Far fewer former Miami-Dade high school players in the NFL this season


Miami-Dade County’s high schools saw the number of their alumni on NFL rosters to start the 2022 season fall precipitously from the same time last year.

Where the county renowned for its football talent boasted 36 players in 2021 after Week 1, that number crashed to 23 this year, a 36.1% plummet.

Further, the county directly to the north is starting to dominate Miami-Dade, with Broward having 55 opening-weekend players drawing an NFL paycheck. That total is a jaw-dropping 139.1% larger than the not-even-two-dozen players from Miami-Dade.

The opening-weekend players from Miami-Dade hailed from 12 schools and could be found on 14 teams, with the Buffalo Bills leading the way with four players.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order by last name of the players, who were either on the 53-man roster, the practice squad or on an injured list. At the end, there is a listing of how many come from each school and are on each NFL team.

Tutu Atwell, Rams, Northwestern

Dicaprio Bootle, Chiefs, Southridge*

Bootle was signed by the Chiefs after opening weekend.

Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins, Northwestern

Artie Burns, Seahawks, Northwestern

Deon Bush, Chiefs, Columbus

Dalvin Cook, Vikings, Central

James Cook, Bills, Central

Amari Cooper, Browns, Northwestern

Lavonte David, Buccaneers, Northwestern

Carlton Davis III, Buccaneers, Norland

Rashad Fenton, Chiefs, Carol City

C.J. Henderson, Panthers, Columbus

Duke Johnson, Bills, Norland

Jaquan Johnson, Bills, Killian

Justin McCray, Texans, Southridge

Denzel Perryman, Raiders, Coral Gables

Eddy Pineiro, Panthers, Sunset

Greg Rousseau, Bills, Champagnat

Demetrius Taylor, Lions, Northwestern

Keir Thomas, Rams, Central

Tyquan Thornton, Patriots, Booker T. Washington

Josh Uche, Patriots, Columbus

Anthony Walker Jr., Browns, Monsignor Pace

Rachad Wildgoose, Commanders, Northwestern

HIGH SCHOOLS: Northwestern (7), Central (3), Columbus (3), Norland (2), Southridge (2), Booker T. Washington, Carol City, Champagnat, Coral Gables, Killian, Monsignor Pace, Sunset

TEAMS: Bills (4), Chiefs (3), Browns (2), Buccaneers (2), Panthers (2), Patriots (2), Rams (2), Commanders (1), Dolphins (1), Lions (1), Raiders (1), Seahawks (1), Texans (1), Vikings (1), Bears (0), Cardinals (0), Cowboys (0), Falcons (0), Packers (0), Saints (0), Giants (0), Eagles (0), 49ers (0), Ravens (0), Bengals (0), Broncos (0), Colts (0), Jaguars (0), Chargers (0), Jets (0), Steelers (0), Titans (0)

AFC: 14 (13 on opening weekend); NFC: 10



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