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The NFL’s Hometown Rosters

As a Texan, I am  proud of my state’s football heritage. Year in and year out, great Texas high school football players pop up in both the big cities and the small towns across our state. The same can be said for California (which produces more NFL players than any other state) and Florida. These “big three” states account for nearly a third of all of the players currently in the NFL.

I wondered, though – what if every pro football player was rostered on the NFL team he was born closest to? The Texas, California and Florida NFL teams would, logically, have some pretty mean starting rosters. But what would the rest of the teams look like?

Using the territories indicated by this map I found the answer to this question for all of the NFL teams. In the study, I combined the 49ers and Raiders, the Giants and Jets, and the Redskins and Ravens. I also plugged in players who were born outside of a team’s target area if that team didn’t have any local guys at a certain position. These replacement players – identified with a blue dot – were pulled from places as close to the team’s target area as possible. Enjoy!

BearsKirk Cousins – Barrington, IL
Pierre Thomas – Chicago, IL
Greg Jennings – Kalamazoo, MI
Jason Avant – Chicago, IL
Owen Daniels – Naperville, IL
Jared Veldheer – Grand Rapids, MI
Bryan Bulaga – Barrington, IL
Kelvin Hayden – Chicago, IL
Charles TIllman – Chicago, IL
David Harris – Grand Rapids, MI
Sam Acho – Hawthorn Woods, IL
Rob Ninkovich – New Lennox, IL
Desmond Bryant – Shorewood, IL
Don Carey – Grand Rapids, MI

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Russell Wilson – Cincinnati, OH
Le’Veon Bell – Reynoldsburg, OH
Lance Moore – Columbus, OH
Taylor Price – Hillard, OH
Kyle Rudolph – Cincinnati, OH
Zach Strief – Cincinnati, OH
Sam Young – Dayton, OH
Rashaan Melvin – Waukegan, IL (Not from target area.)
Sherrick McManis – Peoria, IL (Not from target area.)
Luke Kuechly – Cincinnati, OH
Chase Blackburn – Bellefontaine, OH
Trent Cole – Xenia, OH
Derek Wolfe – Syracuse, OH
CJ Spillman – Louisville, KY

BillsMatthew McGloin – Scranton, PA
James Starks – Niagara Falls, NY
Mike Williams (TB) – Buffalo, NY
Ted Ginn – Cleveland, OH (Not from target area.)
Rob Gronkowski – Amherst, NY
Branden Albert – Rochester, NY
Austin Pasztor – Langton, ON
Corey Graham – Buffalo, NY
Jerome Murphy – Elizabeth, NJ (Not from target area.)
Tyvon Branch – Syracuse, NY
Jo-Lonn Dunbar – Syracuse, NY
Whitney Mercilus – Akron, OH (Not from target area.)
Arthur Jones – Rochester, NY
Chandler Jones – Rochester, NY

BroncosMatt Hasselbeck – Boulder, CO
Danny Woodhead – North Platte, NE
Vincent Jackson – Colorado Springs, CO
Drew Davis – Denver, CO
Alex Smith – Denver, CO
Erik Pears – Price, UT
Nate Solder – Denver, CO
Bryan McCann – Lawton, OK (Not from target area.)
Josh Thomas – Cedar Hill, TX (Not from target area.)
Reed Doughty – Greeley, CO
Paul Kruger – Rexburg, ID
Stewart Bradley – Salt Lake City, UT
Calais Campbell – Denver, CO
Brett Keisel – Provo, UT

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Brian Hoyer – Lakewood, OH
Kyle Juszczyk – Medina, OH
Brian Hartline – Canton, OH
Mario Manningham – Warren, OH
James Hanna – Lakewood, OH
John Greco – Ravenna, OH
Mike McGlynn – Austintown, OH
Aqib Talib – Cleveland, OH
Bradley Fletcher – Cleveland, OH
Donte Whitner – Cleveland, OH
James Harrison – Akron, OH
Danny Trevathan – Youngstown, OH
Cullen Jenkins – Detroit, MI (Not from target area.)
Kevin Vickerson – Detroit, MI (Not from target area.)

