37 Buckeyes on Opening Day NFL Rosters
Malcolm Jenkins

Sept. 8, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State players playing in the National Football League this season will number at least 37 as that many Buckeyes made 53-man opening day rosters around the league. The 2011 NFL season gets under way Thursday night when Green Bay hosts New Orleans in a game that will feature four former Buckeyes: A.J. Hawk and Ryan Pickett will suit up for the defending Super Bowl champions and Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith are members of the Saints.

The list of Buckeyes in the NFL includes seven players off the 2010 team: Chimdi Chekwa (Oakland), Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh), Jermale Hines (St. Louis), Jake McQuaide (St. Louis), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Brian Rolle (Philadelphia) and Dane Sanzenbacher (Chicago).

The list also includes three Buckeyes who have been in the league at least 11 years: Antoine Winfield, who is in his 13th NFL season and is with the Minnesota Vikings; Na’il Diggs, a 12-year vet now with San Diego; and Pickett, in his 11th season and playing with Green Bay.

Three Buckeyes have been signed to NFL team’s practice squads as well, giving the Buckeyes an even 40 alumni currently with an NFL team. Justin Boren is with the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad; Brandon Saine is with Green Bay; and Doug Worthington is with Washington.

The complete list of Buckeyes in the NFL is below:  

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

 Carolina Panthers

 Chicago Bears

 Cincinnati Bengals

 Cleveland Browns

 Detroit Lions

 Green Bay Packers

 Indianapolis Colts

 Kansas City Chiefs

 Miami Dolphins

 Minnesota Vikings

 New Orleans Saints

 New York Giants

 New York Jets

 Oakland Raiders

 Philadelphia Eagles

 Pittsburgh Steelers

 San Diego Chargers

 San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

Washington Redskins