Weston Blaine Richburg is a center for the New York Giants. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round, 43rd overall of the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the most recent Colorado State offensive lineman to be selected in an NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado state, where he was First-team All-MWC in 2013, Honorable Mention All-MWC in 2012, and Second-team All-MWC in 2011. Richburg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. A native of Bushland, Texas, Richburg attended Bushland High School, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He began his career as a quarterback, also playing linebacker during his freshman season, but a growth spurt prior to his sophomore campaign saw him convert to the line, playing on both sides of the ball. As a senior, the team captain helped lead the Falcons to a 10-0 regular season record en route to capturing the district title. He captured the state title in the shot put event at the 2009 UIL T&F Championships, with a PR throw of 18.34 meters (60 ft 1 in), setting a school record, that ranks as the fourth-best throw by a Texas prep athlete in any classification and worthy of the Texas Class 2A gold medal. In the discus, he got a top-throw of 53.31 meters (172 ft 2 in) at the 2009 Texas Tech Regional Qualifiers, where he took bronze. He is the son of Danny and Ruth Richburg and has two relatives, Nathan and Aubrey, who played football at Texas Tech. Richburg has helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club’s sports programs in March before the 2010 season. Weston has also made several appearances visiting with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins, in February 2010, February 2011 and July 2011 and for a month during the summer of 2010, he interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineland Church.
Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed Big Ben, is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Miami University in Ohio and was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL draft. Roethlisberger earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history, leading the Steelers, in only his second profession season, to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title in four seasons as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23, after completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the final 35 seconds. Roethlisberger has been one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating (94.0), tied for 6th in yards per attempt (7.93), and tied for 10th in completion percentage (63.85%) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,500 career attempts. He has the fourth highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams. Known for playing outside the pocket in what he calls “backyard football”, Roethlisberger grew up idolizing John Elway, and has often been compared to him. Roethlisberger wears number 7 in Elway’s honor. Roethlisberger was born in Lima, Ohio, the son of Kenneth and Ida Roethlisberger. His younger sister, Carlee Roethlisberger played women’s basketball for the University of Oklahoma. Roethlisberger is married to Ashley Harlan and they have three kids together, Benjamin, Bayleee, and Bodie. In addition, Roethlisberg is also a spokesman for Swiss Roots, a campaign intended to help Americans of Swiss origin reconnect with their Swiss ancestral heritage. Moreover, Roethlisberger has his own line of barbecue suace called Big Ben’s BBQ. Roethlisberger is also the founder of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which seeks to provide to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2005, Roethlisberger donated one game check to aid the tsunami relief fund and also donated over $100,000 to fund police dogs in Pittsburgh. In 2014, Roethlisberger and his wife donated $1 million to his alma mater, Miami University, for an indoor sports center.
Blake Bortles is the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was drafted by the Jaguars with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has set Jaguars franchise records for most passing touchdowns in a single season, most passing yards in a single season, most pass attempts in a single season, most completions in a single season, most passing touchdowns in a single game, and most consecutive games with a passing touchdown. Bortles played college football at The University of Central Florida, where he was the Knights’ starting quarterback from midway through the 2011 season to 2013. In 2012, he led UCF to a Conference USA East Division Championship and bowl victory. In 2013, Bortles led the Knights to an upset of then-No. 8 Louisville to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, as well as an upset victory over sixth-ranked Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. Bortles is the son of Rob and Suzy Bortles. Rob was a wrestler and football player in high school; Suzy played high school softball. Bortles’ brother, Colby, is a third baseman with the Ole Miss baseball team as of 2015.
Bryce Gunnar Hager is a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in thr 7th round, 224th overall of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Baylor. At Baylor, Hager was an All-American linebacker and three-time All-Big 12 honoree, making 322 career tackles, 24 for loss and 26 quarterback hurries. Hager is from Austin, Texas and is the son of Britt and Bridgette Hager. His father, Britt, is former Texas All-American and played linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams. He also graduated in December 2014 with Bachelor’s degree in health, human performance and recreation studies.
