Jan/28/11 08:22 AM
LB, De La Salle High School (Calif.)
NFL Draft: No. 17 pick (Denver Broncos) in 2004
Now: 2009 Pro Bowl alternate; owns four 100-tackle seasons
"I didn't like the whole recruiting process. I'd get embarrassed when people would interview me or talk about me. I'll never forget when John Madden, who was from the area and had seen me play, spoke at our team banquet. During his speech, he said I was probably the only high schooler he'd ever seen who could have gone right to the pros. That was the worst thing anyone could've said, because then that was on me."
QB, Montey Vista High School (Calif.)
NFL Draft: Undrafted
Now: Works for a medical company that sells spinal implants
"It's definitely something I can tell my kids about someday: 'Once upon a time, I was a pretty decent football player.' But in the end, football didn't work out for me. I'd worn down the cartilage in my knees to the point where it couldn't be replaced. So I had to make the transition to the real world."