AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Texas is known for many things, from cowboys to delicious BBQ, but at the top of the list for most Texans is high school football. Almost every Texan was raised in a community with a high school football team that was the town’s hot spot on Friday nights.
Texas football is well-respected around the nation, leading with the most NFL players in history to make it to the NFL. Texas has a total of 2,614 followed by California with 2,602 and Florida with 1,690 according to a BeenVerified.com study done at the start of the season.
Texas also leads with the most number one draft picks ever selected in the NFL draft according to Highschool Football America. There have been 16 Texans drafted number one with California not too far behind raking in 12. Texas recently went on a three-year streak of having number-one draft picks with Myles Garrett in 2017 from Arlington, Baker Mayfield in 2018 from Austin, and Kyler Murray in 2019 from Allen.
During week one of the 2022 NFL season, Texas continued to dominate with 199 players active on NFL rosters followed by Florida with 185 players.
What Texas high school currently has most active NFL players?
Elite teams in Texas dominate competition yearly and send athletes to college on full rides; some may even get a shot at the NFL.
- Allen High School
The high school with the most current players in the league is Allen with six pros on a 2022 NFL roster. Allen is responsible for: Bobby Evans LAR; Jalen Guyton, LAC; Jaylon Jones, CHI; Greg Little, MIA; Kyler Murray, AZ; Jonathan Williams, WAS. Allen is a high school that we all got familiar with during Kyler Murray’s perfect 42-0 record as a starting quarterback.
- Desoto High School
Desoto High School ties Allen also producing six athletes currently in the NFL. The Desoto Eagles are responsible for: A.J. Green, CLE; Ed Ingram, MIN; Von Miller, BUF; Jalen Mills, NE; James Proche, BAL; Laviska Shenault, CAR. Desoto has always been highly competitive whether it was football, basketball, or running track. The Eagles garnered the most attention during their five-straight state championship streak from 2016 to 2021.
- Westlake High School
Following not far behind those powerhouses is Westlake High school which is a powerhouse in its own respect with 5 athletes currently in the NFL. Westlake is responsible for: Calvin Anderson, DEN; Sam Ehlinger, IND; Nick Foles, IND; Kylen Granson, IND; Justin Tucker, BAL. Westlake is a powerhouse school that is always a contender and is currently looking to win its fourth straight Championship title this season.
What city in Texas currently has the most NFL players ?
The NFL kicks off the season with 199 Texans active on rosters but what city are all these athletes coming from?
Well, if you were thinking Houston you would be correct as they had more active players on an NFL roster than any other city in the nation. Houston is the top dog with 19 athletes currently on an NFL roster, followed by Miami who also has 19. Austin is the 10th city listed and the second city from Texas to send 10 athletes to the NFL.
Longview leads all cities in Texas producing NFL talent responsible for 28 NFL pros. Longview has three current players in the league Travin Howard LAR and Pro Bowler Trent Williams SF.
NFL history is full of Texans making their mark on the league but this story focuses on the current players with the help of Pro Football Reference.
- Patrick Mahomes
Pat Mahomes is one of the biggest names amongst Texans partly due to the three years spent at Texas Tech. In high school, Mahomes was ranked number 22 amongst other quarterbacks in his class. Mahomes is now the 10th overall pick with a Super Bowl and a league MVP award, as well as making it into four straight Pro Bowls.
- Matthew Stafford
Matt Stafford was labeled the number one overall quarterback recruit in Texas attending Georgia. Stafford then entered the 2009 draft where he was drafted as the number one overall pick. Stafford recently won a Super Bowl while throwing a career-high 41 touchdowns.
- Von Miller
Miller is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, first-team All-Pro honors three times, and second-team All-Pro honors four times, as mentioned earlier in the article. He has the most career sacks of any active player and the most in Denver Broncos history, with 110.5, as of 2022, not to mention his two Super Bowl rings.
- Mike Evans
Evans is a Galveston native and is the only player in NFL history to begin his career with eight consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. Evans has also won a Super Bowl.
- Jamal Adams
Safety Jamal Adams of Carrolton is one of the most feared defensive backs in the game, having been selected to three pro bowls and receiving first-team All-Pro honor, and second-team All-Pro honor. Adams also has the record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back in NFL history with nine.
- Jason Peters
Offensive lineman Jason Peters from Queen City was drafted in 2004 and is still currently in the NFL at the age of 40, which makes him the oldest player from Texas in the league. Peters has the longest current NFL span from a Texan and he holds the most pro bowl selections with a total of nine.
For a list of all current players and their current stats visit, here.
Texas for the second time in three years leads other states in another category when it comes to draft picks raking in 32 picks in this year’s draft followed by Georgia with 30. Four former high school Texas football players were drafted during the first round. The top pick in this year’s draft from Texas was former Lake Travis wide receiver, Garrett Wilson who was the 10th pick of the first round.
According to an ESPN article, five weeks into the NFL season three rookies from the Lone Star state are ranked in the top ten of 2022 NFL rookies.
- Tariq Woolen
Cornerback Tariq Woolen of the Seattle Seahawks is from Fort Worth, Tx, and ranks number six amongst the top rookies in this article as he was drafted in the 5th round Woolen has super exceeded his expectations. Woolen is currently tied for the most interception in the league snagging four in his first five games.
- Garret Wilson
Wide receiver Garret Wilson of the New York Jets is from Austin and is ranked number seven among the top rookies. Wilson was the second wide receiver to get picked and has shown the world why. He grabbed 23 for a total of 282 yards, along with two touchdowns including a game-winner.
- Jalen Pitre
Safety Jalen Pitre of the Houston Texans is from Houston and this might be helping his play as he ranks 10 on the list. Pitre was the 5th pick in the second round and is playing better than the three safeties drafted before him. According to ESPN, Pitre is the only player in the NFL with multiple interceptions, at least one sack, and 35-plus tackles.
For a full list of players from every state that are currently on NFL rosters visit, here.