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Snoop Dogg football league produces three 2014 NFL rookies

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Snoop Dogg is known to be a huge football fan, but he has long gone beyond the usual celebrities who claim to be fans of the gridiron.

Back in 2005 the rap superstar created the 'Snoop Youth Football League' to give the kids of Los Angeles the chance to play the game.

Now in 2014 his efforts have led to three players who began playing football in the league being drafted into the ranks of the National Football League.

Running back De'Anthony Thomas, formerly of the Crenshaw Bears and more recently Oregon, was taken by the Houston Texans in the fourth round.

Kam Jackson (CB, University of Calirfonia) and Greg Ducre (CB, University of Washington) were taken by the Colts and Chargers receptively as undrafted free agents.

TMZ spoke to Snoop Dogg to get his thoughts on the successful trio:

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

"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.

"We got kids all over the SYFL that have that spirit to go to the next level."

The league currently comprises some 1,500-1,700 players with much of the funding coming from Snoop Dogg himself, and this isn't the first time one of their ranks has made it to the NFL.

Ronnie Hillman of the Denver Broncos entered the NFL in 2012 having begun his footballing life playing in the league.

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