Which high school, state, and city produces the most NFL talent?

Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), with six players, tops the list of high schools with the most 2010 NFL players, USA Football announced today.

The totals are based on the 1,696-man 2010 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters.

steve_breaston_MU“It is a very disciplined program,” says Arizona Cardinals wide receiver STEVE BREASTON of Woodland Hills.  “Coach (GEORGE) NOVAK does a good job of preparing players on the field and off the field.  It is a program that prepares you for the future.  A lot of Division I athletes come out of that school.  You are always competing, not just against other schools, but within that school.  It really pushes you and prepares you to compete at the next level.”

NFL players hail from 1,404 high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia, four countries and one U.S. territory (American Samoa).

High School, City, State Number NFL Players
Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA 6 Steve Breaston, ARZ; Rob Gronkowski, NE; Ryan Mundy, PIT; Lousaka Polite, MIA; Shawntae Spencer, SF; Jason Taylor, NYJ
De La Salle, Concord, CA 5 Jackie Bates, KC; Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX; Derek Landri, CAR; T.J. Ward, CLE; D.J. Williams, DEN
Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH 5 Ted Ginn, SF; Antwaun Molden, HOU; Robert Rose, MIA; Troy Smith, SF; Donte Whitner, BUF
St. Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 5 Geno Atkins, CIN; Jeremy Cain, JAX; Tavares Gooden, BAL; Major Wright, CHI; Sam Young, DAL

Fourteen high schools have four players each in the NFL this year.  Thirty-seven schools boast three NFLers, while 165 have two players apiece:

High School, City, State NFL Players High School, City, State NFL Players
Corsicana, Corsicana, TX 4 Lake Highlands, Dallas, TX 4
Deep Creek, Chesapeake, VA 4 Los Alamitos, Los Alamitos, CA 4
DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, MD 4 Madison Central, Madison, MS 4
Dorsey, Los Angeles, CA 4 South Panola, Batesville, MS 4
Dunbar, Washington, DC 4 Tustin, Tustin, CA 4
Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, MD 4 Vista, Vista, CA 4
Glades Central, Belle Glade, FL 4 Wayzata, Plymouth, MN 4
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 37
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 165
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,177

HOME STATES: California tops the list of states with the most NFL players (211), followed by Texas (181) and Florida (177):

State NFL Players State NFL Players
California 211 New Jersey 55
Texas 181 Michigan 53
Florida 177 Alabama 50
Ohio 85 Virginia 50
Georgia 80 South Carolina 46
Louisiana 68 Illinois 43
Pennsylvania 56 North Carolina 42

HOMETOWNS: Houston heads the list of hometowns with the most players (24), followed by Miami (22) and Los Angeles (20):

Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Houston 24 Cincinnati 11
Miami 22 Cleveland 11
Los Angeles 20 Tampa 10
Detroit 15 Atlanta 9
New Orleans 15 Chicago 9
Dallas 12 Sacramento 9
Jacksonville 12

NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA: Louisiana, with one NFL player for every 65,720 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita.  Mississippi (1 in 76,883) and Hawaii (1 in 80,769) rounds out the top three.  The national average is one NFL player per 165,933 U.S. residents.


State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
Louisiana 4,468,976 68 1 NFL per 65,720 people
Mississippi 2,844,658 37 1 NFL per 76,883 people
Hawaii 1,211,537 15 1 NFL per 80,769 people
District of Columbia 572,059 7 1 NFL per 81,723 people
South Carolina 4,012,012 46 1 NFL per 87,218 people
Alabama 4,447,100 50 1 NFL per 88,942 people
Florida 15,982,378 177 1 NFL per 90,296 people
Georgia 8,186,453 80 1 NFL per 102,331 people
Texas 20,851,820 180 1 NFL per 115,843 people
Montana 902,195 7 1 NFL per 128,885 people
United States 281,421,906 1,696 1 NFL player per 165,933 people
* Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2000).

