2. La’Roi Glover, DT, 2002
A fifth-round pick out of San Diego State back in 1996, La’Roi Glover was unable to make much of an impression on the Oakland Raiders that season. He appeared in just two games and was waived ahead of the 1997 season.
However, he didn’t just sit around and wait for his time to come. Instead, he headed to the World Football League in the spring of 1997 and had 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks for the Barcelona Dragons to hone his skills. While there, he helped his team win the World Bowl.
The New Orleans Saints were impressed with what they saw and picked him up as soon as Oakland moved on. Glover then played five seasons with the Saints and had several big campaigns — including a 17-sack season in 2000 which led the league.
By 2002, he was a free agent and Dallas came calling. The two sides agreed to a multi-year deal and Glover spent the next four seasons with America’s Team. He provided a young and transitioning team with a veteran leader and also became the first Cowboy to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons with the team.
Glover had 168 tackles and 21.5 sacks in 64 games for Dallas and was considered one of the best interior linemen in the league during that span.