#6 Sam Mills, Philadelphia/Baltimore StarsAfter a career as a walk-on at tiny Montclair State, Sam Mills went undrafted. He tried out with the Browns and then Toronto in the CFL. Both teams said he wasn't good enough, or at least wasn't tall enough. He found himself out of football until the USFL came around. He tried out with the Philadelphia Stars. Under coach Jim Mora he became one of the most dominant players in the league and with one of the best teams in the USFL. The Stars won two of the three USFL championships, with back-to-back titles in 1984 and 1985 despite relocating to Baltimore for the final season. When the USFL closed Mora went to coach in New Orleans – and took Mills with him. The three-time USFL all-star was the key piece of the Saints' feared Dome Patrol linebacking corps. After nine seasons as a Saints hero, he joined the Carolina Panthers. Following retirement he joined the Carolina coaching staff (during which time the franchise won its first NFC title), and became the first and only player in team history to have his number retired. He was in this job until his untimely death in 2005 at the age of just 45.
#5 Herschel Walker, New Jersey Generals
#4 Gary Zimmerman, Los Angeles ExpressOne of just four USFL players to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Zimmerman was taken in the USFL draft's second round after spurning the New York Giants. His job was to protect LA's star player, Steve Young but even Zimmerman's talent wasn't enough to bring much success to the Express. After the USFL he became an All-Pro with the Vikings, earning second team honours on the NFL's official team of the 1980s. He was voted to the first team the following decade and won a pair of Super Bowl rings with Denver. The Broncos offensive line was one of the game's best in the mid 90s and Zimmerman was its leader.
#3 Jim Kelly, Houston Gamblers
#2 Steve Young, Los Angeles Express
#1 Reggie White, Memphis Showboats