AMERICAN SAMOA: The United States territory of American Samoa has six NFL players, including two with the Cincinnati Bengals – DE Jonathan Fanene and DT Domata Peko.  The others are Seattle DT Junior Siavii, Chicago DT Matt Toeaina, Miami DT Paul Soliai and San Francisco DT Isaac Sopoaga.

NOTE: To obtain a complete list of NFL players’ high schools, states and hometowns, plus rankings both alphabetically and numerically, contact the NFL Communications Department (212/450-2000) or log on to www.nflmedia.com.

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, leads the game’s development, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (usafootball.com) distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.


most accurate nfl qbs

As you know, Jerod is participating in the 2010 P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League, which is part of the Take It To The House program. In addition to competing for a trip to the Super Bowl, one of the perks Jerod received for participating was getting to spend a day at the NFL headquarters in New York. And that led to getting on the NFL’s media email list.

The NFL circulates interesting statistical and injury-related tidbits on a daily basis. Since we know that your appetite for NFL info is as insatiable as ours, we post them here for your enjoyment.

To get this info ever quicker, follow http://twitter.com/nflfootballinfo.


  1. correct, California has twice the population of Florida.

  2. uh they did………. that's what "nfl players per capita" does…………..but "meaningful" depends on how you want to look at it. California has produced the most nfl players of any state. Obviously a huge characteristic of any state is its population. Some may want to construe California's large population as giving it some kind of "unfair advantage." But its population is a huge reason of what makes California, well, California. Large population leads to increased competition, which produces the most and the best players of any state in the country.

  3. completely late and random, but I see you missed Aplington-Parkersburg high school in Iowa. There are currently 5 active NFL players that graduated from there.

  4. NFL Players from Youngstown, OH

    Bob Babich – Chargers, Browns
    Keith Browner – 5 teams
    Joey Browner – Vikings
    Ross Browner – Bengals
    Prescott Burgess – Ravens
    Maurice Clarett – Broncos
    Matt Cavanaugh – Niners, Eagles
    Doug Datish – Falcons
    Bob Dove – Cardinals, Lions

    Mike Flores – Eagles, Niners, Skins
    Anthony Floyd – Texans
    John Gerek – Vikings, Rams
    David Givens – Patriots, notably
    Randy Gradishar – Broncos
    Ron Jaworski – Eagles
    Cliff Stoudt – Steelers
    Bernie Kosar – Browns
    William Leonard – Colts
    Paul McGuire – Bills
    Mario Manningham – Giants
    Paul McFadden – Eagles
    Jeff Wilkins – Rams
    Ed Muransky – Raiders
    Jerry Olsavsky – Steelers
    George Pochner – Lions
    Keiwan Ratliff – Bengals
    Frank Sinkwich – Lions (1942 Heisman Winner)
    Brad Smith – Jets
    Sherman Smith – Seahawks
    Korey Stringer – Vikings
    Russell Stuvaints – Steelers
    Mel Tripplett – Giants
    Steve Vallos – Seahawks
    Mike Zordich – Eagles

    Ed & Denise DeBartolo – owner 49ers
    Carmen Policy – former GM 49ers, Browns
    Bob Stoops – Head coach, Oklahoma
    Mike Stoops – Head coach, Arizona
    Bo Pellini – Head coach , Nebraska
    Jim Tressell – head coach, Ohio State
    Mike Trgovac – Defensive coordinator, Carolina Panthers
    Mark Mangino – head coach, Kansas
    Bob Davie – former head coach, Notre Dame
    Dwight "Dike" Beede – head coach, Youngstown State. Inventor of the penalty flag.

  5. Eddie Qilliams says:

    Tyrann Mattews just made 34th NFL player to come out of St. Augustine High School of New Orleans.

