Professional Hustlers: Akron

Professional Hustlers looks at the Mid-American Conference studs of yesteryear and what they're doing in the pro ranks right now. Will they make the team? Are they still an elite player? Did they wander off into Canada?

LB Jason Taylor — Still playing. Still susceptible to Dancing with the Stars jokes. But as one of the big-name new faces with the Jets, his once-opposing fans have now embraced him, since all NFL fans are sort of used to players changing colors every few years.

QB Charlie Frye — God, remember Charlie Frye? At one time he was the future of the Browns. Which, I guess, technically is true today. Then he was traded after an awful Week 1 in 2008 and then the Browns with Derek Anderson turned into sparkle thunder magic. Anyways, Frye has a gimpy wrist and they don't know what's wrong with it. Hope you enjoyed your brief time in the NFL.

Other names:

LB Chase Blackburn — Lost amid Eli Manning's forehead trauma was Blackburn, who also left the Giants game but with an MCL injury. He was eyeing time at linebacker, but if OK he'll be on special teams.

CB Reggie Corner — He's got the perfect generic-video-game-name for a corner. And he's in the thick of the Bills' D-back depth chart. Reggie Quarter is expected to contend for the quarterback position.

CB Brandon AndersonFighting for a spot on the Buccaneers roster. I can't say it looks promising.

WR/KR Domenik Hixon — He'd have been a nice asset for the Giants, but his ACL had other ideas.

WR Jabari Arthur — The Montreal native and 2007 All-MAC selection is now in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. He's not playing much but he did make "Canews" when Kai Ellis yanked off his helmet during a play. Ellis is from Kent, Washington and perhaps got confused at which Kent is rivals with Akron.

DT Jermaine Reid — Heralding from the staprovince of Ontario, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats just put him on the active roster. So that's something.

LB Dwayne LeFall — He'll play for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.

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