Tigers in the NFL

Tigers in the NFL

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Tigers in the NFL

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Clemson, SC—Twenty-one former Clemson football players, including seven members of last year’s ACC Atlantic Division Championship team, are on NFL rosters as league play opens Thursday night.  Sixteen of the players are on active rosters and five are on either the Practice Squad or Reserve Squads.

            The list of seven rookies from Clemson on NFL rosters includes 2009 unanimous first-team All-American C.J. Spiller who will start the opening game for the Buffalo Bills at running back against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday in Buffalo.  Spiller had three rushing touchdowns and a five-yard average in the preseason for the Bills.  His three rushing touchdowns led the NFL in the preseason.  He played just three preseason games.

            Other rookies who made NFL rosters off the 2009 team are Crezdon Butler with Pittsburgh, Kavell Conner with Indianapolis, Jacoby Ford with Oakland, Michael Palmer with Atlanta, Kevin Alexander with Denver and Ricky Sapp with Philadelphia.  Palmer, who set a Clemson record for a tight end with 43 catches last year,  made the Falcons as a free agent.  Alexander is on the Practice Squad with Denver and Sapp is on Injured Reserve with the Eagles.

            Brian Dawkins starts his 16th year in the NFL on Sunday with the Denver Broncos.  It is his second year with the Broncos after 14 years with the Eagles.  He made the NFL Pro Bowl last year, his eighth career Pro Bowl selection, more than any other former Tiger.  Dawkins has already been inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame, the only active Tiger in the NFL in the Clemson Hall of Fame.

            Trevor Pryce is second among former Tigers in seniority in the NFL.  Pryce is in his 15th year in the league,  his fifth with the Baltimore Ravens.  He has 90 career sacks entering this year to match his uniform number.

            The list of former Tigers in the NFL includes former Clemson teammates Charlie Whitehurst, who is in his first year with the Seattle Seahawks, and Anthony Waters, who won a Super Bowl Championship ring with the New Orleans Saints last year.  Chris Clemons is in his second year with the Miami Dolphins and is slated to start at free safety for the Dolphins against Spiller and the Bills on Sunday.

            The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most former Tigers with three (Butler, Nick Eason and Tyler Grisham), while the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins all have two apiece.  Thirteen of the former Tigers are defensive players,  including six defensive linemen, and eight are offensive players, including three wide  receivers.

 

Clemson Players on NFL Rosters in 2010

No     Player                     Pos     CU years    NFL Exp   Team

  48     #Kevin Alexander      LB     2006-09      R               Denver Broncos

  40     Crezdon Butler          CB     2006-09      R               Pittsburgh Steelers

  30     Chris Clemons        SAF     2005-08      2nd             Miami Dolphins

  53     Kavell Conner            LB     2006-09      R               Indianapolis Colts

  28     James Davis             RB     2005-08      2nd             Cleveland Browns

  20     Brian Dawkins        SAF     1992-95      16th            Denver Broncos

  93     Nick Eason               DT     1999-02      8th              Pittsburgh Steelers

  12     Jacoby Ford            WR     2006-09      R               Oakland Raiders

  13     #Tyler Grisham        WR     2005-08      2nd             Pittsburgh Steelers

  56     *Leroy Hill                  LB     2001-04      6th              Seattle Seahawks

  36     Mike Hamlin           SAF     2005-08      2nd             Dallas Cowboys

  97     *Phillip Merling          DE     2005-07      3rd              Miami Dolphins

  81     Michael Palmer         TE     2006-09      R               Atlanta Falcons

  90     Trevor Pryce             DT     1996            15th            Baltimore Ravens

  67     Barry Richardson     OT     2004-07      3rd              Kansas City Chiefs

  94     ^Ricky Sapp             DE     2006-09      R               Philadelphia Eagles

  97     Dorell Scott               DT     2005-08      2nd             St. Louis Rams

  21     C.J. Spiller                RB     2006-09      R               Buffalo Bills

  83     Chansi Stuckey       WR     2003-06      4th              Cleveland Browns

  59     Anthony Waters         LB     2003-06      3rd              New Orleans Saints

    6     Charlie Whitehurst    QB     2002-05      5th              Seattle Seahawks

^-Injured Reserve, # Practice Squad, * Reserve List

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