Record Number of Former Tigers on NFL Rosters
BATON ROUGE — A school-record 41 former LSU players are on the 2008 opening day rosters of NFL teams, which is up from the 39 former Tigers on NFL rosters a year ago.
Of the 41 former Tigers on NFL rosters, eight were members of the 2007 LSU football team. In addition, 22 of the 41 former Tigers are listed as starters on their respective teams, including quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who makes his first career start tonight for the Oakland Raiders.
LSU has three former players on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills.
The position with the most LSU influence in the NFL is that of wide receiver and defensive line as the Tigers have seven former players occupying each of those positions in the pro ranks.