Report: HBCU Players on NFL Rosters 2021

Former HBCU student-athletes help to mold National Football League rosters in 2021.
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Athletes from HBCUs are still shaping NFL rosters in 2021. The New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead (Pine-Bluff) and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (South Carolina State) are prominent HBCU alums playing in the NFL. Armstead, at the moment, is the elder statesman of HBCU alum since being drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft by New Orleans.

According to HBCU Gameday's Symone Stanley, 18 HBCU players earned roster spots when NFL initial rosters were announced Tuesday. Here is the list of players on NFL 53-man rosters for the 2021-22 NFL regular season.

HBCU Players in NFL

HBCU PLAYERS ON NFL ACTIVE ROSTERS 2021

AFC WEST

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Brandon Parker, T (North Carolina A&T)

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Ryan Smith, DB (North Carolina Central)

Cleveland Browns

  • Montrel Meander, LB (Grambling State)
  • Jamie Gillan, P (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

  • Tytus Howard, OL (Alabama State)

Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans

  • Chester Rogers, WR (Grambling State)

NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Javon Hargrave, DT (South Carolina State)

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

  • Lachavious Simmons, OL (Tennessee State)
  • Tarik Cohen, RB (North Carolina A&T)

Detroit Lions

  • Bobby Price, DB (Norfolk State University)

NFC SOUTH

Carolina Panthers

  • Darryl Johnson, DE (North Carolina A&T)
  • Trent Scott, T (Grambling State)
  • Trenton Cannon, RB (Virginia State)

New Orleans Saints

  • Terron Armstead, T (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Nick Leverett, G (North Carolina Central)

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

  • Joshua Miles, T (Morgan State)