26 former Tigers on NFL teams

According to NFL rosters on the NFL.com website on Monday night, September 1, 26 former Clemson players were on NFL teams.



Twenty-five of the 26 were on the active 53-man roster. The only one who was not was rookie offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who is on injured reserve with the San Francisco 49ers.

Here are some other notes about former Tigers in the NFL:

•Thirteen former Tigers on NFL rosters are offensive players, 12 are defensive players, and one (Chandler Catanzaro) is a special teams player.

•Sixteen of the 26 former Tigers on NFL rosters were on the Clemson 2011 roster that won the ACC Championship.

•Eight of the teams have multiple Clemson players on their roster. The list is led by the Buffalo Bills, who have four former Tigers (C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Chris Hairston, Jonathan Meeks.). The Arizona Cardinals have three in Andre Ellington, Jaron Brown and Chandler Catanzaro. San Diego, Pittsburgh, Houston, Washington and Jacksonville all have two apiece.

•Six members of the 2013 Clemson team that finished in the top 10 in both wire service polls, made NFL rosters as rookies. Bashaud Breeland (Washington), Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh), Chandler Catanzaro (Arizona), Tyler Shatley (Jacksonville), Brandon Thomas (San Francisco) and Sammy Watkins (Buffalo) all made rosters in their first season.

•The veteran of the list is quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who will be in his ninth year in the league. He is with the Tennessee Titans.

*Clemson has at least one former player on 15 of the 32 NFL teams.

FORMER TIGERS IN THE NFL
Dwayne Allen, TE Indianapolis Colts 2009-11
^Thomas Austin, C Indianapolis Colts 2006-09
Da'Quan Bowers, DE Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008-10
Andre Branch, DE Jacksonville Jaguars 2008-11
Jaron Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals 2009-12
Chris Clemons, FS Miami Dolphins 2005-08
Kavell Connor, LB Indianapolis Colts 2006-09
Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals 2009-12
Jacoby Ford, WR Oakland Raiders 2006-09
^Dalton Freeman, C New York Jets 2009-12
Marcus Gilchrist, CB San Diego Chargers 2007-10
Malliciah Goodman, DE Atlanta Falcons 2009-12
#Chris Hairston, OT Buffalo Bills 2007-10
DeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston Texans 2010-12
Jarvis Jenkins, DT Washington Redskins 2007-10
Byron Maxwell, SS Seattle Seahawks 2007-10
Antoine McClain, OT Oakland Raiders 2008-11
Jonathan Meeks, SS Buffalo Bills 2009-12
Phillip Merling, DE Washington Redskins 2005-07
Michael Palmer, TE Seattle Seahawks 2006-09
Ricky Sapp, DE New York Jets 2006-09
Coty Sensabaugh, CB Tennessee Titans 2008-11
CJ Spiller, RB Buffalo Bills 2006-09
Brandon Thompson, DT Cincinnati Bengals 2008-11
Charlie Whitehurst, QB San Diego Chargers 2002-05
^Jonathan Willard, LB Tennessee Titans 2009-12

^ - practice squad; # - injured reserve

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