Non-D-I Pro Athletes

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Just because you're playing against lower-level competition doesn't mean you can't make it to the big show. Many athletes have turned pro after successful careers in smaller college athletic programs. Here's a list of some you may recognize who've found professional success:

College Team/Pro Team

Ben Wallace
Virginia Union / Detroit Pistons

Ronald Murray
Shaw University / Detroit Pistons

Darrell Armstrong
Fayetteville State / New Jersey Nets

Devean George
Augsburg / Dallas Mavericks

Walter Payton
Jackson State / Chicago Bears

Darrell Green
Texas A&I / Washington Redskins

Joe Andruzzi
Southern Connecticut State / New England Patriots

Shannon Sharpe
Savannah State / Denver Broncos

Rod Smith
Missouri Southern State College / Denver Broncos

Larry Allen
Sonoma State / Dallas Cowboys

Don Beebe
Chadron State / Green Bay Packers

Andre Reed
Kutztown / Buffalo Bills

Greg Lloyd
Fort Valley State / Pittsburgh Steelers

John Stallworth
Alabama A&M / Pittsburgh Steelers

Nate Washington
Tiffin / Pittsburgh Steelers

Tim Wakefield
Florida Institute of Technology / Boston Red Sox

John Lackey
Grayson County JC, TX / Los Angeles Angels

Lou Brock
Southern University / St. Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols
Maple Woods CC, MO / St. Louis Cardinals

Hunter Pence
Texas-Arlington / Houston Astros

Russell Martin
Chipola JC, FL / Los Angeles Dodgers

Bengie Molina
Arizona Western CC / San Francisco Giants

Mark Grudzielanek
Trinidad JC, CO / Kansas City Royals

Curt Shilling
Yavapai JC, AZ / Boston Red Sox

Julio Lugo
Connors State JC, OK / Boston Red Sox

Jack Wilson
Oxnard JC, CA / Pittsburgh Pirates

Mark Buehrle
Jefferson JC, MO / Chicago White Sox

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