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USC leads all colleges on Week One NFL rosters

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At a time when the glory days have seemed to pass Southern Cal’s football program by, Trojans fans can take some comfort in the fact that the great players who used to play for USC are still playing in the NFL.

Not much, but some.

Via the NFL, Southern Cal led all Week One rosters with 40 former players.  Next was LSU with 39, then Miami with 38.

Georgia had 36, and Florida State and Texas were knotted at 31.  Alabama, which has become the ultimate NFL Minor League team in recent years, had only 30 NFL players as of Week One.  That’s the same number as Cal and Tennessee.  Oregon and Ohio State had 27, and Florida had 26.

As if there was any doubt, college football continues to separate the wheat from the chaff for NFL teams, grooming players for at least three years out of high school, at no cost to the NFL.

Of course, there’s also no profit for the NFL.  But imagine how much more profit the NFL could earn if it didn’t have to pay the players.

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13 Responses to “USC leads all colleges on Week One NFL rosters”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    The nice thing about college teams like Alabama and LSU is they have no salary cap so they can always afford to pay for the top talent.

  2. mackcarrington says: Sep 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    USC produces some great professional football players. Just not many of them have been quarterbacks.

  3. i, flounder says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    no south dakota state tech?

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    USC put players in the NFL with longevity. A nickname for the NFL is “Not For Long” and they have bucked the odds. LSU put so many into the NFL last season, I am not surprised and by next season, they will likely be in the lead.

    Mike: Labor costs are major costs of a business. This business (NFL) does not seem to be short of revenue, so they can pay it. No pity for the owners.

  5. bucforever says: Sep 12, 2013 5:46 PM

    Looks like maybe the Oklahoma State players are having or getting so much “fun” they don’t want to join the NFL crowd. Ya think?

  6. BigBeachBall says: Sep 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    Sanctions from the NCAA are still running on USC i believe…. started in 2010.

    See what happens this.

  7. canetic says: Sep 12, 2013 5:56 PM

    As Usual, it’s all about the U. Great dependable talent every year.

  8. MasMacho says: Sep 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    Seahawk trolls would have you believe that PC doesn’t know what he’s doing personnel-wise. Shouldn’t surprise anyone that he has one of the youngest AND most talented rosters in the NFL.

    Interestingly there are few / no USC players on the SEA roster at the moment, after the cut of Allen Bradford yesterday.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    The NFL badly needs a savvy businessman visionary to serve as Commissioner. They are losing billions on account of Goodell.

  10. hendeeze says: Sep 12, 2013 6:33 PM


    you forgot overated

  11. dolfan1 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:52 PM

    That’s like the first time in 10 years Miami hasn’t had the most…… Good thing they’re on there way back!!!!

  12. whatjusthapped says: Sep 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    That’s because USC already has pays its players so by the time they get to the NFL, there is less to adjust to.

  13. osiris33 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:06 PM

    Pete Carroll knows talent.

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