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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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DirkDiggler    

He knows even more about grass.

131 days ago
17.

nof    

Congratulations on The Mizzle, Snoop.

Now if only AI put you and Dre in those two judges chairs.

131 days ago
18.

Tricia    

He's great!

131 days ago
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Teresa andrews    

Finally! Some good news on here. Glad to hear it.

131 days ago
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Teresa andrews    

So much for Sterling's comment that successful African Americans don't contribute.

131 days ago
21.

Rigby    

Thats awesome :D

131 days ago
22.

Mr Barcliff    

THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY SOME PEOPLE MAKE IT BIG IN LIFE. SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES YOU, NOT JUST FOR YOU BUT, SO YOU HELP OTHERS HE TRULY WANTS TO SAVE. HOW MANY KIDS HAS SNOOP SAVED FROM THE STREET LIFE HE LIVED? MANY IM SURE. EVEN IF THE KIDS DONT GET TO THE NFL, HOW MANY GO TO COLLEGE BASED ON SNOOP DOING FOR THEM, WHAT WASNT DONE FOR HIM? MAN, SNOOP HAS COME ALONG WAY AND THIS MAKES HIM A STAR, NOT HIS TALENT, AND HIS GIFT, NO, WHAT MAKES A MAN GREAT IS WHEN HE DOES WHAT HE WASNT GIFTED BY GOD TO DO, SNOOP HAS BECOME A COMMUNITY LEADER BY HELPING KIDS THRU SPORTS AND ALSO, SAYING HE WILL ALLOW KIDS TO OPLAY FOR FREE IF THEY HAVE A 3.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE, PROMOTING EDUCATION, MEANING STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE!!!! THIS IS HOW GOD WORKS, THRU US, SOME LISTEN, OTERS DONT, SNOOP IS LISTENING, IM A FAN OF HIS MUSIC BUT, MORE A FAN OF THE LEADER FOR KIDS HES BECOMING. LGNM

130 days ago
23.

Calinative    

I think its amazing that Snopp is doing this. Kudos to him.

130 days ago
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jenfitz    

That great for a non profit ! Most can't even build one because people are self centered and morally ****ed these days . So congrats for snoop '

130 days ago
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