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NFL season begins with 34 Tide players on active rosters

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As the 2012 NFL season kicks off tonight in New York, the University of Alabama is well represented around the league. All but three AFC teams have at least one Bama player, while half the NFC has a Tide player on its roster.

• The Crimson Tide is represented on 21 of the 32 NFL franchises.
• That number becomes 24 counting former coaches or players now coaching.
• Alabama has 34 players on active rosters around the league, including 21 in the Nick Saban era.
11 players have been taken in the first round of the NFL draft following their tutilege under Nick Saban.
• Bama has placed 4 in the first round of the NFL draft in each of the last two years.
22 of the Tide’s NFL players are on defense.
• Bama has 11 former coaches in the league.

Here is a list of current Alabama players that made NFL rosters this season. Players that left early to become first-round draftees are noted with an asterisk. No wonder top high school talent with NFL aspirations keep finding their way to Tuscaloosa.

Arizona Cardinals
Rashad Johnson (49)

Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones (11)*
Mike Johnson (59)

Baltimore Ravens
Terrence Cody (62)
Courtney Upshaw (91)

Buffalo Bills
Mark Anderson (93)
Marcel Dareus (99)*

Cincinnati Bengals
Dre Kirkpatrick (27)*
Andre Smith (71)*

Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson (33)*
Brad Smelley (47) – (practice squad)

Detroit Lions
Lorenzo Washington (73) – (practice squad)

Houston Texans
Antoine Caldwell (62)
Kareem Jackson (25)*

Indianapolis Colts
Josh Chapman (61) – (reserve)

Jacksonville Jaguars
John Parker Wilson (4) – (practice squad)

Kansas City Chiefs
Javier Arenas (21)
DeQuan Menzie (49) – (injured reserve)

New England Patriots
Brandon Deaderick (71)
Dont’a Hightower (54)*

New Orleans Saints
Roman Harper (41)
Mark Ingram (28)*
Marquis Johnson (injured reserve)

New York Jets
Greg McElroy (14)

Oakland Raiders
Rolondo McClain (55)*

Philadelphia Eagles
Evan Mathis (69)
Demeco Ryans (59)

San Diego Chargers
Jarret Johnson (96)
Le’Ron McClain (33)

Seattle Seahawks
James Carpenter (77)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark Barron (24)
Wallace Gilberry (92)

Tennessee Titans
Alex Watkins (46) – (injured reserve)

Washington Redskins
Darius Hanks (17) – (injured reserve)

Note: The University of Alabama’s official athletic website ( lists the total number of active players at 39, but it appears the page hasn’t been updated since rosters were finalized.

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