Sept. 1, 2003
Clemson has 19 former players on NFL rosters, including three injured reserve players, according to rosters released by NFL clubs on Sunday. Sunday was the final day of cuts for the league, which will begin play this Thursday.
The list of active players includes rookie Bryant McNeal with the Denver Broncos, who was a starter for Clemson just last season. Nick Eason, who was drafted in the fourth round along with McNeal, is on injured reserve due to an Achilles tendon problem. Gary Byrd, a senior in 2002, is also on injured reserve, with the Buffalo Bills.
The list of veterans includes Chris Gardocki, who is in his 13th year in the NFL as a punter. The former pro bowl punter is with the Cleveland Browns. Gardocki holds the career punting average record for both the Browns (44.1) and the Indianapolis Colts (44.8). Chester McGlockton (New York Jets), James Trapp (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Brentson Buckner (Carolina Panthers) are three other former Tigers who are in double figures in years of experience in the NFL. Trapp, who is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame for his track accomplishments, is in his 11th year in the league, his first with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a member of the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Championship team two years back.
Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters Name Pos Hgt Wgt CU NFL Exp Team Keith Adams LB 5-11 230 98-00 3rd Philadelphia Eagles Brentson Buckner DE 6-2 305 90-93 10th Carolina Panthers #Gary Byrd OT 6-4 320 99-02 R Buffalo Bills Woody Dantzler QB 5-11 205 98-01 2nd Dallas Cowboys Brian Dawkins DB 5-11 200 92-95 8th Philadelphia Eagles Adrian Dingle DE 6-3 272 95-98 5th San Diego Chargers #Nick Eason DT 6-3 290 99-02 R Denver Broncos Antwan Edwards DB 6-1 205 95-98 5th Green Bay Packers Rod Gardner WR 6-3 218 97-00 3rd Washington Redskins Chris Gardocki P 6-1 200 88-90 13th Cleveland Browns Lamont Hall TE 6-4 260 94-97 5th Atlanta Falcons #Corey Hulsey OL 6-5 330 96-98 2nd Oakland Raiders Dexter McCleon DB 5-10 195 93-96 7th Kansas City Chiefs Chester McGlockton DT 6-4 335 89-91 12th New York Jets Bryant McNeal DE 6-4 250 99-02 R Denver Broncos Trevor Pryce DT 6-5 295 1996 7th Denver Broncos Anthony Simmons LB 6-0 230 95-97 6th Seattle Seahawks James Trapp DB 6-2 190 89-92 11th Jacksonville Jaguars # Injured Reserve
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