January 22, 2016