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18 Pitt and WPIAL Alumni in 2021 NFL Playoffs

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The 2020-21 NFL regular season has concluded and up next is the playoffs, which get underway this weekend with six games, three each on Saturday and Sunday.

The six games this weekend will be:

AFC WILD CARD:
2 Buffalo Bills vs. 7 Indianapolis Colts
3 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 6 Cleveland Browns
4 Tennessee Titans vs. 5 Baltimore Ravens

*Kansas City Chiefs receive first-round bye

NFC WILD CARD:
2 New Orleans vs. 7 Chicago Bears
3 Seattle Seahawks vs. 6 Los Angeles Rams
4 Washington Football Team vs. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

*Green Bay Packers receive first-round bye

Included on these 14 rosters are a number of former Pitt Panthers and WPIAL alum, headlined by a leading contender for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the Rams Aaron Donald.

Here is a breakdown of the familiar names to football fans in Western Pennsylvania.

FORMER PITT PANTHERS:

LA Rams DT Aaron Donald: 45 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner: 169 carries for 721 yards (4.3 yds/carry), 35 catches for 215 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Jordan Whitehead: 74 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy: 10 carries for 31 yards, 15 catches for 101 yards.

Buffalo Bills CB Dane Jackson (Quaker Valley): 15 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.

Chicago Bears TE JP Holtz (Shaler): Five special teams tackles.

Kansas City Chiefs WR Maurice Ffrench: Practice squad member.

Green Bay Packers P Ryan Winslow:  Practice squad member.

FORMER WPIAL PLAYERS:

Buffalo Bills DT Quinton Jefferson (Woodland Hills): 23 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.

Indianapolis S Malik Hooker (New Castle): Missed the 2020 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Kansas City Chiefs OL Stefan Wisniewski (Central Catholic): Signed with Chiefs halfway through the season after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Seattle Seahawks DE Branden Jackson (McKeesport): Missed the 2020 season with a back injury.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL A.Q. Shipley (Moon): Made two starts before a neck injury that has him on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Justin Watson (South Fayette): Seven catches for 94 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski (Woodland Hills): 45 catches for 623 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Washington Football Team S Troy Apke (Mt. Lebanon): 35 tackles.

Washington Football Team S Khaleke Hudson (McKeesport): 14 tackles.

Washington Football Team WR Robert Foster (Central Valley): Two catches for 37 yards, joined Washington midway through the season after spending time on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
 
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