Former Clemson Players On NFL Rosters


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Clemson, SC - Twenty-five former Clemson football players are listed on NFL rosters heading into the preseason camps. Most of the camps start this weekend, leading towards the opening of the NFL season the weekend of September 9.


Leading the way in terms of experience is Chris Gardocki, the punter with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is in his 16th year in the NFL. He won his first Super Bowl Championship ring last year with the Steelers. Brian Dawkins has completed 10 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, including five years in which he has been chosen to the Pro Bowl.


Trevor Pryce is a third former Tiger with double digits years of experience. Now in his 10th year, Pryce is now with the Baltimore Ravens after nine seasons with the Denver Broncos. Pryce, an All-ACC defensive tackle at Clemson in 1996, has been named to the Pro Bowl four times and has two Super Bowl Championship rings.


Anthony Simmons is another veteran of the NFL who had an All-America career at Clemson. Simmons missed last season due to injury and is now with the New Orleans Saints.


The 25 former Tigers are on 21 different NFL teams. Three are with the Oakland Raiders, while two each are with Seattle and two with the Atlanta Falcons. There are 14 former Clemson players on rosters who are defensive players, nine on offense and one on special teams. Six of the players (Keith Adams, Brian Dawkins, Chris Gardocki, LeRoy Hill, Justin Miller and Trevor Pryce) were considered starters during the 2005 season.


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list includes five players who were members of Clemson's 2005 team. Tye Hill is a cornerback with St. Louis after he was chosen in the first round, the 15th pick of the draft. Charlie Whitehurst is in camp with the San Diego Chargers after he was drafted in the third round, and Charles Bennett is with Tampa Bay after he was chosen in the seventh round. Steven Jackson (Minnesota) and Jamaal Fudge (Jacksonville) are two members of the 2005 Clemson team who are still on NFL rosters after signing free agent contracts.


The list of former Tigers going to camps could increase in the next few weeks. Four former Tigers who played in the NFL in 2005 are free agents, but have not yet signed with a team. The list included 12-year NFL veteran Brentson Buckner, who was with the Carolina Panthers last year, cornerback Dexter McCleon, tight end Lamont Hall and cornerback Antuan Edwards.

No Name                 P  E Years    Team 
50 Keith Adams          LB 4 1998-00  Carolina Panthers 
93 Charles Bennett 	LB R 2002-05  Tampa Bay Bucs 
17 Airese Currie 	WR 1 2001-04  Chicago Bears 
20 Brian Dawkins 	SS 10 1992-95 Philadelphia Eagles 
98 Nick Eason 		DT 2 1998-01  Cleveland Browns 
42 Jamaal Fudge 	FS R 2002-05  Jacksonville Jaguars 
82 Rod Gardner 		WR 5 1997-00  Green Bay Packers 
17 Chris Gardocki 	P 15 1988-90  Pittsburgh Steelers 
84 Ben Hall 		TE 1 2001-04  Arizona Cardinals 
88 Derrick Hamilton 	WR 2 2000-03  San Francisco 49ers  
66 William Henry 	OG 1 2000-03  Seattle Seahawks 
56 LeRoy Hill 		LB 1 2001-04  Seattle Seahawks 
31 Tye Hill 		CB R 2002-05  St. Louis Rams 
71 Corey Hulsey 	OG 5 1996-98  Oakland Raiders 
33 Steven Jackson 	FB R 2003-05  Minnesota Vikings 
90 Vontrell Jamison 	DE 1 2002-04  Dallas Cowboys 
53 John Leake 		LB 1 2001-04  Atlanta Falcons 
98 Bryant McNeal 	LB 1 1999-02  Oakland Raiders 
22 Justin Miller 	CB 1 2002-04  New York Jets 
90 Trevor Pryce 	DE 9 1996     Baltimore Ravens 
50 Anthony Simmons 	LB 7 1995-97  New Orleans Saints 
95 Khaleed Vaughn 	DE 2 2000-03  Denver Broncos 
95 Donnell Washington 	DT 3 2001-03  Oakland Raiders 
6 Charlie Whitehurst 	QB R 2002-05  San Diego Chargers 
17 Kevin Youngblood 	WR 1 2000-03  Atlanta Falcons 


Former Clemson Players who played in the NFL last Year who are unsigned free agents at the current time:


No Name 		P  E  Years   Team 
22 Dexter McCleon 	CB 9  1993-96 Kansas City Chiefs 
99 Brentson Buckner 	DT 12 1990-93 Carolina Panthers 
89 Lamont Hall 		TE 5  1994-97 New Orleans Saints 
24 Antuan Edwards 	CB 7  1995-98 Atlanta Falcons 

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