Miami-Dade County’s high schools saw the number of their alumni on NFL rosters to start the 2022 season fall precipitously from the same time last year.
Where the county renowned for its football talent boasted 36 players in 2021 after Week 1, that number crashed to 23 this year, a 36.1% plummet.
Further, the county directly to the north is starting to dominate Miami-Dade, with Broward having 55 opening-weekend players drawing an NFL paycheck. That total is a jaw-dropping 139.1% larger than the not-even-two-dozen players from Miami-Dade.
The opening-weekend players from Miami-Dade hailed from 12 schools and could be found on 14 teams, with the Buffalo Bills leading the way with four players.
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.
TuTu Atwell, Rams, Northwestern
Dicaprio Bootle, Chiefs, Southridge*
Bootle was signed by the Chiefs after opening weekend.
Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins, Northwestern
Artie Burns, Seahawks, Northwestern
Deon Bush, Chiefs, Columbus
Dalvin Cook, Vikings, Central
James Cook, Bills, Central
Amari Cooper, Browns, Northwestern
Lavonte David, Buccaneers, Northwestern
Carlton Davis III, Buccaneers, Norland
Rashad Fenton, Chiefs, Carol City
C.J. Henderson, Panthers, Columbus
Duke Johnson, Bills, Norland
Jaquan Johnson, Bills, Killian
Justin McCray, Texans, Southridge
Denzel Perryman, Raiders, Coral Gables
Eddy Pineiro, Panthers, Sunset
Greg Rousseau, Bills, Champagnat
Demetrius Taylor, Lions, Northwestern
Keir Thomas, Rams, Central
Tyquan Thornton, Patriots, Booker T. Washington
Josh Uche, Patriots, Columbus
Anthony Walker Jr., Browns, Monsignor Pace
Rachad Wildgoose, Commanders, Northwestern
HIGH SCHOOLS: Northwestern (7), Central (3), Columbus (3), Norland (2), Southridge (2), Booker T. Washington, Carol City, Champagnat, Coral Gables, Killian, Monsignor Pace, Sunset
TEAMS: Bills (4), Chiefs (3), Browns (2), Buccaneers (2), Panthers (2), Patriots (2), Rams (2), Commanders (1), Dolphins (1), Lions (1), Raiders (1), Seahawks (1), Texans (1), Vikings (1), Bears (0), Cardinals (0), Cowboys (0), Falcons (0), Packers (0), Saints (0), Giants (0), Eagles (0), 49ers (0), Ravens (0), Bengals (0), Broncos (0), Colts (0), Jaguars (0), Chargers (0), Jets (0), Steelers (0), Titans (0)
AFC: 14 (13 on opening weekend); NFC: 10
Source: Berkshire mont