January 17, 2013

CSU-Pueblo alums in the pros

BASEBALL ALUMS IN THE PROS | CURRENT PRO BASKETBALL PLAYERS | CURRENT PRO SOCCER PLAYERS | FORMER PRO BASKETBALL PLAYERS | FORMER PRO FOOTBALL PLAYERS | SIGNED PRO FOOTBALL CONTRACT | OTHERS

Colorado State University-Pueblo athletics has a rich tradition of its former student-athletes playing professionally.  CSU-Pueblo alums have made it to the highest levels, boasting numerous professionals in football, baseball, soccer and basketball.

Below are listings of former professionals who were CSU-Pueblo student-athletes.  For a list of baseball alums in the pros, click here.

If you have a name of another CSU-Pueblo/University of Southern Colorado/Southern Colorado State College/Pueblo Junior College alum who played professional athletics at any level, please submit that person's name to sports information director Dax Larson at dax.larson@csupueblo.edu and get them included on this list.

To learn more about the careers of ThunderWolves in the pros, click on their names.

 

Current Pro Basketball Players

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Damon Williams 1996-98 KTP Basket Kotka (Finland), 2008-12; Pyrinto Tampere (Finland), 2007-08, 09; Pallalcesto Udine (Italian), 2006-07; Pallacanestro Biella (Italian), 2005-06; Scandone Avellino (Italian), 2004-05; Robur Osimo (Italian), 2003-04; Progresso Castelmaggiore (Italian), 2002-03; Albacomp (Hungary), 2001-02; Pyrbasket (Finland), 1999-2001.
Jamar Brown 2000-02 Springfield Armor (NBA D-League), 2009-Pres.; Colorado 14ers (NBA D-League), 2008-09

Current Pro Football Players

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Mike Pennel 2013 Green Bay Packers (National Football League), 2014; active roster
Ryan Jensen 2009-12 Baltimore Ravens (National Football League), 2013, 2014 (Practice Squad) (Drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft)
Chase Vaughn

2008-09

Spokane Shock (Arena Football League), 2013; Las Vegas Locos (United Football League), 2012; Calgary Stampeders (Canadian Football League), 2012 (Training Camp); Las Vegas Locos (United Football League), 2011 (Training Camp), Colorado Ice (Indoor Football League), 2011.
Augustine Agyei 2009 Colorado Ice (Indoor Football League), 2012-13; Utah Blaze (Arena Football League), 2012; Cincinnati Bengals (Rookie Minicamp), 2010.

Former Pro Soccer Players

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Ryan Creager 2003-06 Denver Dynamite (Professional Arena Soccer League), 2008-09; Colorado Rush (PASL), Colorado Springs Blizzard (USL), Utah Salt Ratz (MPSL).  Member of 2008 United States Arena Soccer National Team

Former Pro Basketball Players

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Bob Warlick 1961-63 Los Angeles Stars (ABA), 1969-70; Phoenix Suns (NBA), 1968-69; Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), 1968-69; San Francisco Warriors (NBA), 1966-68; Detroit Pistons (NBA), 1965-66.
John Smith 1964-68 New York Nets (ABA), 1969-70; Pittsburgh Pipers (ABA), 1969-70; Dallas Chapparals (ABA), 1968-70. (Drafted in 8th round of 1968 NBA Draft by Los Angeles Lakers).
Cal Tatum 1969-73 Denver Rockets (ABA). Drafted by Carolina Cougars (ABA) in 1973 ABA Supplementary Draft.
Brian Hochevar 1974-78 Denver Nuggets (NBA). Signed free agent contract, released before 1979 season.
Randy Johnson 1979-81 Drafted in 7th round of 1981 NBA Draft by Los Angeles Clippers.  Played for the Montana Golden Nuggets in the Continental Basketball League.
Chris Childress 2006-08 Sioux Falls Skyforce (NBA D-League), 2008-09.

Former Pro Football Players

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Frank Grant 1968-71 Washington Redskins (NFL) 1973-78; Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), 1978.  (Drafted in 13th round of 1972 NFL Draft by Washington).
Craig Ward 1979-82 Michigan Panthers (USFL), 1983
Mark DeRose 1981-82 Denver Gold (USFL), 1983.
Dan DeRose 1981-83 New York Giants (NFL), 1987.  Replacement Player during 1987 NFL Players' Strike.  Was Giants' defensive captain.  Signed as free agent by Denver Broncos (NFL) in 1983, did not play.
John Trahan 1981-84 Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), 1987.  Replacement player during 1987 NFL Players' Strike.
Herman Heard 1982-83 Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), 1984-89.  (Drafted in 3rd round of 1984 NFL Draft by Kansas City)
Joe Taibi 1982-84 New York Giants (NFL), 1987.  Replacement Player during 1987 NFL Players' Strike.
Myron Jefferson 1984-87 (Track) Albany Firebirds (Arena Football League), 1991-93.

Drafted/Signed Pro Football Contract - Did not play

NAME YEARS AT CSUP ORGANIZATION (League)
Marty Collins 1963-65 Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL), 1966
Jim Cain 1963-66 New York Jets (NFL), 1970-71 (on practice squad)
Dan Cholas 1964-65 Denver Broncos (NFL), 1966
Glen Printers 1973-74 Dallas Cowboys (NFL), 1975.  (Drafted by San Diego Chargers in 13th round of 1975 NFL Draft).
Alan Webster 1971-74 Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), 1975
Del Bishop 1971-73 Seattle Seahawks (NFL), 1976
Mike Reppa 1972-73 Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), 1974
Mick McCall 1975-78 Detroit Lions (NFL), 1979
Mitch Johnson 1974-77 Atlanta Falcons (NFL), 1978; Denver Broncos (NFL), 1979; Denver Gold (USFL), 1983
Scott Gallas 1977-80 Houston Oilers (NFL), 1981
Bill Gower 1977-80 Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), 1981
Bart Stevens 1978-81 Denver Dynamite (Arena Football League), 1987.  Invited to join team during first season of AFL.
Rich Perea 1979-82 Denver Broncos (NFL), 1983
John Wristen 1980-83 Denver Broncos (NFL), 1983
Jeff England 1980-83 Dallas Cowboys (NFL), 1983; Miami Dolphins (NFL), 1984. (Drafted in 1984 USFL Draft by Oklahoma Outlaws)
Dan DeRose 1981-83 Denver Broncos (NFL), 1983
Jeff Patterson 1982-83 Denver Broncos (NFL), 1984
Augustine Agyei 2009 Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), 2010 (Rookie Minicamp)
Lee Meisner 2008-11 Atlanta Falcons (NFL), 2012 (Training Camp Signee)

 

Others

Professional Official: Ken Franek (men's basketball, 1982-85) - umpired baseball from 1986-95 in Northwest League (1986), California League (1987-88), Carolina League (1989-90), and Pacific Coast League (1991-95).

Professional Official: Steve "Red" Morrow (baseball, 1981-84) - minor league umpire