41 NAIA, D2 AND D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THE NFL FOR 2012

 The NAIA’s William Penn University Statesmen (logo at right) were among the teams covered by Balladeer’s Blog who had players move on to the NFL this year in the draft and through free agent signings. Here’s a look at the players who advanced to the next level following their successful college careers at institutions that actually care about academics.

DRAFTEES – ST LOUIS RAMS- Greg Zuerlein from the Missouri Western Griffons *** Janoris Jenkins from the University of North Alabama Lions *** Daryl Richardson from the Abilene Christian University Wildcats

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Amini Silatolu from the Midwestern State Mustangs

DETROIT LIONS – Chris Greenwood from the Albion Britons

SAN FRANCISCO 49’ers – Jason Slowery from the Western Oregon University Wolves

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Jeris Pendleton from the Ashland Eagles

FREE AGENT SIGNEES – ATLANTA FALCONS – Cody Pearcy from the Huntingdon Hawks *** Lamark Brown from the Minnesota State Mavericks *** Chad Faulcon from the Montclair State RedHawks *** Robbie Frey from the Kutztown Golden Bears

HOUSTON TEXANS – Nate Menkin from the Mary Hardin- Baylor University Crusaders *** Shawn Loiseau from the Merrimack Warriors *** Philip Supernau from the Ouachita Baptist Wildcats

NEW YORK JETS – Damon Harrison from the William Penn University Statesmen *** Marcus Doutin from the North Alabama Lions  

DETROIT LIONS – Troy Burrell from the Wayne State Warriors *** Alonzo Lawrence from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs 

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Lyndon Rowells from the Humboldt State Lumberjacks *** Rico Wallace from the Shenandoah University Hornets 

ST LOUIS RAMS – Nick Johnson from the Henderson State Reddies *** Joe Long (brother of Chris Long) from the Wayne State Warriors

NEW YORK GIANTS – Stephen Goodin from the University of Nebraska- Kearney Lopers *** Damian Davis from the Mary Hardin- Baylor Crusaders 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Kevin Eagan from the Endicott Gulls *** Chigbo Anunoby from the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers 

CHICAGO BEARS – Jeremy Jones from the Wayne State Warriors *** Britton Golden from the West Texas A&M Buffaloes

ARIZONA CARDINALS – James Nixon from the California (PA) Vulcans *** Marc Wilson from the St Anselm Falcons

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Antonio Denard from the Langston Lions

NEW ORLEANS – Stan Warrenhuffman ( one last name) from the Campbellsville University Tigers  ***  Brian Folkerts from the Washburn Ichabods 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Ikponmwosa Igbinosun from the Southern Connecticut State Owls

BUFFALO BILLS – Ian Wild from the Mercyhurst Lakers

BALTIMORE RAVENS – Devin Goda from the Slippery Rock Rockets

DALLAS COWBOYS – Saalim Hakim from the Tarleton State Texans

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Sean McGrath from the Henderson State Reddies

OAKLAND RAIDERS – Marquette King from the Fort Valley State Wildcats

TENNESSEE TITANS – Nick Stephens from the Tarleton State Texans

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Darnell Williams from the Louisiana College Wildcats

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74 responses to “41 NAIA, D2 AND D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THE NFL FOR 2012

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  2. So good to see actual student athletes make it to the NFL!

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  4. It’s so cool 2 kno i can go to the nfl from naia colleges!

  5. NAIA RULES! Nice to see real student athletes make the NFL, not just the cheating, woman beating thugs at D1 schools!

  6. Its like all anybody talks about now is the NAIA thanks to you! Awesome to know you can go to these schools and still make the NFL.

    • Well, I like to give them the attention that ESPN won’t just because they don’t have the contract to air their sports. The cable outfit called CBS College Sports does.

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  14. As a woman I’m glad to see men who don’t beat their girlfriends or wives make it to the NFL, not like those animals from the big name schools, or that child raping Penn State.

  15. I want my son to go play for an NAIA team now and not have to play with felons. Sounds like he can still get to an NFL team.

  16. GO NAIA!!! College football for real players, not hired semi-professionals!

  17. Super! I love the fact that my nephews can play ball at these real colleges and still make it to the NFL!

  18. Les

    Wow, colleges that actually care about academics and u can still get to the nfl from them. Who knew? NAIA football sounds like it rocks!

    • Yep! If they called NAIA college football “Who wants to be an NFL player” and aired it like a reality show it would be a ratings blockbuster like American Idol.

  19. Dude u r singlehandly making the NAIA 1 of the hot topics on the web.

  20. Nobody ever heard of NAIA football until you came along. Kewl shit.

  21. Eagles Fan

    At first my Husband and I wanted so bad for our son to play for one of the Big 10 colleges and we had really no clue about NAIA and what it had to offer…Now our views have changed, I’m a very proud parent today our son was recruited and offered a scholarship to attend college and play for a new football program with the Reinhardt University Eagles!!!…we can’t wait for 2013 Season to get here!!!…Go Eagles!!!

    • Thank you very much for leaving such a nice comment! I think it’s great to hear from parents who realized what a great match NAIA schools could be for them and their children!

  22. Wow! You mean some real student athletes actually get into the NFL?

  23. NAIA football rules! I want my nephew to play for one of their teams.

  24. Good to see real student athletes get rewarded!

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  36. Ryan

    I respect kids who are real student athletes and not just hired guns like at the Division 1 programs.

  37. Lindsey

    These young men are genuine student athletes and not paid guns.

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    I never knew these teams sent players to pro baseball!

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