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Snoop's Youth Football League

CHURNS OUT 3 MORE NFL PLAYERS

5/14/2014 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Snoop Dogg is FIRED UP about the NFL Rookie Class of 2014 -- because 3 of the players are alumni of the youth football league he started back in 2005 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

De'Anthony Thomas (RB, KC Chiefs), Kam Jackson (CB, Colts) and Greg Ducre (CB, Chargers) all played for the L.A.-based "Snoop Youth Football League" back when they were kids ... and Snoop tells us he couldn't be prouder.

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"They all got scooped up ... we're very happy and very proud of these kids," Snoop said. 

FYI -- Thomas was a 4th round draft pick. Jackson and Ducre signed as undrafted free agents. 

Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman was the first SYFL alum to get to the NFL when he was drafted in 2012 ... totaling 4 guys from Snoop's league to reach the pro level. 

And when Snoop called in to "TMZ Sports" earlier today, he was very excited about the future.

"I feel good about the guys that are coming out this year, the year after ... and the kids that are in the league right now," Snoop says ... "We got kids all over the SYFL that have that spirit to go to the next level!"

Currently, Snoop has between 1,500 and 1,700 players in the league -- and the rapper says he's gunning to implement a policy where kids who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better can play in the league for free. 

"The first thing that we preach is student athletes."

Sources close to the rapper tell us Snoop provides the majority of the league funding by himself -- but he's hoping he can get support from other people looking to back his program.   

"It's a community of love," Snoop says ... "It's more of a family than a football league." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

Mr Wood    

HILLBILLY'S WITH SMART AZZ COMMENTS IN 3...2...1...

162 days ago
2.

Dee    

Now that's good news. Don't like him as a rapper but you can't deny that he's helping the kids.

162 days ago
3.

Sieron    

Four guys since 2005? I guess with the odds thats good. I, I don't know

162 days ago
4.

Mr Bob Dobalina    

That's awesome. We need to hear more stories like this....

162 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

That's wonderful. Good job Snoop.

162 days ago
6.

01void    

Snoop doog's positive effect, good to here.

162 days ago
7.

StPeteRickster    

Snoop making the whole world bounce....

162 days ago
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Andreinac13    

That's awesome. I like To read stories like this one.

162 days ago
9.

K South West    

Crip killa CK all day even on my Bday

162 days ago
10.

sr    

Ok Snoop u bad :)

162 days ago
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Jack Mehoff    

The fact that he funds this all by himself is something special. NAACP wants to give Donald Sterling a effing award, but doesn't back Snoops program up. That speaks volumes

162 days ago
12.

intrigued    

Love him

162 days ago
13.

nana    

Good story TMZ!

162 days ago
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ShotGunA    

That's great!

162 days ago
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Bob Barker    

They all suck. But nevertheless it's an accomplishment. Deanthony Thomas was good at Oregon, he has the best shot to be decent. I'm surprised Snoop took time away from getting high and making ****ty music to start a youth football league.

162 days ago
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