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Vieira Becomes 31st Bruin Currently on an NFL Team Roster
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/16/2007

Aug. 16, 2007

Steven Vieira, an offensive lineman for the Bruins from 2001-2004, has been signed to a free-agent contract by the Chicago Bears. Vieira joins 30 other Bruins currently playing on NFL teams.

Here is the list of 30 Bruins on 2007 NFL pre-season rosters:
Arizona - Matt Ware-DB
Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden-OT, Drew Olson-QB; Matt Willis-WR
Buffalo - Ryan Neufeld-TE
Carolina - Dave Ball-DE, DeShaun Foster-RB
Chicago - Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB, Ricky Manning Jr.-DB; Steven Vieira-OL
Cincinnati - Tab Perry-WR
Green Bay - Spencer Havner-LB
Houston - Mike Flanagan-C
Indianapolis - Bryan Fletcher-TE, Mike Seidman-TE (IR)
Jacksonville - Maurice Jones-Drew-RB, Marcedes Lewis-TE
Kansas City - Donnie Edwards-LB, Justin Medlock-PK, Jarrad Page-S
Minnesota - Chris Kluwe-P
New Orleans - Rodney Leisle-DL
NY Giants - Jason Bell-CB (IR)
NY Jets - Kenyon Coleman-DL,
Oakland Raiders - Robert Thomas-LB
Pittsburgh - Travis Kirschke-DL
St. Louis - Drew Bennett-WR, Brandon Chillar-LB
Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece-LB
Washington - Ryan Boschetti-DT, Justin Hickman-DE

On the opening weekend of the 2006 NFL season, 30 Bruins were listed on various rosters -- 26 on regular rosters, three on the practice squad and one on injured reserve. The 26 Bruins ranked 12th (tied) nationally and tied for first in the Pac-10.

On Opening Weekend of the 2005 National Football League season, 25 former Bruins were active on NFL rosters. That total led the Pacific-10 Conference and ranked 15th nationally.

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