Aug. 4, 2004
Thirteen former Baylor football players, including 2003 Bears' co-captain John Garrett, are on 2004 National Football League training camp rosters as of Aug. 4.
Garrett, who earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior linebacker after recording the second-highest one-season sack total (10) in Baylor history, is one of two Bears listed on the Baltimore Ravens roster, joining free safety Gary Baxter who is in his fourth season with the organization and aiming to start for the third consecutive year in the Ravens' secondary. One of Baltimore's assistant coaches is Mike Singletary, arguably Baylor's greatest defensive player ever who is enshrined in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
The most-experienced former BU football player currently in the NFL is offensive lineman Fred Miller, who is entering his ninth season in the league and his fifth with the Tennessee Titans. Since arriving in Tennessee as an unrestricted free agent in 2000, Miller has started every game at right tackle and owns a streak of 86 consecutive starts dating this 1998 season in St. Louis. Miller was recently selected as an NFL Good Guys by The Sporting News for his Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee community service program. That community service outreach program has 26 nurses making daily home visits to new infants of needy mothers for after-birth care. Since 2001, the program has made more than 8,000 house calls and Miller has given more than $1 million to the program.
Other Bears active in the NFL in 2003 and listed on 2004 training camp rosters include offensive guard Derrick Fletcher (Jacksonville Jaguars), offensive guard Kelvin Garmon (Cleveland Browns), offensive tackle Greg Jerman (Miami Dolphins), linebacker Jody Littleton (Detroit Lions), nose tackle Ethan Kelley (New England Patriots), deep snapper Justin Snow (Indianapolis Colts), wide receiver Derrius Thompson (Miami Dolphins) and offensive lineman Chris Watton (Denver Broncos).
Two additional Baylor standouts, defensive end Dwight Johnson (New England Patriots) and wide receiver Reggie Newhouse (Arizona Cardinals), are also listed on 2004 NFL training camp rosters.
Baylor is one of nine Big 12 schools with 13 or more former letterwinners currently listed on 2004 NFL training camp rosters. All-told the league had nearly 260 players competing in NFL training camps as of Aug. 2.