Top Hometowns, States, High Schools and Colleges for Super Bowl Players

Top Hometowns, States, High Schools and Colleges for Super Bowl Players
Graphic: Nathaniel Blum

Christopher Birsner
Updated February 1, 2023

After an emotional end to the National Football League season, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs have bested their playoff competitors to vie for the Super Bowl LVII ring.

BeenVerified analyzed the nearly 21,000 team members who have played since the first Big Game was held in the 1966-67 season to determine the top hometowns, states, high schools and colleges for future Super Bowl players and winners. All told, 4,451 players have made it to the Big Game at least once in their career.

We found that Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and Chicago are the top hometowns for future Super Bowl players, but Knoxville, Tennessee, leads cities that can claim 100% of their future Super Bowl players came home with a championship ring.

Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia is the top graduating high school for Super Bowl players, but there are plenty of bragging rights here—more than 3,100 high schools across the country have sent at least one alum to the Big Game.

And while the University of Miami in Florida has graduated the most future Super Bowl players, the University of Southern California has produced the most Super Bowl winners.

Top NFL teams

For the Kansas City Chiefs, this season marks the fifth Super Bowl appearance while the Philadelphia Eagles have appeared four times. The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls, the most recent in 2020. The Eagles won their sole championship five years ago.

But how does that stack up to other franchises?

The New England Patriots have the most Super Bowl appearances.

  • Prior to 2001, the Patriots had only appeared in Super Bowls twice. Since then, they appeared in nine Super Bowls, for a record 11 times. Behind the Patriots are the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers with eight appearances each.
  • Next is the San Francisco 49ers with seven appearances and then a collection of teams with five appearances each: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, the Raiders franchise (across its moves from Oakland to Los Angeles and now Las Vegas) and the Washington Commanders (formerly known as the Redskins).

The Patriots and Steelers lead the league with six Super Bowl wins each.

  • The Patriots won three titles in the 2000s and three titles in the 2010s, winning 55% of the Super Bowls they played. The Steelers also have won six titles: four Super Bowls from 1975 through 1980, and then two more in the 2000s. They have won 75% of Super Bowl games they made.
  • Behind them are the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, who have each won five titles. The 49ers have won the Super Bowl 71% of the time they played in the game while the Dallas Cowboys won 63% of the time.

Four teams have never been to the Super Bowl.

  • The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars have never reached the title game.
  • Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers, and Tennessee Titans each have only one appearance in the Super Bowl. The Cardinals, Chargers and Titans have not won the Super Bowl.

Top Super Bowl hometowns

Here, we narrow our analysis to hometowns that have produced players that have gone on to play in at least one Super Bowl, compared to the numbers who have played for a winning team. A note on the numbers: For players who have had multiple Super Bowl appearances we count their hometown only once.

There are a total of 23 hometowns that have produced 20 or more Super Bowl-participating players. The number increases to 67 when including hometowns that produced just 10 or more.

Los Angeles is the top birthplace of future Super Bowl players.

  • The City of Angels has a total of 80 players who would go on to compete in a Super Bowl. This is followed by Houston (70), Chicago and Miami (63 each) and New Orleans (59).
  • Los Angeles also has the most Super Bowl players who have won with 45. This is followed very close behind by Houston (44), Chicago (35), Miami (32) and Dallas (29).

Of hometowns that have produced 20 or more Super Bowl-era players, Augusta, Georgia, has sent the highest percentage to the Big Game.

  • Of the 28 NFL players that claim Augusta as their hometown since the 1966-67 season, 13 athletes—or 46.4%–played in the Super Bowl. That is followed by Hampton, Virginia (nine of 21 players, or 42.9%), Griffin, Georgia (eight of 21 players, or 38.1%) Columbia, South Carolina (15 of 41 players, or 36.6%) and Lincoln, Nebraska (eight of 23 players, or 34.8%).

Of hometowns that have produced 50 or more players, two cities named Columbus rank top for highest percentage of future Super Bowl players.

  • Columbus, Georgia, is the hometown of 50 NFL players during the Super Bowl era, of which 15 have gone on to the Big Game (or 30%). Meanwhile, Columbus, Ohio, is the hometown to 90 NFL players, of which 26 (or 28.9%) played in the Super Bowl.
  • That is followed closely behind by Cleveland (46 of 160 players, or 28.8%), Brooklyn, New York ( 19 of 67 players, or 28.4%) Sacramento, California (22 of 78 players, or 28.2%), and New Orleans (59 of 220 players, or 26.8%)

Looking at top Super Bowl hometowns in each state, Las Vegas has produced the highest percentage of players.

  • Excluding New Hampshire and Vermont (who each had only a single player born to that state) as well as the District of Columbia, the highest concentration of Super Bowl players by state is in Las Vegas, hometown of 13 of Nevada’s 15 players that have gone on to play in the Big Game—or 87% of the state’s future NFL championship players.

Las Vegas is followed by Portland, Maine (67%), Anchorage, Alaska (60%), Denver, Colorado (58%) and Wilmington, Delaware (56%).

