Football: Ex-Bears dot NFL playoff rosters

Fifteen former Cal players are headed to the NFL playoffs.

Tony Gonzalez is headed to retirement . . . and Canton.

The Hall of Fame-bound tight end closed out his unparalled career Sunday with four final receptions for 56 yards. The one-time two-sport Cal star wound up his NFL days with staggering numbers:

Career receptions: 1,325 — most-ever by a tight end, No. 2 among all receivers.

Career receiving yards: 15,127 — most-ever by a TE, No. 5 overall.

Career TD receptions: 111 — most-ever by a TE, No. 6 overall.


Meanwhile, former Cal All-America linebacker Ron Rivera will lead his Carolina Panthers into the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. Rivera coached the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a first-weekend bye.


Running back Marshawn Lynch helped the Seattle Seahawks to an NFL-best 13-3 record. The seventh-year pro rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 27-9 win over St. Louis, finishing the season with 1,257 yards and 12 TDs. It was Lynch’s fifth 1,000-yard season in seven years and third in a row.

For his career, Lynch now has 7,389 rushing yards to rank seventh among active NFL players. He has scored 58 rushing touchdowns.


Keenan Allen finished a debut season that could land him Rookie of the Year honors. The 21-year-old wideout caught five passes for 89 yards in San Diego’s 27-24 win over Kansas City, the Chargers’ fifth win in their final six games, earning them a playoff date at Cincinnati next Sunday.

Allen caught 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns for the season, including 30 for 423 yards and five TDs over those final six games. He had four 100-yard receiving games this season.


Allen will get the chance to reacquaint himself Sunday with former teammate Marvin Jones, who has become a dependable No. 2 receiving target for the Bengals. Jones caught five for 61, including a 16-yard TD, in Cincinnati’s 34-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, allowing the Bengals to finish 11-5, 8-0 at home.

Jones wound up the season with 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns.


DeSean Jackson completed another prolific season, helping the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-6 record and their first NFL East title since 2010. Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine TDs this season, giving the 27-year-old career totals of 356 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns.


Aaron Rodgers came back just in time to help lift the Packers into the playoffs and a date vs. the 49ers next Sunday in Green Bay. Sidelined by a broken collarbone for seven games, Rodgers passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in the Pack’s 33-28 win at Chicago, including a 48-yard game-winning throw to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds left.

Rodgers finished his abbreviated season with 2,536 yards and 17 TDs and just six interceptions. He remains the NFL’s most efficient all-time passer with a career rating of 104.9. Next on the list is Peyton Manning at 97.2.


Other former Cal players headed to the playoffs are: C.J. Anderson (Denver), Andre Carter (New England), Brian De La Puente (New Orleans), Lavelle Hawkins (San Diego), Cameron Jordan (New Orleans), Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia), Brandon Mebane (Seattle) and Shane Vereen (New England).

Steve Williams (San Diego) was on the reserve/injured list.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    The Tedford regime was at least good at something.

    Future recruits considering Cal under the Sonny D regime, however, can inquire as to the impact of a Golden Bear career upon their potential NFL aspirations by reading Job 38:11.

  • Easy Ed

    I just heard a discussion about Richard Rodgers leaving Cal early for the draft. The draft insider said that the situation at Cal “is not good” and that Coach Dykes does not make the Tedford players feel welcomed and he wants his own guys in there. Translation? another tough year and if Dykes survives then we will see what his program really looks like. I thought this was probably the situation, there was more talent than one win on that team so we probably had a mutiny.

  • me

    clearly, the players at Cal are not the right players for Dykes’s scheme (on O or D). Rodgers, who is clearly a TE, was in the worst position, since Dykes literally doesn’t use a TE. That said, Rodgers was much more productive last year for Dykes than he was the year before for Tedford. He was just at a position he was uncomfortable in.

    It was obviously a big issue on D, too, where guys were being moved from OLB to DE and DE to DT.

  • rotfogel

    Depressing to see how many great NFL players went through Cal in the last 10 years. It’s better than the talent that USC put in the NFL.

    But man o’ man, Cal’s got nothing good coming in.

    There are good players, NFL caliber, who are on the current team however. Brennan Scarlett, Nick Forbes to name a few defensive. Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs are a couple of good NFL players as well.

    The only trouble is Sonny Dykes is the second coming of Tom Holmoe.

  • Easy Ed

    This season is not a total loss. Karma Baby! Look who is out of a job coaching at Washington and can’t get a job at USC? Tosh “Piece of $hit” Lupoi.


