The Troy Trojans share two Sun Belt Conference distinctions in regard to the NFL draft.
Troy has had 13 players selected into the NFL draft over history, more than any other Sun Belt team. They also have the honor of placing a player into the draft with the highest draft pick from the conference; twice.
Defensive end DeMarcus Ware was selected 11th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft. That’s the highest any Sun Belt player had ever been selected. Three years later defensive back Leodis McKelvin, also from Troy, matched Ware’s feat by being selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 11th pick of the draft.
The Trojans are proud of their ability to place more players into the NFL than any other Sun Belt team, and they’re also proud that two former Trojans are the highest draft picks ever.
Ware, who wore No. 94 while at Troy and is still using that number with the Cowboys, is also considered the best draft pick ever from the Sun Belt.
In nine seasons with the Cowboys, Ware has accumulated 132 sacks and twice led the league; in 2008 (20 sacks) and 2010 (15.5). Ware has also been a member of seven Pro Bowl teams and has been honored with four First-Team All-Pro selections.
Ware is a member of the Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and also a member of the Troy Trojans Hall of Fame. He finished his Troy career as the school’s all-time leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and totaled 27 sacks during his time with the Trojans.