BuccaneersMatthew Stafford – Tampa, FL
Chris Johnson – Orlando, FL
Ace Sanders – Bradenton, FL
Harry Douglas – Tampa, FL
Charles Orson – Tampa, FL
Thomas Welch – Deltona, FL
Jah Reid – Kissimmee, FL
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – Bradenton, FL
Sam Shields – Sarasota, FL
Brandon Meriweather – Apopka, FL
D’Qwell Jackson – Largo, FL
Albert Mclellan – Lakeland, FL
Pernell Mcphee – Orlando, FL
Kyle Wilber – Orlando, FL

CardinalsRyan Fitzpatrick – Gilbert, AZ
Arian Foster – Albuquerque, NM
Markus Wheaton – Chandler, AZ
Juron Criner – Las Vegas, NV
Zach Miller – Tempe, AZ
Mike Pollack – Scottsdale, AZ
Chris Degeare – Chandler, AZ
Jalil Brown – Phoenix, AZ
Nolan Carroll – Rio Rancho, NM
Matt Daniels – Tucson, AZ
Brooks Reed – Tucson, AZ
Justin Hickman – El Paso, TX
Everson Griffen – Avondale, AZ
Jared Crick – Albuquerque, NM

ChargersTony Romo – San Diego, CA
Reggie Bush – San Diego, CA
Desean Jackson – Long Beach, CA
Steve Smith – Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Cameron – Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Clady – Long Beach, CA
Matt Kalil – Corona, CA
Richard Sherman – Los Angeles, CA
Orlando Scandrick – Los Angeles, CA
Jairus Byrd – San Diego, CA
Clay Matthews – Los Angeles, CA
Lance Briggs – Los Angeles, CA
Chris Long – Santa Monica, CA
Haloti Ngata – Inglewood, CA

ChiefsJosh Freeman – Kansas City, MO
Felix Jones – Tulsa, OK
Jordy Nelson – Manhattan, KS
Kevin Walter – Lake Forest, IL (Not from target area.)
Brandon Myers – Prairie City, IA
Jeromey Clary – Norfolk, NE
Michael Bowie – Tulsa, OK
Chris Harris – Bixby, OK
Terrence Newman – Salina, KS
Darrell Stuckey – Kansas City, KS
Arthur Brown – Wichita, KS
Keenan Robinson – Omaha, NE
Adam Carriker – Hastings, NE
Kamerion Wimbley – Wichita, KS

ColtsRex Grossman -Bloomington, IN
Isaiah Pead – Columbus, OH (Not from target area.)
Andre Holmes – Bartlett, IL (Not from target area.)
Nathan Palmer – Elkhart, IN (Not from target area.)
Dustin Keller – Lafayette, IN
Kory Lichtensteiger – Van Wert, OH
Michael Otto – Kokomo, IN
Marquice Cole – Chicago, IL (Not from target area.)
Brandon Hughes – Bloomington, IL (Not from target area.)
Bernard Pollard – Fort Wayne, IN
Ryan Kerrigan – Muncie, IN
Mathias Kiwanuka – Indianapolis, IN
Anthony Spencer – Fort Wayne, IN
CJ Mosley – Fort Knox, KY (Not from target area.)

CowboysSam Bradford – Oklahoma City, OK
Adrian Peterson – Palestine, TX
Wes Welker – Oklahoma City, OK
Michael Crabtree – Dallas, TX
Jermaine Gresham – Ardmore, OK
Jason Peters – Queen City, TX
Trent Williams – Longview, TX
Morris Claiborne – Shreveport, LA
Brice McCain – Dallas, TX
Kenny Vacarro – Brownwood, TX
Von Miller – Dallas, TX
Derrick Johnson – Waco, TX
Jared Allen – Dallas, TX
Gerald Mccoy – Oklahoma City, OK

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Geno Smith – Miami, FL
Frank Gore – Miami, FL
Pierre Garcon – West Palm Beach, FL
Andre Johnson – Miami, FL
DC Jefferson – Winter Haven, FL (Not from target area.)
Davin Joseph – Hallendale, FL
Gosder Cherilus – Haiti
Brandon Flowers – Delray Beach, FL
Patrick Peterson – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Antrel Rolle – Homestead, FL
Jonathan Vilma – Coral Gables, FL
Tamba Hali – Gbanga, Liberia
Jason Pierre-Paul –  Deerfield Beach, FL
Vince Wilfork – Boynton Beach, FL

EaglesMatt Ryan – Exton, PA
Shonn Greene – Scklerville, NJ
Rod Streater – Burlington, NJ
Kenny Britt – Bayonne, NJ (Not from target area.)
Garrett Graham – Brick, NJ (Not from target area.)
Bryant McKinnie – Woodbury, NJ
Jahri Evans – Philadelphia, PA
Brent Grimes – Philadelphia, PA
Chris Culliver – Philadelphia, PA
Jeromy Miles – Voorhees, NJ
Jameel McClain – Philadelphia, PA
Shaun Phillips – Philadelphia, PA
Mike Daniels – Stratford, NJ
George Johnson – Glassboro, NJ

