Players from the seven-county South Jersey area have a long history in the NFL, and the tradition is continuing this season.
Thirteen local players were on opening-day, 53-man NFL rosters. An additional five players were on injured reserve, the practice squad, or the reserve/non-football injury list.
The most recognizable name is Audubon grad Joe Flacco, the fifth-year starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, who guided his team to the AFC championship game last season. In that game, against the New England Patriots, the Ravens were one dropped pass from reaching the Super Bowl.