About Missouri Tigers
Football arrived to University of Missouri in 1890 when the Tigers completed three games, winning two. Basketball arrived shortly after in 1906 and saw Missouri winning 10 out of 16 games played that season.
The Tigers are members of Southeastern Conference, Eastern Division in NCAA Division I (FBS for football). The colours representing the teams are black and gold dart and mascot associated with the Tigers is a costumed Tiger known by the name of Truman the Tiger, named after the US President Harry Truman who was from U. S. state of Missouri.
As any other major college, the Tigers have some ongoing rivalries and amongst their rivals one can find Arkansas Razorbacks, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners.
Football programs have an all- time record of 668-541-53 and the Tigers were conference champions 15 times in their history with 5 more divisional titles. Missouri appeared in 31 Bowl games, including 10 major bowl appearances and hold 15-16 combined record.
The Tigers’ first Bowl game was in 1924 at Los Angeles Christmas Festival resulting in a loss against USC and their latest game occurred at 2015 Citrus Bowl where the Tigers defeated Minnesota.
Despite the lack of national titles, the university produced a high volume of players who went onto being drafted by NFL teams and couple of them have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, namely Kellen Winslow who played tight end for San Diego Chargers for 11 seasons.
Winslow was a five times Pro Bowler, Pro Bowl Co- MVP, three times named to First Team All- Pro, twice leading NFL in receptions. He was named to NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team among many other achievements.
Most recently, Michael Sam, first publicly gay player to be drafted by NFL team, tried to settle within the NFL ranks, but to date the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year didn’t have much success.
Basketball programs had some pre tournament success winning twice Premo- Porretta Championships. During the tournament era their highest achievement has been reaching the Elite Eight five times, last time in 2009.
Altogether the Tigers took part in 26 NCAA tournaments and were conference tournament champions 8 times and adding 13 conference regular season titles to their trophy cabinet.
There’s been quite a few Tigers who made it into NBA but none of the players become widely known. Currently there’s few players from Missouri in NBA including Jordan Clarkson, guard, drafted in second round of 2014 NBA draft by the Lakers.
Clarkson had an encouraging first season where he earned nod to NBA All- Rookie First Team starting more than half of his games that led him to more permanent position within the team.
University of Missouri might have not produced plenty of big names making to pro leagues but some athletes coming from there did make it into big leagues.