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Tuskers announce 21 players, including Wiggins

The UFL’s Florida Tuskers have announced 21 members of the team’s first-year roster, including a number of players with NFL experience.

The headliner is tight end Jermaine Wiggins, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Pats in 2001 and who returned to the Super Bowl two years later with the Panthers.  He last played in the NFL three years ago, however.

The Tuskers also have announced the addition of defensive tackle Claude Wroten, a 2006 third-round draft pick who spent two years with the Rams.  He arguably would have been a first-round pick but for a history with marijuana, which eventually wiped out his NFL career via a one-year suspension imposed in 2008.

Tuskers coach Jim Haslett has experience with Wroten, since Haslett served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator during Wroten’s tenure in St. Louis.

Joining them is Zach Piller, a former NFL offensive lineman who spent nine years with the Titans, and who (like Wiggins) last played in 2006.

The list of 21 players announced today does not include receiver Koren Robinson, linebacker Odell Thurman, or running back Michael Pittman.  Each of these three former NFL players has been linked to the Tuskers.

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8 Responses to “Tuskers announce 21 players, including Wiggins”
  1. madM100 says: Aug 17, 2009 11:31 AM

    jermaine wiggins is built like a weeble wobble

  2. goober says: Aug 17, 2009 11:40 AM

    How are the Saskatchewan Roughriders are doing this year?

  3. 4theloveofthegame says: Aug 17, 2009 1:09 PM

    What a rediculous name. I mean the state of Florida is definately home to more bore hogs than people might expect, but to name the football team the Tuskers? just a bad bad move

  4. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 17, 2009 2:15 PM

    I STILL haven’t heard anybody say what the hell a “tusker” is. Not an obscure Disney character, is it?

  5. JeterLeto says: Aug 17, 2009 2:22 PM

    If the Jags are doing bad with ticket sales in florida why put another football team in Florida when clearly that population is more of the college football fan base

  6. DG0122 says: Aug 17, 2009 2:24 PM

    4thelove for Pete’s sake use spellcheck or something

  7. Wellsee says: Aug 17, 2009 6:08 PM

    The UFL is sounding more like a retread league than a developmental one.

  8. eastslastheart says: Aug 25, 2009 5:12 PM

    @JeterLeto:
    Simple: People in FLA love their college football, but a lot of their favorite players may not be making it to the NFL. UFL is an avenue for players out of college to continue playing football, and for fans of those colleges to keep following those players.

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