Carson Wentz is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.He is the first quarterback the Eagles selected in the first round of an NFL draft since Donovan McNabb in 1999, who was also taken second overall. He is also the first FCS quarterback taken in the first round since Joe Flacco in 2008, and the highest FCS quarterback taken in draft history. He played college football at North Dakota State University, where he was a 5 time NCAA FCS National Champion from 2011 to 2015. Wentz graduated from NDSU with a degree in health and physical education, finishing with a 4.0 GPA and earning recognition as CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Division I footba For the 2016 season, Wentz had a passer rating of 79.3 with 3,537 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2 rushing touchdowns. Wentz was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but moved to North Dakota with his family at the age of three. He is the son of Doug Wentz and Cathy Domres. His brother, Zach, was a four-year starting pitcher and infielder for NDSU baseball and his cousin, Connor, was a tight end on his 2013, 2014, and 2015 football teams at NDSU. His father, played linebacker at Northern State in the 1980s
David Quessenberry, Jr. is an offensive tackle for the Houston Texans. He is currently on the team’s non-football injury list. He was drafted by the Texans in the 6th round, 176 overall of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State. He is from La Jolla, California and is the son of David and Maureen Quessenberry.
Eric Tomlinson is a tight end for the New York Jets. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 as an undrafted free agent and has also been a member of the Houston Texans. Tomlinson played college football for UTEP. He played 4 seasons from 2011 to 2014 and appeared in 45 career games with 31 starts. Tomlinson finished his college career with 59 catches for 547 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was named to the Midseason John Mackey Watch List as a senior as well as started 11 games as a senior in 2014 and was named All-Conference USA honorable mention for the third time in four years. Eric was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is the son of Suzy Tomlinson. He has one brother and one sister. He graduated with degrees in finance and management. He was also a three-year starter in basketball at Klein (Texas) High School.
Jared Thomas Goff is the starting quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at California, where he was the first true freshman quarterback in California history to start a season opener. In 2015, he led the Golden Bears to a 7-5 regular season record, clinching Cal’s first winning season since 2011. He was selected First-Team All-PAC 12 in 2015. Goff is from Novato, California and is the son of Jerry and Nancy Goff. His father is a former MLB player who played for the Expos, Pirates, and Astros. His father was also a Cal athlet, playing as an all-conference and all-district catcher for the school’s baseball team. In 2016, Goff appeared on an episode of Gridiron Outdoors, which is hosted by former football quarterback Mike Pawlawski. He grew up as a San Francisco 49ers fan, and wears number 16 as a fan of Joe Montana, who played for the 49ers. Goff is also a spokesperson for Rockin’ Refuel.
Jessee Dylan James is a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 5th round, 160th overall of the 2015 NFL Draft. James played college football at Penn State, where he started 31 out of 33 games and record 78 receptions for 1,005 yards with 11 touchdowns. In 2014, he was named first-team All-Big Ten. Jesse is from McKeesport, Pennsylvania and is the son of Rick and Susan James. He has four brothers, William, Keith, Rick and Brady, and two sisters, Carly and Isabella. James majored in Kinesiology and is interested in a career as a fitness trainer after football.
Joe Staley is an offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at Central Michigan and was drafted by the 49ers in the 1st round, 28th overall of the 2007 NFL Draft. The 49ers acquired Staley after trading into the first round with the New England Patriots, trading their 2008 first round pick and a 4th round pick in 2007. Staley is a 5 time Pro-Bowler from the 2011 to 2015. He also is a three time Second-team All-Pro from 2011 to 2013. In High School, Staley was a standout track and field athlete for the Rockford High School track team. He set three school records in the 200 meter dash, wtih a time of 21.9 seconds, in the 4 x 100 meter relay, with a time of 42.56 seconds, and in the 4 x 200 relay, with a time of 1:27.86 minutes. His time of 21.9 seconds in the 200 meters ranks as the fastest among offensive linemen ever to play in the NFL. Staley was born in Rockford, Michigan and is the son of Butch and Jan Staley. His spouse is to Carrie Dew.
