Eighteen Tigers on NFL Rosters

Sept. 8, 2002

Clemson, SC – Clemson has 18 former players on NFL rosters entering play on September 8th, the opening day of the NFL season. The list includes four players who are now in double digits in the league in terms of years of service. Woody Dantzler, who is on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, is the only member of the 2001 Clemson team to make a roster.

The list of veterans includes Chris Gardocki, who is in his 12th 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 (Denver Broncos) and Levon Kirkland (Philadelphia Eagles) are both in their 11th seasons in the NFL. Kirkland made his 124th consecutive NFL start for the Eagles on Sunday against Tennessee. James Trapp, who is in the Clemson Hall of Fame for his track accomplishments from 1989-93, is in his 10th year in the NFL and is with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers all have two players apiece from Clemson on their respective roster. Twelve of the 18 players are defensive players, including four defensive linemen.

Two former Tigers stood out on week one. Rod Gardner had seven receptions for 131 yards and a score to help Washington to victory in Steve Spurrier’s first game as head coach. Adrian Dingle had two sacks to help the San Diego Chargers to a victory over Cincinnati.

Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters

Name Pos Hgt Wgt CU Yrs NFL Exp NFL Team
Keith Adams LB 5-11 230 98-00 2nd Dallas Cowboys
Lorenzo Bromell DE 6-6 275 96-97 5th Minnesota Vikings
Brentson Buckner DE 6-2 305 90-93 9th Carolina Panthers
& Jim Bundren OT 6-5 305 94-97 4th Miami Dolphins
Robert Carswell DB 5-11 215 97-00 2nd San Diego Chargers
# Woody Dantzler QB 5-11 205 98-01 R Dallas Cowboys
Brian Dawkins DB 5-11 200 92-95 7th Philadelphia Eagles
Adrian Dingle DE 6-3 272 95-98 4th San Diego Chargers
Antwan Edwards DB 6-1 205 95-98 4th Green Bay Packers
Rod Gardner WR 6-3 218 97-00 2nd Washington Redskins
Chris Gardocki P 6-1 200 88-90 12th Cleveland Browns
Lamont Hall TE 6-4 260 94-97 4th New Orleans
Levon Kirkland LB 6-1 270 88-91 11th Philadelphia Eagles
Dexter McCleon DB 5-10 195 93-96 6th St. Louis Rams
Chester McGlockton DT 6-4 329 89-91 11th Denver Broncos
Trevor Pryce DT 6-5 295 1996 6th Denver Broncos
Anthony Simmons LB 6-0 230 95-97 5th Seattle Seahawks
James Trapp DB 6-2 190 89-92 10th Baltimore Ravens

# Practice Squad & Injured reserve