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Pro talent: Learn about the 37 football players with Utah ties on NFL rosters

By Brandon Gurney, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Sept. 3 10:15 p.m. MDT

 Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) clowns around with teammate Nick Fairley during warmups before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) clowns around with teammate Nick Fairley during warmups before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Carlos Osorio, AP)

With the 2014 NFL season set to kick off Thursday night, 37 players with ties to the state of Utah find themselves on 53-man rosters.

Utah State products Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin will face off against fellow USU alum Jarrett Bush in the season opener Thursday, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers.

What other locals are playing in the pros? Here's a look at the players in the NFL with Utah ties:

Former BYU players on NFL rosters

Former Utah players on NFL rosters

Former Utah State players on NFL rosters

Former Utah high school and other Utah college players on NFL rosters

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1. ekute
Layton, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

byu fans like to say that their recruitment is on par with Utah. The fact that Utah has more players in the NFL than both of the mid-majors combined proves that it's the development of those recruits that's important. That's why Utah owns byu head to head.

2. carman
Wasatch Front, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

ekute: you have a short memory. utah has only "owned" BYU for the past few years. If you parse it by decade, in the past 40+ years, utah's only "dominant" period has been the current decade. Utah dominated the rivalry through the 1960's, BYU dominated in the 1970's and 1980's, BYU and Utah each won 5/10 games in the 1990's and 2000's, and Utah has "owned" BYU in the four contests in the 2010's. I know it is hard for ute nation to reconcile their pride with the data, but the data does not lie. Of utah's 4 wins in the 2010's, the combined margin of victory for 3 of the 4 games was a grand total of 11 points (1 pt in 2010, 3 in 2012 and 7 in 2013). Utah's current win streak is a combination of the natural ebb and flow of the two programs, and a little bit of dumb luck. byu and utah have been very comparable programs, especially the past 3-4 years. BYU has been a good independent, with flashes of potential, and utah has been a PAC-12 bottom-dweller, with similar flashes of potential.

3. ekute
Layton, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

It seems that "That's why Utah owns byu head to head." hurt your pride a little bit. Your entire reply to my comment is irrelevant to my point. How would you explain the fact that Kyle has more ex-Utes in the NFL than both of the instate mid-majors combined?

Kyle vs USU: 6-1
Kyle vs byu: 6-3

4. Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

Out of all the measures of how good a College football program is, I would rank players in the NFL pretty far down on the list (however, yes I will admit that it does make the list). It is largely an individual accomplishment. Sure I would like for there to be more former Cougars on NFL teams, but I like to cheer for all NFL players with ties to the state of Utah, even former Utes. Congrats to all players with ties to this great state who are on NFL teams or practice squads.

5. Balan
South Jordan, Utah,
Sept. 4, 2014

The arrogance from the hill continues to amaze.