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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Northwest Missouri State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Northwest Missouri State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Northwest Missouri State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Northwest Missouri State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Northwest Missouri State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Northwest Missouri State University.

List ranges from Steve King to Gary Gaetti, plus much more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northwest Missouri State University?” and “Which celebrities are Northwest Missouri State University alumni?”
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Dave Tollefson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Dave Tollefson American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California

Dave Tollefson (born May 19, 1981) is a former American football defensive end. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round, with the 253rd pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Seth Wand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Seth Wand American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri

Seth (The Cannon) Phillip Wand (born August 6, 1979) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Steve King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Storm Lake, Iowa, USA

Steven Arnold King (born May 28, 1949) is an American politician and former businessman serving as a U.S. Representative from Iowa since 2003. A member of the Republican Party, he represented ...more

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Mike Zentic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska

Michael Lee Zentic (born November 22, 1963) is a former American football center in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Oklahoma State University.
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Gary Gaetti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach

Age: 60

Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois

Gary Joseph Gaetti (; born August 19, 1958), is an American former third baseman in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins (1981–1990), California Angels (1991–1993), Kansas City Royals ...more

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Mike Metheny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni

Age: 70

Birthplace: Lee's Summit, Missouri

Mike Metheny ( mə-THEE-nee; born August 28, 1949 in Lee's Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz musician and music journalist. He is the brother of the jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Mike Metheny ...more
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Jamaica Rector is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Celeste, Texas

Jamaica Rector (born August 10, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver in the Dallas Cowboys for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He also was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos ...more
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John Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
John Quinn Politician

Age: 68

John Quinn (born September 8, 1950) is a farmer and former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He resides in Chillicothe, Missouri, with his wife Mary and has four ...more
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Tony Miles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Tony Miles American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Mart, Texas

Tony Miles (born May 16, 1978) is a Canadian Football League wide receiver/punt returner who is currently a free agent.
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Jack McCracken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Jack McCracken

Age: Dec. at 46 (1912-1958)

Jack D. "Jumping Jack" McCracken (June 15, 1912 – January 5, 1958) was an American basketball player in the 1930s and 1940s. A native of Chickasha, Oklahoma, McCracken went to Classen ...more
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Charlie Cowdrey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Charlie Cowdrey

Age: Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)

Birthplace: Camden Point, Missouri

Charles E. Cowdrey (November 16, 1933 – January 18, 2011) was an American football coach. Cowdrey served as a head high school coach for nine years, head coach at Fort Scott Community College ...more
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Chris Greisen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Chris Greisen American football player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Berlin, Wisconsin

Christopher J. Greisen (born July 2, 1976) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Steve Savard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Journalist, Sports commentator

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Steve Savard is an American sports anchor and the former "Voice of the St. Louis Rams", serving in that role from 1999 to 2015. He is the lead news anchor and former sportscaster at ...more
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Jean Bartik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Jean Bartik Programmer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1924-2011)

Birthplace: Missouri

Jean Jennings Bartik (December 27, 1924 – March 23, 2011) was one of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer. Bartik studied mathematics in school then began work at the University of ...more
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Wally Horn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni

Age: 85

Birthplace: Bloomfield, Iowa, United States of America

Wally E. Horn (born November 28, 1933) is the Iowa State Senator from the 17th District. Horn currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Judiciary committee; the Labor and ...more
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Brad Lager is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Brad Lager Politician

Age: 43

Birthplace: Nodaway County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Maryville, + more

Brad Ronald Lager (born July 20, 1975, in Maryville, Missouri) is a Republican politician from the state of Missouri. He is a former member of the Missouri Senate from the 12th District as well ...more
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Jason R. Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Jason R. Brown

Age: 48

Jason R. Brown (born July 22, 1970) is a Republican and small business owner who currently serves as deputy majority whip of the Missouri House of Representatives. He resides with his wife, ...more
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Mel Tjeerdsma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Mel Tjeerdsma American Football coach, Coach

Age: 72

Birthplace: Springfield, South Dakota

Mel Tjeerdsma ( CHURCH-mə; born May 24, 1946) is a retired American football coach and athletic director at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He served as the head ...more
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Philip Wise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Philip Wise

Age: 72

Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri

Philip Leon "Phil" Wise (born September 5, 1946) is a former ten-term Iowa State Representative. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1987 through 2009 and did not seek ...more
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Marsha Arzberger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Businessperson, Farmer

Age: 82

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

Marsha Arzberger is a Democratic politician. She served as Arizona State Senator for District 25 from 2003-2008, and before that for District 8 from 2000-2001.
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Trent Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Trent Skaggs

Age: 45

Birthplace: Missouri

Trent Skaggs (born June 7, 1973) is a businessman and a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Amanda Corn, and their two ...more
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Xavier Omon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Xavier Omon American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Xavier Omon (born February 15, 1985) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL ...more
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Michael Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
Michael Peterson

Age: 36

Birthplace: Atlantic, Iowa

Michael Peterson (born November 29, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at ...more
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David R. Hansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni
David R. Hansen

Age: 80

Birthplace: Exira, Iowa, United States of America

David Rasmussen Hansen (born March 16, 1938) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the ...more
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Steve Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northwest Missouri State University Alumni

Age: 37

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Stephen Cabot Williams (born September 21, 1981 in Oak Park, Illinois) is a former professional gridiron football defensive end. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free ...more