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    Thirty Seven Former Irish Appear On 2000 NFL Rosters

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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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