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83-Steelers-43
12-28-2006, 07:15 AM
Overall state football rankings
ESPN.com

High school playoffs have ended, bowl season is in full swing, and the NFL playoff picture grows clearer by the game.

In the midst of this football bonanza, we got to wondering: How do the states stack up across all levels of football?

We asked our NFL, college and Scouts Inc. editors to rank the states and District of Columbia at each level, then combined those rankings for an overall number.

The rankings you see below connect to a further description of each state. They aren't, however, the final word.

We're interested in your description of football in your state. Did we get it right? Did we miss an important fact, player, coach or game that would alter the rankings? Let us know what you think, and we'll add the best submissions to that state's pages.

The illustrations on state pages are by Larry Johnson.

THE RANKINGS

1. Texas No. 4 pro | No. 1 college | No. 1 high school: The Lone Star State has 10 DI teams, six Heismans*, six national titles**, three AFL titles***, five Super Bowl wins and 24 NFL Hall of Famers****.

2. California No. 2 pro | No. 3 college | No. 2 high school: The Golden State has seven DI teams, nine Heismans, eight national titles, one NFL title, one AFL title, eight Super Bowl wins and 15 NFL Hall of Famers.

3. Florida No. 3 pro | No. 2 college | No. 3 high school: The Sunshine State has seven DI teams, six Heismans, eight national titles, three Super Bowl wins and seven NFL Hall of Famers.

4. Pennsylvania No. 1 pro | No. 7 college | No. 6 high school: The Keystone State has three DI teams, two Heismans, four national titles, four NFL titles, five Super Bowl wins and 26 NFL Hall of Famers.

5. Ohio No. 5 pro | No. 4 college | No. 5 high school: The Buckeye State has eight DI teams, seven Heismans, seven national titles, nine NFL titles and 21 NFL Hall of Famers.

6. Georgia No. 9 pro | No. 11 college | No. 4 high school: The Peach State has two DI teams, three Heismans and three national titles.

7. Michigan No. 13 pro | No. 6 college | No. 10 high school: The Great Lakes State has five DI teams, three Heismans, five national titles, four NFL titles and four NFL Hall of Famers.

8. Louisiana No. 18 pro | No. 5 college | No. 7 high school: The Pelican State has five DI teams, one Heisman, two national titles and five NFL Hall of Famers.

9. New Jersey No. 7 pro | No. 23 college | No. 13 high school: The Garden State has one DI team, one Heisman and five NFL Hall of Famers.

10. Wisconsin No. 10 pro | No. 13 college | No. 25 high school: The Badger State has one DI team, two Heismans, nine NFL titles, three Super Bowl wins and eight NFL Hall of Famers.

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Stlrs4Life
12-28-2006, 08:37 AM
I'd say that's about right. Good post.

SteelCityMan786
12-28-2006, 09:14 AM
Doesn't Pitt have 9 National Championships in College Football???? There for PA should have eleven national titles.

lilyoder6
12-28-2006, 09:41 AM
i never realized that PA only had 3 D1 teams... pitt, penn st.. ?????

PisnNapalm
12-28-2006, 10:32 AM
i never realized that PA only had 3 D1 teams... pitt, penn st.. ?????


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Stlrs4Life
12-28-2006, 05:46 PM
Doesn't Pitt have 9 National Championships in College Football???? There for PA should have eleven national titles.



4 Unaminous, and 5 shared titles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pittsburgh_Panthers#9-Time_National_Champions

silver & black
12-30-2006, 10:27 AM
How were the high school rankings determined?