DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Maryland) with seven players, tops the list of high schools with the most 2009 NFL players, USA Football announced. But Carol City, with 5, the City of Miami (31) and the state of Florida (176) also boast a number of quality athletes on National Football League rosters.
"I'm very proud to have been a part of their program," says Philadelphia Eagles running back BRIAN WESTBROOK. "My high school coach (BILL MC GREGOR, the 2004 NFL High School Coach of the Year) continues to be an inspiration and source of support for me."
The totals are based on the 1,695-man 2009 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters (September 10, 13-14).
NFL players from Kickoff rosters hail from 1,376 high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia, five countries and one U.S. territory (American Samoa).
Players from the schools that have produced the most NFL players expressed fond memories of their high school days, and appreciation for the way their school's football programs are run:
• WASHINGTON REDSKINS WR SANTANA MOSS (Carol City, Miami, FL): "I think a lot of the credit has to go to the coach, Walt Frazier, who retired two years ago. We had a lot of great athletes, but he was able to instill discipline in us, which allowed us to play at any level. We took that discipline to college and, for those of us fortunate enough, to the NFL. He kept us humble, me in particular. I was a starter for three years, but didn't catch many balls until my senior year. He kept us humble and patient and then when the time came, he helped us take advantage of the opportunity. He made sure we were in school. Actually, he made us come to school early to watch film so we were there even before the school day started. It is a place that is blessed with athletic talent, kids who are willing to sacrifice, a community that supports the program and good people at the top."
• JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS RB MAURICE JONES-DREW (De La Salle, Concord, CA): "Playing at De La Salle is an experience I will never forget. It was a family atmosphere where you were committed to winning and doing the right thing. You trusted the person next to you that he would get the job done and that same guy expected the same out of you. Sure, the winning was great but it was the bond among the guys in the locker room that remains with me to this day. We all bought into the idea of working together toward a common goal. We worked hard year-round to make sure we kept up the standard that is expected at that school. To go undefeated during your high school career is something you never forget."
• ARIZONA CARDINALS WR STEVE BREASTON (Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, PA): "High school is when you're around a group of guys you grew up with. You've been playing with most of them since you were young. When I was in high school, I knew I was a talented athlete, but I didn't really think about the next level as far as football. A lot of people kept me grounded. Academics carried me a long way. It got me into a lot of situations and gave me a lot of opportunity. It helps you be successful in life."
HIGH SCHOOLS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Maryland – 7: Quinn Ojinnaka, ATL; John Owens, SEA; Derek Wake, MIA; Brian Westbrook, PHI; Byron Westbrook, WAS; Josh Wilson, SEA; Edwin Williams, WAS.
Carol City, Miami – 5: Ricky Jean-Francois, SF; Rashad Jeanty, CIN; Santana Moss, WAS; Sinorice Moss, NYG; Kenny Phillips, NYG.
De La Salle, Concord, California – 5: Matt Gutierrez, KC; Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX; Derek Landri, JAX; Demetrius Williams, BLT; D.J. Williams, DEN.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, Maryland – 5: Derrick Burgess, NE; Will Davis, ARZ; Jared Gaither, BLT; Derrick Harvey, JAX; Derrick Williams, DET.
Glenville, Cleveland, Ohio – 5: Ted Ginn, Jr., MIA; Antwaun Molden, HST; Troy Smith, BLT; Donte Whitner, BUF; Pierre Woods, NE.
Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania – 5: Steve Breaston, ARZ; Ryan Mundy, PIT; Lousaka Polite, MIA; Shawntae Spencer, SF; Jason Taylor, MIA.
Ten high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. Forty-four schools boast three NFLers, while 174 have two players apiece:
Deep Creek, Chesapeake, VA – 4
Narbonne, Harbor City, CA – 4
Dillard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 4
Provine, Jackson, MI – 4
Long Beach Polytechnic, Long Beach, CA – 4
St. Ignatius, Cleveland, OH – 4
Los Alamitos, Los Alamitos, CA – 4
Tustin, Tustin, CA – 4
Miami Senior – 4
Wayzata, Wayzata, MN – 4
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 44
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 174
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,143
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
1. California – 205
2. Texas – 179
3. Florida – 176
4. Ohio – 90
5. Georgia – 80
Louisiana – 80
7. Alabama – 53
8. South Carolina – 51
Virginia – 51
10. Pennsylvania – 50
11. Michigan – 49
12. North Carolina – 46
13. Maryland – 43
New Jersey – 43
HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
1. Miami – 31
2. Houston – 23
3. Detroit – 15
4. Dallas – 12
5. Los Angeles – 11
New Orleans – 11
Cincinnati – 11
Cleveland – 11
Jacksonville – 11
10. Chicago – 10
11. Atlanta – 9
Columbus – 9
Washington, D.C. – 9
14. Charlotte – 8
NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA: Louisiana, with one NFL player for every 55,862 residents, led the list of NFL players per capita based on Kickoff Weekend rosters. Mississippi (1 in 67,730) and South Carolina (1 in 78,667) rounded out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 166,031 U.S. residents.
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA
Texas (20,851,820) – 179 – 1 NFL player per 116,491 people
Florida (15,982,378) – 176 – 1 NFL player per 90,809 people
Louisiana (4,468,976) – 80 – 1 NFL player per 55,862 people
Georgia (8,186,453) – 80 – 1 NFL player per 102,331 people
Alabama (4,447,100) – 53 – 1 NFL player per 83,908 people
South Carolina (4,012,012) – 51 – 1 NFL player per 78,667 people
Maryland (5,296,486) – 43 – 1 NFL player per 123,174 people
Mississippi (2,844,658) – 42 – 1 NFL player per 67,730 people
Hawaii (1,211,537) – 13 – 1 NFL player per 93,195 people
District of Columbia (572,059) – 7 – 1 NFL player per 81,723 people
COUNTRIES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA
United States (281,421,906) – 1,695 – 1 NFL player per 166,031 people
* Based on most recent U.S. Census Data (2000).
AMERICAN SAMOA: The United States territory of American Samoa has six NFL players, including two with the Cincinnati Bengals - DE Jonathan Fanene and DT Domata Peko. The others are Dallas DT Junior Siavii, Chicago DT Matt Toeaina, Miami DT Paul Soliai and San Francisco DT Isaac Sopoaga.
Canada – 10: Oshiomogho Atogwe, SL; Daniel Federkeil, IND; Israel Idonije, CHI; Nick Kaczur, NE; L.P.Ladouceur, DAL; Vaughn Martin, SD; Brett Romberg, ATL; Jon Ryan, SEA; Shaun Suisham, WAS; Jamaal Westerman, NYJ.
Australia – 3: Ben Graham, NYJ; Mat McBriar, DAL; Saverio Rocca, PHI.
Germany – 1: Sebastian Vollmer, NE.
Great Britain – 1: Rhys Lloyd, CAR.