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Mustangs in the Professional Ranks

A list of former Cal Poly student-athletes who have competed as professionals at the highest levels of their sport:

Football
National Football League
Alex Bravo (Los Angeles Rams 1957-58, Oakland Raiders 1960-61)
Stan Sheriff (Pittsburgh Steelers 1954, San Francisco 49ers 1956-57, Cleveland Browns 1957)
Perry Jeter (Chicago Bears 1956-57)
John Madden (Head Coach of Oakland Raiders 1967-77)
Cecil Turner (Chicago Bears 1968-75)
Don Milan (Green Bay Packers 1975)
Gary Davis (Miami Dolphins 1976-79, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1980-81)
Dana Nafziger (Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1977-82)
Jimmy Childs (St. Louis Cardinals 1978-79)
Robbie Martin (Detroit Lions 1981-84, Indianapolis Colts 1985-86)
Louis Jackson (New York Giants 1981)
Mel Kaufman (Washington Redskins 1981-88)
LeCharls McDaniel (Washington Redskins 1981-82, New York Giants 1983)
Paul Sverchek (Minnesota Vikings 1984)
Damone Johnson (Los Angeles Rams 1986-92)
Sal Cesario (Dallas Cowboys 1987)
Chris Thomas (San Francisco 49ers 1995, Washington Redskins 1997-99, St. Louis Rams 1999-2000, Kansas City Chiefs 2001)
Kamil Loud (Buffalo Bills 1998-99)
James Tuthill (Washington Redskins 2002, San Diego Chargers 2002)
David Richardson (Jacksonville Jaguars 2004-06)
Jordan Beck (Atlanta Falcons 2006, Denver Broncos 2007)
Chris Gocong (Philadelphia Eagles (2007-09, Cleveland Browns 2010-12)
Courtney Brown (Dallas Cowboys 2007-08)
Ramses Barden (New York Giants 2009-12, Buffalo Bills 2014-Present)
Asa Jackson (Baltimore Ravens 2012-Present)

Canadian Football League
Alex Bravo (Saskatchewan RoughRiders 1956)
Bud Chadwick (Saskatchewan RoughRiders 1956)
Antonio Warren (Calgary Stampeders 2001-03, BC Lions 2004-07)
Mark Restelli (Edmonton Eskimos 2009-Present)

Men's Basketball
Lewis Cohen (10th-Round Draft Selection of Phoenix Suns in 1978)
Mike LaRoche (Los Angeles Stars of the American Basketball Association, 1968)

Baseball
Kevin Correia (San Francisco Giants 2003-08, San Diego Padres 2009-10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2011-12; Minnesota Twins 2013-Present)
Casey Fien (Detroit Tigers 2009-10, Minnesota Twins 2012-Present)
Craig Gerber (California Angels 1985)
Lee Hancock (Pittsburgh Pirates 1995-96)
Gorman Heimueller (Oakland Athletics 1983-84)
Mike Krukow (Chicago Cubs 1976-81, Philadelphia Phillies 1982, San Francisco Giants 1983-89)
Thornton Lee (Cleveland Indians 1933-36, Chicago White Sox 1937-47, New York Giants 1948)
Brent Morel (Chicago White Sox 2010-2013; Pittsburgh Pirates 2014-Present)
Bud Norris (Houston Astros 2009-2013; Baltimore Orioles 2013-Present)
Dave Oliver (Cleveland Indians 1977)
Garrett Olson (Baltimore Orioles 2007-08, Seattle Mariners 2009-10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2011-12; New York Mets 2012)
John Orton (California Angels 1989-93)
Evan Reed (Detroit Tigers 2013-Present)
Logan Schafer (Milwaukee Brewers 2011-Present)
Ozzie Smith (San Diego Padres 1978-81, St. Louis Cardinals 1982-96)

Softball
Desarie Knipfer (Georgia Pride 1999, Florida Wahoos 2000)
Lisa Modglin (Akron Racers 2009-11)

Men's Soccer
Ryshiem Henderson (San Jose Clash, MLS, 1996)
Jaime Saucedo (Los Angeles Aztecs, NASL, 1981)
Anton Peterlin (Everton FC, Plymouth Argyle FC, Walsall FC 2009-Present)

Women's Soccer
Gina Oceguera (San Diego Spirit, WUSA, 2001; Bay Area CyberRays, WUSA, 2001)

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