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Several former UA football players made NFL rosters and will be playing on Sundays

Rebecca Marie Sasnett
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright (33) tackles ASU quarter back Taylor Kelly causing Kelly to fumble the ball during the first half of Arizona’s 42-35 win to ASU at Arizona Stadium on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

Scooby Wright III paced around his house pick after pick, waiting for his name to be called on NFL draft day. Wright hopped over a fence and into a swimming pool to celebrate the phone finally ringing 250 picks and seven rounds later.

Wright can now officially call himself a Cleveland Brown. Wright was notified Saturday morning that he had made the Browns final 53-man roster. For Wright, it’s an impressive story. People have continuously counted him out. From two-star Scoob to seventh-round Scoob, Wright, along with all 14 members of the Browns 2016 draft class, managed to make the NFL squad.

Wright had a message to all the haters, posting “humbled” on his Twitter account early Saturday morning.

Wright tallied eight total tackles during the preseason, with four of those coming against the Chicago Bears in the final preseason game.

Will Parks, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Denver Broncos, also made his team as a safety. Parks totaled six tackles and 1.5 sacks during the preseason.

“God is good.. Officially a Bronco..” Parks wrote on Twitter.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, 11 former Wildcats made NFL rosters after preseason cuts to 53 players per team. Players include Ka’Deem Carey, Marquis Flowers, Nick Foles, Nick Folk, Rob Golden, Rob Gronkowski, Earl Mitchell, Will Parks, Brooks Reed, Trevin Wade, Scooby Wright III and Will Parks.

Former Wildcats cut

Not all Wildcats were so lucky. The Philadelphia Eagles waived Cayleb Jones and the Green Bay Packers released Reggie Gilbert. Jones had produced a successful preseason with six catches for 59 yards.

Jones would have faced Wright in the first game of the season when the Eagles take on the Browns, had he made the cut.

Gilbert totaled six tackles in four games during the preseason for the Packers.

Both will have an opportunity to make NFL practice squads.

Austin Hill and Dan Pettinato were two more former Wildcats that did not make NFL rosters. Hill had garnered much attention recently from being featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Hill’s personal story and his daughter made him into a TV star during the show, leaving fans upset to hear the Los Angeles Rams cut him last week. Hill caught two passes for 16 yards total in the preseason.

“Another Hard Knocks personality casualty, Rams WR Austin Hill was released today, source said,” wrote NFL Insider Ian Rapoport on Twitter.

Pettinato was also cut Friday by the Houston Texans after grabbing six total tackles during the preseason.

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