Joel Michael Bitonio is a offensive guard for the Cleveland Borns. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 35th overall pick of the 2nd Round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bitonio was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Nevada from 2009 to 2013 and started 39 consecutive games from his redshirt sophomore to senior seasons. As a senior, he was an All-Mountain West Conference selection. Bitonio was born in San Pedro, California and is the son of Mike and Debbie Bitonio. He is one of three children and has a brother Lucas, and a sister, Kate. His late father was a mixed martial arts barebuckle fighter in the early 1990’s. He is the only offensive rookie voted to PFWA All-AFC team in 2014 and was inducted to the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School athletic hall of fame in 2015. He has volunteered for numerous community opportunities in the Cleveland area, including Browns Play 60 clinics, participating in several ‘Shop with a Pro’ events, visits to local hospitals and schools and supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as well as being named the American Legion Man of the Year in 2015. He likes going to the beach and visiting Lake Tahoe, enjoys reading sports and war novels, and likes watching the Food Network. Bitonio also hosts a segment on Browns television where he visits Cleveland-area restaurants, interacts with celebrity chefs and participates in cooking challenges.
Jordan Richards is a safety for the New England Patriots. He was drafted by the New England Patrios in the 2nd round, 64th overall of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 14 regular-season games his rookie season with two starts and registered 17 tackles, two passes defesned, one forced fumble and two special teams tackles. He played mostly on special teams and in nickel and dime sequences on defense. He played college football at Stanford, where he was a team captain and two-time first team All-PAC 12. Richards played in 54 games with 44 starts over his career and registered 247 tackles, one sack, nine interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 24 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. He was born in Sacramento, California and is the son of Terrence and Sharon Richards. His father, Terrence, is a native of Natick and played as a defensive lineman at Tufts from 1975 to 1979. Jordan has one sister, Ashley.
Kareem Martin is an outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 3rd round, 84th overall of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of North Carolina. He was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Martin has played in 27 games with four starts in his first two seasons. At North Carolina, Martin was a 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl Participant – North, 2013 All-ACC First Team, 2013 Preseason All-ACC, 2013 Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List, 2013 Hendricks Award Watch List, 2013 Bednarik Award Watch List, 2013 Nagurski Trophy Watch List, and 2012 All-ACC Second Team (Coaches and Media).
Latavius Murray is the starting runningback for the Oakland Raiders. He played college football at The University of Central Florida and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round, 181st overall of the 2013 NFL Draft. Murray became the first Raider to reach the 1000-yard mark rushing, since Darren McFadden in 2010. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 2015 season. At UCF, he was an All-C-USA First Team selection as a senior, team MVP as a junior, Conference USA Championship MVP and AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP as a sophomore. He was born in Titusville, Florida and is the son of Paul Murray and Tawanna Wright. Murray earned three letters under coach Jason Ryan at Onondaga Central High School and Named the 2007 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in the state of the New York by Rise Magazine.
Marcus Mariota is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him with the 2nd overall pick of the 1st round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014. During his time at Oregon, he won the Maxwell Award, the Chic Harley Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Gold Arm Award, the AP Player of the Year, the Sporting News Player of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Unanimous All-American, and three-time First-Team All-Pac-12. As a junior in 2014, Mariota became the first Oregon player and Hawaii-born athlete to ever win the Heisman Trophy. As of week 14 in the 2016 season, Mariota has 44 touchdowns with 18 interceptions, 5,904 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Marcus was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Alana Deppe-Mariota and Toa Mariota and has a younger brother, Matt Mariota, who is a sophomore linebacker at Oregon. He is of Samoan descent on his father’s side and German descent on his mother’s side. He grew up admiring the quarterback play of fellow Samoan Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at the Saint Louis School and the University of Oregon. Mariota was also a standout track and field athlete, Mariota was a state track qualifier in the sprinting and jumping events. His list of favorites include : “The Longest Yard” as his favorite movie; “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite TV show; Dwayne Johnson as his favorite actor; The Green, Drake as his pregame playlist; “FIFA” as his favorite video game; steak and kalua pork as his favorite food; Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse as his guilty pleasure; and Emmitt Smith as his favorite childhood athlete.
