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    Twenty-Four Illini on NFL Opening Day Rosters
    Martez Wilson, one of 24 former Illini in the NFL this year, is poised for a big year with the Saints.

    Martez Wilson, one of 24 former Illini in the NFL this year, is poised for a big year with the Saints.

    Sep 5, 2013

    Illini in the NFL Website | Weekly Updates

    Two dozen former Fighting Illini football players are on active 53-man rosters for the 2013 NFL opening weekend, two more than last season and the fifth most among Big Ten teams behind Ohio State (31), Iowa (26), Penn State (25) and Wisconsin (25).

    The list includes five rookies - Michael Buchanan, Glenn Foster, Graham Pocic, Akeem Spence and Hugh Thornton - and a bevy of veterans like Vontae Davis, David Diehl, Rashard Mendenhall, Pierre Thomas and Steve Weatherford to name a few. In addition, one former Illini, Justin Green, was named to the New England Patriots' practice squad. Look for weekly Illini in the NFL updates throughout the season HERE.

    Former Illini on 2013 Opening Day NFL Rosters (24)
    Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs
    Jon Asamoah, OL, Kansas City Chiefs
    Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguards
    Arrelious Benn, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (IR)
    Michael Buchanan, DE, New England Patriots
    Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets
    Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts
    David Diehl, OL, New York Giants
    Glenn Foster, DL, New Orleans Saints
    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears (IR)
    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots
    A.J. Jenkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
    Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers
    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals
    Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans
    Tony Pashos, OL, Oakland Raiders
    Graham Pocic, OL, St. Louis Rams (IR)
    Akeem Spence, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
    Hugh Thornton, OL, Indianapolis Colts
    Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants
    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints
    Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots

    Former Illini on Injured Reserve/Practice Squad
    Justin Green, DB, New England Patriots - Practice Squad

    NFL Players from Big Ten Schools
    Ohio State 31
    Iowa 26
    Penn State 25
    Wisconsin 25
    Illinois 24
    Michgan 23
    Nebraska 23
    Purdue 18
    Michigan State 15
    Northwestern 7
    Indiana 5
    Minnesota 4

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