FalconsCam Newton – Atlanta, GA
Ronnie Brown – Rome, GA
Calvin Johnson – Newman, GA
Demaryius Thomas – Montrose, GA
Jared Cook – Birmingham, AL
Evan Mathis – Birmingham, AL
Andre Smith – Birmingham, AL
Lardarius Webb – Opeika, AL
Brandon Boykin – La Grange, GA
Eric Berry – Atlanta, GA
Robert Mathis – Atlanta, GA
DeMeco Ryans – Bessemer, AL
Demarcus Ware – Auburn, AL
Charles Johnson – Hawkinsville, GA

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Dan Orlovsky – Bridgeport, CT
Ray Rice – New Rochelle, NY
Victor Cruz – Patterson, NJ
Miles Austin – Summit, NJ
Greg Olsen – Wayne, NJ
D’Brickashaw Ferguson – New York, NY
Chris Snee – Edison, NJ
Jason McCourty – Nyack, NY
Kyle Wilson – Piscataway, NJ
Devin McCourty – Nyack, NY
Brian Cushing – Park Ridge, NJ
Will Smith – Queens, NY
Muhammed Wilkerson – Elizabeth, NJ
Chris Canty – Bronx, NY

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B.J. Daniels – Tallahassee, FL
CJ Spiller – Lake Butler, FL
Eric Weems – Daytona Beach, FL
Dexter McCluster – Largo, FL (Not from target area.)
Gavin Escobar – New York, NY (Not from target area.)
Josh Sitton – Jacksonville, FL
Glenn Cordy – Atlanta, GA (Not from target area.)
Antonio Cromartie – Tallahassee, FL
William Gay – Tallahassee, FL
Antonio Allen – Ocala, FL
Stephen Nicholas – Jacksonville, FL
Ernie Sims – Tallahassee, FL
Cliff Avril – Jacksonville, FL
Brodrick Bunkley – Tampa, FL (Not from target area.)

LionsDrew Stanton – Okemos, MI
Marcus Thigpen – Detroit, MI
Nate Washington – Toledo, OH
Dane Sanzenbacher – Maumee, OH
Antonio Gates – Detroit, MI
Joe Barksdale – Detroit, MI
Jake Long – Detroit, MI
Brandon Carr – Flint, MI
Alan Ball – Detroit, MI
Charles Woodson – Fremont, OH (Not from target area.)
LaMarr Woodley – Saginaw, MI
Connor Barwin – Southfield, MI
Brandon Graham – Detroit, MI
Jason Jones – Detroit, MI

NinersAaron Rodgers – Chico, CA
Marshawn Lynch – Oakland, CA
Steve Johnson – San Francisco, CA
Julian Edelman – Redwood City, CA
Julius Thomas – Stockton, CA
Phil Loadholt – Honolulu, HI
Logan Mankins – Catheys Valley, CA
Jarrett Bush – Vacaville, CA
Taiwan Jones – San Francisco, CA
TJ Ward – San Francisco, CA
Lorenzo Alexander – Oakland, CA
Manti Te’o – Laie, HI
Lamarr Houston – San Francisco, CA
Tyson Alualu – Honolulu, HI

PackersColin Kaepernick – Milwaukee, WI
Joique Bell – Benton Harber, MI (Not from target area.)
Nick Toon – Middleton, WI
Michael Floyd – St. Paul, MN (Not from target area.)
Lance Kendricks – Milwaukee, WI
Joe Thomas – Brookfield, WI
Doug Free – Manitowoc, WI
Darius Slay – Brunswick, GA (Not from target area.)
Darrin Walls – Pittsburgh, PA (Not from target area.)
Sergio Brown – Oak Park, IL (Not from target area.)
Nick Roach – Milwaukee, WI
DeAndre Levy – Milwaukee, WI
JJ Watt – Waukesha, WI
Jason Babin – Kalamazoo, MI (Not from target area.)

