PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League boasted six former standouts among the 1,696 National Football League players on active rosters to start the 2012-13 season.
In addition, four former Ivies were signed to practice squads and look for chances to make an active roster later this season.
Former Harvard star Matt Birk, embarking on his 15th NFL season and fourth with Baltimore Ravens, lead the list of former Ivy greats. Kevin Boothe (Cornell) and Zak DeOssie (Brown) enter the season back with the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard) started under center for the Buffalo Bills to kick off his eighth NFL season, while Desmond Bryant (Harvard) with the Oakland Raiders and Colin Cloherty (Brown) with the Jacksonville Jaguars began their fourth seasons in the league.
IVY LEAGUERS ON 2012 NFL OPENING DAY
Matt Birk, Harvard - Baltimore Ravens (15th Season)
Kevin Boothe, Cornell - New York Giants (7th Season)
Desmond Bryant, Harvard - Oakland Raiders (4th Season)
Colin Cloherty, Brown - Jacksonville Jaguars (4th Season)
Zak DeOssie, Brown - New York Giants (6th Season)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard - Buffalo Bills (8th Season)
Jeff Adams, Columbia - Cincinnati Bengals (1st Season)
James Develin, Brown - New England Patriots (3rd Season)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard - Minnesota Vikings (1st Season)
Greg Van Roten, Penn - Green Bay Packers (1st Season)