Matthew Slater is currently a wide receiver for the New England Patrios. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 5th round, 153rd overall of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA. Slater is a Super Bowl champion as a member of the New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl XLIX. Slater was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pro Bowl as a special teamer. He also is a three time First-Team All-Pro in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Slater was born in Baldwin Park, California and is the son of Jackie and Annie Slater. In 2013, Slater was awarded the New England Patriots 11th Ron Burton Community Service Award by owner Robert Kraft for his strong commitment to community service and leadership. Slater is one of the team’s most active community participants, regularly participating in the team’s organized community events. Matthew is also the United Way representative on the New England Patriots, and is working with organizations in the greater Boston area to recruit one million volunteers as part of the wider Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism Campaign.
Mike Iupati is an offensive guard for the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Idaho, and earned consensus All-American honors. Iupati is a four-time Pro-Bowler from 2012-2015 and was a First-team All-Pro in 2012 as well as a Second-team All-Pro in 2015. Born and raised in Vaitogi, American Samoa, Iupati’s family moved to Garden Grove, California, after he finished junior high school. He is the son of Aposetolo and Belinda Iupati. Mike has a sister, Fionna and two brothers, Aposetolo Jr. and Andrew, both reside in Corona, California. He is married to Ashley Galeai Iupati and have a son, KoaAli’i.
Nick Sundberg is a long snapper for the Washington Redskins. He played his college football at the University of California. He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and was also a member of the Baltimore Ravens. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is the son of Bill and Stacie Sundberg. Sundberg also has an interest in outdoor adventure activities, including skydiving and bungee jumping.
Starlite Lotulelei Jr. is a defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers. He was selected in the 1st round, 14th overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Utah, and shared the Morris Trophy for the best lineman in the Pac-12 Conference. Born in Tonga, Lotulelei moved with his family to Utah at age 9. His father, Star Sr., is a Mormon seminary teacher and has a doctorate from Brigham Young University. His mother is Pesatina Lotulelei. Lotulelei is married to Fuiva of Draper, Utah, a former volleyball player he met at Snow College in 2008. The couple has two daughters, Arilani and Pesatina .He is also the cousin of linebacker John Lotulelei and brother-in-law to NRL player Fuifui Moimoi.
Tyler Williams Sambrailo is an offensive guard for the Denver Broncos. He was on the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship team after they beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2nd round, 59th overall of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado State University. Sambrailo, who majored in business administration at Colorado State, is an avid skier who earned USSA titles in the slalom, giant slalom and super-G events for his age group. He was also named the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year following his senior campaign at St. Francis Catholic High School in Watsonville, California. He played offensive tackle, defensive line, tight end and kicker and also lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. Sambrailo is from Watsonville, California and is the son of Mark and Karen Sambrailo. His grandfather, Bill Sambrailo, played football at Santa Clara.
Wes Horton is a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC) and is the brother of former Toronto Argonauts linebacker Shane Horton. In 2013, Horton signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. He was born and raised in Chatsworth, California and attended Notre Dame High School. His father is Michael Horton, former UCLA offensive lineman who played nine years as a backup on various NFL, CFL and USFL teams before becoming nationally known as “Gemini”, one of the original American Gladiators (1989–1992). His mother, Julie, played tennis at South Alabama. His brother, Shane, was a linebacker at USC (2009-11) who transferred to Troy after playing at UNLV in 2007. His sister, Taylor, was on Fresno State’s women’s volleyball team in 2009 and 2010.