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Former Tigers Abundant At NFL Camps

Former Tigers Abundant At NFL Camps

July 31, 2001

Clemson, SC – Thirty former Clemson football players are currently listed on NFL rosters. All NFL camps are now in session as the league prepares for the season openers on September 8. The list of 30 former Clemson players includes 11 who will be trying to make an active NFL roster for the first time. That list includes seven players from last year’s 9-3 Clemson team that finished 14th in the final USA Today Coaches poll.

The list of former Tigers on current NFL rosters includes four players who will be in at least their 10th year in the NFL. Chris Gardocki, who will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame this year, is the dean of former Tigers in the NFL. The Pro Bowl punter now with the Cleveland Browns is in his 11th season. He led the NFL in net punting last year and was named the most valuable player of the Browns team for 2000.

Chester McGlockton (Denver Broncos) , Ed McDaniel (Minnesota Vikings) and Levon Kirkland (Seattle Seahawks) are all in their 10th seasons in the league. The last three playes are three of six members of the 1991 Clemson ACC Championship team that is still active in the NFL. The others are James Trapp (Baltimore Ravens), Brentson Buckner (Carolina Panthers) and Curtis Whitley (Oakland Raiders).

Six of the former Tigers in the NFL have already been chosen to the Pro Bowl. That list includes Gardocki, Kirkland, McDaniel, McGlockton, Trevor Pryce (Denver) and Brian Dawkins (Philadelphia). Four active former Tigers already have Super Bowl Championship Rings. That list includes Pryce (twice), James Trapp (Baltimore in 2000), Tony Horne (St. Louis in 1999) and Dexter McCleon (St. Louis in 1999).

The Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers have the most former Tigers in their camps with three apiece. The Seattle Seahawks could start two former Tigers at linebacker in Anthony Simmons and Kirkland, while McGlockton and Trevor Pryce could be side by side on the defensive line in Denver.

The list of former Tigers in the NFL include 20 defensive players, nine offensive players and one special teams player. Eight of the players are defensive linemen, while six are linebackers and six are defensive backs.

Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters
Name Pos Hgt Wgt CU NFL Exp NFL Team
Raham Abdullah LB 6-5 233 96-98 3rd Cleveland Browns
Keith Adams LB 6-0 220 98-00 R Tennessee Titans
Lorenzo Bromell DE 6-6 275 96-97 4th Miami Dolphins
Terry Bryant DT 6-4 275 97-00 R Washington Redskins
Brentson Buckner DE 6-2 305 90-93 8th Carolina Panthers
Jim Bundren OG 6-3 303 94-97 3rd Cleveland Browns
Robert Carswell DB 5-11 215 97-00 R San Diego Chargers
O.J. Childress LB 6-1 245 95-98 2nd Carolina Panthers
Darrel Crutchfield DB 6-0 177 97-00 R Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Dawkins DB 5-11 200 92-95 6th Philadelphia Eagles
Adrian Dingle DE 6-3 272 95-98 3rd San Diego Chargers
Antwan Edwards DB 6-1 205 95-98 3rd Green Bay Packers
Jason Gamble C 6-3 307 97-98 R Dallas Cowboys
Rod Gardner WR 6-3 218 97-00 R Washington Redskins
Chris Gardocki P 6-1 200 88-90 11th Cleveland Browns
Lamont Hall TE 6-4 260 94-97 3rd New Orleans
Tony Horne WR 5-9 205 94-97 4th Kansas City Chiefs
Corey Hulsey OG 6-6 338 96-98 R Buffalo Bills
Terry Jolly DT 6-2 280 97-00 R Tampa Bay Bucs
Levon Kirkland LB 6-1 270 88-91 10th Seattle Seahawks
Dexter McCleon DB 5-10 195 93-96 5th St. Louis Rams
Ed McDaniel LB 5-11 230 88-91 10th Minnesota Vikings
Chester McGlockton DT 6-4 329 89-91 10th Denver Broncos
Damonte McKenzie DT 6-2 280 95-98 R New York Giants
Trevor Pryce DT 6-5 295 1996 5th Denver Broncos
Glenn Rountree OG 6-3 300 94-97 R Green Bay Packers
Anthony Simmons LB 6-0 230 95-97 4th Seattle Seahawks
James Trapp DB 6-2 190 89-92 9th Baltimore Ravens
Curtis Whitley C 6-1 295 88-91 7th Oakland Raiders
Terry Witherspoon FB 5-11 255 97-00 R San Diego Chargers