  6. Definitely imagine that that you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the net the easiest factor to bear in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider issues that they plainly do not recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as neatly as outlined out the entire thing with no need side-effects , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

  7. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  8. Hello There. I found your weblog using msn. That is an extremely well written article.
    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  9. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project
    in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us
    valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  10. Quality articles or reviews is the important to invite the users to go to see the website, that’s what
    this web page is providing.

  11. My coder is wanting to persuade me to maneuver to .net from PHP.
    I have got always disliked the theory due to costs.

    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been utilizing Movable-type on various websites for around annually and
    am concerned about switching to a different platform. We have heard great reasons for
    having blogengine.net. What is the way I can transfer all my wordpress posts
    involved with it? Any help can be greatly appreciated!

  12. I relish, cause I found just what I was having a look for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.


  13. My spouse and I went over here by a different web page and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.

  14. Hey would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog
    loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good web
    hosting provider at a fair price? Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  15. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad
    and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be
    a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to
    share it with someone!

  16. LIke your site. Do you want to trade links.

  17. Appreciate this post. I want to try it out.

  18. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and
    screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

  19. It’s perfect time to make a couple of plans for the more time term and it is
    time to be at liberty. We have learn this publish of course, if I may I desire to suggest you few interesting
    things or advice. Maybe you can write subsequent
    articles discussing this informative article. I wish to read
    more issues about it!

  20. I used to be suggested this website via my cousin. I’m now not
    positive whether this submit is written through him as nobody
    else recognise such exact about my trouble. You’re incredible!
    Thank you!

  21. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site
    is fantastic, as well as the content!

  22. Sweet blog! I discovered it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Have you got any suggestions concerning how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while having said that i never manage to arrive!


  23. Wow! Finally I got a web site from where I be able to really take useful information concerning my study and knowledge.

  24. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
    on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your
    blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  25. I am just really impressed along with your writing skills plus with the
    layout on the weblog. Is it a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway maintain the excellent quality writing, it is rare to view a nice blog such
    as this one currently.

  26. Fantastic blog! Do you possess any hints for aspiring
    writers? I’m hoping to begin my own blog soon but I’m just a little
    lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or get a paid option? There are
    so many options available that I’m completely overwhelmed
    .. Any tips? Cheers!

  27. Its like you learn my mind! You appear to grasp so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I believe that you just could do with a few % to power the message
    house a bit, however instead of that, that is great
    blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  28. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the desire?.I am attempting to in finding issues
    to enhance my web site!I suppose its good enough to
    make use of some of your concepts!!

  29. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your own blog.
    It’s a really easy on the eyes rendering it a
    lot more pleasant to me into the future here and visit more frequently.
    Do you hire out a designer to generate your theme?
    Exceptional work!

  30. You’re so cool! I do not suppose I’ve read through anything like that before.
    So good to find someone with some original thoughts on this topic.
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is
    something that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  31. Great article.

  32. Hi, I think your web site could be having browser compatibility problems.
    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however when opening
    in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues. I simply
    wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent

  33. whoah this weblog is excellent i really like studying your articles.
    Stay up the good work! You recognize, lots of people are searching around
    for this info, you can help them greatly.

  34. I’m typically to running a blog and i really respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and maintain checking for new information.

  35. whoah this weblog is great i love studying your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You understand, many individuals are hunting
    around for this information, you can help them greatly.


  1. […] Which high school, state and city produces the most NFL players? [Midwest Sports Fans] […]

  2. […] of recruiting. /THREAD Yes. Miami is at the top. But to say it's not close is hardly true. Which high school, state, and city produces the most NFL players? Houston 24 Miami […]

  3. […] district.  And to be fair, four players from Tustin were on NFL rosters last season but Tustin didn’t make the top five and was second in the state of California with Los Alamitos (so they aren’t even tops in the county).  Woodland Hills High School […]

  4. […] district.  And to be fair, four players from Tustin were on NFL rosters last season but Tustin didn’t make the top five and was second in the state of California with Los Alamitos (so they aren’t even tops in the county).  Woodland Hills High School […]

Speak Your Mind