Despite a recent decline in viewership after a slew of bad press, including abuse scandals and growing concern about the health effects of repeated head trauma, The NFL remains by far the most popular sports league in the United States. Americans from coast to coast tune in on Sundays to watch their teams, and kids all across the country dream of growing up and becoming an NFL superstar. For a select few, that dream comes true.
Getting to the NFL takes a combination of natural talent and hard work, but growing up in the right place can also help. Certain states produced a much higher number of NFL players and Hall of Famers than others.
Why some states produce more NFL players can partially be explained by population. On the whole, states with larger populations produce the most Hall of Famers, and many of the best players in the country were born in states like California, Texas, and Florida. But population isn’t everything, and every state in the country has produced at least one elite player at some point in league history.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed lists of all NFL players who have ever taken the field and determined the best player of all time from each state. We considered Hall of Fame status, Pro Bowl and All-Pro appearances, Super Bowl rings, and more.