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Twenty-Five Former Tigers on NFL Rosters

Twenty-Five Former Tigers on NFL Rosters

CLEMSON, SC – According to rosters on the NFL website (as of September 2), 25 former Clemson football players are currently on NFL rosters. The list includes 11 defensive linemen.  At least one former Tiger is represented on the rosters of 18 of the 32 teams.  Seven different teams have two former Tigers.

As stated above, there are more defensive linemen on the list than any other position with eight.  There are five defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two running backs, and one quarterback.  Fifteen of the 25 players are defensive players.

The veteran of the group is Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Nick Eason, who is in his 10th year in the NFL.   Five of the players are rookies and were starters on Clemson’s 2011 ACC Championship team.  Those players are Dwayne Allen, Andre Branch, Coty Sensabaugh, Antoine McClain and Brandon Thompson.

Twenty-one of the players are on active rosters, one on an injury list and three on the practice squad.

For the first time since 1996, Brian Dawkins is not on this list.  Dawkins retired in the off season after 17 years in the NFL.  He made the pro bowl in his final year.

Former Clemson Players in NFL(as of 9/2/12)
Name Position Team Years in NFL Years at Clemson
Dwayne Allen TE Indianapolis Colts R 2008-11
Da’Quan Bowers DE *Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2nd 2008-10
Andre Branch DE Jacksonville Jaguars R 2008-11
Crezdon Butler CB Washington Redskins 3rd 2006-09
Chris Clemons S Miami Dolphins 4th 2005-08
Kavell Conner LB Indianapolis Colts 3rd 2006-09
Nick Eason DT Arizona Cardinals 10th 1999-2002
Jacoby Ford WR Oakland Raiders 3rd 2006-09
Marcus Gilchrist SS San Diego Chargers 2nd 2007-10
Tyler Grisham WR %Denver Broncos 4th 2005-08
Chris Hairston OT Buffalo Bills 2nd 2007-10
Jamie Harper RB Tennessee Titans 2nd 2008-10
Leroy Hill LB Seattle Seahawks 8th 2001-04
Jarvis Jenkins DE Washington Redskins 2nd 2007-10
Byron Maxwell CB Seattle Seahawks 2nd 2007-10
Antoine McClain OG %Baltimore Ravens R 2008-11
Phillip Merling DE Green Bay Packers 5th 2005-07
Michael Palmer TE Atlanta Falcons 3rd 2006-09
Barry Richardson OT St. Louis Rams 5th 2004-07
Ricky Sapp DE %New York Jets 3rd 2006-09
Dorell Scott DT St. Louis Rams 4th 2005-08
Coty Sensabaugh CB Tennessee Titans R 2008-11
C.J. Spiller RB Buffalo Bills 3rd 2006-09
Brandon Thompson DT Cincinnati Bengals R 2008-11
Charlie Whitehurst QB San Diego Chargers 7th 2002-05
* – injury list        
% – practice squad