32 former Tigers on NFL rosters

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Clemson, SC—Thirty-two former Clemson football players are on NFL rosters according to information on the NFL’s website. The list includes 10 members of last year’s Clemson team that won 11 games and finished ninth in the final USA Today Coaches poll. It was the most wins for the Clemson program since 1981.

Twenty-nine of the 32 players on the list below played at least one season for current Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Seventeen of the players on the 2009 team, his first team, have played in at least one NFL game. Twenty-seven of the 32 players on the list below were on the 2009 Clemson roster.

Former Clemson players are represented on 20 of the 32 NFL teams with the most former Tigers on the Buffalo Bills. Five former Clemson players, Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Defensive End
#90 6-6, 255
Charlotte, NC

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, Crezdon ButlerCrezdon Butler
Defensive Back
# 6-0, 180
Asheville, NC

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, Chris HairstonChris Hairston
Offensive Line
#61 6-7, 325
Winston-Salem, NC

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, C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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and Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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are on the Bills roster. Spiller was a Pro Bowl running back last year.

Eight different teams have two former Clemson players apiece. Those teams are the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans.

The list of former Tigers on NFL rosters is well distributed by position. There four linebackers, four defensive ends, four cornerbacks, three wide receivers, three cornerbacks, three defensive tackles, three tight ends, two centers, two running backs, a quarterback, an offensive tackle and an offensive guard.

The senior most player on the list is quarterback Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
#6 6-4, 225
Duluth, GA

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who is in his eighth year in the NFL. He is in his second tour of duty with the San Diego Chargers. He was Clemson’s starting quarterback from 2002-05.

Three players not on the list below are free agents Barry RichardsonBarry Richardson
Offensive Tackle
#79 6-7, 330
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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, Jamie HarperJamie Harper
Running Back
#8 6-0, 235
Jacksonville, FL

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and Nick EasonNick Eason
Defensive Line
# 6-3, 305
Lyons, GA

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. All played last season, Richardson with the St. Louis Rams, Harper with the Tennessee Titans and Eason with the Arizona Cardinals. Their status for 2013 is unknown.

Richardson has played in 64 games over the last four years, 49 as a starter. Richardson, Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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and Chris Clemons were the only former Tigers who starter all 16 games for their respective teams last year.

Former Clemson Football Players on NFL Rosters
(As of May 10, 2013)

No	Name			Team			Pos	Yrs	CU Years
83	Dwayne Allen		Indianapolis Colts	TE	2nd	2009-11
71	Thomas AustinThomas Austin
 Offensive Line
# 6-4, 285
Camden, SC
View Full Profile		Carolina Panthers	C	4th	2006-09
	Spencer BentonSpencer Benton
 Punter / Kicker
#13 6-1, 195
Myrtle Beach, SC
View Full Profile		Dallas Cowboys		PK	R	2009-12
91	Da’Quan Bowers		Tampa Bay Bucs		DE	3rd	2008-10
40	Andre BranchAndre Branch
 Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA
View Full Profile		Jacksonville Jags	DE	2nd	2008-11
	Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
Gr. Defensive Back
#9 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL
View Full Profile		Dallas Cowboys		DB	R	2009-12
56	Kourtnei Brown		Buffalo Bills		LB	R	2008-11
13	Jaron BrownJaron Brown
 Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 205
Cheraw, SC
View Full Profile		Arizona Cardinals	WR	R	2009-12
29	Crezdon Butler		Buffalo Bills		CB	4th	2006-09
	Miguel ChavisMiguel Chavis
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#89 6-5, 285
Fayetteville, NC
View Full Profile		Kansas City Chiefs	DT	R	2007-10
30	Chris Clemmons		Miami Dolphins		S	5th	2005-08
53	Kavell Connor		Indianapolis Colts	LB	4th	2006-09
38	Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
 Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC
View Full Profile		Arizona Cardinals	RB	R	2009-12
49	Brandon FordBrandon Ford
 Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC
View Full Profile		N.E. Patriots		TE	R	2009-12
12	Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
 Wide Receiver
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL
View Full Profile		Oakland Raiders		WR	4th	2006-09
63	Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC
View Full Profile		New York Jets		C	R	2009-12
38	Marcus GilchristMarcus Gilchrist
 Defensive Back
#12 5-11, 190
High Point, NC
View Full Profile	San Diego Chargers	DB	3rd	2007-10
93	Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
 Defensive End
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC
View Full Profile	Atlanta Falcons		DE	R	2009-12
75	Chris Hairston		Buffalo Bills		OT	3rd	2007-10
10	DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
 Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC
View Full Profile		Houston Texans		WR	R	2010-12
99	Jarvis JenkinsJarvis Jenkins
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-4, 315
Clemson, SC
View Full Profile		Washington Redskins	DT	3rd	2007-10
60	Antoine McClainAntoine McClain
 Offensive Guard
#74 6-6, 335
Anniston, AL
View Full Profile		Baltimore Ravens	OG	2nd	2008-11
41	Byron MaxwellByron Maxwell
 Defensive Back
#36 6-1, 205
North Charleston, SC
View Full Profile		Seattle Seahawks	CB	4th	2006-09
36	Jonathan Meeks		Buffalo Bills		S	R	2009-12
93	Phillip MerlingPhillip Merling
 Defensive End
# 6-6, 275
Cordova, TN
View Full Profile		Washington Redskins	DE	6th	2005-07
81	Michael PalmerMichael Palmer
 Tight End
# 6-4, 228
Lilburn, GA
View Full Profile		Atlanta Falcons		TE	4th	2006-09
55	Ricky SappRicky Sapp
 Defensive Line
# 6-4, 240
Bamberg, SC
View Full Profile		New York Jets		LB	4th	2006-09
24	Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
#15 6-0, 185
Kingsport, TN
View Full Profile		Tennessee Titans	CB	2nd	2008-11
28	C.J. Spiller		Buffalo Bills		RB	4th	2006-09
98	Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
 Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA
View Full Profile	Cincinnati Bengals	DT	2nd	2008-11
6	Charlie Whitehurst	San Diego Chargers	WR	8th	2002-05
	Tig Willard		Tennessee Titans	LB	R	2009-12

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