Pasco County Players Drafted, Signed or Played on a NFL Team
Joey Ivie DT Pasco '13: Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 7th Round on April 29, 2017. Waived on September 2, 2017. On October 17, 2017, signed to the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad. Waived by Atlanta on June 1, 2018. Signed with Seattle Seahawks on August 6, 2018. Waived by Seattle on September 1, 2018. On September 4, 2018, signed to the Kansas City practice squad. On September 1. 2019, placed on the Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster, but waived on November 22, 2019. Signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad on November 26, 2019 and was promoted to the active roster on December 14, 2019.
Janarion Grant ATH Pasco '12: Went undrafted in 2018, but signed with the Baltimore Ravens on May 7, 2018. Waived on September 22, 2019 and placed on the practice squad on September 25, 2019. Signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), but was released on June 18, 2019. Signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) on July 23, 2019. Won Grey Cup with Blue Bombers in 2019.
Josh Johnson RB/DB Pasco '09: Went undrafted during the 2013 NFL Draft, but signed with the San Diego Chargers after the draft ended. Played in the CFL for British Columbia in 2014 and 2015. Signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on February 12, 2016. Waived and placed on injured on August 14, 2017. Released on October 10, 2017. Signed with the Ottawa Red Blacks on March 14, 2018, but released on July 17, 2018. Signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 19, 2018. Signed with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent on May 17, 2019. As of August 2020, Johnson is with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Shaheed Salmon LB Land O' Lakes: Went undrafted in 2018, but signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 17, 2018. Waived on August 20, 2018
Kent Taylor TE Land O' Lakes '12: Signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad on 12/12/17. Waived on May, 2
Leon Orr DT Gulf '10: Undrafted in 2015 NFL Draft, but signed and played for the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 preseason. On September 5, 2015, Orr was placed on the Oakland Raiders practice squad, but on December 12, 2015 was placed on the active roster. Released by the Raiders on August 29, 2016. Signed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 20, 2016 and active roster on October 12, 2016. Released by the Miami Dolphins on November 30, 2016.
Sederrik Cunningham QB/DB Zephyrhills '07: Signed by the Green Bay Packers on April 15, 2013. He was released by the Packers on April 11, 2014. Signed with the Calgary Stampeders on May 8, 2014. He made his CFL debut on July 12, 2014. He was released by the Stampeders on July 21, 2015. Signed to the Edmonton Eskimos' practice roster as a WR on September 15, 2015. He was promoted to the active roster on October 2 and added back to the practice roster on October 8, 2015. Released by Edmonton on May 28, 2016.
Ryan Pickett DL Zephyrhills '96: Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2001 where he played five seasons. Signed as a free agent in 2006 by the Green Bay Packers and currently on the active roster. Career stats, 577 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Won a Super Bowl Ring in the 2010 season. Released by the Packers in 2014, but signed with the Houston Texans in September 2014. Did not play in 2015.
Greg Jenkins QB Wesley Chapel '07: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 by the Oakland Raiders as a wide receiver. Has been used on special teams as a kick & punt returner. Scored one TD recovering a fumble on special teams. Release by the Raiders on August 26, 2014. Signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on July 24, 2015, but released on September 2, 2015.
Caz Piurowski TE Land O' Lakes '06: Undrafted but signed in the offseason by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, but released due to injury before the start off the 2011 season.
Logan Payne WR Land O' Lakes '03: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 by the Seattle Seahawks and was mainly on the practice squad until he was released in 2009. He was signed to the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs practice squad in 2009, Minnesota Vikings in 2010, New York Jets in 2010-11 and Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
Ryan Benjamin DT River Ridge '96: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. He was also a member of the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears during the 2001 season. Would re-sign with the New England Patriots at the start of the 2002 season, but ended up with the Tampa Buccaneers and win a Super Bowl Ring as a long snapper. Would play in 27 games ending in 2003.
Troy Hambrick RB Pasco '93: Was in the NFL from 2000 to 2004. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000 by the Dallas Cowboys where he played four seasons. Oakland Raiders signed him as a free agent in 2004, but traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Career stats, 2,179 rushing yards, 9 TDs, and 1 TD reception.
Darren Hambrick LB Pasco '92: Was in the NFL from 1998 to 2002. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1998 where he played three seasons. Signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and Cleveland Browns in 2002. Career stats, 283 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
Ted Wilson WR Zephyrhills '83: Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1987. Started in 2 of the 3 games he appeared in. Caught five passes for 112 yards and 1 TD. Also, rushed for 1 TD. Played one season in the NFL.
Greg Pittman DT Pasco '72: Drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1976, but never played in the NFL.