NFC/AFC Championships: ProDucks, ProBeavs still in the hunt
Ducks, Beavers in the NFL postseason
The NFL season is down to its final four. No surprises and no dark horses, it is the final No. 1 and No. 2 seeds remaining after a NFL Divisional round weekend. From the AFC, young Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints welcome in Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams.
There are 10 total former Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers still alive in the NFL season. Scroll through to find out who they are…
Kansas City Chiefs
Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State (2013-2014)
Nelson was selected in the third round (98th overall) by the Chiefs in 2015. The four-year player has 58 tackles and four interceptions for the Chiefs this season.
De’Anthony Thomas, WR, Oregon (2011-2013)
Thomas was electric no doubt in his college career. After being selected in the fourth round (124th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, Thomas yet again showed off his speed on special teams with the Chiefs. Before suffering a season-ending injury this year, Thomas recorded three catches for 29 yards and one touchdown.
New England Patriots
Patrick Chung, S, Oregon (2004-2008)
Finished his college career at Oregon as the fourth-leading tackler for the Ducks (384). Drafted and played for New England from 2009-2012, Philadelphia in 2013, before ending back up in New England from 2014 - until present. The 10-year veteran and now co-captain for the New England Patriots, Chung is still wreaking havoc on passing games and this season has recorded 52 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one interception.
New Orleans Saints
Max Unger, C, Oregon (2004-2008)
The 10-year veteran has played and started in 16 games for the Saints this season. Originally a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, Unger was then acquired via an offseason trade to the Saints in 2015.
Henry Mondeaux, DT, Oregon (2014-2017)
The rookie was assigned to the Saints practice squad this season.
Los Angeles Rams
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (2011-2013)
The 5-10, 183-pound speedy and shift wide receiver has seen time and production on each of his teams. After being selected in the first round (20th overall) by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, Cooks was traded to New England in March, and then traded to the Rams on April 5th, 2018. This season with the Rams, Cooks has 80 receptions for 1,204 total yards and five touchdowns.
Johnny Hekker, P, Oregon State (2008-2010)
The seven-year veteran is averaging 46.33 yards per punt with the Rams.
Troy Hill, CB, Oregon (2010-2014)
Originally signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2015; signed to the New England practice squad and then released in 2015, before being acquired by the Rams in 2016. Hill has recorded 29 tackles and two interceptions with the Rams this season.
Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State (2010-2014)
Selected by the Rams in the third round (89th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft. Has played in seven games in his first three seasons in the NFL.
Johnny Mundt, TE, Oregon (2013-2016)
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 to the Rams. Caught one pass for five yards in week 17 vs. the San Francisco 49ers.