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Famous The University Of Southern Mississippi Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 8.5k views87 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to The University of Southern Mississippi and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from The University of Southern Mississippi include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished The University of Southern Mississippi alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended The University of Southern Mississippi 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 The University of Southern Mississippi.

Examples include Brett Favre and Jimmy Buffett.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to The University of Southern Mississippi?” and “Which celebrities are The University of Southern Mississippi alumni?”
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    Brett Favre

    Actor, Athlete

    Age50

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League...  more

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    Jimmy Buffett

    Film Score Composer, Businessperson

    Age73

    BirthplacePascagoula, Mississippi, United States of America

    GenderMale

    James William Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism"...  more

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  • 3

    Cat Cora

    TV chef, Chef

    Age52

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameCat Cora

    Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967) is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of...  more

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    Marcus Dupree

    Wrestler, American football player

    Age56

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, USA, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Marcus L. Dupree (born May 22, 1964) is a former American football player. He was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where his playing in high school attracted national attention. A...  more
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    Trishelle Cannatella

    Model, Art Model

    Age40

    BirthplaceCut Off, Louisiana, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameTrishelle Cannatella

    Trishelle Cannatella (born November 4, 1979) is an American reality television contestant, Playboy model, and actress, known for her appearances on the MTV reality television series The Real World:...  more
  • 6

    Patrick Surtain

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    GenderMale

    Patrick Frank Surtain (; born June 19, 1976) is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University...  more
  • 7

    Jerrel Wilson

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 64 (1941-2005)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    GenderMale

    Jerrel Douglas Wilson (October 4, 1941 – April 9, 2005) was an American football a punter who spent 16 professional seasons, 15 of them with the Kansas City Chiefs, in the American Football League...  more
  • 8

    Ray Guy

    American football player

    Age70

    BirthplaceSwainsboro, Georgia

    GenderMale

    William Ray Guy (born December 22, 1949) is an American former football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Guy was a unanimous All-American selection...  more
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    Jeremy Bridges

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    GenderMale

    Jeremy Eugene Bridges (born April 19, 1980) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
  • 10

    John Eubanks

    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceMound Bayou, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    John Eubanks (born July 13, 1983) is a former professional American and Canadian football cornerback. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL)....  more
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    Michael Boley

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceGadsden, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Michael Jerome Boley (born August 24, 1982) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Southern Miss and was drafted by...  more
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    Sammy Winder

    American football player

    Age61

    BirthplaceMadison, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Sammy Winder (born July 15, 1959) is a former professional American football running back who spent his entire professional career playing for the Denver Broncos, from 1982 to 1990. The son of a...  more
  • 13

    Gene Taylor

    Politician

    Age67

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Gary Eugene Taylor (born September 17, 1953) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district from 1989 to 2011 (numbered as the 5th District...  more
  • 14

    Mike Katrishen

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 58 (1922-1980)

    BirthplaceHazleton, Pennsylvania

    GenderMale

    William Michael Katrishen (May 7, 1922 – March 1980) was an American football guard in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of...  more
  • 15

    Chad Bradford

    Baseball player

    Age46

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Chadwick Lee Bradford (born September 14, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher. He was well known for his extreme submarine-style pitching, and his success in MLB despite his...  more
  • 16

    Joe Courtney

    Basketball player

    Age50

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Joseph Pierre Courtney (born October 17, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he attended both the University of Southern Mississippi and...  more
  • 17

    Age57

    BirthplacePascagoula, Mississippi, United States of America

    GenderMale

    David Wayne Baria (born December 4, 1962) is an American politician, attorney, and former contractor. A trial lawyer by trade, Baria is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives...  more
  • 18

    Adalius Thomas

    American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceEquality, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Adalius Donquail Thomas (; born July 18, 1977) is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the...  more
  • 19

    Neil R. McMillen

    Historian

    Age81

    GenderMale

    Neil R. McMillen is an American historian, and professor emeritus at University of Southern Mississippi....  more
  • 20

    Antoine Cash

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceGreenville, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Antoine Cash (born March 5, 1982) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Southern Miss. ...  more
  • 21

    T. J. Slaughter

    American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Tavaris Jermell "T. J." Slaughter (born February 20, 1977) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played...  more
  • 22

    Bobby Hamilton

    American football player

    Age49

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    GenderMale

    Bobby Hamilton (born July 1, 1971) is a former American football defensive end. He was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1994. He played college football at...  more
  • 23

    Harold Shaw

    American football player

    Age46

    BirthplaceMagee, Mississippi

    GenderMale

    Harold Lamar Shaw (born September 3, 1974) is a professional American football fullback and occasional linebacker with the New England Surge of the Continental Indoor Football League. Shaw attended...  more
  • 24

    Michael Jackson

    American football player

    Age51

    BirthplaceTangipahoa, Louisiana

    GenderMale

    Michael Dywane Jackson Dyson (April 12, 1969 – May 12, 2017) was an American professional American football wide receiver and politician. Jackson was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth...  more
  • 25

    Byron Bradfute

    American football player

    Age82

    BirthplaceBeeville, Texas

    GenderMale

    Byron Gilbert Bradfute (born December 12, 1937 in Beeville, Texas) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at...  more