Florida edged California by one player for the state with the most players on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, according to the annual tally by USA Football.
Florida had 204 players, followed by California with 203. Texas was third with 181, followed by Georgia with 114. No other state had more than 100 players among the 1,695 on rosters for opening weekend.
Here are the 14 states with 35 of more players:
- Florida 204
- California 203
- Texas 181
- Georgia 114
- Ohio 78
- Alabama 63
- Louisiana 58
- North Carolina 55
- Pennsylvania 55
- New Jersey 52
- Michigan 49
- South Carolina 47
- Virginia 46
- Maryland 35
Among those 204 Florida players, 15 are from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, most of any high school. The group includes: Geno Atkins (Bengals), Giovani Bernard (Bengals), Phillip Dorsett (Colts); Marcus Gilbert (Steelers); Rashad Greene (Jaguars); Leonard Hankerson (Falcons), Bobby Hart (Giants); Gabe Holmes (Raiders); Brandon Linder (Jaguars), Cody Riggs (Titans), Marcus Roberson (Rams), Dezmen Southward (Falcons), James White (Patriots) Major Wright (Buccaneers), Sam Young (Jaguars).
Glenville High in Cleveland and Miami Norland each have six; DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) has five; and 15 players have four players.
According to USA Football, Miami has produced 31 active NFL players, followed by 20 for Fort Lauderdale, 16 for Atlanta, 14 for Houston, 13 for New Orleans and Dallas.
Alabama leads the list of NFL players per capita with one NFL player for 75,869 residents followed Louisiana (one in 78,162) and Georgia (one in 84,979).