Inside The Numbers: NFL Kickoff Roster Breakdowns — Most Players By High School

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School of Fort Lauderdale Has Most NFL Players


Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), with 12 players, tops the list of high schools with the most players on 2017 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, the NFL announced today.

NFL players hail from 1,363 high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, seven countries and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,695 men on Kickoff Weekend rosters.


High School, City, State Number NFL Players

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

12 Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Phillip Dorsett, NE; Marcus Gilbert, PIT; Bobby Hart, NYG; Lamarcus Joyner, LAR; Brandon Linder, JAX; Michael Palardy, CAR; Jake Rudock, DET; James White, NE; Sam Young, MIA

Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA

7 Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, TEN; Kaelin Clay, BUF; DeSean Jackson, TB; Marcedes Lewis, JAX; Jamize Olawale, OAK; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT

Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, FL

6 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR; Travis Benjamin, LAC; Jatavis Brown, LAC; Cre’von LeBlanc, CHI; Deonte Thompson, CHI; Clive Walford, OAK

Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH

6 Frank Clark, SEA; Jayrone Elliott, DAL; Ted Ginn, Jr., NO; Willie Henry, BAL; Cardale Jones, LAC; Marshon Lattimore, NO

Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ

5 Brett Hundley, GB; Cameron Jordan, NO; Paul Perkins, NYG; William Poehls, JAX; Markus Wheaton, CHI

Colton High School, Colton, CA

5 Nat Berhe, NYG; Tyler Ervin, HOU; Jimmy Smith, BAL; Daniel Sorensen, KC; Shareece Wright, BUF

Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA

5 Dominique Hatfield, LAR; Marcus Martin, CLE; Brandon Mebane, LAC; Hayes Pullard, LAC; De’Anthony Thomas, KC

Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL

5 Rodney Adams, MIN; Dante Fowler, Jr., JAX; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, CLE; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NYG

West Monroe High School, West Monroe, LA

5 Michael Hunter, NYG; Barkevious Mingo, IND; Cam Robinson, JAX; Andrew Whitworth, LAR; Xavier Woods, DAL

Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA

5 Rob Gronkowski, NE; Quinton Jefferson, LAR; Rontez Miles, NYJ; Lafayette Pitts, JAX; Ejuan Price, LAR


11 high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. 40 schools boast three NFLers, while 168 have two players apiece:

High School, City, State NFL Players High School, City, State NFL Players
De La Salle Catholic High School, Concard, CA 4 Miami Northwestern High School, Miami, FL 4
Elder High School, Cincinnati, OH 4 Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington, OH 4
Lakeland High School, Lakeland, FL 4 Servite High School, Anaheim, CA 4
Mansfield High School, Mansfield, TX 4 Timpview High School, Provo, UT 4
Miami Central High School, Miami, FL 4 Westlake High School, Austin, TX 4
Miami Norland High School, Miami Gardens, FL 4
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 40
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 168
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,134

HOME STATES:  Florida tops the list of states with the most NFL players (212), followed by California (191) and Texas (179):

State NFL Players State NFL Players
Florida 212 Pennsylvania 59
California 191 New Jersey 52
Texas 179 South Carolina 52
Georgia 120 North Carolina 49
Ohio 82 Illinois 41
Alabama 62 Michigan 40
Louisiana 59 Virginia 38


HOMETOWNS:  Miami heads the list of hometowns with the most players (25), followed by Houston (17), Fort Lauderdale (15) and Cincinnati (14):



​Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Miami, FL 25 Las Vegas, NV 11
Houston, TX 17 New Orleans, LA 11
Fort Lauderdale, FL 15 Tampa, FL 11
Cincinnati, OH 14 Birmingham, AL 10
Pittsburgh, PA 12 Dallas, TX 10
Washington, DC 12 Detroit, MI 10
Cleveland, OH 11 Los Angeles, CA 10

:  The District of Columbia, with one NFL player for every 54,702 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 76,837) and Alabama (one in 77,093) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 184,546 U.S. residents.


State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
District of Columbia 601,723 11 1 NFL player per 54,702 people
Louisiana 4,533,372 59 1 NFL player per 76,837 people
Alabama 4,779,736 62 1 NFL player per 77,093 people
Georgia 9,687,653 120 1 NFL player per 80,730 people
Florida 18,801,310 212 1 NFL player per 88,685 people
South Carolina 4,625,364 52 1 NFL player per 88,949 people
Mississippi 2,967,297 24 1 NFL player per 123,637 people
Hawaii 1,360,301 11 1 NFL player per 123,664 people
Texas 25,145,561 179 1 NFL player per 140,478 people
Ohio 11,536,504 82 1 NFL player per 140,689 people
United States 308,745,538 1,673   1 NFL player per 184,546 people
* Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010).


Author: Rick Serritella

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