Sept. 10, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson has 19 former players on NFL opening day rosters heading into the first week of the regular season (September 12). The list includes two players off of last year’s team, Rahim Abdullah and Antwan Edwards. A third player, O.J. Childress, is on the practice squad for the New York Giants.
The list below does not include three players on various injured lists. Raymond Priester is on injured reserve with the New York Giants, Jason Gamble is on injured reserve with the Tennessee Titans, and Adrian Dingle is on the injured list with the San Diego Chargers.
Terry Allen, one of the top running backs in the league in the 1990s, is in his 10th NFL season and he has the most NFL experience among former Clemson players in the NFL.
The new Cleveland Browns have the most former Tigers with three. Rahim Abdullah, Jim Bundren and Chris Gardocki are all on the Browns roster. That team has former Clemson wide receiver Dwight Clark as its general manager, while former Clemson All-America wide receiver Jerry Butler is the team’s wide receivers coach.
Seventeen of the former players are defensive players, an example of Clemson’s defensive prowess in recent years. The list includes six linebackers, Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel, Rahim Abdullah, Anthony Simmons, Patrick Sapp and Mike Barber. O.J. Childress is a seventh former linebacker, Childress is on the practice squad for the Giants.
Tigers in the National Football League
Name Pos NFL Team YrsRahim Abdullah OLB Cleveland Browns RTerry Allen RB New England Patriots 9Mike Barber LB Indianapolis Colts 4Lorenzo Bromell DE Miami Dolphins 1Brentson Buckner DE San Francisco 49ers 5Jim Bundren C Cleveland Browns 1#O.J. Childress LB New York Giants RBrian Dawkins DB Philadelphia Eagles 3$Adrian Dingle DE San Diego Chargers RAntwan Edwards CB Green Bay Packers RLeomont Evans DB Washington Redskins 3$Jason Gamble C Tennessee Titans RChris Gardocki P Cleveland Browns 8Tony Horne WR St. Louis Rams 1Levon Kirkland LB Pittsburgh Steelers 7Dexter McCleon DB St. Louis Rams 2Ed McDaniel LB Minnesota Vikings 7Chester McGlockton DT Kansas City Chiefs 7 $Raymond Priester RB New York Giants 1Trevor Pryce DT Denver Broncos 2Patrick Sapp LB Arizona Cardinals 3Anthony Simmons LB Seattle Seahawks 1James Trapp SS Baltimore Ravens 6
#Practice Squad.$ injured reserve.
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