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      Local products on NFL opening day rosters

      The 2011 NFL season has nine local players on Opening Day rosters - all on the defensive side of the ball. There are four CCU players who will start the 2011 season this weekend.

      Players with Local Ties in the NFL

      John Abraham (Lamar HS - Atlanta Falcons)

      Robert Ayers (Marlboro County HS - 2003 WPDE All-Zoner - Denver Broncos) -

      Justin Durant (Wilson HS, 2002 WPDE Zoneman Finalist - Detroit Lions)

      Clifton Geathers (Carvers Bay HS, 2005 WPDE All-Zoner - Dallas Cowboys)

      Robert Geathers, Jr. (Carvers Bay HS, 2000 WPDE All-Zoner - Cincinnati Bengals)

      Albert Haynesworth (Hartsville HS - New England Patriots)

      Cliff Matthews (Cheraw HS, 2005 WPDE Zoneman Finalist - Atlanta Falcons)

      Lawrence Timmons (Wilson HS - 2003 WPDE Zoneman - Pittsburgh Steelers)

      COASTAL CAROLINA PLAYERS in the NFL

      Jerome Simpson - Cincinnati Bengals WR

      Quinton Teal (Marlboro County HS - 2001 WPDE All-Zoner - San Diego Chargers safety)

      Tyler Thigpen - Buffalo Bills QB

      Mike Tolbert - San Diego Chargers RB

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