Nittany Lions In The NFL: A Comprehensive Look

The York Daily Record’s in-house blog, Nittany Nation, took a look at the number of Nittany Lions that will be on the rosters of the 32 NFL teams heading into camp.

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Of note:

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  • More than 360 Nittany Lions have signed NFL contracts since Joe Paterno became head coach in 1966.
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  • The Hall of Fame coach has seen 275 of his players drafted by NFL squads.
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  • Thirty-six Nittany Lions have been NFL first-round draft choices since 1966.
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  • Penn State’s most productive year was 2003 when four Nittany Lions were taken in the first round.
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  • Nine ex-Lions will also be patrolling the sidelines on NFL coaching staffs as training camps open, including Gary Brown (Cleveland Browns), Sam Gash (Detroit Lions), Ron Heller (Miami Dolphins), Mike Munchak (Tennessee Titans), John McNulty (Arizona Cardinals), Jeff Nixon (Philadelphia Eagles), Paul Pasqualoni (Dallas Cowboys), Darren Perry (Green Bay Packers), and Michael Zordich (Philadelphia Eagles).
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  • Penn State has had at least one alumnus on a Super Bowl team in 39 of 44 title games. Thirty-two former Nittany Lions have earned a total of 48 Super Bowl rings.
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The post also includes a list of players by team.

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