LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I'm not sure Twitter would survive without bragging rights. It's a large part of the game in college sports. Every program looks for yardsticks that can be used to wave at the competition. Trash talk is a tool that inspires fans.

Head-to-head match-ups are always the ultimate advantage. But fans like to chirp about recruiting numbers, attendance, facilities, famous alums, Heismans and anything else that works.

Here is a topic that works on Wednesday – one day before the start of the 2014 NFL season:

Which local program has the most players in the National Football League?

The winner is … Louisville.

The Cards will be represented by 15 guys on current 53-rosters (or the injured list), a number that jumped by more than 50 percent because six Louisville rookies fought their way into the league. (The numbers are available at
.) Charlie Strong did a remarkable job developing players at U of L.

The 15 Cards are four more than Kentucky's 11 and more than double the half dozen former Indiana players in the league. Western Kentucky has set a school record with four players on opening day rosters. Murray State, Louisville's opponent this weekend, will be represented by two guys while Eastern Kentucky has one.

In fact, Louisville will start this season with more former players in the NFL than Arizona State (14), Arkansas, Washington and Michigan State (13 each), Baylor (11) and Texas Tech (8).

Here is the rundown:


Gary Barnidge, Cleveland, tight end

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota, quarterback

Preston Brown, Buffalo, linebacker

Damian Copeland, Jacksonville, receiver

Harry Douglas, Atlanta, receiver

Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore, linebacker

William Gay, Pittsburgh, cornerback

Breno Giacomini, New York Jets, offensive tackle

Senorise Perry, Chicago, halfback

Bilal Powell, New York Jets, halfback

Calvin Pryor, New York Jets, safety

Greg Scruggs, Seattle, defensive end

Marcus Smith, Philadelphia, defensive end

Byron Stingily, Tennessee, offensive tackle

Eric Wood, Buffalo, center


Randall Cobb, Green Bay, receiver

Winston Guy, Jacksonville, safety

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco, receiver

Tim Masthay, Green Bay, punter

Corey Peters, Atlanta, defensive tackle

Jacob Tamme, Denver, tight end

Danny Trevathan, Denver, linebacker

Larry Warford, Detroit, offensive guard

Garry Williams, Carolina, offensive tackle

Avery Williams, Tennessee, linebacker

Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee, linebacker


James Brewer, New York Giants, offensive guard

Tandon Doss, Jacksonville, receiver

Cody Latimer, Denver, receiver

Tracy Porter, Washington, defensive back

Courtney Roby, Atlanta, receiver

Rodger Saffold, St. Louis, offensive tackle.


Jonathan Dowling, Oakland, safety

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis, tight end

Bobby Rainey, Tampa, running back

Quanterus Smith, Denver, defensive end


Marcus Harris, New York Giants, receiver

Walt Powell, Arizona, receiver


Aaron Adams, Green Bay, offensive tackle.

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