The Big Ten will be heavily represented when the 2012 National Football League (NFL) season kicks off tonight, with 242 players appearing on the 53-man active rosters of the 32 NFL teams. Former student-athletes from all 12 Big Ten programs appear on an NFL roster, led by 37 players from Ohio State. The Buckeyes are one of six college football programs to boast at least 37 players on the NFL's 53-man rosters. In all, eight Big Ten teams feature at least 20 former players on NFL rosters, including Ohio State, Iowa (30), Penn State (27), Michigan (26), Nebraska (26), Wisconsin (24), Illinois (21) and Purdue (20). The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences to feature eight schools with 20 or more players on the 53-man rosters. The Big Ten is one of three conferences to feature 240 or more players opening the NFL season.