Former Broward high school players are all over NFL rosters (a lot more than Miami-Dade) | Then-and-now photos

On the NFL’s opening week of the 2022 season, there were 55 Broward County high school alumni drawing an NFL check as a player, far and away the most-represented county from talent-rich South Florida.

The tally represents a slight dropoff from last year’s 62 players, the high-water mark for the county.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade had 23 players drawing a paycheck as the season kicked off, down a whopping 36.1% from the county’s player count of 36 on opening weekend 2021. Broward had a 139% greater presence than its 305 neighbors as the NFL headed to Week 2.

While in years past St. Thomas Aquinas has clearly led the way for the county, this year they shared the top spot, with the Raiders and American Heritage each seeing a dozen alumni on rosters.

The opening-weekend players hailed from 19 schools and could be found on 25 teams, with the Denver Broncos leading the way with five.

Since opening weekend, the number of Broward alumni has inched up from 55 to 57.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order by last name of the players, who were either on the 53-man roster, the practice squad or on an injured list. At the end, there is a listing of how many come from each school and are on each NFL team.

Josh Ali, Falcons, Chaminade-Madonna
Robbie Anderson, Panthers, South Plantation
Kevin Austin Jr., Jaguars, North Broward Prep
Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers, St. Thomas Aquinas
Nik Bonitto, Broncos, St. Thomas Aquinas
Joey Bosa, Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas
Nick Bosa, 49ers, St. Thomas Aquinas
Marquise Brown, Cardinals, Chaminade-Madonna
Brian Burns, Panthers, American Heritage
Devin Bush, Steelers, Flanagan
Josh Bynes, Ravens, Boyd Anderson
Yodny Cajuste, Patriots, Miramar
Tyson Campbell, Jaguars, American Heritage
Trevon Coley, Bears, Miramar
Phillip Dorsett, Texans, St. Thomas Aquinas
Jon Feliciano, Giants, Western
Jonathan Ford, Packers, Dillard
Mike Harley Jr., Browns, St. Thomas Aquinas
Bobby Hart, Bills, St. Thomas Aquinas
Khalil Herbert, Bears, American Heritage
Faion Hicks, Broncos, Flanagan
James Houston IV, Lions, American Heritage
Tyler Huntley, Ravens, Hallandale
Danny Isidora, Cardinals, Cypress Bay
Eddie Jackson, Bears, Boyd Anderson
Shemar Jean-Charles, Packers, Miramar
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos, Deerfield Beach
Brandon Johnson, Broncos, American Heritage
Lamarcus Joyner, Jets, St. Thomas Aquinas
Chris Lammons, Chiefs, Plantation
James McCourt, Jaguars, St. Thomas Aquinas
Isaiah McKenzie, Bills, American Heritage
Josh Metellus, Vikings, Flanagan
Marken Michel, Commanders, American Heritage
Sony Michel, Chargers, American Heritage
Herb Miller, Browns, Miramar
Elijah Moore, Jets, St. Thomas Aquinas
Fabian Moreau, Giants, Western
Zack Moss, Bills, Hallandale
Trayvon Mullen, Cardinals, Coconut Creek
Joshua Palmer, Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas
Patrick (Johnson) Peterson, Vikings, Blanche Ely
James Pierre, Steelers, Deerfield Beach
Jason Pierre-Paul, Ravens, Deerfield Beach

Pierre-Paul was signed after Week 2.

Brandon Powell, Rams, Deerfield Beach
Calvin Ridley, Falcons, Monarch
Aaron Robinson, Giants, Deerfield Beach
Asante Samuel Jr., Chargers, St. Thomas Aquinas
Anthony Schwartz, Browns, American Heritage
Tedarrell Slaton, Packers, American Heritage
Geno Smith, Seahawks, Miramar
Pat Surtain II, Broncos, American Heritage
Binjimen Victor, Ravens, Coconut Creek
Rashad Weaver, Titans, Cooper City
Mike White, Jets, University School
Marco Wilson, Cardinals, American Heritage
Quincy Wilson, Steelers, University School

Quincy Wilson was signed by the Steelers after Week 2.

HIGH SCHOOLS: American Heritage (12), St. Thomas Aquinas (12), Deerfield Beach (5), Miramar (5), Flanagan (3), Boyd Anderson (2), Chaminade-Madonna (2), Coconut Creek (2), Hallandale (2), University School (2), Western (2), Blanche Ely, Cooper City, Cypress Bay, Dillard, Monarch, North Broward Prep, Plantation, South Plantation

TEAMS: Broncos (5), Cardinals (4), Chargers (4), Ravens (4), Bears (3), Bills (3), Browns (3), Giants (3), Jaguars (3), Jets (3), Packers (3), Steelers (3), Falcons (2), Panthers (2), Vikings (2), 49ers (1), Buccaneers (1), Chiefs (1), Commanders (1), Lions (1), Patriots (1), Rams (1), Seahawks (1), Texans (1), Titans (1), Cowboys (0), Saints (0), Eagles (0), Bengals (0), Colts (0), Raiders (0), Dolphins (0)

NFC: 25; AFC: 32 (30 on opening weekend)