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Brodney Pool was a member of the bruising defenses of the early 2000’s

Pool and Williams collide on pass Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Brodney Pool just has one of those names that makes you think he was always destined to be a football player. If you disagree, or think my claim is weird—it admittedly probably is—just try saying aloud: Brodney Pool.

Pool came on in 2002 as a true freshman from Houston, Texas. In his sophomore year, he took over the starting free safety job, where he tallied 68 tackles, seven interceptions (good for 11th in the nation), and one blocked kick.

Following another outstanding season, Pool declared for the NFL draft. He was selected 34th overall in the second round to the Cleveland Browns. Despite landing in the black hole of talent that is Cleveland football (sorry Browns fans), he became the regular starter in 2007, posting 72 tackles, and two interceptions.

Pool went on to play for the Jets and the Cowboys, although he was cut by Dallas in training camp.

Check out his college highlights below: