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To determine the top football baby factories, cleveland.com tabulated state totals for where NFL players were born and then calculated a ranking -- based on a ratio of current players from each state to births in the early 1990s when a big share of today's players were born.  The top five states are all from the Southeast. 

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Rank State Ratio (y) NFL Players (x)
1 Florida 1 in 4,095 201
2 Georgia 1 in 4,132 114
3 South Carolina 1 in 4,745 51
4 Alabama 1 in 4,818 55
5 Louisiana 1 in 5,017 60
6 Hawaii 1 in 6,462 13
7 Mississippi 1 in 7,000 26
8 Nebraska 1 in 7,692 13
9 Nevada 1 in 7,833 12
10 Ohio 1 in 8,226 84
11 Texas 1 in 8,818 154
12 Tennessee 1 in 9,515 33
13 North Carolina 1 in 9,711 45
14 Wisconsin 1 in 10,786 28
15 New Jersey 1 in 10,809 47
16 Delaware 1 in 11,250 4
17 Oklahoma 1 in 11,333 18
18 Maryland 1 in 11,517 29
19 Arizona 1 in 11,680 25
20 Virginia 1 in 11,800 35
21 Pennsylvania 1 in 11,831 59
22 Missouri 1 in 12,577 26
23 California 1 in 12,809 199
24 Arkansas 1 in 13,545 11
25 Iowa 1 in 13,583 12
26 Oregon 1 in 13,769 13
27 Utah 1 in 14,182 11
28 Colorado 1 in 14,313 16
29 Idaho 1 in 14,600 5
30 Michigan 1 in 15,049 41
31 Minnesota 1 in 15,611 18
32 Washington 1 in 17,789 19
33 North Dakota 1 in 18,500 2
34 Illinois 1 in 19,452 42
35 Connecticut 1 in 20,400 10
36 Indiana 1 in 21,176 17
37 Kansas 1 in 22,857 7
38 South Dakota 1 in 23,500 2
38 West Virginia 1 in 23,500 4
40 Kentucky 1 in 25,222 9
41 Wyoming 1 in 28,000 1
42 Massachusetts 1 in 37,200 10
43 New Mexico 1 in 39,333 3
44 New York 1 in 42,552 29
45 Montana 1 in 49,000 1
46 New Hampshire 1 in 69,000 1
47 Alaska NA 0
47 Maine NA 0
47 Rhode Island NA 0
47 Vermont NA 0

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5 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

To determine the top football baby factories, cleveland.com tabulated state totals for where NFL players were born and then calculated a ranking -- based on a ratio of current players from each state to births in the early 1990s when a big share of today's players were born.  The top five states are all from the Southeast. 

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Rank State Ratio (y) NFL Players (x)
1 Florida 1 in 4,095 201
2 Georgia 1 in 4,132 114
3 South Carolina 1 in 4,745 51
4 Alabama 1 in 4,818 55
5 Louisiana 1 in 5,017 60
6 Hawaii 1 in 6,462 13
7 Mississippi 1 in 7,000 26
8 Nebraska 1 in 7,692 13
9 Nevada 1 in 7,833 12
10 Ohio 1 in 8,226 84
11 Texas 1 in 8,818 154
12 Tennessee 1 in 9,515 33
13 North Carolina 1 in 9,711 45
14 Wisconsin 1 in 10,786 28
15 New Jersey 1 in 10,809 47
16 Delaware 1 in 11,250 4
17 Oklahoma 1 in 11,333 18
18 Maryland 1 in 11,517 29
19 Arizona 1 in 11,680 25
20 Virginia 1 in 11,800 35
21 Pennsylvania 1 in 11,831 59
22 Missouri 1 in 12,577 26
23 California 1 in 12,809 199
24 Arkansas 1 in 13,545 11
25 Iowa 1 in 13,583 12
26 Oregon 1 in 13,769 13
27 Utah 1 in 14,182 11
28 Colorado 1 in 14,313 16
29 Idaho 1 in 14,600 5
30 Michigan 1 in 15,049 41
31 Minnesota 1 in 15,611 18
32 Washington 1 in 17,789 19
33 North Dakota 1 in 18,500 2
34 Illinois 1 in 19,452 42
35 Connecticut 1 in 20,400 10
36 Indiana 1 in 21,176 17
37 Kansas 1 in 22,857 7
38 South Dakota 1 in 23,500 2
38 West Virginia 1 in 23,500 4
40 Kentucky 1 in 25,222 9
41 Wyoming 1 in 28,000 1
42 Massachusetts 1 in 37,200 10
43 New Mexico 1 in 39,333 3
44 New York 1 in 42,552 29
45 Montana 1 in 49,000 1
46 New Hampshire 1 in 69,000 1
47 Alaska NA 0
47 Maine NA 0
47 Rhode Island NA 0
47 Vermont NA 0

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FL is indeed king of football :D

 

 

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1 minute ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

FL is indeed king of football :D

 

Please note the level of talent per capita in Georgia and Alabama.  Florida has about double the population of Georgia and quadruple the population of Alabama.  So, when you look it that way, the states are very close in terms of NFL talent produced.   Florida has the fourth largest population of any state in the country.

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7 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

Please note the level of talent per capita in Georgia and Alabama.  Florida has about double the population of Georgia and quadruple the population of Alabama.  So, when you look it that way, the states are very close in terms of NFL talent produced.   Florida has the fourth largest population of any state in the country.

Yes i did note the per capita 

 

We at number 1 overall and per capita 

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2 minutes ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Yes i did note the per capita 

 

We at number 1 overall and per capita 

...but not by far.  So, until you come up with some other objective measures, it's not fair to say no other state comes close to Florida in terms of quality of talent.  The other southern states are very rich in talent.  They simply don't have anywhere near the population that Florida does.   

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25 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

...but not by far.  So, until you come up with some other objective measures, it's not fair to say no other state comes close to Florida in terms of quality of talent.  The other southern states are very rich in talent.  They simply don't have anywhere near the population that Florida does.   

States like Georgia also have much better management then FL as well as better coaches which leads to players being better developed (and more successful)

 

Who's to say FL wouldn't have a far better lead if other factors were in their favor

 

Who's to say if these states having more people means more football players 

 

 

Also something to keep in mind, a lot of population in FL also includes senior citizens who moved here to enjoy retirement near beaches 

 

So while FL has a higher population it doesn't mean that all that population leads to more players 

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The best method (which i think is one you used in this thread) is to judge talent based on per capita of the high school players in each state 

 

The per capita should be based on the number of high school football players in each state and how many either make it college or pro level

 

If you take it from total student population or state population then it's not going to be telling the entire story 

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