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
ESPN.com
.) 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:


LOUISVILLE (15)


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


KENTUCKY (11)


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


INDIANA (6)


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.


WESTERN KENTUCKY (4)


Jonathan Dowling, Oakland, safety


Jack Doyle, Indianapolis, tight end


Bobby Rainey, Tampa, running back


Quanterus Smith, Denver, defensive end


MURRAY STATE (2)


Marcus Harris, New York Giants, receiver


Walt Powell, Arizona, receiver


EASTERN KENTUCKY (1)


Aaron Adams, Green Bay, offensive tackle.


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