  • In Mississippi, Jackson is hometown to nine of 121 native sons who have gone on to play in the Super Bowl, giving the city the lowest percentage qualifying as a top birthplace in each state (7.4%). That is followed by Charlotte, North Carolina, (10 of 129 state players who made the Super Bowl, or 7.8%), then Newark, New Jersey (11 of 139 players, or 7.9%), Dubuque, Iowa (seven of 57 players, or 12.3%) and Atlanta (29 of 217 players, or 13.4%).

Knoxville leads cities that can claim 100% of their Super Bowl players have won the Big Game.

  • A total of nine players have played in the Super Bowl from Knoxville, Tennessee. All nine of them played on teams that won a ring.
  • Joining Knoxville in the 100% club is Colorado Springs, Colorado, and White Plains, New York, with five players each. Following with four players each are Natchez, Mississippi; East Orange, New Jersey; Fort Dix, New Jersey; and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Related: Top States, Hometowns and High Schools Producing the Most NFL Players

Top NFL Super Bowl hometowns*

Below, we show how many players—including from this year’s Eagles and Chiefs teams—hailed from each hometown, and how many made the Big Game. We also include historical data on how many players from each city have played on winning and losing teams in previous Super Bowls.

Rank** Hometown Total NFL players since 1966-67 Total Super Bowl players % on a Super Bowl team Past losing team players Past winning team players Past % players on winning teams
1 Los Angeles 387 80 20.67% 35 45 56.25%
2 Houston 330 70 21.21% 25 44 63.77%
3 Miami 313 63 20.13% 29 32 52.46%
3 Chicago 279 63 22.58% 28 35 55.56%
4 New Orleans 220 59 26.82% 32 27 45.76%
5 Dallas 230 52 22.61% 23 29 55.77%
6 Detroit 226 50 22.12% 22 27 55.10%
7 Cleveland 160 46 28.75% 21 25 54.35%
8 Washington, D.C. 179 37 20.67% 19 18 48.65%
9 Philadelphia 156 35 22.44% 14 21 60.00%
10 Cincinnati 153 34 22.22% 16 17 51.52%
10 Pittsburgh 142 34 23.94% 13 20 60.61%
11 San Diego, CA 144 31 21.53% 16 15 48.39%
12 Atlanta, GA 169 29 17.16% 12 16 57.14%
13 St. Louis, MO 155 27 17.42% 12 15 55.56%
14 Baltimore, MD 106 26 24.53% 11 13 54.17%
14 Columbus, OH 90 26 28.89% 15 11 42.31%
15 Birmingham, AL 123 24 19.51% 15 9 37.50%
15 Baton Rouge, LA 105 24 22.86% 10 13 56.52%
16 Jacksonville, FL 133 22 16.54% 8 14 63.64%
16 Sacramento, CA 78 22 28.21% 14 8 36.36%
17 Memphis, TN 133 21 15.79% 9 12 57.14%
18 New York, NY 97 20 20.62% 9 11 55.00%
19 Tampa, FL 105 19 18.10% 8 11 57.89%
19 Denver, Colorado 76 19 25.00% 8 11 57.89%
19 Brooklyn, NY 67 19 28.36% 6 13 68.42%
20 Oakland, CA 79 18 22.78% 10 8 44.44%
20 Richmond, VA 69 18 26.09% 8 10 55.56%
21 San Antonio, TX 93 17 18.28% 11 6 35.29%
22 Fort Worth, TX 86 16 18.60% 5 11 68.75%
22 Louisville, KY 71 16 22.54% 7 9 56.25%
23 San Francisco, CA 91 15 16.48% 5 10 66.67%
23 Shreveport, LA 77 15 19.48% 5 10 66.67%
23 OK City, OK 64 15 23.44% 6 9 60.00%
23 Columbus, GA 50 15 30.00% 13 2 13.33%
23 Fresno, CA 48 15 31.25% 6 9 60.00%
23 Milwaukee, WI 47 15 31.91% 6 9 60.00%
23 San Jose, CA 46 15 32.61% 6 9 60.00%
23 Norfolk, VA 44 15 34.09% 7 8 53.33%
