By Paul Sykes
Some great names among the 32 former University of Louisville football players competing for jobs in the National Football League. Twenty-one franchises list at least one player on the hopeful list. Revel in the memories as you check out the list of Cards.
The Atlanta Falcons represent with Harry Douglas, Antoine Harris and Chris Redman. The Jacksonville Jaguars have Brock Bolen, Lamar Myles and Montavious Stanley. The New York Jets have Richard Owens, Kerry Rhodes and Mario Urrutia. The Green Bay Packers have Brian Brohm, Breno Giacomini and Jason Spitz.
Teams with two Cards include the Carolina Panthers with Gary Barnidge and Hunter Cantwell and the Oakland Raiders with Michael Bush and Chris Johnson. Others:
Philadelphia — David Akers; Seattle — Deion Branch; New England — George Bussey; Tampa Bay– Patrick Carter; Denver — Elvis Dumervil.
St. Louis — Renardo Foster; Pittsburgh — William Gay; Indianapolis — Adrian Grad y; New Orleans — Earl Heyman; Cincinnati — Brandon Johnson; Houston –Amobi Okoye.
Cleveland — Kurt Quarterman; Kansas City — Kolby Smith; Chicago — Woody Turenne; Detroit — Dewayne White; Buffalo – Eric Wood.
That’s one kicker, three quarterbacks, three running backs, four wide receivers, two tight ends, five offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, five linebackers and five defensive backs.
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Sixteen Kentucky Wildcats also hope to make rosters. We could use them as a practice squad. Who will we have coach this team? Certainly not Bobby Petrino. Sherman Lewis and Howard Schnellenberger might be good choices. Lawrenceburg native Buddy Ryan would be in charge of the defense.
What will we call this franchise? How about the Louisville Thoroughbreds? Something that ties in speed and quickness with local heritage. Good luck guys, stay injury free! See you on Sundays.