Seventeen Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters

Seventeen Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters

Aug. 1, 2008

Clemson, SC – Seventeen former Clemson football players are currently on NFL rosters according to, the official website of the National Football League. The list includes veteran safety Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles and defensive tackle Trevor Pryce of the Baltimore Ravens.

Dawkins is in his 13th season in the NFL and has been to the Pro Bowl six times, tied for the most Pro Bowls among former Clemson players with Michael Dean Perry, who played in six Pro Bowls between 1988 and 1998. Pryce has played in four Pro Bowls and has two Super Bowl Championship rings.

Four teams have two former Clemson players apiece. The Tampa Bay Bucs, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers all have two former Clemson players apiece. The Bucs have two former Tigers at the same position as Gaines Adams and Charles Bennett, teammates at Clemson from 2003-05, are defensive ends with the Bucs.

Clemson has two rookies on NFL rosters in Phillip Merling of the Miami Dolphins and Barry Richardson of the Kansas City Chiefs. Merling was the 32nd pick of the NFL draft, the first selection of the first round, while Richardson went in the sixth round to the Chiefs.

Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters
No. Player Position Year in NFL Team
90 Gaines Adams DE 2nd Tampa Bay Buccaneers
92 Charles Bennett DE 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers
50 Vince Ciurciu LB 6th Minnesota Vikings
20 Brian Dawkins SS 13th Philadelphia Eagles
93 Nick Eason DT 6th Pittsburgh Steelers
62 Dustin Fry C 2nd St. Louis Rams
23 Jamaal Fudge S 3rd Jacksonville Jaguars
56 LeRoy Hill LB 4th Seattle Seahawks
26 Tye Hill CB 3rd St. Louis Rams
71 Corey Hulsey G 6th Detroit Lions
97 Phillip Merling DE R Miami Dolphins
21 Justin Miller CB 4th New York Jets
90 Trevor Pryce DT 12th Baltimore Ravens
67 Barry Richardson OT R Kansas City Chiefs
83 Chansi Stuckey WR 2nd New York Jets
53 Anthony Waters LB 2nd San Diego Chargers
6 Charlie Whitehurst QB 3rd San Dieog Chargers
* as of July 31, 2008