Twenty-one former Tigers on NFL rosters

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Clemson, SC -- Twenty-one former Clemson football players, including seven members of last year’s ACC Atlantic Division Championship team, are on NFL rosters as league play opens Thursday night. Sixteen of the players are on active rosters and five are on either the Practice Squad or Reserve Squads.

The list of seven rookies from Clemson on NFL rosters includes 2009 unanimous first-team All-American C.J. Spiller who will start the opening game for the Buffalo Bills at running back against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday in Buffalo. Spiller had three rushing touchdowns and a five-yard average in the preseason for the Bills. His three rushing touchdowns led the NFL in the preseason. He played just three preseason games.

Other rookies who made NFL rosters off the 2009 team are Crezdon Butler with Pittsburgh, Kavell Conner with Indianapolis, Jacoby Ford with Oakland, Michael Palmer with Atlanta, Kevin Alexander with Denver and Ricky Sapp with Philadelphia. Palmer, who set a Clemson record for a tight end with 43 catches last year, made the Falcons as a free agent. Alexander is on the Practice Squad with Denver and Sapp is on Injured Reserve with the Eagles.

Brian Dawkins starts his 16th year in the NFL on Sunday with the Denver Broncos. It is his second year with the Broncos after 14 years with the Eagles. He made the NFL Pro Bowl last year, his eighth career Pro Bowl selection, more than any other former Tiger. Dawkins has already been inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame, the only active Tiger in the NFL in the Clemson Hall of Fame.

Trevor Pryce is second among former Tigers in seniority in the NFL. Pryce is in his 15th year in the league, his fifth with the Baltimore Ravens. He has 90 career sacks entering this year to match his uniform number.

The list of former Tigers in the NFL includes former Clemson teammates Charlie Whitehurst, who is in his first year with the Seattle Seahawks, and Anthony Waters, who won a Super Bowl Championship ring with the New Orleans Saints last year. Chris Clemons is in his second year with the Miami Dolphins and is slated to start at free safety for the Dolphins against Spiller and the Bills on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most former Tigers with three (Butler, Nick Eason and Tyler Grisham), while the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins all have two apiece. Thirteen of the former Tigers are defensive players, including six defensive linemen, and eight are offensive players, including three wide receivers.

Clemson Players on NFL Rosters in 2010

No	Player			Pos	CU year	NFL Exp	Team
48	#Kevin Alexander	LB	2006-09	R	Denver Broncos
40	Crezdon Butler		CB	2006-09	R	Pittsburgh Steelers
30	Chris Clemons		SAF	2005-08	2nd	Miami Dolphins
53	Kavell Conner		LB	2006-09	R	Indianapolis Colts
28	James Davis		RB	2005-08	2nd	Cleveland Browns
20	Brian Dawkins		SAF	1992-95	16th	Denver Broncos
93	Nick Eason		DT	1999-02	8th	Pittsburgh Steelers
12	Jacoby Ford		WR	2006-09	R	Oakland Raiders
13	#Tyler Grisham		WR	2005-08	2nd	Pittsburgh Steelers
56	*Leroy Hill		LB	2001-04	6th	Seattle Seahawks
36	Mike Hamlin		SAF	2005-08	2nd	Dallas Cowboys
97	*Phillip Merling	DE	2005-07	3rd	Miami Dolphins
81	Michael Palmer		TE	2006-09	R	Atlanta Falcons
90	Trevor Pryce		DT	1996	15th	Baltimore Ravens
67	Barry Richardson	OT	2004-07	3rd	Kansas City Chiefs
94	^Ricky Sapp		DE	2006-09	R	Philadelphia Eagles
97	Dorell Scott		DT	2005-08	2nd	St. Louis Rams
21	C.J. Spiller		RB	2006-09	R	Buffalo Bills
83	Chansi Stuckey		WR	2003-06	4th	Cleveland Browns
59	Anthony Waters		LB	2003-06	3rd	New Orleans Saints
6	Charlie Whitehurst	QB	2002-05	5th	Seattle Seahawks

^-Injured Reserve, # Practice Squad, * Reserve List

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