Big Ten Well Represented On NFL Opening Day Rosters




Sept. 10, 2009

With the start of the NFL season Thursday night, the Big Ten Conference will once again be well represented by its former student-athletes in the professional ranks. This season, 233 former Big Ten standouts earned spots on one of the NFL's 32 professional teams. Each school had at least eight former student-athletes earn roster spots, while Ohio State led the conference with 39 players named to opening day lineups.

A complete list of former Big Ten-turned NFL stars can be found below.

ILLINOIS
Alan Ball, Dallas Cowboys, Cornerback
Danny Clark, New York Giants, Linebacker
Vontae Davis, Miami Dolphins, Cornerback
Will Davis, Arizona Cardinals, Linebacker
David Diehl, New York Giants, Offensive Tackle
Xavier Fulton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Tackle
Kelvin Hayden, Indianapolis Colts, Cornerback
Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos, Wide Receiver
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers, Running Back
Brandon Moore, New York Jets, Guard
Tony Pashos, San Francisco 49ers, Offensive Tackle
Duke Preston, Dallas Cowboys, Center
Neil Rackers, Arizona Cardinals, Place Kicker
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints, Running Back
Derek Walker, Seattle Seahawks, Defensive Tackle
Steven Weatherford, New York Jets, Punter
Eugene Wilson, Houston Texans, Safety

INDIANA
Victor Adeyanju, St. Louis Rams, Defensive End
Kris Dielman, San Diego Chargers, Guard
Gibran Hamdan, Buffalo Bills, Quarterback
James Hardy, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver
Adewale Ogunleye, Chicago Bears, Defensive End
Tracy Porter, New Orleans Saints, Cornerback
Antwaan Randle El, Washington Redskins, Wide Receiver
Chris Taylor, New England Patriots, Running Back

IOWA
Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta Falcons, Defensive Tackle
Jason Baker, Carolina Panthers, Punter
Ladell Betts, Washington Redskins, Running Back
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts, Tight End
Colin Cole, Seattle Seahawks, Defensive Tackle
Sean Considine, Jacksonville Jaguars, Safety
Jared DeVries, Detroit Lions, Defensive End
Bradley Fletcher, St. Louis Rams, Cornerback
Robert Gallery, Oakland Raiders, Offensive Tackle
Charles Godfrey, Carolina Panthers, Cornerback
Mike Goff, Kansas City Chiefs, Guard
Shonn Greene, New York Jets, Running Back
Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings, Linebacker
Abdul Hodge, Cincinnati Bengals, Linebacker
Kenny Iwebema, Arizona Cardinals, Defensive End
Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers, Place Kicker
Aaron Kampman, Green Bay Packers, Linebacker
Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders, Tight End
Seth Olsen, Denver Broncos, Guard
Bob Sanders, Indianapolis Colts, Safety
Eric Steinbach, Cleveland Browns, Guard
Casey Wiegmann, Denver Broncos, Center
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens, Guard
Albert Young, Minnesota Vikings, Running Back


 

 

MICHIGAN
B.J. Askew, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fullback
Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles, Wide Receiver
David Baas, San Francisco 49ers, Guard
Jeff Backus, Detroit Lions, Offensive Tackle
Tom Brady, New England Patriot,s Quarterback
Alan Branch, Arizona Cardinals, Defensive Tackle
Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals, Wide Receiver
Prescott Burgess, Baltimore Ravens, Linebacker
Todd Collins, Washington Redskins, Quarterback
Shawn Crable, New England Patriots, Linebacker
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns, Wide Receiver
Jay Feely, New York Jets, Place Kicker
Larry Foote, Detroit Lions, Linebacker
Jonathan Goodwin, New Orleans Saints, Guard
James Hall, St. Louis Rams, Defensive End
Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals, Cornerback
David Harris, New York Jets, Linebacker
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins, Quarterback
Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Vikings, Guard
Marlin Jackson, Indianapolis Colts, Cornerback
Jon Jansen, Detroit Lions, Offensive Tackle
Dhani Jones, Cincinnati Bengals, Linebacker
Jake Long, Miami Dolphins, Offensive Tackle
Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Wide Receiver
Morgan Trent, Cincinnati Bengals, Cornerback
Gabe Watson, Arizona Cardinals, Defensive Tackle
Maurice Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Offensive Tackle
LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers, Linebacker
Pierre Woods, New England Patriots, Linebacker
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers, Cornerback

