How Many Jewish Players Are in the NFL?

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According to the 2014 NFL player listings, there are nine active self-identified Jewish players. They are Antonio Garay, Greg Camarillo, Brian de la Puente, Erik Lorig, Taylor Mays, Adam Podlesh, Gabe Carimi and the brothers, Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz.

  • Antonio Garay, a middle guard or nose tackle, was born to a Jewish mother and Jamaican/Costa Rican father. He is a free agent.
  • Greg Camarillo is of Jewish and Mexican-American descent.
  • Adam Podlesh, a punter who played college football with the Maryland Terrapins, is now a free agent.
  • Brian de la Puente was first signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a football center and is now a free agent.
  • Erik Lorig has been a fullback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2010. Born in Rolling Hills, California, he is of Jewish-Scandinavian descent.
  • Taylor Mays, plays as a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was born to an African-American father and a Jewish mother who raised him in the Jewish religion.
  • Gabe Carimi first played as an offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears but is now playing for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz were the first Jewish brothers to play in the NFL again since Ralph and Arnold Horween in 1923. Both played as offensive tackles for different teams. Geoff plays for the New York Giants while Mitchell plays for the Cleveland Browns.