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NFL has 69 former Mid-American Conference players on 2020 Rosters


CLEVELAND, Ohio — With the NFL 2020 regular season underway, the Mid-American Conference is well represented across NFL rosters. Currently there are 69 former MAC student-athletes on NFL active rosters to begin the 2020 season and many are making a significant impact at the professional level.

Last year the MAC had four former student-athlets named to the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl — Chicago LB Khalil Mack (Buffalo), Tennessee P Brett Kern (Toledo), Detroit WR Kenny Golladay (NIU) and Philadelphia OG Brandon Brooks (Miami).

Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP as part of the New England Patriots 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Edelman finished with a game high 10 receptions for 141 yards. Edelman, a nine-year NFL veteran with the Patriots, won his third Super Bowl with New England and became the first former MAC student athlete to be named NFL Super Bowl MVP.  He also became only the seventh wide receiver in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP. The victory came over the Los Angeles Rams, who are led by head coach Sean McVay, who played wide receiver for the Miami RedHawks from 2004-07, earning the team’s Scholar Athlete Award in 2007.

This past April, the MAC had two draft selections in the 2020 NFL Draft.  In three of the last eight NFL Drafts, the MAC has been represented with a top five overall selection. In 2017, Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis was selected as the fifth overall selection in the first round by the Tennessee Titans. In 2014, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack was the fifth overall selection by the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft and in 2013, Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher became the first MAC football player to be selected as the overall No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft.

Former MAC Student-Athletes on Active NFL Rosters:  (69 as of Sept. 9, 2020)
Arizona Cardinals

# Jonathan Ward, RB, Central Michigan (R)

Atlanta Falcons
Christian Blake, WR, Northern Illinois (2)
Steven Means, DE, Buffalo (8)

Baltimore Ravens
Willie Snead IV, WR, Ball State (6)

Buffalo Bills
Reggie Gilliam, TE, Toledo (R)
Brian Winters, OG, Kent State (8)
# Nate Becker, TE, Miami (1)
# Cam Lewis, CB, Buffalo (1)

Carolina Panthers
Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan (4)
# Giovanni Ricci, TE, Western Michigan (R)

Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo (7)
# Xavier Crawford, DB, Central Michigan (2)

Cincinnati Bengals
Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan (3)
# Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo (3)

Cleveland Browns
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (4)
JoJo Natson, WR, Akron (4)

Dallas Cowboys
# Jon’Vea Johnson, WR, Toledo (2)

Denver Broncos
# LeVante Bellamy, RB, Western Michigan (R)

Detroit Lions
Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois (4)
Matt Prater, K, Central Florida (14)

Green Bay Packers
Ka’dar Hollman, CB, Toledo (2)

Houston Texans
Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois (2)
# Greg Mancz, OG, Toledo (6)
# Elijah Nkansah, OT, Toledo (1)

Indianapolis Colts
T.J. Carrie, CB, Ohio (7)
Danny Pinter, OG, Ball State (R)
^ Rolan Milligan, S, Toledo (2)

Jacksonville Jaguars
Doug Costin, DT, Miami (R)
^ Rashaan Melvin, CB, NIU (8)
^ Austen Pleasants, OL, Ohio (R)

Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (8)
Demone Harris, DE, Buffalo (2)
Andrew Wylie, OG, Eastern Michigan (3)
# Gehrig Dieter, WR, Bowling Green (2)

Las Vegas Raiders
Maxx Crosby, DE, Easterrn Michigan (2)

Los Angeles Chargers
Storm Norton, OT, Toledo (1)

Los Angeles Rams
Sam Sloman, K, Miami (R)

Miami Dolphins
Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan (5)
# Nate Holley, S, Kent State (1)

Minnesota Vikings
Chad Beebe, WR, Northern Illinois (3)
Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (3)
K.J. Osborn, WR, Buffalo (R)
Tajaé Sharpe, WR, UMass (5)

New England Patriots
Julian Edelman, WR, Kent State (12)

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants
# Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan (4)
^ Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan (3)

New York Jets
Tarell Basham, LB, Ohio (4)
^ Kyron Brown, CB, Akron (2)

Philadelphia Eagles
^ Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (9)
# Luke Juriga, C, Western Michigan (R)
# Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan (3)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, LB, Toledo (3)
Ulysees Gilbert III, LB, Akron (2)
Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo (2)
Chukwuma Okorafor, OLG, Western Michigan (3)
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Miami (17)
Robert Spillane, LB, Western Michigan (2)
# Jayrone Elliott, LB, Toledo (5)

San Francisco 49ers
Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois (7)

Seattle Seahawks
# Tyler Mabry, TE, Buffalo (R)
# Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo (1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scotty Miller, WR, Bowling Green (2)
Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB, Central Michigan (2)
Patrick O’Connor, DL, Eastern Michigan (2)
# Javon Hagan, S, Ohio (R)

Tennessee Titans
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (4)
Brett Kern, P, Toledo (13)
Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo (1)
# Jamal Davis II, DE, Akron (1)

Washington Football Team

# Practice Squad
^ Reserve/Opt-Out/Pup/IR


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