Many football fans have a firm rooting interest in the Indianapolis Colts, but you may come across a player during a game and wonder, “Did I go to high school with that guy?” Indiana has 24 high school products on NFL rosters to start the season. Here they are. (If there is anyone missing from this list, let us know; we can add him.)
James Brewer, offensive line, Arlington High School, New York Gaints: He has 24 career appearances; last season he played in 16 games, starting eight. His uniform number isn’t a big deal to him. He has been Nos. 79, 78 and 73 already for the Giants.
Stevie Brown, defensive back, Columbus East, Giants: He has played for the Raiders, Colts and Giants. In 2012, he had eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recovers from the Giants. He was chosen in seventh round of the draft by the Raiders in 2010 out of Michigan.
Braxston Cave, center, Penn, Washington Redskins: He was on the New England practice squad last season and was added to the Redskins practice squad this week. On Twitter: @BraxstonCave52
Jay Cutler, quarterback, Heritage Hills, Chicago Bears: He has 23,937 career passing yards, 155 TDs and 112 INTs. He played for the Denver Broncos for three years, making the 2008 Pro Bowl. He has been with the Bears five years. He was chosen 11th overall out of Vanderbilt. On Twitter: @JayCutler6
Tandon Doss, wide receiver, Ben Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars: With the Baltimore Ravens from 2011-13, he had 27 punt returns, one for a for TD, and 26 receptions for 428 yards, and a TD. He was chosen in the fourth round out of Indiana. On Twitter: @Tandondoss
Jack Doyle, tight end, Cathedral, Indianapolis Colts: He had five catches for 19 yards last year. He went to Western Kentucky.
A.J. Edds, linebacker, Greenwood, New York Jets: He was out of the league last season after seeing the field for the Colts and New England Patriots the previous two years.
Tyler Eifert, tight end, Fort Wayne Dwenger, Cincinnati Bengals: He had 39 receptions for 445 yards and two TDs in his 2013 rookie season. He was chosen 21st overall out of Notre Dame.
MarQueis Gray, tight end, Ben Davis, Minnesota Vikings: Fans may remember him more as a quarterback at the University of Minnesota, but he has bulked up for the NFL. He had six carries and two receptions for the Cleveland Browns last year. On Twitter: @MarQueisG
Nick Hardwick, center, Lawrence North, San Diego Chargers: He has 135 starts over 10 seasons, all starts. He is essentially Philip Rivers’ personal center. He was a state-level wrestler in high school. He was chosen in third round out of Purdue. On Twitter: @hardwina
James Hurst, tackle, Plainfield, Baltimore Ravens: Rookie undrafted free agent is on the active roster. He was a four-year starter at North Carolina.
Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Brownsburg, New England Patriots: He has bounced around. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round in 2013, and later went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then to the Patriots. He had six sacks and 30 tackles in 13 games. He was traded twice in the span of three days in April 2013.
Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Muncie Central, Redskins: He has started every game in his three seasons, compiling 24.5 sacks, two INTs, 10 forced fumbles and 130 tackles. He made the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season. He was chosen 16th overall out of Purdue. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012. On Twitter: @RyanKerrigan91
Mathias Kiwanuka, defensive end, Cathedral, Giants: From 2006-13, he has 36 sacks, three INTs, 281 tackles and a safety. He won a Super Bowl played in Lucas Oil Stadium. He was the 32nd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 out of Boston College, and was traded to the Giants.
Zack Martin, offensive lineman, Bishop Chatard, Dallas Cowboys: He was chosen 16th by the Cowboys in most recent draft out of Notre Dame. He was engaged in a minicamp drill with linebacker Sean Lee when Lee suffered an ACL tear.
Mike Neal, linebacker, Merrillville, Green Bay Packers: From 2010-13, he has 10.5 sacks, an INT and 52 tackles. He was chosen in the second round out of Purdue. On Twitter: @mneal96
Nathan Palmer, wide receiver, Elkhart Central, Denver Broncos: He played for the Colts in 2012, and had one catch for –4 yards. He was on the Dolphins’ and Broncos’ rosters last year, but he did not play.
Bernard Pollard, defensive back, Fort Wayne South, Tennessee Titans: He has played 121 games with four teams, compiling 12 INTs, 11 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 527 tackles. He was chosen in the second round out of Purdue. On Twitter: @NotBoneCrusher
Joe Reitz, offensive lineman, Hamilton Southeastern, Colts: From 2011-13, he has appeared in 34 games, including 20 starts. He played basketball at Western Michigan.
Adrien Robinson, tight end, Warren Central, Giants: He has made a few appearances for the Giants over the past couple of seasons but has no receptions. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Cincinnati.
Courtney Roby, wide receiver, North Central, Atlanta Falcons: He was out of the NFL last season but had been with New Orleans the previous four years, primarily as a kick returner. He played for the Colts in 2008.
Kawann Short, defensive lineman, East Chicago Central, Carolina Panthers: He had 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his 2013 rookie season. He was chosen in second round out of Purdue. He played on a state championship basketball team that beat a North Central team led by Eric Gordon.
Anthony Spencer, defensive end, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Cowboys: Entering his eighth season in Dallas. Last season ended with a knee injury after his first appearance in Week 2, but he was a starter the four previous seasons. He has 32.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 260 tackles.
Steve Weatherford, punter, Terre Haute North, Giants: He has 594 career punts with a 44.4-yard average and none blocked. He has six career carries. He played for the Saints, Chiefs and Jaguars in 2008.