 

PanthersJay Cutler – Columbus, GA (Not from target area.)
Andre Ellington – Rock Hill, SC
AJ Green – Ridgeville, SC
Randall Cobb – Maryville, TN
Jimmy Graham – Goldsboro, NC
Levi Brown – Jacksonville, NC
Jonathan Cooper – Wilmington, NC
Cortland Finnegan – Fayetteville, NC
Johnathan Joseph – Rock Hill, SC
Adrian Wilson – High Point, NC
Lawrence Timmons – Florence, SC
Justin Durant – Florence, SC
Mario Williams – Richlands, NC
Julius Peppers – Wislon, NC

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Joe Flacco – Audobon, NJ (Not from target area.)
Jordan Todman – Bedford, MA
Brandon Gibson – Germany
Domenik Hixon – Germany
Jordan Reed – New London, CT
Michael Roos – Tallin, Estonia
Sebastian Vollmer – Germany
Prince Amukamara – Leominster, MA
Mike Jenkins – Germany
James Ihedigbo – Northampton, MA
Kiko Alonso – Newton, MA
Dwight Freeney – Hartford, CT
Osi Umenyiora – London, England
Matt Shaughnessy- Norwich, CT

RamsBlaine Gabbert – Chesterfield, MO
Darren McFadden – Little Rock, AR
Joe Adams – Little Rock, AR
Jeremy Maclin – Chesterfield, MO
Mike McNeill – St. Louis, MO
Terron Armstead – Cahokia, IL
Dan Connolly – St. Louis, MO
Jabari Greer – Jackson, TN (Not from target area.)
Dre Kirkpatrick – Gadsen, AL (Not from target area.)
Morgan Burnett – Memphis, TN (Not from target area.)
LJ Fort – Ganite City, IL
Mark Herzlich – Kirkwood, MO
Justin Smith – Jefferson City, MO
Sheldon Richardson – St. Louis, MO

RavensAndrew Luck – Washington D.C.
LeSean McCoy – Harrisburg, PA
Percy Harvin – Chesapeake, VA
Torrey Smith – Richmond, VA
Vernon Davis – Washington D.C.
Duan Brown – Richmond, VA
Will Beatty – York, PA
Joe Haden- Fort Washington, MD
Vontae Davis – Washington D.C.
Kam Chancellor – Norfolk, VA
NaVorro Bowman – District Heights, MD
Jerod Mayo – Hampton, VA
Cameron Wake – Beltsville, MD
Darnell Dockett – Burtonsville, MD

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Peyton Manning – New Orleans, LA
Eddie Lacy – Gretna, LA
Julio Jones – Foley, AL
Mike Wallace – New Orleans, LA
Kyle Adams – Austin, TX (Not from target area.)
Andrew Whitworth – Monroe, LA
Corey Hilliard – New Orleans, LA
Nnamdi Asomugha – Lafayette, LA
Captain Munnerlyn – Mobile, AL
LaRon Landry – Metairie, LA
Aldon Smith – Greenwood, MS
Heath Farwell – New Iberia, LA
Tyson Jackson – New Orleans, LA
Nick Fairley – Mobile, AL

SeahawksAlex Smith – Seattle, WA
Jonathan Stewart – Fort Lewis, WA
Nate Burleson – Calgary, Alberta
Jermain Kearse – Tacoma, WA
Dante Rosario – Beaverton, OR
Jordan Gross – Nampa, ID
David DeCastro – Kirkland, WA
Will Davis – Spokane, WA
Jordan Poyer – Dallas, OR
Taylor Mays – Seattle, WA
Jordan Senn – Beaverton, OR
Caesar Rayford – Spanaway, WA
Shea McClellin –  Caldwell, ID
Ndamukong Suh – Portland, OR

SteelersMatt Schaub – Pittsburgh, PA
LaRod Stephens-Howling – Johnstown, PA
Brandon Marshall – Pittsburgh, PA
Andrew Hawkins – Johnstown, PA
Benjamin Watson – Norfolk, VA (Not from target area.)
Jonathan Martin – Pittsburgh, PA
Gino Gradkowski – Pittsburgh, PA
Darrelle Revis – Aliquippa, PA
Tommie Campbell – Aliquippa, PA
Barry Church – Pittsburgh, PA
Paul Posluszny – Butler, PA
Sean Lee – Pittsburgh, PA
Cameron Heyward – Pittsburgh, PA
Ryan Robinson – Charleston, WV

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Drew Brees – Austin, TX
Jamaal Charles – Port Arthur, TX
Dez Bryant – Lufkin, TX
Josh Gordon – Houston, TX
Jermichael Finley – Lufkin, TX
Russell Okung – Fort Bend, TX
Mike Brisiel – San Marcos, TX
Stanford Routt – Austin, TX
Josh Wilson – Houston, TX
Earl Thomas – Orange, TX
Brian Orakpo – Houston, TX
Jerry Hughes – Sugar Land, TX
Red Bryant – Galveston, TX
Jonathan Babineaux – Port Arthur, TX

