How EWU Alumni are Dominating the NFL: Meet the Stars!

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Hey, football fans! The 2023 NFL season is almost here, and there’s some exciting news for fans of Eastern Washington University (EWU). Our alma mater is showing off its NFL talent with five former students now making their mark in the league. Let’s take a closer look at these remarkable athletes from EWU who are making us proud.

Cooper Kupp: The Triple Threat

First up, we’ve got Cooper Kupp, a name that’s been making headlines in the NFL. You might remember him dealing with injuries in 2022, but don’t let that overshadow his incredible 2021 season. He led the NFL in touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards, setting records and earning a place in football history.

Before he became an NFL sensation, Kupp was rewriting the record books at EWU from 2013 to 2016. He made an astonishing 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns, smashing records and setting new standards. It’s no surprise he was picked up by the Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kendrick Bourne: From Undrafted to NFL Star

Next up is Kendrick Bourne, who took an unconventional route to the NFL. He didn’t get drafted but still managed to secure a spot in the league. At EWU, he was a three-time All-Big Sky selection and had an incredible streak of 39 consecutive games with at least one catch. Kendrick and Cooper Kupp formed an unstoppable duo during their time at EWU, playing together for all of Kendrick’s 52 career games. Kendrick’s NFL journey took him from the 49ers to the New England Patriots, where he had a fantastic 2021 season.

Samson Ebukam: The Sack Machine

Now, let’s talk about Samson Ebukam, a true force on the football field. At EWU, he was an All-American in 2016 and recorded an impressive 24 career sacks, ranking sixth in school history. He’s been a consistent starter in the NFL, making 56 starts in 91 games between the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Samson has accumulated 220 tackles and 22 sacks during his NFL career, proving himself as a dominant presence on the field.

Taiwan Jones: The Versatile Player

Taiwan Jones is a player who knows how to adapt and excel. Originally recruited as a cornerback, he switched to running back during his college years at EWU, a move that paid off handsomely. He became an All-American and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, playing a crucial role in EWU’s 2010 National Championship-winning team. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2011, Taiwan has enjoyed a long NFL career, primarily as a returner.

Nsimba Webster: The Speedster

Finally, we have Nsimba Webster, a speedy receiver with a talent for making big plays. During his time at EWU, Nsimba racked up 156 catches, 2,233 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. One of his standout moments was a game in December 2018 when he tied the Eagle single-game record with 4 touchdown receptions in an FCS Playoffs victory over Maine. Despite going undrafted, Nsimba secured a spot in the NFL with the Rams and later had stints with San Francisco and Chicago.

So, there you have it! Eastern Washington University isn’t just about academics; it’s a place where NFL stars are born. These five players from EWU are shining in the NFL spotlight, proving that with hard work and dedication, you can go from college standout to NFL sensation.

And for those eager to catch some EWU football action this season, you’re in luck! Tickets for the 2023 EWU Football season are now available. Grab yours at or give the EWU Athletics Ticket Office a call at 509-359-6059. Get ready for some thrilling football and cheer on our EWU alumni as they continue to light up the NFL stage!

About Eastern Washington University Athletics

EWU Athletics isn’t just about sports; it’s about creating opportunities for talented students and enhancing the community. With 14 intercollegiate sports, EWU Athletics is committed to excellence and is a proud member of the Big Sky Conference and Division I of the NCAA. It’s all about nurturing talent and academic goals.


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