There were 19 players each from Houston (TX) and Miami (FL) high schools
on Kickoff Weekend rosters, tied for the most of any city. Detroit (MI) produced
the third-most players (16) in 2022 followed by Tampa (FL) with 15 players.
from Miami--the competition is just different,” said Cleveland Browns wide
receiver AMARI COOPER. “There is a high-level of competition, so by the
time you get to college a lot of guys from other states have a huge adjustment
period because the game speeds up for them. What I have noticed from my
experience and talking to a lot of other Miami guys is that they never have
that adjustment period going into college. As a matter of fact, some guys say
that when they get to college, things get a little bit easier because they
played against so many rising stars from other states growing up as opposed to
just playing against people in the Miami area. The high level of competition
playing football in Miami prepares us for the next level."
football is the foundation for the development of our sport,” said ROMAN
OBEN, NFL Vice President of Football Development and Gonzaga College High
School (Washington, DC) & Fork Union (VA) Military Academy Alum. “We are
excited to see the growth of players coming to the NFL from the traditional
states that produce many college and NFL players, but extremely excited to see
athletes making teams from the nontraditional regions, because it takes talent
from all areas to make up the Kickoff Weekend roster.”
SCHOOL CITIES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
With 14 cities producing at least four players on Kickoff Weekend
rosters, Texas surpassed Florida to lead the league in home states. More NFL
players (199) graduated from Texas than any other state. Florida (185),
California (166) and Georgia (151) each produced over 100 NFL players.
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
IMG Academy in Bradenton FL produced the most NFL players on 2022 NFL
Kickoff Weekend rosters. South Florida continues to produce a plethora of NFL
talent as well, as the top four high schools with the most NFL players each
hail from the region.
SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST NFL PLAYERS
High School, City, State
IMG Academy; Bradenton, FL
Andre Cisco, JAX; Grant Delpit, CLE; Daniel Faalele,
BAL; Hjalte Froholdt, CLE; Robert Hainsey, TB; K.J. Hamler, DEN; Tony Jones,
NO; Joshua Kaindoh, KC; Tre’ McKitty, LAC; Kellen Mond, CLE; Evan Neal, NYG; Greg
Newsome, CLE; K.J. Osborn, MIN; Cesar Ruiz, NO.
American Heritage; Plantation, FL
Brian Burns, CAR; Tyson Campbell, JAX; Khalil Herbert,
CHI; Isaiah McKenzie, BUF; Sony Michel, LAC; Anthony Schwartz, CLE; Tedarrell
Slaton, GB; Pat Surtain II, DEN; Marco Wilson, AZ.
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School;
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Giovani Bernard, TB; Nik Bonitto, DEN; Joey Bosa, LAC;
Nick Bosa, SF; Phillip Dorsett, HOU; Bobby Hart, BUF; Lamarcus Joyner, NYJ;
Elijah Moore, NYJ; Josh Palmer, LAC.
Miami Northwestern Senior High School;
Tutu Atwell, LAR; Teddy Bridgewater, MIA; Artie Burns, SEA;
Amari Cooper, CLE; Lavonte David, TB; Demetrius Taylor, DET; Rachad Wildgoose,
Allen High School; Allen, TX
Bobby Evans, LAR; Jalen Guyton, LAC; Jaylon Jones, CHI;
Greg Little, MIA; Kyler Murray, AZ; Jonathan Williams, WAS.
Desoto High School; Desoto, TX
A.J. Green, CLE; Ed Ingram, MIN; Von
Miller, BUF; Jalen Mills, NE; James Proche, BAL; Laviska Shenault, CAR.
Neville High School; Monroe, LA
Justin Ellis, NYG; Rashard Lawrence,
AZ; Phidarian Mathis, WAS; Max Mitchell, NYJ; Kavontae Turpin, DAL.
Westlake High School; Austin, TX
Calvin Anderson, DEN; Sam Ehlinger,
IND; Nick Foles, IND; Kylen Granson, IND; Justin Tucker, BAL.
24 high schools had four players on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters this
High School; City, State
High School; City, State
High School; South Jordan, UT
High School, Saint Petersburg, FL
Technical High School; Detroit, MI
Beach Poly High School; Long Beach, CA
Beach High School; Deerfield Beach, FL
High School; Los Angeles, CA
Catholic High School; Hyattsville, MD
High School; Miramar, FL
Bosco Preparatory High School; Ramsey, NJ
High School; Norcross, GA
Lake High School; Tarpon Springs, FL
Ridge High School; Suwanee, GA
High School; Cleveland, OH
Baptist High School; Upper Marlboro, MD
Atlanta Christian; Norcross, GA
Louis High School; Honolulu, HI
High School; Carrollton, TX
Augustine High School; New Orleans, LA
High School; Powder Springs, GA
Ignatius High School; Cleveland, OH
High School; Tampa Bay, FL
High School; Stone Mountain, GA
High School; Spring, TX
High School; Wylie, TX
Overall, NFL players hail from high
schools in 47 states and the District of Columbia, four countries – Australia,
Canada, England and the United States – and a U.S. territory (American Samoa).
The totals are based on the 1,728 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters.
PLAYERS PER CAPITA: Georgia, with one NFL player for every 70,940
residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 71,658)
and Mississippi (one in 82,258) round out the top three. The national average
is one NFL player per 191,811 U.S.
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA
NFL Players Per Capita
1 NFL player per 70,940 people
1 NFL player per 71,658 people
1 NFL player per 82,258 people
1 NFL player per 86,626 people
1 NFL player per 116,423 people
1 NFL player per 130,865 people
1 NFL player per 137,272 people
1 NFL player per 141,421 people
1 NFL player per 146,460
1 NFL player per 150,542 people
1 NFL player per 191,811 people
*Based on most recent published
U.S. Census Data (2020)
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