Big Ten Well Represented on NFL Rosters

When the 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, expect to see a lot of familiar faces. The Big Ten, according to BigTen.org research, boasts 234 players on the league’s recently finalized 53-man rosters. That’s the second-highest total of any BCS conference, trailing only the SEC (268). Ohio State has the most Big Ten pros, with 35 — good enough to be tied for fifth among all schools.

Read the entire BigTen.org blog here.

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NFL PLAYERS ON 53-MAN ROSTERS BY BCS-AQ CONFERENCE
1. SEC – 268
2. Big Ten – 234
3. ACC – 231
4. Pac-12 – 218
5. Big 12 – 141
6. Big East – 94

COLLEGE PROGRAMS WITH 25 OR MORE FORMER PLAYERS ON NFL 53-MAN ROSTERS
1. Miami (Fla.) – 42
2. USC – 41
3. Texas – 39
4. Tennessee – 36
T5. Ohio State – 35
T5. Georgia – 35
T5. LSU – 35
8. Iowa – 31
9. Florida – 30
10. California – 29
T11. Auburn – 27
T11. Maryland – 27
13. Michigan – 26
T14. Nebraska – 25
T14. Penn State – 25
T14. Florida State – 25

BIG TEN PLAYERS ON NFL 53-MAN ROSTERS
1. Ohio State – 35
2. Iowa – 31
3. Michigan – 26
T4. Nebraska – 25
T4. Penn State – 25
6. Illinois – 19
T7. Purdue – 18
T7. Wisconsin – 18
9. Michigan State – 16
10. Northwestern – 9
T11. Indiana – 6
T11. Minnesota – 6

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