NEWBERRY - After analyzing the opening week roster for all 32 teams in the NFL, one could easily make a case for Newberry College as the most successful small school in the nation in terms of turning out NFL talent.
The 1,100 student NCAA Division II school has three players on NFL rosters to start the 2014 season – tight end Brandon Bostick with the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Ron Parker with the Kansas City Chiefs and wide receiver Corey Washington with the New York Giants.
These players tie Newberry for the second-most NFL players of any Division II school, behind only Grand Valley State with five. A trio of other Division II schools also have three NFL players – Saginaw Valley State, Washburn and West Texas A&M.
Newberry’s three NFL players is all the more impressive considering its relatively small student body. Only one player in the NFL hails from a college smaller than Newberry - Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who attended Lane College in Tennessee. Lane lists its attendance as 1,000.