The University of Nevada was founded in 1874 and throughout their history they have developed many fine athletes in various sports. This Top 10 list is a small sample of their athletic alumni.
Marion Motley: Motley is a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL’s 1940 All-Decade Team as a fullback. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Every now and then I look at old footage of Motley , and I’m never disappointed. Does he remain the greatest all-around player I’ve ever seen? Certainly he’s the greatest fullback. Tireless, devastating, explosive. It’s hard to see how you could play the game any better than he did. – Paul Zimmerman, 7.5.1999, Sports Illustrate
Patty Sheehan: She won six major championships and 41 LPGA tournaments overall. She was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. Former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw: “Patty is a truly special lady, one of the best players in LPGA history and a classy example of success and excellence in the world of golf.”
Nick Fazekas: The 6’11” Fazekas lead the Pack to four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He was a three-time WAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and in 2007 he was All American Second Team.
Kirk Snyder: Snyder led the Wolf Pack to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004.He was drafted 16th overall by Utah Jazz in 2004. An NBA general manager said Snyder ranked among the top 15 percent of players in the league based on athletic ability alone, comparing favorably with the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Tracy McGrady. – Ross Siler, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12/19/2009
Brock Marion: The defensive back was selected in the seventh round of 1993 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He parlayed that opportunity into a 12-year career highlighted by three Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl championships.
Charles Mann: The defensive end was drafted by Washington in 1983 and was a four time Pro Bowl selection during his 12-year career. He was a three-time Super Bowl champion and was inducted into the Washington Ring of Fame.
Colin Kaepernick: The 6’5″ signal caller was only recruited by the Wolf Pack and he paid great dividends in his four-season at Nevada. He was the WAC Freshman of the Year, two time WAC Offensive Player of the Year, and a two time WAC All Conference QB 1st Team. He was taken by the San Francisco 49ers with the 36th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Trevor Insley: The Wolf Pack wide receiver holds NCAA Division I-A records for career receiving yards, most 100-yard receiving games, most 200-yard receiving games and is third in career receptions. He also holds records for receiving yards in a season and yards per game.
Chris Ault: The current head coach of the Pack football squad was a QB for Nevada from 1965-1968 and went on to coach his alma mater for 26-seasons and counting. Ault’s lifetime record at Nevada is 219-97-1 and he is one of four active coaches with 200-wins. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Kirk Triplett: Has three-victories on the PGA Tour was a member of the USA team in the 2000 Presidents Cup.
Sources: Wikipedia.org and Nevadawolfpack.com