Updated list of LDS Church members in NFL

Published: Saturday, Sept. 13 2008 12:08 a.m. MDT

The list of LDS Church members on National Football League rosters has been updated, thanks to feedback from Mormon Times readers.Our initial list of 27 Mormons in the NFL has grown to 35. Among the earlier omissions were Philadelphia starting linebacker Stewart Bradley and Arizona starting right guard Taitusi "Deuce" Lutui.Bradley is a Highland (Salt Lake City) graduate who had limited high school football experience but still walked on at Nebraska and became a third-round NFL draft pick. He had nine tackles, including a sack, in the Eagles' Week 1 victory over the Rams. Philadelphia plays at Dallas this week on Monday Night Football (6:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN).Lutui, from Mesa, Ariz., has been a starter for the Cardinals since the midpoint of the 2006 campaign. He was drafted by Arizona in the second round out of the University of Southern California, where he was part of a national championship-winning team. Prior to his career at USC, Lutui played at both Mesa (Ariz.) Community College and Snow (Utah) College.The other additions to the list are Washington tight end Chris Cooley, Cincinnati defensive end Jonathan Fanene, Carolina defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu, Minnesota tight end Garrett Mills, Dallas offensive lineman Cory Proctor, Miami center Samson Satele and Buffalo tight end Derek Schouman.One player on the original list, center Marvin Philip (Cal), was cut by the Cleveland Browns prior to the start of the season.If you know of anyone else missing from the list below, e-mail mormontimes@desnews.com.Name, position, team, college:John Beck, QB, Dolphins, BYURyon Bingham, DL, Chargers, NebraskaStewart Bradley, LB, Eagles, NebraskaKirk Chambers, OL, Bills, Stanford*Chris Cooley, TE, Redkins, Utah State*Kevin Curtis, WR, Eagles, Utah StateJohn Denney, LS, Dolphins, BYURyan Denney, DE, Bills, BYUJonathan Fanene, DL, Cincinnati, UtahAaron Francisco, DB, Cardinals, BYUDavid Hale, OL, Ravens, Weber State*Todd Heap, TE, Ravens, Arizona State*Eric Heitmann, OL, 49ers, StanfordChris Hoke, DL, Steelers, BYUScott Jackson, OL, Texans, BYUBryan Kehl, LB, Giants, BYUBrett Keisel, DL, Steelers, BYUMaake Kemoeatu, DL, Panthers, UtahSpencer Larsen, LB, Broncos, Arizona*Deuce Lutui, OL, Cardinals, Southern CaliforniaBrandon Manumaleuna, TE, Chargers, ArizonaGarrett Mills, TE, Vikings, Tulsa*Edwin Mulitalo, OL, Lions, ArizonaShawn Murphy, OL, Dolphins, Utah State*Haloti Ngata, DL, Ravens, Oregon*Brady Poppinga, LB, Packers, BYUSione Pouha, DT, Jets, UtahCory Proctor, OL, Cowboys, Montana*Samson Satele, OL, Dolphins, HawaiiDerek Schouman, TE, Bills, Boise State*Derek Smith, LB, Chargers, Arizona StateNaufahu Tahi, FB, Vikings, BYU*John Tait, OL, Bears, BYU*Eric Weddle, DB, Chargers, UtahScott Young, OL, Browns, BYU*Starters

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