  • Eric

    TMQ at espn.com had a funny comment about Tosh. He thinks it is interesting Tosh was suspended, and may have real problems with future employment, for (allegedly) paying a recruit to help with studies. As TMQ put, he is in trouble for helping a kid with his eduction…

    Of course, if the allegations are true, this wasn’t done for any noble purpose but to lure a recruit to Washington, but there is something interesting in being in trouble for giving a recruit the benefit of…education.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    The shoe has dropped.

    The above linked ESPN article also includes “The school said Lupoi is being reassigned within the athletic department, but gave no details on what his duties will be.”

    This speaks VOLUMES. You can bet UW knew what was up with Tosh paying that recruit, or worse violations exist. Why?

    Tosh’s contract HAS to have language making it voidable for intentional or “knowing” misconduct. If it was just him, all on his own, he’d be suspended pending the investigation and they would say nothing more, his status to be determined after all the NCAA snooping was done with.

    Yet, they are keeping him.

    Tosh must have some leverage as there is no other reason to be keeping him around.

  • wehofx

    I’ll revel in a little schadenfreude for the ‘ho.

    On twitter, pre-crash and burn, there were accusations that the ‘ho was up to his old tricks. He was recruiting for $c while still on the udub payroll. sound familiar?

    more twitter rumors: jt is going to be lovie smith’s oc at tampa. I only mention this in the forlorn hope that – if true – the money saved from jt’s contract can be used to fire buh. hire a dc.

    loved mychal kendrick’s “Go Bears!” on snf.

  • JimInChico77
  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I laugh so hard when reading Bear Insider. You know this was a season of epic failure when the only thing the fans can find good is their former players in the NFL. LOL

    Now I read where the fans on this forum find their greatest satisfaction bashing Tosh Lupoi. HAHAHAHAHA.

    Get a team. Win consistently. Play in a respectable bowl game. Losers.

  • Gobears49


    Wait till Lupoi starts talking and fingers Sark as knowing what was going on.

  • Rocko at the beach

    Doesn’t Gonzalez have a year of basketball eligibility left?

  • Dan

    Moron is right for once.

    IMO, it seems low class and small minded to continue to bash Lupoi. It’s as tired and inane as the Moron’s blatherings.

    Lupoi was a Golden Bear player, was a GA and coach at Cal. I guess that is comoletely irrelevant. Look the guy maybe made a bad mistake, maybe not, I know that I don’t know the details, I know I have heard more negative rumors about Tedford than I have heard about Lupoi.

    Maybe Cal’s struggles are karma for Tedford, Barbour and small minded, hating Cal alums/fans.
    To bask in any negativity in his life and career is really

  • Dan

    … Weak.

  • Juancho

    Agree with dan. The cal sports culture has unfortunately always been as focused on bashing others. Probably because were irrelevant in the major sports so we have nothing else.

    When players leave early posters attack the kids and say they will fail. Bigelow. Kam jackson.

    When players transfer we call them quitters. Kline. Tagaloa.

    When players stand up to a coach we call them cancers, mccain. Or if theyd rather retire, king.

    When stars decommit its easy to say we dont need a kid who doesnt want to be here. Or how mixon isnt that good all of a sudden. And how tre watson is better. Until he decommits.

    When lupoi was here everyone reveled in his success. Now hes the scapegoat for an era of cal football.

    Our team had the worst defense possibly in the history of football. But were always focused on the millions of excuses we cal fans, myself included, have learned to make year after year with extreme prejudice to quote my brother rob bear.

    Ive blamed turf for injuries. Ive blamed poor recruiting. What i should be blaming is an AD that does not provide leadership and build excellence.

  • Juancho

    Can someone confirm if tedford takes an nfl job if it reduces what we owe him? Or was the buyout reduction just for college head coaching jobs ?

  • 707 Bear

    Is that “our” offense that Texas Tech is using to carve up Arizona State—27-6 so far.

    I need hope heading into 2014.

    Go Bears

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I am watching the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech is trashing favored ASU. The TT QB is having a field day throwing 4 first half TDs.

    Why does this game remind me of the 2004 Holiday Bowl except for one thing. Sonny Dykes was the OC for that TT team. Now where does he coach now?


    BTW I called that game perfectly including the score. The TT fans were in awe of me.

