I’m going to take a look at the history of Wyoming Cowboys football players that played professionally and assemble an offense from the very best. For the sake of this article, I included a few more skill players than might be on the field at the same time. As the NFL requires different formations, I believe that my list is a fair one that provides flexibility while also acknowledging some of the most productive professionals to come from Wyoming as I delve a bit into their history/accomplishments.
QB - Josh Allen
While definitely one of the most recent successes, Allen holds the distinction of being the highest drafted player from Wyoming ever in the history of the NFL Draft. Selected 7th overall in 2018 by the Buffalo Bills, Allen has already started 28 games (playing in 29) in the NFL. At this point, Allen is 15-13 as a starter. Last season, Allen helped lead the Bills to the playoffs, finishing with a 10-6 record in the regular season. Allen also set career highs last year, throwing for 20 TDs & over 3,000 yards. Allen just turned 24, so a lot more might still be in store for Josh in the future.
RB - Dave Hampton
Hampton was selected in the 9th round of the 1969 Draft by the Green Bay Packers by Vince Lombardi. Unfortunately, Hampton would never get to play for the legendary coach since Lombardi left the next week to join the Washington Redskins. Still, Hampton would go on to play 8 seasons of professional football for the Packers, Atlanta Falcons & Philadelphia Eagles. Hampton enjoyed his best seasons in Atlanta, becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher in a single season in the history of the Falcons. Hampton narrowly missed that 1,000 yard mark in two other seasons as a Falcon. Over his career, Hampton rushed for 4,536 yards & 25 TDs while also catching 119 passes for 1,156 yards & 6 TDs.
RB - Jim Kiick
Drafted in the 5th round in 1968, Kiick played 7 seasons for the Miami Dolphins. Known as ‘Butch Cassidy’, Kiick played in three, straight Super Bowls for the Dolphins from 1971 to 1973. Kiick was a member of the undefeated Dolphins in 1972, winning his first of 2 Super Bowls. In 1975, Kiick would sign to play in the World Football League. After the league folded, Kiick would play two more seasons in the NFL split between the Denver Broncos & Washington Redskins. Over his career, Kiick rushed for 3,759 yards & 29 TDs while also catching 233 passes for 2,302 yards & 4 TDs.
HB/FB - Jim Crawford
Played for the Boston Patriots for 5 seasons from 1960-1964. As the Patriots started into the AFL in 1960, Crawford was an initial member of the expansion team. Nicknamed ‘Cowboy’, Crawford was a Greybull, WY native who went to Boston after a stellar college career at Wyoming. In 1956, Crawford was an All-American while finishing as the NCAA rushing leader. In his 5 seasons with the Patriots, Crawford rushed for 1,078 yards & 5 TDs while also catching 52 passes for 501 yards & 2 TDs.
HB/FB/TE - Mark Smolinski
Played 8 seasons. 2 seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts & 6 seasons for the New York Jets in the AFL. Played in and won Super Bowl III as a member of the Jets. Smolinski rushed for 1,323 yds & 9 TDs while also catching 103 passes for 841 yds & 7 TDs in his career. Prior to the NFL, Smolinski was a team captain at Wyoming, compiling a 25-6 record in his time as a Cowboy.
WR/RB/KR - Vic Washington
A dynamic player that left Wyoming in 1967 as the all-time punt returner in school history. Washington would play the 1968 & 1969 seasons in the CFL, winning consecutive Grey Cup Championships with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Played the 1970 season with the BC Lions of the CFL and was also drafted in the 4th round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Went on to play 3 seasons with the 49ers from 1971-1973. Also played for the Houston Oilers in 1974 and Buffalo Bills from 1975-1976. Over his NFL career, Washington rushed for 2,208 yards & 16 TDs while also catching 130 passes for 1,090 yards & 5 TDs.
WR - Malcolm Floyd
Floyd was a member of some not very good Wyoming teams, but put together a good college career with 186 receptions for 2,411 yards & 14 TDs. Picked up by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2004, Floyd went on to play 11 seasons with the Chargers. Caught balls from Drew Brees & Phillip Rivers. Over his NFL career, Floyd caught 321 passes for 5,550 yards & 34 TDs.
WR - Ryan Yarborough
The first 2-Time All-American at Wyoming. As a senior in 1993, his 1,584 yards receiving led the nation. Was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1994 draft by the New York Jets. Played 2 seasons with the Jets before being traded to the Green Bay Packers. Never played as a Packer, choosing to take the 1996 season off. Came back for 2 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 & 1998. Over his NFL career, Yarborough caught 44 passes for 494 yards & 3 TDs.
WR - Danny Pittman
At Wyoming, Pittman played for Bill Lewis. While at Wyoming, Pittman caught 56 passes for 1,100 yards & 9 TDs. As a senior, was 1st Team All-WAC. Drafted by the Giants in the 4th round in 1980 where Pittman got to play with Phil Simms. Played 5 seasons in the NFL from 1980 to 1984 for the New York Giants & St Louis Cardinals. Over his NFL career, Pittman caught 46 passes for 657 yards & 1 TD.
TE - Jay Novacek
Set the NCAA record for receiving yards per reception by a TE while at Wyoming. Drafted in the 6th round of 1985 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Played 5 seasons with the Cardinals. Signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1990. Played 6 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Made 5-straight Pro Bowls from 1991 to 1995. Won 3 Super Bowls with the Cowboys. Over his NFL career, Novacek caught 422 passes for 4,630 yards & 30 TDs.
OL - Nick Bebout
A Wyoming native from tiny Shoshoni, WY. 3 year letterman at Wyoming from 1970-1972. The offensive tackle was drafted in the 6th round of the 1973 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Played 3 seasons with the Falcons from 1973 to 1975. Played 4 seasons as a starter for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976-1979. Finished his career as a Minnesota Viking in 1980. Over his NFL career, Bebout played in 97 games with 62 starts.
OL - Conrad Dobler
Played along the offensive and defensive lines from 1968-1971 at Wyoming. Drafted in the 5th round of the 1972 NFL draft by the St Louis Cardinals. Went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL as on offensive guard. In 6 seasons with the Cardinals, made 3-straight Pro Bowls. Made the cover of Sports Illustrated as “Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player”. Played another 2 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Finished his career with 2 more seasons as a Buffalo Bill, ending in 1981. Over his NFL career, Dobler played in 129 games with 125 starts.
OL - Chase Roullier
2nd Team All-American while at Wyoming. Played guard and center for Wyoming. Drafted in the 6th Round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Roullier saw immediate playing time with the Redskins and has now established himself as the starting center. Only 26 years old as Roullier prepares to enter his 4th season. Over his first 3 seasons in the NFL, Roullier has played in 43 games with 37 starts.
OL - Dale Memmelaar
A member of the 1958 Wyoming team that won the Sun Bowl under Bob Devaney. Drafted in the 21st Round (Yeah, that is not a typo) of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals. Played 9 seasons mostly as a guard split between the Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, & Baltimore Colts. Started the most as a Dallas Cowboy from 1962-1963 as a guard. Played for both Tom Landry & Don Shula. Over his NFL career, Memmelaar played in 107 games with 46 starts.
OL - Adam Goldberg
2-Time, 1st-Team All-Mountain West while at Wyoming. Goldberg signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 and spent the year on the practice squad. From 2004 to 2011, played 8 seasons in the NFL. Played guard and tackle. Had 2 seasons with the Vikings before being traded to the St. Louis Rams. Sadly, never made the playoffs in his time in the NFL. Over his NFL career, Goldberg played in 112 games with 66 starts.