Eleven Former Tigers Represent Memphis on Opening Day NFL Rosters
Go Tigers! Isaac Bruce is one of 11 former Memphis Tigers who are on current NFL rosters.
Go Tigers!
Isaac Bruce is one of 11 former Memphis Tigers who are on current NFL rosters.
Go Tigers!

Sept. 12, 2007

IRVING, TEXAS - A total of 81 players from Conference USA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of NFL teams when the league opened its 88th season this past weekend. All 12 C-USA schools are represented, with at least four or more players appearing from 11 of the schools. UCF and Memphis have the most former players on current NFL rosters with 11, while Marshall has 10 and Southern Miss has 8. Included are 10 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance in their careers.

All but six NFL teams, the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks, have at least one player from a Conference USA school. The New England Patriots have the most players from C-USA schools with eight, while the Carolina Panthers list five.

In addition to the players from C-USA schools, a trio of NFL head coaches has ties to current league members. Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, the 2005 NFL Coach of the Year, was a two-time All-American defensive back at Tulsa, while Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, served as an offensive line coach for three seasons at UTEP. First-year Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Houston Cougars and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UH.

Aundrae Allison, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Rod Coleman, DT, Atlanta Falcons
Terrance Copper, WR, New Orleans Saints
#Damane Duckett, DL, San Francisco 49ers
David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Vonta Leach, FB, Houston Texans
Guy Whimper, OT, New York Giants

HOUSTON Biren Ealy, WR, Tennessee Titans #Willie Gaston, CB, Baltimore Ravens Rex Hadnot, OG, Miami Dolphins #Rodney Hannah, TE, Dallas Cowboys Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles #Marquay Love, DT, Miami Dolphins Stanford Routt, CB, Oakland Raiders
MARSHALL Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants Troy Brown, WR, New England Patriots Chris Crocker, FS, Atlanta Falcons *Josh Davis, WR, Carolina Panthers Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots Chad Pennington, QB, New York Jets #Jason Rader, TE, New England Patriots John Wade, C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MEMPHIS Idrees Bashir, FS, Detroit Lions Tony Brown, DT, Tennessee Titans Isaac Bruce, WR, St. Louis Rams Robert Douglas, RB, New York Giants Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots Artis Hicks, OT, Minnesota Vikings Brandon McDonald, DB, Cleveland Browns Mike McKenzie, DB, New Orleans Saints Wade Smith, OT, New York Jets *Michael Stone, CB, New York Giants DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
RICE Larry Izzo, LB, New England Patriots N.D. Kalu, DE, Houston Texans *Terrence Melton, LB, Carolina Panthers Ryan Pontbriand, LS, Cleveland Browns
SMU Justin Rogers, LB, Dallas Cowboys
SOUTHERN MISS Michael Boley, LB, Atlanta Falcons Jeremy Bridges, OT, Carolina Panthers Antoine Cash, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brett Favre, QB, Green Bay Packers #John Eubanks, CB, Washington Redskins Patrick Surtain, DB, Kansas City Chiefs Adalius Thomas, DE/LB, New England Patriots Chris White, C, Houston Texans
TULANE Anthony Cannon, LB, Detroit Lions J.P. Losman, QB, Buffalo Bills Mewelde Moore, RB, Minnesota Vikings Patrick Ramsey, QB, Denver Broncos #Lester Ricard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars Roydell Williams, WR, Tennessee Titans
TULSA Gus Frerotte, QB, St. Louis Rams Nick Graham, CB, Philadelphia Eagles Garrett Mills, TE, Minnesota Vikings Kevin Shaffer, OL, Cleveland Browns
UAB *Dan Burks, FB, Cincinnati Bengals #Darrell Hackney, QB, Denver Broncos Bryan Thomas, DE, New York Jets #Corey White, FB, Green Bay Packers Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons #Julius Wilson, OT, Miami Dolphins
UCF Atari Bigby, S, Green Bay Packers Daunte Culpepper, QB, Oakland Raiders Travis Fisher, CB, Detroit Lions Michael Gaines, TE, Buffalo Bills Cornell Green, OT, Oakland Raiders #Alex Haynes, RB, Carolina Panthers Rashad Jeanty, LB, Cincinnati Bengals Darcy Johnson, TE, New York Giants Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos Asante Samuel, CB, New England Patriots *Mike Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
UTEP Jon Dorenbos, LS, Philadelphia Eagles #Chris Francies, WR, Green Bay Packers Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, Oakland Raiders Thomas Howard, LB, Oakland Raiders Paul Smith, FB, Denver Broncos Brian Young, DT, New Orleans Saints

# - practice squad * - injured reserve



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