  • Juancho

    You know what would be a cool research project. To take a look back at all the new coaches that landed in new homes this past season. And to see how they panned out. You know, like Kingsbury at Texas Tech, Andersen at Wisconsin, and that guy who went to Arkansas.

  • Gobears49


    You were writing an excellent blog about how Cal fans should not “bashing others” for our lack of good results on the gridiron. Then, in the last sentence you ruined your good work by saying you were a basher than proceeding to bash our AD (who I am not really a fan of, though I think she has done some good things). I think her hire, if not a great one, certainly made sense at the time and was generally applauded by participants of this blog shortly after his hiring.

    On an unrelated point, it is upsetting to hear that some believe (per Easy Ed) that Dykes does not make Tedford’s players feel welcome. If that is true, that is probably at least two-thirds of last year’s team. If he actually did that, that would be pretty stupid, as how his team performs puts his job on the line. For that reason, I find it very hard to believe. I do think he has a bias toward liking certain types of players at the skill position, particularly the QB, who has to do so many different things.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Hey GOGOBears

    There is a thread over at BI re. Aaron Rodgers is gay. You might want to chime in.

    It is getting very anti gay over there.

  • Easy Ed

    Dan and Juancho, the troubles of Tosh “Piece of $hit” Lupoi does not change a lousy season or the current state of our program. Having said that, I celebrate his downfall not because he left us but because HOW he left us. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing about Lupoi that is good so let him get a job coaching in a High School. I blame Sandy, JT and Sonny for our current state but Lupoi still is a piece of $hit.

  • Juancho

    Gb49 youre probably right.

  • Easy Ed

    Moron, I frankly don’t concern myself about Aaron Rodgers sex partners, whomever they may be. Get a life!

  • Juancho

    Fair enough my easiest brother. I guess im just indifferent to him. Like i am to todd bozeman, or jeff tedford. Even if sandy leaves i wont wish her ill. Kiesau did the same thing as tosh but nobody ever bothers to bring him up.

    Tosh having a career tailspin doesnt help us solve our program.

    With our luck the story will be CAL ALUMNI TOSH LUPOI SUSPENDED. Well end up getting screwed like we always do.

  • Juancho

    Jeff can we ban this imbecile once and for all. I think comments bordering on homophobic are a little over the line for our blog here.

  • Happy New Years from the Apple

    The staff will not include Tosh Lupoi, the defensive line coach under previous coach Steve Sarkisian. Washington is looking into allegations of recruiting violations against Lupoi, first reported by the Los Angeles Times. The school said Lupoi is being reassigned within the athletic department, but gave no details on what his duties will be.

  • Easy Ed

    Juancho, you are my brother in The Order of the Moscow Mule!

  • Wehofx

    Re: troll post blocked’s homophobia. If there’s anyone left who doubts moron = woj that seals the deal.

    Plenty of posters here want sb fired but only woj attacks her sexual orientation. Coincidence?

    Last Twitter rumor for today: whitener is transferring. 2 sd recruit to transfer, however, both
    D. Not a good sign. Please, please fire buh.

  • Juancho

    Supposedly whiteners going to oregon state.

    Why are they all transferring in conference?

  • Some hope for the future anyway — but still a long ways to go to a top 3 class in the Pac 12

    The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl recently took place in Dallas (Tex.) at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. And thanks in large part to the combined effort of Vic Enwere and Luke Rubenezer, the West defeated the East, 41-7.

  • covinared

    some random thoughts:
    Tosh is one of us. He is a Bear and and Cal grad. He is in a highly competitive professional with little job security. He likely sensed he was on a sinking ship and was offered double his pay to go to Washington. If he stays loyal and Tedofrd still gets fired, where is he? I don’t question his decision, and doubt any in the coaching profession do as well.

    If he was engaging in shenanigans at Washington, how can we be sure he did not cross the line while bringing in guys for us? How deep will the NCAA investigate him? Is there a stautute of limitations?

    I believe Tedford settled his buyout and what he gets from Tampa does not matter.

    I still hold out hope that things will get better. One thing I wonder is that these new coaches with their deep southern accents may not be connecting with California kids.

    All this alumni in the nfl reminds me of my days. Our teams were unimpressive, and all I had to brag about to my non Cal friends were the guys we had doing well in the nfl: Morton, Muncie, Walker, Ferragamo, Bouza, Rose etc. Seems we have more now however.

    Looking forward to putting 2013 behind us.

  • covinared

    Juancho: is OSU Oklahoma State? Whitener is from Texas.

