St. Augustine football alums get VIP treatment

Current and former NFL players who graduated from St. Augustine High School returned to their alma mater to be honored at a special reception recently at the St. Augustine High School Cafeteria.

There are 33 graduates of St. Augustine who went on to play in the NFL. The three active NFL players are BenJarvus Green-Ellis, of the Cincinnati Bengals; Patrick Trahan, of the Chicago Bears; and Selvish Capers, of the New York Giants.

Two St. Augustine graduates who are now NFL coaches — Carter Sheridan, offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints, and Harold Nash, head strength and conditioning coach for the New England Patriots — were also honored.

Alumni and guests were given tours of the school followed by a special presentation to the honorees hosted by St. Augustine graduate Rory Verrett, vice president and head of talent management for the NFL.

The full list of St. Augustine NFL alumni includes:

Alfred Jenkins, drafted by the Cleveland Browns; Glenn Alexander, drafted by the Buffalo Bills; Samuel Holden, drafted by the New Orleans Saints; Jackie Wallace, drafted by the Los Angeles Rams; Jerry Reese, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs; Sidney Brown, drafted by the New England Patriots; Louis Oubre, drafted by the New Orleans Saints; Marcus Quinn, drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Malcolm Scott, drafted by the New York Giants; Treg Songy, drafted by the New York Jets; Doug Landry, drafted by the San Diego Chargers; Brian Taylor, drafted by the Buffalo Bills; Lonnie Marts, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs; Leroy Hoard, drafted by the Minnesota Vikings; David White, drafted by the Buffalo Bills; Louis Age III, drafted by the Chicago Bears; Tyrone Hughes, drafted by the New Orleans Saints; Derrick Rodgers, drafted by the Miami Dolphins; Christopher Cowart, drafted by the San Diego Chargers; Ronald Cherry, drafted by the Detroit Lions; Sean Jackson, drafted by the Houston Oilers; Clarence Matthews, drafted by the Arizona Cardinals; Jason Wiltz, drafted by the New York Jets; Derrick Lewis, drafted by the St. Louis Rams; James Hall, drafted by the Detroit Lions; Raynoch Thompson, drafted by the Arizona Cardinals; Cortez Hankton, drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars; Oliver Celestin, drafted by the Cleveland Browns; Nathaniel Dorsey III, drafted by the Minnesota Vikings; Paul Irons, drafted by the Cleveland Browns; BenJarvus Green-Ellis, drafted by the New England Patriots; Selvish Capers, drafted by the Washington Redskins; and Patrick Trahan, drafted by the Tennesse Titans.