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The NFL HBCU Report

Basn Staff Reporter | , Lloyd Vance | 9/13/2009, 3:45 p.m.

As of last Saturday, NFL rosters have been finalized for the start of the regular season. Once again, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have produced a considerable amount of talent that will be on display this season in the NFL.

Following in the tradition of Hall of Fame players Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), Willie Davis (Grambling State), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M) and others, there are currently 44 talented former HBCU football players on NFL rosters -- includes injured reserve and practice squads.
Several of the former HBCU players are considered high-impact players for their respective teams going into the 2009 NFL season including Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (Howard), Jacksonville Jaguars former Pro Bowl corner back Rashean Mathis (Bethune-Cookman) and Green Bay Packers 11-year veteran receiver Donald Driver (Alcorn State).

Leading the way in terms of HBCU talent for the 2009 NFL regular season are the Jacksonville Jaguars (5), Detroit Lions (4), Dallas Cowboys (3), Indianapolis Colts (3), Minnesota Vikings (3) and Philadelphia Eagles (3).


Surprisingly the Saints, Giants, Bears, Niners, Redskins, Raiders, Patriots, Chargers, and Seahawks don€t have a single HBCU player on their current rosters.

Keep an eye on NFL game days for the following HBCU players:

Arizona Cardinals

29 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, 6'2" 185, 4/7/1986, 2nd-year, Tennessee State

32 Greg Toler, CB, 6'0" 191, 1/2/1985, rookie, St. Paul's College (VA)

Atlanta Falcons

14 Eric Weems, WR, 5'9" 194, 7/4/1985, 2nd year, Bethune-Cookman

Baltimore Ravens

96 Lamar Divens, DT, 6'3" 338, 11/12/1985, 2nd year, Tennessee State

41 Frank Walker, CB, 5'11" 200, 8/6/1981, 7th year, Tuskegee

Buffalo Bills

29 Drayton Florence, CB, 6'0" 195, 12/19/1980, 7th year, Tuskegee

Carolina Panthers

21 Dante Wesley, DB, 6'1" 210, 4/5/1979, 8th year, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Cincinnati Bengals

24Geoffrey Pope, CB, 6'0" 186, 6/21/1984, 2nd year, Howard

Cleveland Browns

51 Alex Hall, LB, 6'5" 250 8/17/1985, 2nd year, St. Augustine's

Dallas Cowboys

92 Marcus Dixon, DE, 6'4" 285, 9/16/1984, 1st year, Hampton (Practice Squad)

97 Jason Hatcher, DE, 6'6" 304, 7/13/1982, 4th year, Grambling State

98 Curtis Johnson, DE, 6'3" 237, 2/16/1985, 2nd year, Clark Atlanta

Denver Broncos

75 Chris Baker, DE, 6'2" 326, 10/8/1987, rookie, Hampton

Detroit Lions

74 Damion Cook, OG, 6'5" 330, 4/16/1979, 9th year, Bethune-Cookman (injured reserve)

79 Sammie Lee Hill, DT, 6'4" 331, 11/8/1986, rookie, Stillman

24 Kalvin Pearson, FS, 5'10" 200, 10/22/1978, 5th year, Grambling State

Green Bay Packers

36 Nick Collins, FS, 5'11" 207, 8/16/1983, 5th year, Bethune-Cookman

80 Donald Driver, WR, 6'0" 194, 2/2/1975, 11th year, Alcorn State

Houston Texans

12 Jacoby Jones, WR, 6'2" 206, 7/11/1984, 3rd year, Lane

Indianapolis Colts

41 Antoine Bethea, FS, 5'11" 203, 7/7/1984, 4th year, Howard

98 Robert Mathis, DE, 6'2" 245, 2/26/1981, 7th year, Alabama A&M

35 Chad Simpson, RB, 5'9" 216, 8/22/1985, 2nd year, Morgan State

Jacksonville Jaguars

22 Don Carey, CB, 5'11" 186, 2/14/1987, rookie, Norfolk State (Injured Reserve)

56 Justin Durant, OLB, 6'1" 240, 9/20/1985, 3rd year, Hampton

16 Nate Hughes, WR, 6'2" 195, 1/18/1985, 1st year, Alcorn State

27 Rashean Mathis, CB, 6'1" 193, 8/27/1980, 7th year, Bethune-Cookman