  • Juancho

    Covinius youre right. Its actually oklahome state.

  • Gobears49

    Two items.

    1. I’m really good at searching on Google, but I cannot find Rubenzer’s stats in the Blue-Grey All American game played recently in Texas. Heard he was a star in the game.

    2. Probably the last time that Johnny Manziel will play in a college game. I bet Cal has the guy, nationally, who is the guy who will eventually most play like him (hopefully, close to as well as him) — Luke Rubenzer. Manziel is! coming up shortly after 5 p.m. today on ESPN. He will again show how dangerous a QB is who can run and throw. Kaepernick can run like the wind, but he can’t elude the rush like Manziel can. Go Aggies!

  • Juancho

    Juancho Manziel is going to look good in a Raiders uniform next year.

  • BlueNGold


    Only an idiot (or a moron) would think that A. Rodgers is gay.

  • Easy Ed

    #37 see #24

  • Steve W


    What inside information do you have that supports the idea that McCain stood up to the coach and got booted off the team for it? As far as I know, the story has not come out. I find it hard to believe, as other posters have suggested, that he got the boot for protesting his position change. Would love to hear the real story if anyone has it.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Happy New Year shout out to all of my fellow posters on this blog.

    Go Stanford! Make it two Rose Bowl victories in a row. Let’s show your rivals how to be winners.

  • BlueNGold


    Once a pimp, always a pimp. Wonder what moron’s new years resolution is? To grow up? Get a life? How about to actually post something original and insightful on this blog, instead of the same, repetitive, trite and uninformed rubbish?

  • GoGoBears

    so first thing this morning, after a long night in bed with his constant companion, Moron turned to the figure lying beside him in bed and said: “Teddy bear, I’m gonna go get up and post hate about Cal becaUse it is ALL I HAVE IN MY LIFE.

  • GoGoBears

    And Moron why don’t you post about Aaron on BI —Oh, that’s right. You are banned there. Well why not post about Aaron on an $C site — Oh that’s right — the SC fans punked you and banned you. THIS IS ALL YOU GOT! How was your lonely NYE? Bahahahahahahhahaha.

    How sad — first day of new year and all you have is your hate for Cal. Pastor Rick ad I are praying for you. Another year as a virgin..another year on home alone on weekends. another year booking cruises. Another year and still no law degree —- talk about a bad grad rate? bababababababababab

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    You know inspite of the insults I receive on this blog I had determined to make 2014 the year I would be more understanding of your plight.

    I was not planning again to remind you of what a laughable joke of a program your football team has become AGAIN. Not one single D1 win last year. LOL

    I had no plans of reminding you that this marks the 50th year straight without a Rose Bowl appearance. Your rival has been to at least 5 since that time.

    I didn’t want to remind you of what a pathetic amount of money you guys paid to Tedford for one stinking Holiday Bowl win. Over $20 million for just that.

    I also had no plans to mention that your only highlight in the last 50 years has been some lucky play that is not even considered any longer to be in the top 5 of the best plays in college football history.

    And I could have said a lot about how academically you are the worst team in the Pac 12.

    Finally, I had planned to have a lot of sympathy on GOGO Bears. I don’t feel there is any need to bring up the fact that he got busted for being a racist, misogynist bully who likes to threaten helpless female students. After he got played so badly by at least 3 different posters through the last 10 years including one who was shocked by his behavior of hate and anger, I really thought to have more sympathy on him. How could someone be this poor of an example as an employee of the university and still be working. He should be out skateboarding with ZM.

    However I have decided to wait until 2015 before I change. Nothing on this board shows me that your arrogance has changed. Happy New Year losers and thanks for all the laughs too.

    And I didn’t want to bring up your failure academically sinking to the worst program in the Pac 12.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Go Stanford!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    You know I love how these TV guys covering the Rose Bowl bring up how smart the Stanford guys are. They even talk about their majors.

    If you guys ever got into the Rose Bowl (and you won’t) they wouldn’t say the same thing about your players. Not after they see the kind of Mickey Mouse gimmee degree programs they enroll in. Furthermore, with your pathetic academic performance they couldn’t say anything. Maybe they could interview GOGOBears. I am sure he can convince the world how difficult getting a Social Welfare degree at UC East Bay has become.


  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #42 – GoGo Bears talking about Teddy Bears. Now I wonder why? LOL

  • Juancho

    Brother esteban w. It was on one of the subscription sites. I believe cal.scout.