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Four Bears make the NFL’s Top 100 Players for the 2017 season

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Congrats to four Bears who had stellar 2017s in the NFL.

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The NFL released their Top 100 Players for the 2017 season and it contains four California Golden Bears! One of the Bears was quite obvious, but the other three are arguably surprises depending on whom you ask—two of them had terrible 2016s (one due to injury and one was a surefire bust after a terrible rookie year) and the third is an unknown scrub “on the bench” according to @BeaverSports.

The four Bears each come from four different eras of Cal Football. After watching their stellar and memorable careers at Cal, we get to watch them impress the world on a bigger stage

#41. Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers)

Last year: Not ranked
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The NFL’s 2017 Comeback Player of the Year impressed all after suffering a torn ACL in the first game of the 2016 season. As the Chargers had a big year by debuting in Los Angeles, Allen also had a big year by surpassing 100 receptions for the first time in his career. Furthermore, he made NFL history by being the first player to record at least 10 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown in three consecutive games. He also finally realized his promise as a two-way player (sort of) by nabbing his first career interception.

Allen played for the Bears in the 2010–12 seasons as part of Jeff Tedford’s final phase in Strawberry Canyon; looking like a star from his first game, he set a number of Cal records for rceptions.

#38. Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams)

Last year: Not ranked
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With a new head coach and a new offensive system, Goff’s year was night-and-day different compared to his abysmal debut effort. With a 62% completion rate, Goff led the league in yards per completion and made it to his first Pro Bowl (after an injury to Carson Wentz).

Under Sonny Dykes’s pass-heavy offense, Goff’s three-year Cal career is littered with records after starting the first game of the season as a true freshman—the first player in Cal history to do so.

#26. Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints)

Last year: Not ranked
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Continuing the trend, 2017 was the best season for this Bear statistically; Jordan set career highs in tackles, sacks, and passes defended—one of which he came down with as an interception in the endzone for his first touchdown. Jordan followed it up by dunking the ball over the goal posts a la Cal great Tony Gonzalez. To put it in terms so simple that even a Beaver could understand, Cam Jordan was the NFL’s best edge defender in 2017. Imagine what kind of stats he could put up if he weren’t riding that bench so much, eh?

Jordan was an absolute fan favorite at Cal—and I’m going to go ahead and declare that he’s an official friend of the blog. On the field, Jordan was an honorable mention All-American (by Pro Football Weekly) and earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. Plus, he had the sweetest of Gumby haircuts in his official Cal profile pic.

#10 Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Last year: 6
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Ah, it’s greatness personified. Unfortunately, a collarbone injury caused Rodgers to miss more than half of the regular season. This shortened season makes it quite difficult to evaluate Rodgers’s season, but it’s still quite impressive that Rodgers made the top ten rather than being graded the equivalent of an incomplete.

Unfortunately, the Bears only enjoyed two sweet years with Rodgers. Nevertheless, Rodgers is perhaps the best quarterback in Cal’s recent history and led the team during what were perhaps our greatest years in recent history.


Congrats to Aaron, Cameron, Keenan, and Jared for the great performances! We look forward to watching you—and the other Pro Bears—in 2018.