I was recently thinking about how we've taken to using the term "triplets" for teams with a great quarterback, wide receiver, running back combination. The first I remember hearing it was with the Dallas Cowboys from the 1990s. They had Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin at the three primary skill positions. The Colts earlier this decade had their triplets in the form of Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison. More recently, the term has been used occasionally for Houston's trio of Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson.
That got me to thinking that it would be interesting to try to figure out which college has produced the best combination of a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver currently playing in the NFL.
They don't have to play for the same team. They just have to come from the same alma mater. For example, Michigan would have Tom Brady, Braylon Edwards, and a running back who played for Michigan (I can't think of one right).
When I went to the list of teams and players, I came up with Cal as having the top combination. Although, I will say the running backs are not currently strong from Cal. Aaron Rodgers would be the quarterback of the group. DeSean Jackson would be the wide receiver. And either Jahvid Best or Marshawn Lynch would be the running back.
The only other college that really came close with Tennessee. They have Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, and Robert Meacham.
Oklahoma was intriguing but Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson, and Mark Clayton. The Bradford therapy to bring compete with Cal's trio.
Texas offers either Colt McCoy or Vince Young at quarterback, Cedric Benson at running back, and Roy Williams.not good enough to beat Cal or for that matter Tennessee.
Miami has a good running back wide receiver combination in either Johnson or Reggie Wayne with Clinton Portis. But, no quarterback from Miami has started an NFL game since Ken Dorsey 2008. If we could put in Ben Roethlisberger (Miami, Ohio) then we'd have a good set of triplets.
I'm Going to keep working on this, but I'd love to hear if anyone else had any ideas.
(Others added after the post published)
Georgia: Matt Stafford, Hines Ward, Knowshon Moreno
Texas: Young/McCoy, Roy WIlliams, RB could be Benson, Ricky Williams or Jamaal Charles
Florida: Grossman/Tebow, Percy Harvin, Fred Taylor