TitansPhilip Rivers – Decatur, AL
Deangelo Williams – Little Rock, AR (Not from target area.)
Golden Tate – Nashville, TN
Earl Bennett – Birmingham, AL (Not from target area.)
Jason Witten – Knoxville, TN
Jeremy Parnell – Blytheville, AR
Tyson Clabo – Knoxville, TN
Jerraud Powers – Decatur, AL
Cassius Vaughn – Memphis, TN
Jamarca Sanford – Batesville, MS
Patrick Willis – Bruceton, TN
Dont’a Hightower – Lewisburg, N
Alex Carrington – Tupelo, MS
Greg Hardy – Millington, TN

VikingsKyle Orton – Altoona, IA (Not from target area.)
Darren Sproles – Waterloo, IA
Larry Fitzgerald – Minneapolis, MN
Eric Decker – Cold Spring, MN
Joel Dreessen – Ida Grove, IA
Riley Reiff – Parkston, SD
Ryan Harris – Minneapolis, MN
Marcus Sherels – Rochester, MN
Coty Sensabaugh – Kingsport, TN (Not from target area.)
Craig Dahl – Mankato, MN
Chad Greenway – Mount Vernon, SD
Terrell Suggs – Minneapolis, MN
Cameron Jordan – Minneapolis, MN
Karl Klug – La Crosse, WI

 

 

That’s it! How did your team fare? Which teams look the strongest? The weakest? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Comments (98)

  1. Brian - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Schaub is not from Pittsburgh. He’s from West Chester, PA which is 30 min from Philly. and 5 hours from Pitt. Also Lesean McCoy is from from Harrisburg which the closest city is Philly. Not Baltimor/DC. Not giving Philly any love.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Brian.

      Everything I see indicates that Schaub was born in Pittsburgh. Where do you see that he was born in West Chester?

      • Brian T - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        He’s from West Chester, which is 30 minutes from Philly. My evidence is that I grew up with him there, haha.

      • Rob - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        @Andrew Schaub wasn’t born in West Chester, but as his bio says, he was raised in West Chester and identifies as a Philly kid: http://www.mattschaub.com/Bio.aspx

        @Brian this call is really the author’s discretion. HBurg is 1 and 1/2 hours from B-More and 2 hours from Philly. It’s a mixed media market and they get both Philly and Baltimore sports, and many people in the area are either Steelers (most popular team in the state, Eagles and Redskins fans. The Skins used to have training camp in Carlisle, PA, a town 15 mins west of Hburg (and the National’s AA affiliate plays in Hburg).

        • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

          August 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

          Thank you for clearing that up.

          I did go strictly off of birthplace, which is probably where the confusion came from.

      • GM - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        No, you’re 100% correct. Schaub’s was definitely born in Pitt. He grew up and attended high school in WC. There’s also no shot that Harrisburg is closer to Philly than Baltimore. BMore is like 30-40 miles closer.

        • JRO - Reply

          August 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          Having been born and raised in Harrisburg, it is a Philadelphia media market, not mixed as a previous poster suggested. You may get a lot of Steelers/Ravens games on CBS, but that is true of a lot of areas within the state, since the Eagles are carried by Fox. As far as baseball goes, you get 100% Phillies coverage, and no Baltimore/Pittsburgh coverage. Same is true of NHL and NBA.

          Sure there are fans of the Pittsburgh/Baltimore teams the live here, but the majority are Eagles fans.

  2. Daniel Bentley - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Brian Hoyer is from Lakewood, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. He’d be (and is!) the Browns QB.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Daniel.

      What I did was separate the US into territories owned by each team, then selected the best players at each position in each territory.

      Big Ben beat out Brian Hoyer for the Browns territory.

  3. Adi P - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Luke kuechly was born and raised in cincy. He went to st. X in high school. He never lived in Michigan.

  4. Alex Otus - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Why wouldn’t you have Tom Brady as QB for the 49ers/Raiders team?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Alex.

      I made my choice based on which QB I would rather have starting on my team right now. No doubt Brady’s had an extremely successful career, but right now I prefer Rodgers as my starting QB.

  5. Ryan - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Whats with all the German guys listed for the Patriots?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Ryan.

      If you extend the Patriots’ territory they acquire most (if not all) of Europe.

      • Rob - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        When players were born outside of the US couldn’t you assign them to where they went to HS instead of arbitrarily to the Pats (unless they really need the help)?

        From New England:
        Gibson would be with Seattle
        Hixon would be with Cincy
        Umenyiora would be with Atlanta
        Vollmer wouldn’t be with anyone because he’s never lived here besides for playing for the Pats

        • Everett - Reply

          August 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

          and Mike Jenkins would be with Tampa Bay, Bradenton Southeast high

      • Chris - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        slso, Hasselbeck is from MA.

