Nineteen Tigers in the NFL


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CLEMSON -- There are currently 19 former Clemson football players on rosters of NFL teams. The list includes four rookies who played on Clemson's 2004 team and three other players who left Clemson after the 2003 season to become practice squad players in 2004. They are also considered rookies in 2005.

At the other end of the spectrum are Chris Gardocki, Brentson Buckner and Brian Dawkins. Gardocki is in his 15th NFL season, the most ever for a former Clemson player in terms of NFL service. He is currently the starting punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buckner is in his 12th NFL season, his fifth with the Carolina Panthers as a starting defensive tackle. He is tied for the longest service among former Clemson defensive linemen with his 12 seasons. Jeff Bryant also played 12 years in the NFL. Dawkins, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is in his 10th year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Trevor Pryce (Denver) and Dexter McCleon (Kansas City) are both in their ninth seasons.


Among the rookies in the NFL from Clemson are LeRoy Hill and Justin Miller. Hill is a second team linebacker and special teams player for Seattle. Miller is a second team cornerback who has continued his outstanding kickoff return abilities at the next level. Through three weeks, Miller ranks fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average with a 28.6 figure. He had a 30.7 average at Clemson, the fourth highest average in college football history.

No Name 		Pos Hgt Wgt Yrs Team 
57 Keith Adams 		LB 5-11 223 4  Philadelphia Eagles 
99 Brentson Buckner 	DT 6-2  310 12 Carolina Panthers 
64 #Eric Coleman 	DT 6-5  300 R  Minnesota Vikings 
17 $Airese Currie 	WR 5-10 186 R  Chicago Bears 
20 Brian Dawkins 	FS 6-0  210 10 Philadelphia Eagles 
98 Nick Eason 		DT 6-3  301 2  Cleveland Browns 
87 Rod Gardner 		WR 6-2  213 5  Carolina Panthers 
17 Chris Gardocki 	P  6-1  192 15 Pittsburgh Steelers 
89 Lamont Hall 		TE 6-4  260 5  New Orleans Saints  
88 *Derrick Hamilton 	WR 6-4  203 2  San Francisco 49ers 
56 Leroy Hill 		LB 6-1  224 R  Seattle Seahawks 
71 Corey Hulsey 	OG 6-4  325 4  Oakland Raiders 
46 John Leake 		LB 6-0  228 1  Atlanta Falcons 
22 Dexter McCleon 	CB 5-10 195 9  Kansas City Chiefs 
22 Justin Miller 	CB 5-10 202 R  New York Jets 
93 Trevor Pryce 	DE 6-5  295 9  Denver Broncos 
99 #Khaleed Vaughn 	DE 6-4  276 2  Atlanta Falcons 
95 Donnell Washington 	DT 6-6  323 1  Green Bay Packers 
17 #Kevin Youngblood 	WR 6-5  215 1  Atlanta Falcons 

#Denotes practice squad

$Non football injury list

*Physically unable to perform list

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