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    Twenty-Two Illini on NFL Opening Day Rosters
    Former Illini Dave Diehl and the Giants finished last season with a Super Bowl victory. They open this season by hosting the Cowboys on Wednesday night.

    Former Illini Dave Diehl and the Giants finished last season with a Super Bowl victory. They open this season by hosting the Cowboys on Wednesday night.

    Illini in the NFL Website | Weekly Updates

    Former Illini Josh Brent (Cowboys), David Diehl (Giants) and Steve Weatherford (Giants) open up the NFL season tonight when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants host Dallas (7:30 p.m. CT, NBC). In all, 22 Illini made active 53-man rosters for the opening weekend, a total that doesn't count two former Illini that were named to practice squads (Ravens OL Jack Cornell and Colts LB Jerry Brown).

    Former Illini on 2012 Opening Day NFL Rosters (22)
    Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs
    Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs
    Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans
    Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys
    Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets
    Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts
    David Diehl, OG, New York Giants
    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears
    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots
    A.J. Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
    Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers
    Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots
    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans
    Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams
    Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets
    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
    Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants
    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints
    Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots

    Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads
    Jerry Brown, LB, Indianapolis Colts - Practice Squad
    Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens - Practice Squad

    Look for weekly Illini in the NFL updates throughout the season HERE.

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