      • Chris - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        Correction, Hasselbeck is from CO, but was raised and played HS/College in MA.

  6. Ethan Macdonald - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Tom Brady grew up 20 min outside San Francisco, where’s the love for the Hall of Famer?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Ethan.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Brady, and I think he is one of the top 5 greatest ever. However, I’m not sure that he is one of the top 5 best QBs currently in the game, which Rodgers definitely is. If I was building a team today, I’d rather have Aaron Rodgers running my offense.

  7. Michael - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Was this just done based on where the guys were born? Alex Smith was born in Washington, but was raised in Southern California and went to Helix High School in San Diego.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      That’s right. This is all based on birthplace. Thanks for the comment!

      • Ryan - Reply

        August 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        Alex smith was actually born in Bremerton, WA. Not Seattle.. Show us some love in Bremerton!

  8. KJ - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Amazing too believe Orakpo & Josh Gordon went to the same high school not together through! I also went to that HS, Mirabeau B. Lamar! We’ve had a STRONG football program for a very long time! Ka fell also went to our school!

  9. Ed - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    You lost me at Roethlisberger instead of Wilson. ;)

    But seriously, it was a fun read.

  10. andrew - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    For the giants/jets why is Greg Olsen not the tight end?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Andrew.

      You are so right. Fixed the image and updated.

  11. JD - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    So Memphis is in Titans’ target area but not Maryville, TN? We could use Randall Cobb!

  12. Ben - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Washington/Baltimore is by far the best all around team. Not the best on either side, but all around, the best

  13. Tyler - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Alex Smith is From La Mesa, CA he went to Helix High school with Reggie Bush, that’s just bad homework.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Tyler.

      Smith went to High School in Cali, but he was born in Bremerton, Washington. I made all of these decisions based off of birthplace.

  14. garrett - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Prince Amukamara is from arizona…not mass

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Garrett.

      This study was based off of birthplace. Prince was born in Leominster, MA and later moved to Arizona.

  15. DC - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Id probably Put Geno Smith in at QB in MIA. Even he is Better than Jeff Tuel. Otherwise pretty solid.

  16. Wurfel - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Atlanta is probably the strongest team easily the best offensively

  17. JOE - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    real good try at putting something like this together, thou a better method of calculating might have been using what high school they graduated from, that might give a better indications of what team might have the best talent based on a player, being from that area. A player might have been born on an a military base in South Dakota, but moved to Spring, Tx at age 2, and grew up and played in that area till graduation, that should count as a Texan’s player and not a Viking or Bronco player

  18. Scott - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Panthers could have Jadeveon Clowney too. That’s a scary rotation of defensive ends. Hakeem Nicks would be a third option as WR. And too bad Chris Leak’s career went no where he would give you a QB from the area

  19. Thomas - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Please check all of the players on the Bengals, I’m pretty sure the listed cities are wrong for almost all of the players.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      How that occurred is a mystery to me. Fixed and updated.

      Note: This does not effect the accuracy of the roster. I just made an inexplicable typo for the Cincinnati guys only.

  20. S. Thomas - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I thought Matthew Stafford was from Texas?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks for the comment.

      Matt was born in Tampa, Florida.

      • pk - Reply

        August 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        But grew up in Dallas which he considers his home town. I would change the article to place of birth rather than hometown

  21. Josh - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    do some research before you publish something idiot. Andrew luck was raised and graduated in houston, tx.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Ouch!

      As the article states, I used birthplace to place the players.

      A quick Google search shows that Andrew Luck was born in Washington D.C.

  22. Jake - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Desmond Trufant should be a corner for the hawks

  23. A Smith - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    For the Packers, Jared Abbrederis has showed enough in camp to justify being the 2nd WR opposite Nick Toon (Jared was better than Nick anyways in college). Floyd of course is from MN.

    For safety, Jim Leonard most certainly qualifies over an IL safety. Honorable mention Chris Maragos.

    Travis Frederick should get the other OL spot aside Joe Thomas. Zeltler/Wagnor deserve consideration too for the #2 spot too.

    Yes, Brady Ewing is a fullback, but that is probably better than an out-of-state running back.

    Nick Hayden should be the other DL with Watt.

  24. Andrew - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Ben Roethlisberger is from Findlay Ohio, not Lima. I should know, I played peewee-high school football with him.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Andrew.

      That is very lucky for you to have spent that many years with him! For this article I used birthplace to classify the players into different teams. Big Ben was born in Lima.

      • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

        August 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

        This puts Ben in the Cincinnati territory. My mistake having him as a Cleveland guy!

