31 Former Huskers Begin Season on NFL Rosters
Nearly 300 former players have represented
Headlining this season’s group in his 14th year with the Kansas City Chiefs is 10-time Pro Bowler Will Shields. Shields is the senior member among all former Huskers, while former NU fullback Cory Schlesinger, the 22nd Husker all-time with 10-plus years of NFL experience, enters his 12th season with the Detroit Lions.
The Lions are one of two squads that will feature three former NU standouts this season. Joining Schlesinger in Detroit will be former Rimington Award winner Dominic Raiola, who enters the year as the Lions’ starting center, and free safety Daniel Bullocks, who was a second-round selection during the 2006 NFL Draft.
Bullocks joins his twin brother, Josh, in the NFL this season. Josh Bullocks, the starting free safety for
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Other NFL teams with multiple Huskers this season include the Carolina Panthers with free safety Mike Minter and defensive end Mike Rucker; the Houston Texans with place-kicker Kris Brown and offensive tackle Zach Wiegert; the Oakland Raiders with center Adam Treu and cornerback Fabian Washington; the San Diego Chargers with defensive tackle Ryon Bingham and linebacker Carlos Polk; and the Seattle Seahawks with place-kicker Josh Brown and defensive end Grant Wistrom.
Also included among NFL rosters entering the season are linebacker Demorrio Williams with Atlanta; defensive end Chris Kelsay with Buffalo; strong safety Mike Brown with Chicago; punter Kyle Larson with Cincinnati; cornerback Ralph Brown with Cleveland; running back Ahman Green with Green Bay; running back Correll Buckhalter with Philadephia; defensive end Trevor Johnson with the New York Jets; linebacker Barrett Ruud with Tampa Bay; and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch with Tennessee.
Forty-one former Huskers appeared on NFL rosters as of Aug. 26, but 10 cuts were made in the final week as teams attempted to trim their rosters to the league-mandated 53-player limit by Sept. 2. Among those for NU standouts cut included: Titus Adams (New York Jets); Mike Erickson (Tennessee); Toniu Fonoti (Tampa Bay); Jay Foreman (New Orleans); Aaron Golliday (Kansas City); T.J. Hollowell (Denver); Jamal Lord (Indianapolis); Jerrell Pippens (San Diego); Benard Thomas (Baltimore); and Eric Warfield (New England). Adams was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Thursday.
In addition to NU’s contingent on active rosters, two individuals with
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Former Huskers on 2006 NFL Rosters (31)
Demorrio Williams (LB, 3rd season)
Sam Koch (P, Rookie)
Cory Ross (KR/PR, Rookie)
Chris Kelsay (DE, 4th season)
Mike Minter (FS, 10th season)
Mike Rucker (DE, 8th season)
Mike Brown (SS, 7th season)
Kyle Larson (P, 3rd season)
Ralph Brown (CB, 7th season)
Daniel Bullocks (FS, Rookie)
Dominic Raiola (C, 6th season)
Cory Schlesinger (FB, 12th season)
Ahman Green (RB, 9th season)
Kris Brown (PK, 8th season)
Zach Wiegert (OT, 12th season)
Will Shields (OG, 14th season)
Russ Hochstein (C/G, 6th season)
Le Kevin Smith (DT, Rookie)
Josh Bullocks (FS, 2nd season)
DeJuan Groce (CB, 4th season)
Scott Shanle (LB, 4th season)
Adam Treu (C, 10th season)
Fabian Washington (CB, 2nd season)
Correll Buckhalter (RB, 6th season)
Trevor Johnson (DE, 3rd season)
Ryon Bingham (DT, 3rd season)
Carlos Polk (LB, 6th season)
Josh Brown (PK, 4th season)
Grant Wistrom (DE, 9th season)
Barrett Ruud (LB, 2nd season)