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Twenty-Five Former Tigers on NFL Rosters
By: Clemson Sports Information  
Release:  09/02/2012
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        


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