  25. Brad - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Add Tavon Austin to the Baltimore/DC receiving corps!! Speed kills

  26. richard trk - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    i love how the patriots would pull so much from europe… are there no good football players who were born in new england?

  27. CJ - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Nice list, I would have used Teddy Bridgewater over Geno Smith

  28. Brooks - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    That ravens/redskins roster would be hard to beat

  29. Bill - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Does no one read at all before they post? I couldn’t count how many times you said I based this on their birthplace. People please do a better job at paying attention, you all sounded like idiots.

    Nice job on the article. What would be really cool is to do a all time hometown team. Or birthplace however you want. But THE All Time Thing Would Be cool. Pittsburgh would kick ass in that.

  30. Charlie - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    It would be nice to make rosters based on where they grew up or High School. Not where they were born. San Diego would have Alex Smith and Arian Foster. Romo from Green Bay.
    Overall it’s a pretty fun list to look at and I often wondered what teams would look like if players were home grown. I like the San Diego Chargers Roster!

  31. GSly - Reply

    August 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    LeSean McCoy was born outside Philadelphia in Harrisburg, PA. You got him playing for Washington D.C. ? You gave the best RB in the league to a team no
    where near close yo whete he was born and raised? What gives?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you for the comment. He is on the Redskins/Ravens. Harrisburg is closer to Baltimore than it is to Philly.

  32. JC - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Forte should be the Saints RB he is from Slidell, LA and is a better back then Lacy at this point

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks for the comment!

      I see his birthplace as Lake Charles, which is significantly closer to Houston than it is to New Orleans. Jamaal Charles beats out Forte for the Houston roster spot.

      • ThatDude - Reply

        August 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        Matt Forte may have been born in Lake Charles, however he played grew up and played high school ball on the North Shore at Slidell High. Slidell is just a half hour from New Orleans… so… yeah he’s from NOLA. He also played college ball in NOLA at Tulane.

        • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

          August 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

          The study used birthplace to determine which territory a player belongs to.

  33. andy - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Could have done much better with Pittsburgh. Aaron Donald, Terrelle Pryor, Bruce Gradkowski, AQ Shipley, Jon Baldwin, Derek Moye, Jason Pinkston, Gronkowski, Steve Breaston just to name a few. Google WPIAL players in the NFL and you’ll find a long list

  34. brad - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 1:26 am

    You put Josh Wilson and Chris Houston as your CBs?!? Stanford Routt was born in Austin Tx…he’s easily better than the both of them based on play, stats, draft position and/or salary alone. Also Aqib Talib is from Dallas

  35. desean coney - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Stanford Routt is from Austin, Tx. He should be on the Texans corners

  36. Tyler Jones - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Really dude how do you leave out Earl Thomas? Born and raised in Orange, Texas which is an hour away from Houston… Bro you should be ashamed

  37. Daniel - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 5:46 am

    That saints team is easily the most stacked on this list. Louisiana spits them boys out pound for pound.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Louisiana produces 1.54 players per 100,000 residents. That’s the most in the nation.

  38. TBee - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Interesting article, thanks for taking the time to put this together. I was wondering which state produces the most NFL players per capita? This would, perhaps justify some bragging rights.

  39. Aaa - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

    For the Packers safety position why not Jim Leonhard who was born in Tony, Wisconsin and Nick Hayden at dl with JJ Watt as he is from Hartland, Wisconsin?

  40. Kaiser Edmond - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I understand the need to distribute players around. I’ll have to go back and look at Morgan Burnette’s birth certificate, but he did not grow up in St. Louis. I have known him since he was pretty much able to walk because his older brother Cap Burnette was playing youth football back in 1990 in the program I directed for 13 years at Flat Shoals Park in Riverdale, Georgia. Morgan eventually started playing when he was 5 years old and played until he was 12 years old before moving on to play middle school ball. He was a teammate of Cam Newton, who also played 6 seasons at the park, for most of those years. Matt Daniels of the St. Louis Rams also played in our program. Morgan played his High School football just south of Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport at North Clayton High School, before going on to play College Football at my Alma Mata, Georgia Tech. He is definitely a Georgia Boy. You only have one Safety spot on your roster for the Atlanta Falcons. And Eric Berry probably beats Morgan out for the hometeam. I get it.

  41. Eli - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Dez Bryant is from Lufkin Texas which is 2 hours away from Dallas, Houston is 7 hours away from Lufkin bro lol FOR EXAMPLE, Adrian Peterson and DEZ BRYANT TOWNS ARE NEXT TO EACHOTHER! East Texas is closer Dallas then the HOUSTON AREA. PLEASE FIX.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for the comment.

