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Who produces the most NFL Players? City of Miami and St. Thomas Aquinas High School are the leaders

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St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Ft. Lauderdale logo (courtesy St. Thomas Aquinas)



The NFL is heading to Miami for Super Bowl LIV, but Miami has been heading to the NFL for decades.

With 27 players, Miami again leads the league in hometowns with the most players on 2019 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, the league announced today. Nearby Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has produced 14, tied for third among cities with the most players. Three of the top five cities with regard to producing NFL players are in Florida, including Tampa (13).


Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Miami 27 Cleveland 12
Houston 21 Birmingham, AL 11
Fort Lauderdale, FL 14 Jacksonville, FL 11
New Orleans 14 Atlanta 10
Tampa, FL 13 Louisville, KY 10
Cincinnati 12 Philadelphia 10


Fort Lauderdale’s Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, with 13 players, again tops the list of high schools with the most NFL players. The school has led the nation in players on NFL Kickoff rosters for seven of the past eight seasons (2012, 2014-19). It tied for the lead in 2013.

Cincinnati running back GIOVANI BERNARD and two of his Bengals teammates, defensive tackle GENO ATKINS and tackle BOBBY HART, are products of the school, tutored by head coach George Smith. So, what’s in the culture at Saint Thomas Aquinas?

“Professionalism,” Bernard said. “Taking accountability for everything you do, your actions. We learned very early my freshman year that if you’re going to miss a workout, there’s going to be discipline. I always hold myself very accountable, and that’s something I feel that all the players coming out of Saint Thomas have learned. They’re all players who are very accountable to their teammates, and they get their jobs done.”

Like Bernard, Patriots wide receiver PHILLIP DORSETT also has a fellow Saint Thomas Aquinas NFL teammate, JAMES WHITE.

“We were lucky enough to play for Coach Smith,” Dorsett said. “He taught us how to carry ourselves like men before we even got to college. So, we knew the discipline, and how it was going to be when we got to college, not even knowing we were going to make it to the NFL. There’s a certain way to carry yourself when you make it to the next level, and he definitely taught us how to carry ourselves.”

Overall, NFL players hail from 1,296 high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, 10 countries and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,695 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters.


High School, City, State Number NFL Players
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School;

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

13 Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Nick Bosa, SF; James Crawford, MIA; Phillip Dorsett, NE; Marcus Gilbert, ARI; Bobby Hart, CIN; Lamarcus Joyner, OAK; Brandon Linder, JAX; Michael Palardy, CAR; Jordan Scarlett, CAR; James White, NE
Lakewood High School; St. Petersburg, FL 7 Dante Fowler, LAR; Shaquem Griffin, SEA; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, KC; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, WAS; Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB; Isaiah Wynn, NE
Long Beach Polytechnic High School;

Long Beach, CA

6 Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, TEN; DeSean Jackson, PHI; Marcedes Lewis, GB; Jamize Olawale, DAL; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
Serra High School; San Diego 5 Matt Dickerson, TEN; Rasheem Green, SEA; Marquise Lee, JAX; Dante Pettis, SF; Paul Richardson, WAS
Allen High School; Allen, TX 5 Bobby Evans, LAR; Greg Little, CAR; Kyler Murray, ARI; Cedric Ogbuehi, JAX; Jonathan Williams, IND
Tucker High School; Tucker, GA 5 A.J. Bouye, JAX; Jonathan Ledbetter, MIA; Dwayne Harris, OAK; Duke Shelley, CHI; Neiko Thorpe, SEA
Northwestern High School; Miami, FL 5 DeAndre Baker, NYG; Teddy Bridgewater, NO; Artie Burns, PIT; Amari Cooper, DAL; Lavonte David, TB


Ten high schools have four players each in the NFL this year:

High School; City, State NFL Players High School; City, State NFL Players
Central High School; Miami 4 Peachtree Ridge High School; Suwanee, GA 4
Glenville High School; Cleveland 4 Saint Louis High School; Honolulu 4
Immokalee High School; Immokalee, FL 4 Stephenson High School; Stone Mountain, GA 4
Norland High School; Miami 4 Westlake High School; Austin, TX 4
North Shore High School; Houston 4 West Monroe High School; Monroe, LA 4

: Florida tops the list of states with the most NFL players (212), followed by California (177) and Texas (173):


State NFL Players State NFL Players
Florida 212 Louisiana 57
California 177 North Carolina 56
Texas 173 Pennsylvania 54
Georgia 119 Illinois 52
Ohio 72 Virginia 49
Alabama 64 South Carolina 44
New Jersey 59 Mississippi 35

: Alabama, with one NFL player for every 74,683 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. The District of Columbia (one in 75,215) and Louisiana (one in 79,533) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 184,436 U.S. residents.


State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
Alabama 4,779,736 64 1 NFL player per 74,683 people
District of Columbia 601,723 8 1 NFL player per 75,215 people
Louisiana 4,533,372 57 1 NFL player per 79,533 people
Georgia 9,687,653 119 1 NFL player per 81,409 people
Mississippi 2,967,297 35 1 NFL player per 84,780 people
Florida 18,801,310 212 1 NFL player per 88,685 people
South Carolina 4,625,364 44 1 NFL player per 105,122 people
Delaware 897,934 8 1 NFL player per 112,242 people
Texas 25,145,561 173 1 NFL player per 145,350 people
New Jersey 8,791,894 59 1 NFL player per 149,015 people
Hawaii 1,360,301 9 1 NFL player per 151,145 people
United States 308,745,538 1,674 1 NFL player per 184,436 people

*Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010)

NOTE: To obtain a complete list of NFL players’ high schools, states and hometowns, click here.​