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Former Broward high school players are all over NFL rosters (a lot more than Miami-Dade) | Then-and-now photos

On the NFL’s opening week of the 2022 season, there were 55 Broward County high school alumni drawing an NFL check as a player, far and away the most-represented county from talent-rich South Florida.

The tally represents a slight dropoff from last year’s 62 players, the high-water mark for the county.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade had 23 players drawing a paycheck as the season kicked off, down a whopping 36.1% from the county’s player count of 36 on opening weekend 2021. Broward had a 139% greater presence than its 305 neighbors as the NFL headed to Week 2.

While in years past St. Thomas Aquinas has clearly led the way for the county, this year they shared the top spot, with the Raiders and American Heritage each seeing a dozen alumni on rosters.

The opening-weekend players hailed from 19 schools and could be found on 25 teams, with the Denver Broncos leading the way with five.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order by last name of the players, who were either on the 53-man roster, the practice squad or on an injured list. At the end, there is a listing of how many come from each school and are on each NFL team.

Josh Ali, Falcons, Chaminade-Madonna

Robbie Anderson, Panthers, South Plantation

Kevin Austin Jr., Jaguars, North Broward Prep

Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Nik Bonitto, Broncos, St. Thomas Aquinas

Joey Bosa, Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Nick Bosa, 49ers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Marquise Brown, Cardinals, Chaminade-Madonna

Brian Burns, Panthers, American Heritage

Devin Bush, Steelers, Flanagan

Josh Bynes, Ravens, Boyd Anderson

Yodny Cajuste, Patriots, Miramar

Tyson Campbell, Jaguars, American Heritage

Trevon Coley, Bears, Miramar

Phillip Dorsett, Texans, St. Thomas Aquinas

Jon Feliciano, Giants, Western

Jonathan Ford, Packers, Dillard

Mike Harley Jr., Browns, St. Thomas Aquinas

Bobby Hart, Bills, St. Thomas Aquinas

Khalil Herbert, Bears, American Heritage

Faion Hicks, Broncos, Flanagan

James Houston IV, Lions, American Heritage

Tyler Huntley, Ravens, Hallandale

Danny Isidora, Cardinals, Cypress Bay

Eddie Jackson, Bears, Boyd Anderson

Shemar Jean-Charles, Packers, Miramar

Jerry Jeudy, Broncos, Deerfield Beach

Brandon Johnson, Broncos, American Heritage

Lamarcus Joyner, Jets, St. Thomas Aquinas

Chris Lammons, Chiefs, Plantation

James McCourt, Jaguars, St. Thomas Aquinas

Isaiah McKenzie, Bills, American Heritage

Josh Metellus, Vikings, Flanagan

Marken Michel, Commanders, American Heritage

Sony Michel, Chargers, American Heritage

Herb Miller, Browns, Miramar

Elijah Moore, Jets, St. Thomas Aquinas

Fabian Moreau, Giants, Western

Zack Moss, Bills, Hallandale

Trayvon Mullen, Cardinals, Coconut Creek

Joshua Palmer, Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Patrick (Johnson) Peterson, Vikings, Blanche Ely

James Pierre, Steelers, Deerfield Beach

Brandon Powell, Rams, Deerfield Beach

Calvin Ridley, Falcons, Monarch

Aaron Robinson, Giants, Deerfield Beach

Asante Samuel Jr., Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Anthony Schwartz, Browns, American Heritage

Tedarrell Slaton, Packers, American Heritage

Geno Smith, Seahawks, Miramar

Pat Surtain II, Broncos, American Heritage

Binjimen Victor, Ravens, Coconut Creek

Rashad Weaver, Titans, Cooper City

Mike White, Jets, University School

Marco Wilson, Cardinals, American Heritage

Quincy Wilson, Steelers, University School

Quincy Wilson was signed by the Steelers after Week 2.

HIGH SCHOOLS: American Heritage (12), St. Thomas Aquinas (12), Miramar (5), Deerfield Beach (4), Flanagan (3), Boyd Anderson (2), Chaminade-Madonna (2), Coconut Creek (2), Hallandale (2), University School (2), Western (2), Blanche Ely, Cooper City, Cypress Bay, Dillard, Monarch, North Broward Prep, Plantation, South Plantation

TEAMS: Broncos (5), Cardinals (4), Chargers (4), Bears (3), Bills (3), Browns (3), Giants (3), Jaguars (3), Jets (3), Packers (3), Ravens (3), Steelers (3), Falcons (2), Panthers (2), Vikings (2), 49ers (1), Buccaneers (1), Chiefs (1), Commanders (1), Lions (1), Patriots (1), Rams (1), Seahawks (1), Texans (1), Titans (1), Cowboys (0), Saints (0), Eagles (0), Bengals (0), Colts (0), Raiders (0), Dolphins (0)

NFC: 25; AFC: 31 (30 on opening weekend)


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