Thursday, September 8, 2011

THIRTY-SEVEN FORMER OSU PLAYERS ON NFL OPENING DAY ROSTERS

Former Buckeyes linebacker Brian Rolle one
of 37 former OSU players on NFL rosters.
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
Below is a release sent to The Buckeye Times Thursday morning by Ohio State assistant athletics communications director, Jerry Emig ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State players playing in the National Football League this season will number at least 37 as that many Buckeyes made 53-man opening day rosters around the league. The 2011 NFL season gets under way Thursday night when Green Bay hosts New Orleans in a game that will feature four former Buckeyes: A.J. Hawk and Ryan Pickett will suit up for the defending Super Bowl champions and Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith are members of the Saints. 
The list of Buckeyes in the NFL includes seven players off the 2010 team: Chimdi Chekwa (Oakland), Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh), Jermale Hines (St. Louis), Jake McQuaide (St. Louis), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Brian Rolle (Philadelphia) and Dane Sanzenbacher (Chicago).

The list also includes three Buckeyes who have been in the league at least 11 years: Antoine Winfield, who is in his 13th NFL season and is with the Minnesota Vikings; Na’il Diggs, a 12-year vet now with San Diego; and Pickett, in his 11th season and playing with Green Bay.

Three Buckeyes have been signed to NFL team’s practice squads as well, giving the Buckeyes an even 40 alumni currently with an NFL team. Justin Boren is with the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad; Brandon Saine is with Green Bay; and Doug Worthington is with Washington.

The complete list of Buckeyes in the NFL is below:  

Arizona Cardinals
§  RB Beanie Wells –3rd year

Baltimore Ravens
§  OG Justin Boren – Practice Squad

Carolina Panthers
§  CB Chris Gamble – 8th year
§  TE Ben Hartsock – 8th year

Chicago Bears
§  WR Dane Sanzenbacher – Rookie

Cincinnati Bengals
§  DB Nate Clements – 11th year
§  K Mike Nugent – 7th year

Cleveland Browns
§  WR Brian Robiskie – 3rd year

Detroit Lions
§  LB Bobby Carpenter – 6th year
§  OG Rob Sims – 6th year

Green Bay Packers
§  LB A.J. Hawk – 6th year
§  DT Ryan Pickett – 11th year
§  RB Brandon Saine – Practice Squad

Indianapolis Colts
§  WR Anthony Gonzalez – 5th year

Kansas City Chiefs
§  DB Donald Washington – 3rd year

Miami Dolphins
§  WR Brian Hartline – 3rd year
§  LB Austin Spitler – 2nd year

Minnesota Vikings
§  WR Michael Jenkins – 8th year
§  DB Antoine Winfield – 13th year

New Orleans Saints
§  DB Malcolm Jenkins – 3rd year
§  DE Will Smith – 8th year

New York Giants
§  TE Jake Ballard – 2nd year

New York Jets
§  WR Santonio Holmes – 6th year
§  OC Nick Mangold – 6th year

Oakland Raiders
§  DB Chimdi Chekwa – Rookie
§  QB Terrelle Pryor – Rookie

Philadelphia Eagles
§  DB Kurt Coleman – 2nd year
§  LB Brian Rolle – Rookie

Pittsburgh Steelers
§  DB Will Allen – 8th year
§  DE Cam Heyward – Rookie

San Diego Chargers
§  LB Na’il Diggs – 12th year

San Francisco 49ers
§  OT Alex Boone – 2nd year
§  WR Ted Ginn – 5th year
§  LB Larry Grant – 4th year
§  S Donte Whitner – 6th year

St. Louis Rams
§  DB Jermale Hines – Rookie
§  LB James Laurinaitis – 3rd year
§  LS Jake McQuaide – Rookie

Washington Redskins
§  DE Darrion Scott – 5th year
§  DT Doug Worthington – Practice Squad