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    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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