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 SCHOOLS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
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):

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
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):

HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
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.

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA

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.

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Comments

  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

    plus:
    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.

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