If you're a football fan, you probably take for granted that players Tom Brady, J.J. Watt, Antonio Brown, and Aaron Rodgers are some of the biggest names in football. But when they were still in college their pro careers were not so clear. Some of today's top NFL players have taken very different routes to professional stardom — from instant phenoms to late-round draft gambles.
As part of Sports Illustrated Kids' 2016 College Football preview, we take a look back at 10 current superstars to track their route to the big leagues. And some of their journeys might surprise you.
When NFL Pros Were In College