MICHIGAN STATE
Flozell Adams, Dallas Cowboys, Offensive Tackle
Chris Baker, New England Patriots, Tight End
Peter Clifford, Tennessee Titans, Offensive Tackle
Kyle Cook, Cincinnati Bengals, Center
Kellen Davis, Chicago Bears, Tight End
Brandon Fields, Miami Dolphins, Punter
Renaldo Hill, Denver Broncos, Safety
Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots, Quarterback
Travis Key, Indianapolis Colts, Cornerback
Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens, Wide Receiver
Brandon McKinney, Baltimore Ravens, Defensive Tackle
Chris Morris, Oakland Raiders, Center
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers, Wide Receiver
Ogemdi Nwagbuo, San Diego Chargers, Defensive Tackle
Domata Peko, Cincinnati Bengals, Defensive Tackle
Julian Peterson, Detroit Lions, Linebacker
Javon Ringer, Tennessee Titans, Running Back
Clifton Ryan, St. Louis Rams, Defensive Tackle
Eric Smith, New York Jets, Safety
Robaire Smith, Cleveland Browns, Defensive End
Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions, Quarterback
Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins, Wide Receiver
Kevin Vickerson, Tennessee Titans, Defensive Tackle

MINNESOTA
Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys, Running Back
Dominique Barber, Houston Texans, Safety
Tyrone Carter, Pittsburgh Steelers, Safety
Ben Hamilton, Denver Broncos, Center
Rhys Lloyd, Carolina Panthers, Place Kicker
Laurence Maroney, New England Patriots, Running Back
Anthony Montgomery, Washington Redskins, Defensive Tackle
Darrell Reid, Denver Broncos, Defensive Tackle
Mark Setterstrom, St. Louis Rams, Center
Matt Spaeth, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tight End
Ben Utecht, Cincinnati Bengals, Tight End
Stylez White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Defensive End

NORTHWESTERN
Kevin Bentley, Houston Texans, Linebacker
Luis Castillo, San Diego Chargers, Defensive Tackle
Barry Cofield, New York Giants, Defensive Tackle
Marquice Cole, New York Jets, Cornerback
Trai Essex, Pittsburgh Steelers, Offensive Tackle
Ike Ndukwe, Kansas City Chiefs, Guard
Nick Roach, Chicago Bears, Linebacker
Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints, Offensive Tackle
Tyrell Sutton, Carolina Panthers, Running Back
Jason Wright, Arizona Cardinals, Running Back

OHIO STATE
Will Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Safety
Bobby Carpenter, Dallas Cowboys, Linebacker
Nate Clements, San Francisco 49ers, Cornerback
Doug Datish, Tennessee Titans, Center
Na'il Diggs, Carolina Panthers, Linebacker
Joey Galloway, New England Patriots, Wide Receiver
Chris Gamble, Carolina Panthers, Cornerback
Vernon Gholston, New York Jets, Linebacker
Ted Ginn Jr., Miami Dolphins, Wide Receiver
Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts, Wide Receiver
Larry Grant, St. Louis Rams, Linebacker
Roy Hall, Indianapolis Colts, Wide Receiver
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins, Wide Receiver
Ben Hartsock, New York Jets, Tight End
A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers, Linebacker
Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver
Kevin Houser, Seattle Seahawks, Center
Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints, Cornerback
Michael Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons, Wide Receiver
James Laurinaitis, St. Louis Rams, Linebacker
Nick Mangold, New York Jets, Center
Donnie Nickey, Tennessee Titans, Safety
Mike Nugent, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Place Kicker
Orlando Pace, Chicago Bears, Offensive Tackle
Kenny Peterson, Denver Broncos, Defensive End
Ryan Pickett, Green Bay Packers, Defensive Tackle
Jay Richardson, Oakland Raiders, Defensive End
Brian Robiskie, Cleveland Browns, Wide Receiver
Nate Salley, Carolina Panthers, Safety
Rob Sims, Seattle Seahawks, Guard
Will Smith, New Orleans Saints, Defensive End
Troy Smith, Baltimore Ravens, Quarterback
Shawn Springs, New England Patriots, Cornerback
Mike Vrabel, Kansas City Chiefs, Linebacker
Donald Washington, Kansas City Chiefs, Cornerback
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals, Running Back
Donte Whitner, Buffalo Bills, Safety
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings, Cornerback
Ashton Youboty, Buffalo Bills, Cornerback

