Below is a guide for tracking former University of Tennessee football players now in the National Football League. In addition to the former Vols on NFL teams, I’ve included players that were once in Knoxville but left for another school as well as players who are from the Knoxville area. You can use this guide while games this season.
On active NFL rosters entering the 2013 season, there are 30 “former Vols” (ended careers at UT). There are also 3 others that started their college careers at Tennessee and went on to other schools. Plus, there are 4 players from the Knoxville area that played at other colleges.
Not on active rosters at the moment but still in the NFL are 5 more players who are either on practice squads (3), injured reserve (1) or suspended list (1.) Among those five, three are “former Vols,” one started out at UT then moved-on and one is a local player from another school.
So, there are many ways to quote your “Vols in the NFL” lists to friends or people you talk to. If you just care about guys who ended their careers at UT, then 30 are active and 3 are on practice squads for a total of 33.
If you include all players who once wore the orange and white of the University of Tennessee, then 33 are on active rosters and 4 are on practices squads and injured reserve for a total of 37.
If you choose to include the local guys that didn’t play at Tennessee, then there are 37 of those “UT & Knoxville in the NFL” players and 5 more that aren’t on active rosters but still technically are in the league. That brings that brag total to 42 players.
There are 5 Knoxville area players in the NFL right now, 4 are active and 1 is suspended.
24 of the 32 teams in the NFL have a former Vol or Knoxville player on the active roster entering the 2013 season. The Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Redskins, Giants, Bears, Lions and 49’ers are UT or Knoxville free entering the season. The Browns do have one player on injured reserve. The Denver Broncos once again have the most former Vols in the league with 4.
The AFC West has the most former Vols players in one division with 10. The NFC East and the AFC North have the fewest former Vols or Knoxville players with only 2.
The full list of players by team and by status is below.
Active Former U. of Tennessee, One-Time Vols & Knoxville Area Players In The NFL (37)
#Positions listed are where those players are on the depths charts as of this update (9/4/13)
Dallas Thomas (OL) #70 – Backup LG
Tyson Clabo (RT) #77 – Starting RT (Wake Forest/Farragut HS)
New England Patriots
Jerod Mayo (LB) #51 – Starting WLB
Lee Smith (TE) #85 – Backup TE (Marshall via UT/Powell HS)
New York Jets
Matt Simms (QB) #5 – 4th team QB
Ramon Foster (OL) #73 – Starting LG
Morgan Cox (LS) #46 – Starting LS
Aubrayo Franklin (DT) #97 – Backup NT
Montori Hughes (DT) #73 – 4th team DT (UT Martin via UT)
Arian Foster (RB) #23 – Starting RB
Justin Hunter (WR) #15 – 3rd team WR
Jacques McClendon (OL) #66 – Backup RG & 3rd team C
Peyton Manning (QB) #18 – Starting QB
Britton Colquitt (P) #4 – Starting P & H (also Bearden HS)
Robert Ayers (DE) #91 – Starting RDE
Malik Jackson (DE) #70 – Backup LDE
Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Berry (S) #29 – Starting SS
Dustin Colquitt (P) #2 – Starting P/H & Backup PK (also Bearden HS)
Tyler Bray (QB) #9 – 3rd team QB
Mychal Rivera (TE) #81 – 3rd team TE
Denarius Moore (WR) #17 – Starting LWR
Kevin Burnett (LB) #94 – Starting WLB
San Diego Chargers
Jason Witten (TE) #82 – Starting TE
Bryce Brown (RB) #34 – Backup RB (Kansas State via UT)
New York Giants
Cordarrelle Patterson (WR) #84 – Backup RWR & Starting PR/KR
Marvin Mitchell (LB) #55 – Starting WLB
Harrison Smith (S) #22 – Starting FS (Notre Dame/Catholic HS)
Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb (WR/RS) #18 – Starting RWR/PR/KR & Backup H (Kentucky/Alcoa HS)
New Orleans Saints
Jabari Greer (CB) #33 – Starting LCB
Parys Haralson (LB) #58 – Backup ROLB
Robert Meachem (WR) #17 – 3rd team WR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Luke Stocker (TE) #88 – Starting TE
Chris Scott (OL) #63 – Backup RG
Garrett Reynolds (OL) #75 – Starting RG (North Carolina/Carter HS)
Tony McDaniel (DT) #99 – Starting LDT
St. Louis Rams
Scott Wells (C) #63 – Starting C
Dan Williams (DT) #92 – Starting NT
San Francisco 49’ers
Former U. of Tennessee & Knoxville Area Players Not Active But In The NFL (5)
#Last updated (9/4/13)
Jerome Felton (Vikings) - #42 – FB (Furman/Sequoyah HS in Madisonville) - Suspended 1st 5 games
Montario Hardesty (Browns) #20 – RB
Da’Rick Rogers (Colts) #16 – WR (Tennessee Tech via UT)
Tauren Poole (Panthers) #33 – RB
Austin Johnson (Saints) #35 – FB
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