Former Nittany Lions Drummond, Hartings are NFL All-Pro selections

January 10, 2005

Fourteen Penn Staters on NFL playoff teams

University Park, Pa. -- A pair former Penn State standouts have been selected to the Associated Press All-Pro first team.

Kick return specialist Eddie Drummond (Detroit) and center Jeff Hartings (Pittsburgh) both earned their initial All-Pro selections. They previously had been chosen to play in the Pro Bowl, where they will be joined by former Nittany Lion Marco Rivera (Green Bay). Rivera, a guard, will be making his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, while Drummond and Hartings will be making their first. The game is Sunday, Feb. 13 in Honolulu.

Drummond returned four kicks for touchdowns this season, becoming just the second player in NFL history to do so. Hartings has led the resurgence of the Steelers' (15-1) running game this season, ranking second in the NFL after finishing 31st last season.

Penn State's 35 former players on 2004 National Football League opening day rosters was tied for eighth-highest in the nation. Former Nittany Lions are spread out over 24 teams. More than 250 Nittany Lions have moved on to the professional ranks since Joe Paterno became head coach in 1966.

Fourteen Penn Staters are on teams preparing for the NFL playoffs, led by three with the Green Bay Packers. Players and their teams include:

Atlanta Falcons - Bryan Scott
Green Bay Packers - Bhawoh Jue, Sean McHugh, Marco Rivera
Indianapolis Colts - Jim Nelson, Brad Scioli
New England Patriots - Justin Kurpeikis
New York Jets - Kareem McKenzie
Philadelphia Eagles - Eric McCoo
Pittsburgh Steelers - Jeff Hartings, Matt Kranchick
St. Louis Rams - Tyoka Jackson, Jimmy Kennedy
Seattle Seahawks - Bobby Engram

Penn State has had at least one alumnus on one Super Bowl team for 34 of 38 title games. Safety Shawn Mayer earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots last year and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius was a member of Tampa Bay's NFL championship team in 2002.

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