Texas or Florida – Who Produces the Most Dominant NFL Players?

Published 07/22/2020, 8:35 AM EDT


The Texas vs Flordia high school football discussion is one that has no end. A number of popular high schools from both states have produced some stellar NFL players over the last few decades.

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A recent segment of ESPN First Take featured popular hip-hop icon, Rick Ross. The music producer is of the opinion that Florida produces better football players than any other state in America. However, former Cleveland Cavaliers and Celtics player, Kendrick Perkins feels otherwise.

This led us to compare some players that have emerged from both states. Here is our take on the whole Texas vs Florida high school football debate.

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Kendrick Perkins responds to Rick Ross’ comment about Florida high school players

As per Pro Football’s database, Texas currently has 2,628 players across 862 schools. Meanwhile, Florida has 1,763 players in 469 high schools. Both states contribute a considerable number of youngsters that make the NFL draft, year after year.

Let’s take a look at some players who have emerged in the NFL from Florida and Texas

  • Florida

The state of Florida has some amazing NFL players to boast about. Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper played for Miami Northwestern High School during his younger days. He went on to win the 2014 Biletnikoff Award and also made the Heisman Trophy final list. In fact, Carolina Panthers’ new quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater also went to the same school. He graduated a year before Cooper.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa and brother Joey Bosa (Los Angeles Chargers) both went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Two crazy talented WRs – Derrick Henry and Antonio Brown – also attended high schools in Florida. Talking about quarterbacks, the reigning NFL MVP award winner, Lamar Jackson went to high school in Florida. He was born in Fort Lauderdale and attended Boynton Beach Community High School.

  • Texas

Texas is a state that treats football as a religion. CeeDee Lamb’s arrival in Dallas was quite like a son coming back home! Lamb went to Fort Bend County High School before attending college in Oklahoma. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL draft and came back to Texas with great expectations. 21-year old Jalen Hurts, who had a trajectory similar to Lamb’s, attended Channelview High School. He was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. Two star quarterbacks – Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes – were also born in Texas. Brees attended the Westlake High School while Mahomes went to Whitehouse in his younger days.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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