      Lufkin is actually about 70 miles closer to Houston than it is to Arlington.

      Adrian Peterson is from Palestine, TX, which is about 70 miles northwest of Lufkin. Palestine is considerably closer to Arlington.

  42. Rob - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Jay Cutler was born in Santa Claus, IN – not Colombus, GA

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for the comment!

      According to NFL, ESPN, and Wikipedia, Cutler was born in Columbus, then moved to Santa Claus.

  43. jamEs - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    If there’s one team that seems particularly stacked it’s Carolina.

  44. JC - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’d like to see what a hypothetical Los Angeles team would look like, given the history and possible future of franchises there.

  45. jamEs - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Actually scratch that, Washington/Baltimore is stacked, then Carolina.

  46. terry - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Stanford Routt is from Austin. Why isnt he on any list? Why isnt Champ Bailey on the list for Atlanta? Those are just to name a few. Your lists are flawed bro.

  47. KG57 - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    The San Diego (SoCal) team looks the most well rounded to me. Only Scandrick hasn’t been a probowler. I wouldn’t want to face a DL with Clay Matthews, Haloti Ngata, and Chris Long all game.

    Interesting article. I like the concept.

  48. Nathan - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Andy Dalton is from Katy, TX (30 minutes from Houston) so I think he might have been the more appropriate choice (by distance) which would probably move Brees to Dallas (just slightly closer than OK City and at least in the same state) which would make Dallas one scary football team if this were their roster.

  49. Tad - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Nice list. Being from the San Francisco Bay Area, I thought I’d throw a couple out there. How about DJ Williams at Linebacker instead of Manti Te’o and MJD (although he may not be as good as Lynch now). What about local coaches? Would be a tough call here in the Bay.

  50. JJ - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    C’mon Andrew, no love on the comment section bro? I sent two posts earlier today, which awaited your moderation, just to get dumped and not show up here…earlier I sent out that you forgot to add certain Cleveland area players to the Browns, that you either added to other teams like Detroit by accident or not at all…players such as Ted Ginn, who is from Cleveland and goes to my mother’s High School Alma Mater. You had Brian Hoyer, who is from Lakewood, Ohio, which is a suburn that borders Cleveland, placed to Cincy when he should be with the Browns also. You also forgot to add Barry Cofield, who is a starting defensive back for the Redskins, who grew up across the street from me in Cleveland Heights, Ohio…he too should be added to the Browns

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      August 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Sorry for not approving your earlier comments!

      I received an overwhelming number of requests to move Hoyer, and have done so.

      As for the receivers, you may be right. When considering the two, I opted for Manningham, and Ted Ginn ended up with the Lions as a fill-in.

      Barry Cofield certainly qualifies, but he is a lineman, not a defensive back. I will add him to the Browns roster.

  51. JerseyGiant - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Anthony Fasano was hosed should have been NJ/NY Tight End!!!

  52. JE - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Shady McCoy should play for the Steelers or Eagles. Born in PA, played at Pitt… should be a steeler. Has no affiliation with the Redskins/Ravens at all. Completely disagree.

  53. NameWendyG - Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    You forgot the great #93 Trent Murphy, from Scottsdale & Mesa, AZ! D line beast!

  54. Will - Reply

    August 14, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Misspelled Greeley, CO

  55. Tim - Reply

    August 14, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Matt Forte should be starting RB in New Orleans. Way better than Lacy.

  56. John - Reply

    August 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Tony Romo is from Burlington, WI and went to college in Illinois. Not sure where you’re getting San Diego from.

  57. Kyle - Reply

    August 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Please explain the decision to take Ted Ginn (from Cleveland proper) and put him on the Bills while giving the Browns Mario Manningham (Warren, OH) and Brian Hartline (Canton, OH). I understand territories but to take somebody out of their actual birthplace is insane to me.

  58. Zachary - Reply

    August 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Where the heck did you get Coty Sensenbaugh from? This does show how much of a football desert our state is though.

  59. Name - Reply

    August 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

    San Diego, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, and Houston. Not in particular order. Halfway ok article based on birthplace. No one cares where you were born, unless it’s Texas. Everyone cares what you did for them and their school/town. No one cares where my diapers were changed or where I held my bottle. People care where I ran/threw td’s. Where I laid my heart down on the line for my brothers. I hope you’re getting paid on responses and not on your biased/somewhat uneducated assignments. I respect the fact you have apologized and corrected your mistakes, as well as respond to those who called you out. For that, I respect you. FYI NINERS FAN FROM TEXAS. I’d take your birthplace San Diego team on a bet against any other.

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