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Record 14 #IvyFootball Alums Appear on NFL Active Rosters

Record 14 #IvyFootball Alums Appear on NFL Active Rosters

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The number of Ivy League football alums in the NFL has risen each of the past three years, including a record 14 on active rosters at the start of the 2016-17 season.

In total, twenty Ivies have worked their way onto NFL teams. The 14 active #IvyFootball alums on NFL rosters is the most in League history, surpassing the previous mark of 13 in 2006. Fully half of NFL teams have at least one Ivy on their roster, with seven of the Ancient Eight represented in the big show.

Harvard leads the way with nine former Crimson in the NFL, including five on active rosters. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Jets starting quarterback and Kyle Juszczyk returns as an h-back for the Baltimore Ravens.

Princeton follows with three players on NFL rosters, including rookie tight end Seth DeValve, a fourth-round draft pick of the Browns. Two former Tigers defensive lineman will also suit up on Sundays, Mike Catapano with the Jets and Caraun Reid with the Chargers.

Brown boasts a pair of former Super Bowl winners in Zak Deossie, who was named a team captain for the Giants, and James Develin, who returns to the Patriots after missing last season due to injury. Former Bear Bill O’Brien begins his third year as the head coach of the Houston Texans. Cornell also has two alums in the NFL, as JC Tretter will start on the Packers’ offensive line and Bryan Walters will be a key part of the Jaguars’ wide receiving corps.

Columbia and Penn are represented on active rosters by linebackers Josh Martin (Jets) and Brandon Copeland (Lions), respectively.

IVY LEAGUERS ON 2016 NFL OPENING WEEKEND ROSTERS
Active:
Cameron Brate, Harvard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd season)
Mike Catapano, Princeton – New York Jets (4th season)
Brandon Copeland, Penn – Detroit Lions (4th season)
Zak DeOssie, Brown – New York Giants (10th season)
Seth DeValve, Princeton – Cleveland Browns (1st season)
James Develin, Brown – New England Patriots (7th season)
Nick Easton, Harvard – Minnesota Vikings (2nd season)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard – New York Jets (12th season)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard – Baltimore Ravens (4th season)
Josh Martin, Columbia – New York Jets (4th season)
Caraun Reid, Princeton – San Diego Chargers (3rd season)
Cole Toner, Harvard – Arizona Cardinals (1st season)
JC Tretter, Cornell – Green Bay Packers (4th season)
Bryan Walters, Cornell – Jacksonville Jaguars (7th season)

Practice Squad
Ben Braunecker, Harvard – Chicago Bears (1st season)
Anthony Fabiano, Harvard – Cleveland Browns (1st season)
Ryan O’Malley, Penn – Oakland Raiders (1st season)
Adam Redmond, Harvard – Indianapolis Colts (1st season)

Reserve/Injured
Vernon Harris, Dartmouth – Kansas City Chiefs (1st season)

Reserve/Non-Football Injury
Desmond Bryant, Harvard – Cleveland Browns (8th season)