Georgia Tied For Third-Most Players On NFL Rosters

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    Georgia Tied For Third-Most Players On NFL Rosters
    Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications
    Release: 09/11/2008

    Courtesy: Associated Press
    Nors reporting Bureau

    ATHENS, Ga. --- A total of 36 former Georgia football players, tied for third most of any school, were on NFL rosters during the opening weekend of 2008 season. Of the 36 former Bulldogs, 28 saw action including Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward, who hauled in six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 38-17 victory over Houston, and John Kasay, who booted four field goals in Carolina’s 26-24 win at San Diego.

    For the third consecutive year, Miami had the most players on NFL rosters during opening weekend with 44 followed by Florida State with 37 and Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State with 36.

    Georgia’s nine defensive ends in the league is tied with Ohio State’s nine linebackers and Miami’s nine defensive backs for the most players represented at any one position.

    Georgia’s 36 players on NFL rosters are: Champ Bailey, CB, Denver; Boss Bailey, LB, Denver; Reggie Brown, WR, Philadelphia; Chris Clemons, DE, Philadelphia; Nic Clemons , DE, Denver; Brandon Coutu, PK, Seattle; Thomas Davis, LB, Carolina; Demetric Evans, DE, Washington; Jason Ferguson, DT, Miami; George Foster, OT, Detroit; Robert Geathers, DE, Cincinnati; Tony Gilbert, LB, Atlanta; Kedric Golston, DT, Washington; Charles Grant, DE, New Orleans; Marcus Howard, LB, Indianapolis; Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Philadelphia; Tim Jennings, S, Indianapolis; Jonas Jennings, OT, San Francisco; Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina; Sean Jones, FS, Cleveland; John Kasay, PK, Carolina; Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Green Bay; Randy McMichael, TE, St. Louis; Martrez Milner, TE, Atlanta; Quentin Moses, LB, Miami; Paul Oliver, CB, San Diego; Jermaine Phillips, S, Tampa Bay; Leonard Pope, TE, Arizona; Richard Seymour, DL, New England; D.J. Shockley, QB, Atlanta; Jon Stinchcomb, OT, New Orleans; Marcus Stroud, DT, Buffalo; Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh; Danny Ware, RB, New York; Benjamin Watson, TE, New England; Will Witherspoon, LB, St. Louis.

    In addition, seven former Bulldogs are currently on NFL practice squads, injured-reserve or injury settlement lists including Brandon Miller, LB, Atlanta; Dennis Roland, OT, Cincinnati; Fernando Velasco, OL, Tennessee; Thomas Brown, RB, Atlanta; Phillip Daniels, DE, Washington; Chester Adams, G, Chicago; Arnold Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh.

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