FORTY FORMER LIONS IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A total of 40 Penn State football alumni – the most since 2012 – are populating the training camp rosters of 25 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions annually are among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL. In addition, eight former Nittany Lions are members of NFL coaching staffs and two former non-football student-athletes are on rosters.
The last time Penn State had 40 or more alums on NFL rosters was in 2012 when 41 entered NFL training camps.
A fifth of the former Nittany Lions are on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, which boast a league-high four Penn Staters each. The Dolphins feature the returning trio of 10th-year defensive end Cameron Wake, linebacker Mike Hull and cornerback Jordan Lucas, as well as rookie tight end Mike Gesicki, who selected with the 42nd overall pick of the 2018 Draft. The Steelers also feature a former Penn State tight end with fourth-year vet Jesse James, who is joined in Latrobe this summer by safety Malik Golden and rookies Marcus Allen(safety) and Parker Cothren (defensive tackle).