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Sept. 12, 2000

The University of Notre Dame has 37 of its former football players participating in the National Football League in 2000, according to figures released by the league based on opening-day active rosters.

The Irish led all Division I schools in that category five straight years from 1995 through '99.

Notre Dame ranked second in players on 2000 opening-day rosters -- with Florida State leading the way (38), followed by Notre Dame (37), Ohio State (35), Florida and Miami (34 each), Penn State (32), Michigan and USC (31 each) and Nebraska, North Carolina and Texas A&M (30 each).

Here are the former Fighting Irish now active in the pros (R indicates rookie):

CAROLINA PANTHERSQB Steve Beuerlein
DB Deveron Harper (R)
LB Kory Minor
CHICAGO BEARS DT Jim Flanigan
OT Jerry Wisne
DB Shawn Wooden
CINCINNATI BENGALSDB Tom Carter
DT Oliver Gibson
CLEVELAND BROWNSRB Marc Edwards
DALLAS COWBOYSWR Raghib Ismail
DENVER BRONCOSQB Jarious Jackson (R)
DETROIT LIONS LB Scott Kowalkowski
GREEN BAY PACKERSDB Allen Rossum
INDIANAPOLIS COLTSDB Jeff Burris
P Hunter Smith
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSDE Renaldo Wynn
KANSAS CITY CHIEFSC Tim Grunhard
MIAMI DOLPHINSC Tim Ruddy
RB Autry Denson
NEW YORK GIANTSOT Luke Petitgout
OG Mike Rosenthal
C Dusty Zeigler
OAKLAND RAIDERSWR Tim Brown
PHILADELPHIA EAGLESQB Ron Powlus
DT Paul Grasmanis
DB Bobby Taylor
PITTSBURGH STEELERSRB Jerome Bettis
WR Malcolm Johnson
ST. LOUIS RAMS DB Todd Lyght
SAN DIEGO CHARGERSK John Carney
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSDE Junior Bryant
QB Rick Mirer
DT Bryant Young
SEATTLE SEAHAWKSWR Derrick Mayes
RB Ricky Watters
TENNESSEE TITANSP Craig Hentrich
WASHINGTON REDSKINSOT Andy Heck

In addition, signed to NFL practice squads were Brad Williams (Chicago Bears), Mike Doughty (Cincinnati Bengals) and Bobby Brown (Cleveland Browns).

 

 

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