They Wore The Red And Blue
Derrick Alston (basketball 1991-94) - Played a couple of years for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Joe Beimel (baseball 1998) - Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-2003).
Leigh Bodden (football 1999-2002) - Member of the Cleveland Browns.
Chuck Cooper (basketball 1947-50) - Duquesne's first NBA draftee, was also the first Black player drafted by an NBA team when the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round of the 1950 draft. Played in the NBA for six seasons.
Sihugo Green (basketball 1954-56) - The only two-time consensus All-American in DU history (1955 & 1956). Went on to have a nine-year NBA career, capped by a World Championship with the 1966 Boston Celtics.
Korie Hlede (basketball 1995-98) - Three-time All-American is the leading scorer in DU history. Former guard for the WNBA Detroit Shock, Utah Starzz and New York Liberty. Now an assistant coach for the Detroit Shock.
Mike James (basketball 1995-98) - Guard for the NBA Boston Celtics.
Elmer Layden (football 1927-33) - Coached the Duquesne football team for seven seasons (1927-33) before taking the head coach job at his alma mater, Notre Dame.
Norm Nixon (basketball 1974-77) - 10-year National Basketball Association career; two-time All-Star. Was a starter for Los Angeles Lakers World Championship teams in 1980 and 1982. Finished his career with 12,065 points and 6,386 assists.
Dick Ricketts (basketball 1952-55) - Played for four NIT teams including the 1955 tournament champions. Helped DU to a top 10 Associated Press final rank in each of his four seasons. Consensus First Team All-American in 1955.
Art Rooney (football 1920s) - Was a quarterback/kicker for Duquesne football teams in the early 1920s. Founder and President of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 1964.
Willie Somerset (basketball 1962-65) - Led DU to NIT appearances in 1962 & 1964 and earned All-American honors in 1965. Played professionally for three seasons.