40 Former Irish in NFL

Sept. 21, 1998

The University of Notre Dame has more of its former football players participating in the National Football League in 1998 than any other college or university.

Forty former Notre Dame football players appeared on '98 opening day active rosters of NFL teams, according to figures released by the league.

Notre Dame placed more players on opening-day rosters than any other school -- with Florida State second with 38, followed by Penn State (35) and Tennessee (34).

1998 marks the fourth straight year Notre Dame has had more players on opening-day rosters than any other school.

Here are the former Fighting Irish now active in the pros:

    BUFFALO BILLS            C Dusty Zeigler 
    CAROLINA PANTHERS        QB Steve Beuerlein
                             FL Raghib Ismail
                             RB Anthony Johnson
                              S Rod Smith 
                             LB Kinnon Tatum
    CHICAGO BEARS            CB Tom Carter
                             DT Jim Flanigan
                             DT Paul Grasmanis  
                              T Andy Heck
    DETROIT LIONS            TE Pete Chryplewicz
                             LB Scott Kowalkowski
    GREEN BAY PACKERS        SE Derrick Mayes
                             QB Rick Mirer
                             DB Pat Terrell 
    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS       LB Bert Berry
                             CB Jeff Burris
    JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS      S Travis Davis
                             DT Renaldo Wynn
    KANSAS CITY CHIEFS        C Tim Grunhard
    MIAMI DOLPHINS            C Tim Ruddy
                             CB Shawn Wooden  
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS        LB Pete Bercich
    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS       RB Ray Zellars 
    OAKLAND RAIDERS          TE Derek Brown
                             WR Tim Brown
    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES      CB Allen Rossum 
                             CB Bobby Taylor
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS      DT Oliver Gibson
                             RB Jerome Bettis
    ST. LOUIS RAMS           CB Todd Lyght
    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS        K John Carney
                              T Aaron Taylor
    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS      DE Junior Bryant
                             FB Marc Edwards
                             LB Tony Peterson
                             TE Irv Smith 
                             DT Bryant Young
    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS         RB Ricky Watters
    TENNESSEE OILERS         P Craig Hentrich 



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