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Do the states and colleges these players come from correlate to their success? And is there a college that produces more NFL players than the others? A new report by Sidelines has analyzed the data to serve as an official guide to the most successful players’ roads to NFL greatness. Turns out, North Carolina has some pretty good ballplayers!

To find out which states have produced the most NFL players over the years, the report compared the number of players produced to the population of the states to find how many NFL players have been produced by that state per capita (100,000).

Producing current NFL players such as Chris Spencer (C, Tennessee Titans), Jamarca Sanford (DB, Minnesota Vikings), and Damien Lewis (OL, Seattle Seahawks), Mississippi has produced the most NFL players per capita (26.6) than any other U.S. state. In total, the state has seen 788 players head to the professional leagues since 1936.

Nebraska comes second, producing 21.26 NFL players per capita. Compared to their average population of 1,951,996 people, having 415 players hailing from this state since 1936 is an impressive achievement. Some of the most iconic Nebraskan players in NFL history include Pat Fischer (DB), Mick Tinglehoff (C), and Neil Smith (DE).

Having produced 848 NFL players in total since 1936, Oklahoma comes in third place producing 21.25 players per capita. Players from this state who have been drafted into the NFL include Gerald McCoy (DT), Chris Harris Jr. (CB), and James Winchester (LS).

North Carolina has come in 19th out of 50 states. Other states producing high numbers of NFL players include Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Utah, while Alaska has produced zero. My theory on some of these is that there aren’t enough people in the area to produce the NFL players.

Rank State Number of NFL players (since 1936) Number of NFL players per capita (p/100,000)
1 Mississippi 788 26.6
2 Nebraska 415 21.3
3 Oklahoma 848 21.3
4 Louisiana 981 21.2
5 Alabama 839 17
6 Iowa 522 16.5
7 Indiana 1055 15.5
8 West Virginia 272 15.4
9 Wyoming 88 15.1
10 Utah 486 14.7
11 Kansas 403 13.8
12 Arkansas 406 13.4
13 Tennessee 924 13.3
14 South Carolina 606 11.5
15 Oregon 454 10.6
16 Kentucky 443 9.9
17 Idaho 183 9.8
18 Michigan 959 9.6
19 North Carolina 1024 9.6
20 North Dakota 72 9.4
21 Pennsylvania 1103 8.6
22 Montana 92 8.5
23 Texas 2515 8.5
24 Ohio 955 8.2
25 Colorado 477 8.1
26 South Dakota 67 7.5
27 Washington 557 7.1
28 Wisconsin 414 7.1
29 Virginia 591 6.9
30 New Mexico 143 6.8
31 District of Columbia 48 6.7
32 Massachusetts 435 6.3
33 Arizona 473 6.3
34 Florida 1327 6
35 Georgia 646 6
36 Minnesota 328 5.7
37 California 2185 5.5
38 Missouri 328 5.3
39 Maryland 317 5.2
40 Hawaii 72 5.1
41 Illinois 637 5.1
42 Rhode Island 43 4.1
43 Delaware 40 4
44 New Hampshire 47 3.4
45 Nevada 100 3.1
46 Connecticut 110 3.1
47 New York 415 2.2
48 Maine 22 1.6
49 Vermont 7 1.1
50 New Jersey 98 1.1
51 Alaska 0 0

 

 

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