California Golden Bears: 10 Former Bears Who Have Had Successful Pro Careers

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Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) leaves the field following his defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. The 49ers defeated the Falcons 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The California Golden Bears have been represented well in professional athletics. Their former athletes have been prominently displayed in the headlines recently. The major stories this offseason have involved former Bears Tony Gonzalez and Jason Kidd.

Gonzalez made headlines by telling the Atlanta Falcons that he would return for one more season, as they are primed to make another run as a potential Super Bowl threat. Many experts thought Gonzalez would walk away last year, but he showed he had the skills to still be an impact player. Gonzalez provides the Falcons with a legit third option who works in the middle of the field, due to teams having to worry about Roddy White and Julio Jones on the outside.

Jason Kidd, who was one of the most effective point guards in NBA history, called it a career after 19 years in the NBA. He made waves this offseason when a source leaked information that Kidd was attempting to jump straight into a head coaching position. Many felt he would be in over his head, as he has no experience as a coach. However, the Nets decided to take a chance on the future Hall of Famer to be their next head coach.

Gonzalez and Kidd have had really great careers in their respective leagues. They are some of the most decorated athletes coming out of Cal, but where do they fall on a list of the top-10 professional athletes from Cal?


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