States with most players on NFL opening-day rosters

207 – California

200 – Texas

189 – Florida

91 – Georgia

81 – Ohio

61 – Louisiana

58 – Pennsylvania

52 – New Jersey

49 – Alabama

48 – North Carolina

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8 comments Add your comment

Upward Trend

September 18th, 2012
8:21 am

Georgia has been on the rise for several years, as illustrated by the intense recruitment throughout the state by all of the major college football powers.

Football is a religion, and a young man’s rite of passage, in the South…..see all of the Southern states on the list. It’s especially impressive when comparing populations.

BullDawg Rick

September 18th, 2012
9:27 am

No surprise here… That’s the same top 5 of states that HS’s put out D1 college players..

Camden74

September 18th, 2012
9:56 am

The South has an impressive presences……Go Camden County Wildcats! :-D

dawgs01

September 18th, 2012
10:30 am

Combine GA and FL and the numbers are crazy. I say that bc the states are on top of each other and no other states on the list are that close to each other with that many pro players. I wish yall would do all sports we would still be high bc a ton of baseball and bball players come out of fl and ga.

seabass

September 18th, 2012
10:53 am

I been sayin it for years, seal the borders. UGA could get 25, 4 star recruits every year withen 50 miles of Athens. True not every player likes UGA, but when I see a big 4 or 5 star OL go out of state due to no offer from Athens, then I get irrate.

Camden74

September 18th, 2012
1:53 pm

I guess UGA believes the GRASS is GREENER on the other side! :-)

Max Sizemore

September 18th, 2012
2:34 pm

How about let’s look at this list as a percentage of each state’s population (according to the 2010 census):
Louisiana .01345
Alabama .01025
Florida .01005
Georgia .00939
Texas .00795
Ohio .00702
N. Jersey .00591
California .00555
N. Carolina.00503
Penn. .00456
Now, I think you may need 3 more zeros to the right of the decimal point to be exact. But I simply divided the number of NFL players by the number listed for the 2010 census. Things look a little different this way, huh?

SportsFan31313

September 18th, 2012
3:34 pm

390 Players From The SEC. Looks like S.E.C. Dominance to me.

189 – Florida

91 – Georgia

61 – Louisiana

49 – Alabama