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St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. in Fort Lauderdale has most NFL players; California tops states, Miami leads cities

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Fri, 09/14/2012 - 11:01am

 

St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had nine graduates on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, topping the list of high schools with the most players on opening week NFL rosters.

The totals are based on the 1,691 men on Kickoff Weekend rosters, including those both active and inactive.

NFL players hail from 1,382high schools in 47 states and the District of Columbia, four international countries and one U.S. territory (American Samoa).

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

High school, city, state

Number

NFL Players

St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

9

Geno Atkins, CIN; Jeremy Cain, JAX; Marcus Gilbert, PIT; Tavares Gooden, SF; Richard Goodman, SD; Leonard Hankerson, WAS; Christian Thompson, BAL; Major Wright, CHI; Sam Young, BUF

Pahokee High School, Pahokee, Fla.

5

Dwight Bentley, DET; Anquan Boldin, BAL; Janoris Jenkins, StL; Pernell McPhee, BAL; Antone Smith, ATL

Stephenson High School, Stone Mountain, Ga.

5

Jermaine Cunningham, NE; Bruce Irvin, SEA; Kregg Lumpkin, SEA; Perry Riley, WAS; Kelvin Sheppard, BUF

Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, Pa.

5

Steve Breaston, KC; Rob Gronkowski, NE; Ryan Mundy, PIT; Lousaka Polite, ATL; Shawntae Spencer, OAK

 

Seventeen high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. Forty schools boast three NFL players, while 158 have two apiece:

 

High School, City, State

NFL Players

High School, City, State

NFL Players

Atlantic, Delray Beach, Fla.

4

Lakeland, Lakeland, Fla.

4

Carroll, Southlake, Texas

4

Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, Calif.

4

Deep Creek High School, Chesapeake, Va,

4

Lufkin, Lufkin, Texas

4

DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md.

4

Marist, Atlanta, Ga.

4

Dominguez, Compton, Calif.

4

North Shore, Houston, Texas

4

Dunbar, Washington, D.C.

4

Robert E. Lee, Tyler, Texas

4

Elder, Cincinnati, Ohio

4

Servite, Anaheim, Calif.

4

Glades Central, Belle Glade, Fa.

4

Westlake, Austin, Texas

4

Hahnville, Boutte, La.

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of high schools with three NFL players: 40

Number of high schools with two NFL players: 158

Number of high schools with one NFL player: 1,163

 

HOME STATES:  California tops the list of states with the most NFL players (207), followed by Texas (200) and Florida (189):

 
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

State

NFL Players

State

NFL Players

California         

207

New Jersey

52

Texas  

200

Alabama

49

Florida

189

North Carolina

48

Georgia

92

Michigan

47

Ohio

81

Virginia

46

Louisiana

61

South Carolina

45

Pennsylvania

58

Illinois

42

 

HOMETOWNS:  Miami heads the list of hometowns with the most players (30), followed by Houston (23) and Los Angeles (17):

 

HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

Hometown

NFL Players

Hometown

NFL Players

Miami

30

Jacksonville

12

 

Houston

23

New Orleans

10

 

Los Angeles

17

Atlanta

9

 

Dallas

14

Pittsburgh

9

 

Cincinnati

13

Washington

9

 

Detroit

13

 

NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA:  Washington, D.C., with one NFL player for every 66,858 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (1 in 74,318) and Mississippi (1 in 89,918) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 185,879U.S. residents.

 

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA

State

Population *

NFL Players

NFL Players Per Capita

District of Columbia

601,723

9

 

1 NFL playerper 66,858 people

Louisiana

4,533,372

61

 

1 NFL playerper 74,318 people

Mississippi

2,967,297

33

 

1 NFL playerper 89,918 people

Alabama

4,779,736

49

 

1 NFL player per 97,546 people

Florida

18,801,310

189

 

1 NFL player per 99,478 people

South Carolina

4,625,364

45

 

1 NFL player per 102,786 people

Georgia

9,687,653

92

 

1 NFL playerper 105,301 people

Hawaii

1,360,301

12

 

1 NFL playerper 113,358 people

Texas

25,145,561

200

 

1 NFL playerper 125,728 people

Montana

989,415

7

 

1 NFL playerper 141,345 people

United States

308,745,538

1,661

 

1 NFL player per 185,879 people

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

 

AMERICAN SAMOA:  The United States territory of American Samoa has four NFL players: Cincinnati DT Domata Peko, Miami DT Paul Soliai, San Francisco DT Isaac Sopoaga and Chicago DT Matt Toeaina.

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 visit: www.nflmedia.com.

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