2017: THEY MADE THE NFL ON OPENING DAY

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By Rick Davis

Photo:  Granite Hills grad Joe Cardona, a long snapper for the New England Patriots

October 5, 2017 (San Diego) - Twelve former San Diego Section stars made the 32-team NFL rosters of 1,693 players at the start of the 2017 season.

Thirteen made the list in 2016 and 15 in 2015.

Helix was one of 40 schools with 3 players active.  St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had 12, followed by Long Beach Poly with 7, two schools with 6, and six  with 5.

Florida led all schools with 212 players, followed by California (191), Texas (179), and Georgia 120.  Miami led by city with 25. Houston (17), and Fort Lauderdale (15) rank second and third.
The NFL incorrectly listed five players as having attended either San Marcos, Serra, or Cathedral from the San Diego Section.  Those players were from Santa Barbara San Marcos, Gardena Serra, and Los Angeles Cathederal.
Name High School College Position NFL Team
Jamal Agnew Point Loma U. San Diego Cornerback Detroit
Joe Cardona Granite Hills Navy Long Snapper New England
Cory Littleton Mount Miguel Washington Linebacker L.A. Rams
Stefan McClure Vista California Safety Washington
Erik Magnuson La Costa Canyon Michigan Guard San Francisco
Brian Schwenke Oceanside California Center Tennessee
Alex Smith Helix Utah Quarterback Kansas City
Kenny Stills La Costa Canyon Oklahoma Wide Receiver Miami
Jamar Taylor Helix Boise State Cornerback Cleveland
Levine Toilolo Helix Stanford Tight End Atlanta
Aaron Wallace Rancho Bernardo UCLA Linebacker Tennessee
Damien Williams Mount Miguel Oklahoma
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