PENN STATE
Anthony Adams, Chicago Bears, Defensive Tackle
Jay Alford, New York Giants, Defensive Tackle
Levi Brown, Arizona Cardinals, Offensive Tackle
Deon Butler, Seattle Seahawks, Wide Receiver
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans, Quarterback
Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers, Linebacker
Bobby Engram, Kansas City Chiefs, Wide Receiver
Maurice Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Defensive End
John Gilmore, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tight End
Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears, Place kicker
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs, Defensive End
Bryant Johnson, Detroit Lions, Wide Receiver
Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, Running Back
Ed Johnson, Indianapolis Colts, Defensive Tackle
Jeremy Kapinos, Green Bay Packers, Punter
Jimmy Kennedy, Minnesota Vikings, Defensive Tackle
Justin King, St. Louis Rams, Cornerback
Aaron Maybin, Buffalo Bills, Defensive End
Sean McHugh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tight End
Kareem McKenzie, New York Giants, Offensive Tackle
Rich Ohrnberger, New England Patriots, Guard
Paul Posluszny, Buffalo Bills, Linebacker
Tyler Reed, Chicago Bears, Guard
Michael Robinson, San Francisco 49ers, Running Back
Lydell Sargeant, Buffalo Bills, Cornerback
Bryan Scott, Buffalo Bills, Safety
Tony Stewart, Oakland Raiders, Tight End
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins, Linebacker
Derrick Williams, Detroit Lions, Wide Receiver

PURDUE
Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions, Defensive End
Akin Ayodele, Miami Dolphins, Linebacker
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, Quarterback
Ray Edwards, Minnesota Vikings, Defensive End
Brandon Gorin, Denver Broncos, Offensive Tackle
Nick Hardwick, San Diego Chargers, Center
Landon Johnson, Carolina Panthers, Linebacker
Stanford Keglar, Tennessee Titans, Linebacker
Dustin Keller, New York Jets, Tight End
Niko Koutouvides, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebacker
Matt Light, New England Patriots, Offensive Tackle
Alex Magee, Kansas City Chiefs, Defensive Tackle
Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots, Linebacker
Uche Nwaneri, Jacksonville Jaguars, Guard
Chike Okeafor, Arizona Cardinals, Defensive End
Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos, Quarterback
Michael Otto, Tennessee Titans, Offensive Tackle
Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts, Quarterback
Shaun Phillips, San Diego Chargers, Linebacker
Jacques Reeves, Houston Texans, Cornerback
Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys, Linebacker
Craig Terrill, Seattle Seahawks, Defensive Tackle
Jeff Zgonina, Houston Texans, Defensive Tackle

WISCONSIN
Travis Beckum, New York Giants, Tight End
Michael Bennett, San Diego Chargers, Running Back
Jonathan Casillas, New Orleans Saints, Linebacker
Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers, Wide Receiver
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans, Tight End
Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver
Nick Greisen, Denver Broncos, Linebacker
Nick Hayden, Carolina Panthers, Defensive Tackle
Matt Katula, Baltimore Ravens, Center
Jim Leonhard, New York Jets, Safety
DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions, Linebacker
Casey Rabach, Washington Redskins, Center
Mike Schneck, Atlanta Falcons, Center
Matt Shaughnessy, Oakland Raiders, Defensive End
Jim Sorgi, Indianapolis Colts, Quarterback
Scott Starks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cornerback
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns, Offensive Tackle
Kraig Urbik, Pittsburgh Steelers, Guard