Countdown to the Big Game: Day 13 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Countdown to the Big Game: Day 13

St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan, left, talks to Willie Ponder (88) during a third quarter time out during their football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson) St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan, left, talks to Willie Ponder (88) during a third quarter time out during their football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)
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Perhaps one of the most talented football players to wear a SEMO uniform comes in at number 13 on our countdown.

Wide receiver Willie Ponder was a game changer at Southeast before being selected in the sixth round of the 2003 draft by the New York Giants.

In 2004, he led the NFL with a 26.9 yard kick off return average.

Ponder also returned two kick offs for touchdowns for the Giants.

He played three seasons with the Giants and another with the Rams and Seahawks.

For a full list of people from the Heartland with NFL ties, you can click here.

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