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Houston, Florida, Saint Thomas Aquinas produce most NFL players

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CITY OF HOUSTON, STATE OF FLORIDA,

FT. LAUDERDALE’S SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL

PRODUCE MOST NFL PLAYERS ON KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS

 

The City of Houston has started another pipeline.

 

With 24 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters, Houston led all cities in NFL hometowns. More 2020 NFL players graduated from high school there than any other community.

 

That’s no surprise to OTARO ALAKA of the Baltimore Ravens, who travel to play the Houston Texans Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). A graduate of Houston’s Cypress Falls High School, Alaka knows what brought his hometown to the top of the list.

 

“When you come from Houston,” Alaka said, “there’s a lot of competition amongst the 5A and the 6A schools. Everyone from Houston knows that it’s stacked, and you take great pride in it. That Texas high school football in Houston – it’s just a hotbed for talent, and there’s going to continue to be a lot of talent that comes out of there every year.”

 

That talent helped Houston dethrone Miami, which finished second with 19, for the NFL’s top hometown.

 

HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

Hometown

NFL Players

Hometown

NFL Players

Houston

24

New Orleans

12

Miami

19

Atlanta

11

Fort Lauderdale, FL

14

Philadelphia

11

Tampa, FL

14

St. Louis

10

Detroit

12

 

 

 

While Houston edged Miami for the most NFL hometowns, Florida continued to lead the league in home states. More NFL players (194) graduated from high schools in Florida than any other state, according to 2020 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters. Texas (192) finished a close second.

 

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

State

NFL Players

State

NFL Players

Florida

194

North Carolina

59

Texas

192

New Jersey

57

California

170

Illinois

53

Georgia

134

Tennessee

45

Ohio

71

Michigan

44

Alabama

60

Virginia

44

Pennsylvania

60

South Carolina

39

Louisiana

59

Maryland

39

 

Specifically, the South Florida region continues to produce a plethora of NFL talent. Individuals who played high school football in Miami (19) and Fort Lauderdale (14) combined to fill 33 slots on NFL rosters last weekend. Another South Florida community, Deerfield Beach, contributed an additional six NFL players.

 

Fort Lauderdale’s Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, with 11 individuals, again tops the list of high schools with the most NFL players. The school, which also produced Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN, has led the nation in players on NFL Kickoff rosters for eight of the past nine seasons (2012, 2014-20). It tied for the lead in 2013.

 

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST NFL PLAYERS

High School, City, State

Number

NFL Players

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School;

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

11

Damon Arnette, LV; Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Nick Bosa, SF; Phillip Dorsett, SEA; Bobby Hart, CIN; Lamarcus Joyner, LV; Brandon Linder, JAX; James White, NE; Sam Young, LV

Allen High School; Allen, TX

6

Bobby Evans, LAR; Jalen Guyton, LAC; Greg Little, CAR; Kyler Murray, ARI; Cedric Ogbuehi, SEA; Jonathan Williams, DET

Deerfield Beach High School; Deefield Beach, FL

6

Jerry Jeudy, DEN; James Pierre, PIT; Jason Pierre-Paul, TB; Brandon Powell, ATL; Riley Ridley, CHI; Jason Strowbridge, MIA

Cass Technical High School; Detroit, MI

5

Delano Hill, SEA; Jourdan Lewis, DAL; Michael Onwenu, NE; Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE; Del’Shawn Phillips, BUF

Dematha Catholic High School; Hyattsville, MD

5

Ja’Whaun Bentley, NE; John Lovett, GB; Anthony McFarland, PIT; Rodney McLeod, PHI; Chase Young, WAS

IMG Academy; Bradenton, FL

5

Hjalte Froholdt, NE; K.J. Hamler, DEN; K.J. Osborn, MIN; Cesar Ruiz, NO; Tyree St. Louis, LAC

Lakewood High School; St. Petersburg, FL

5

Dante Fowler, ATL; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, KC; Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB; Isaiah Wynn, NE

Long Beach Polytechnic High School;

Long Beach, CA

5

Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, DEN; DeSean Jackson, PHI; Marcedes Lewis, GB; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT

North Shore High School; Houston, TX

5

Dorance Armstrong, DAL; K’Lavon Chaisson, JAX; Emeke Egbule, LAC; Trey Hopkins, CIN; Jamal Perry, MIA

Stephenson High School; Stone Mountain, GA

5

Mike Davis, CAR; Bruce Irvin, SEA; Preston Smith, GB; Montez Sweat, WAS; D.J. Wonnum, MIN

 

Thirteen high schools had four players each on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters this year:

 

High School; City, State

NFL Players

High School; City, State

NFL Players

Desoto High School; Desoto, TX

4

Peachtree Ridge High School; Suwanee, GA

4

Glenville High School; Cleveland

4

Pickerington High School; Pickerington, OH

4

Grant High School; Sacramento

4

Saint Louis High School; Honolulu

4

Immokalee High School; Immokalee, FL

4

Tucker High School; Tucker, GA

4

Lawrence Elkins High School; Sugar Land, TX

4

Westlake High School; Austin, TX

4

Norcross High School; Norcross, GA

4

West Monroe High School; Monroe, LA

4

Norland High School; Miami

4

 

 


Overall, NFL players hail from high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, seven countries – Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Estonia, Germany and the United States – and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,730 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters.

 

NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA:  Georgia, with one NFL player for every 73,952 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 78,162) and Alabama (one in 82,409) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 180,447 U.S. residents.

 

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA

State

Population *

NFL Players

NFL Players Per Capita

 Georgia

9,687,653

134

1 NFL player per 72,296 people

 Louisiana

4,533,372

59

1 NFL player per 76,837 people

 Alabama

4,779,736

60

1 NFL player per 79,662 people

 Mississippi

2,967,297

35

1 NFL player per 84,780 people

 Florida

18,801,310

194

1 NFL player per 96,914 people

 District of Columbia

601,723

6

1 NFL player per 100,287 people

 Delaware

897,934

8

1 NFL player per 112,242 people

 South Carolina

4,625,364

39

1 NFL player per 118,599 people

 Hawaii

1,360,301

11

1 NFL player per 123,664 people

 Texas

25,145,561

192

1 NFL player per 130,966 people

 Utah

2,763,885

20

1 NFL player per 138,194 people

 Tennessee

6,346,105

45

1 NFL player per 141,025 people

United States

308,745,538

1,711

1 NFL player per 180,447 people

                        *Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010)