Fifteen Former Tigers Open Season on NFL Rosters

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Gaines Adams rushes the passer during the game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Stadium in Tampa, Fl. (Photos: Icon SMI)

Clemson, SC—Fifteen former Clemson players, led by seven-time Pro Bowl performer Brian Dawkins, are on NFL rosters as the first full Sunday of games kicks off on September 13. The list includes five members of the 2008 team who will be playing their rookie seasons in the NFL.

The list of newcomers to the league includes James Davis (Cleveland Browns), Michael Hamlin (Dallas Cowboys), Chris Clemons (Miami Dolphins), Dorell Scott (St. Louis Rams) and Tyler Grisham (Pittsburgh Steelers). All are on the active roster except for Grisham, who is on the Steelers practice squad.

Davis finished his Clemson career second in rushing and first in rushing touchdowns. He had an 81-yard touchdown run during the preseason for the Browns and led the team in rushing. Hamlin finished his Clemson career second in career takeaways with 18, while Clemons was among the top tacklers in school history for the secondary.

The veterans on NFL rosters from Clemson include four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion Trevor Pryce, who is in his 13th season in the NFL. Brian Dawkins is now with the Denver Broncos after 13 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been named to the NFL Pro Bowl seven times, fourth among safeties in the history of the League.

Other prominent former Tigers in the NFL include Gaines Adams (Tampa Bay Bucs), Chansi Stuckey (New York Jets), Leroy Hill (Seattle Seahawks) and Nick Eason of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Miami Dolphins (Phillip Merling, Chris Clemons) and the Pitsburgh Steelers (Nick Eason, Tyler Grisham) are the only

Former Tigers on NFL Rosters (2009)

No	Name			Team			Pos.	Yrs
90	Trevor Pryce		Baltimore Ravens	DT	13
28	James Davis		Cleveland Browns	RB	R
20	Brian Dawkins		Denver Broncos		S	14
30	Chris Clemons		Miami Dolphins		SAF	R
97	Phillip Merling		Miami Dolphins		DE	2
83	Chansi Stuckey		New York Jets		WR	3
93	Nick Eason		Pittsburgh Steelers	DT	7
19	#Tyler Grisham		Pittsburgh Steelers	WR	R
6	Charlie Whitehurst	San Diego Chargers	QB	4
36 	Michael Hamlin		Dallas Cowboys		S	R
56	Leroy Hill		Seattle Seahawks	LB	5
24	Tye Hill		Atlanta Falcons		CB	4
97	Dorell Scott		St. Louis Rams		DT	R
90	Gaines Adams		Tampa Bay Bucs		DE	3
67	#Barry Richardson	Kansas City Chiefs	OT	2
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