23 Columbia, SC 41 15 36.59% 8 7 46.67%
24 Fort Lauderdale, FL 91 14 15.38% 5 9 64.29%
24 Indianapolis 85 14 16.47% 9 5 35.71%
24 Minneapolis, MN 55 14 25.45% 8 6 42.86%
24 Savannah, GA 42 14 33.33% 9 5 35.71%
25 Long Beach, CA 75 13 17.33% 5 7 58.33%
25 Phoenix, AR 72 13 18.06% 8 5 38.46%
25 Beaumont, TX 55 13 23.64% 5 8 61.54%
25 Galveston, TX 54 13 24.07% 7 6 46.15%
25 Las Vegas, NV 53 13 24.53% 6 7 53.85%
25 Augusta, GA 28 13 46.43% 4 8 66.67%
26 Mobile, AL 85 12 14.12% 6 5 45.45%
26 Kansas City, MO 60 12 20.00% 6 6 50.00%
26 Orlando, FL 59 12 20.34% 6 6 50.00%
26 Tulsa, OK 56 12 21.43% 3 9 75.00%
26 Youngstown, OH 51 12 23.53% 3 8 72.73%
27 Seattle, Washington 60 11 18.33% 5 6 54.55%
27 Toledo, OH 56 11 19.64% 6 5 45.45%
27 Dayton, OH 52 11 21.15% 9 2 18.18%
27 Little Rock, ArKS 49 11 22.45% 5 6 54.55%
27 Newark, NJ 46 11 23.91% 7 4 36.36%
27 Akron, OH 45 11 24.44% 5 6 54.55%
27 Flint, MI 35 11 31.43% 7 4 36.36%
28 Honolulu, HI 60 10 16.67% 4 6 60.00%
28 Portland, OR 58 10 17.24% 8 2 20.00%
28 Charlotte, NC 57 10 17.54% 6 3 33.33%
28 Stockton, CA 43 10 23.26% 5 5 50.00%
28 Harrisburg, PA 31 10 32.26% 4 6 60.00%
29 Nashville, TN 71 9 12.68% 3 6 66.67%
29 Jackson, MS 58 9 15.52% 4 5 55.56%
29 Omaha, NE 53 9 16.98% 7 2 22.22%
29 St. Petersburg, FL 39 9 23.08% 4 4 50.00%
29 San Bernardino, CA 33 9 27.27% 2 7 77.78%
29 Knoxville, TN 30 9 30.00% 0 9 100.00%
29 Hampton, VA 21 9 42.86% 4 5 55.56%
29 Pompano Beach, FL 19 9 47.37% 7 2 22.22%
30 Montgomery, AL 57 8 14.04% 2 6 75.00%
30 Boston, MA 47 8 17.02% 4 4 50.00%
30 Bakersfield, CA 45 8 17.78% 2 6 75.00%
30 Gainesville, FL 44 8 18.18% 4 4 50.00%
30 Salt Lake City, UT 42 8 19.05% 4 4 50.00%
30 Monroe, LA 41 8 19.51% 4 4 50.00%
30 Tyler, TX 32 8 25.00% 3 5 62.50%
30 Queens, NY 29 8 27.59% 3 5 62.50%
30 Charleston, SC 29 8 27.59% 1 6 85.71%
30 Torrance, CA 24 8 33.33% 4 4 50.00%
30 Lincoln, NE 23 8 34.78% 5 3 37.50%
30 Griffin, GA 21 8 38.10% 4 4 50.00%
30 Fort Myers, FL 18 8 44.44% 5 3 37.50%
30 New Brunswick, NJ 14 8 57.14% 6 2 25.00%
31 Austin, TX 46 7 15.22% 3 4 57.14%
31 Greensboro, NC 37 7 18.92% 4 3 42.86%
31 Pasadena, CA 36 7 19.44% 4 3 42.86%
31 Inglewood, CA 35 7 20.00% 2 5 71.43%
31 Grand Rapids, MI 32 7 21.88% 6 1 14.29%
31 St. Paul, MN 31 7 22.58% 3 4 57.14%
31 Gary, IN 28 7 25.00% 4 3 42.86%
31 Lakeland, FL 26 7 26.92% 4 3 42.86%
31 Fort Wayne, IN 26 7 26.92% 2 5 71.43%
31 Madison, WI 25 7 28.00% 4 3 42.86%
31 Rochester, NY 24 7 29.17% 2 5 71.43%
31 Hartford, CT 23 7 30.43% 4 3 42.86%
31 Bronx, NY 23 7 30.43% 3 4 57.14%
31 Port Arthur, TX 23 7 30.43% 3 4 57.14%
31 Albany, GA 22 7 31.82% 1 6 85.71%
31 High Point, NC 18 7 38.89% 5 2 28.57%
31 Topeka, KS 17 7 41.18% 4 3 42.86%
31 Paterson, NJ 16 7 43.75% 5 2 28.57%
31 Orange, CA 15 7 46.67% 2 5 71.43%
31 Pascagoula, MS 15 7 46.67% 2 5 71.43%
31 Dubuque, IA 8 7 87.50% 4 3 42.86%
32 Canton, OH 44 6 13.64% 3 3 50.00%
32 Buffalo, NY 36 6 16.67% 1 5 83.33%
32 Raleigh, NC 36 6 16.67% 2 4 66.67%
32 Pensacola, FL 35 6 17.14% 2 4 66.67%
32 Waco, TX 30 6 20.00% 2 4 66.67%
32 Longview, TX 28 6 21.43% 1 5 83.33%
32 Chattanooga, TN 27 6 22.22% 1 4 80.00%
32 Mesa, AR 24 6 25.00% 3 3 50.00%
32 Daytona Beach, FL 24 6 25.00% 5 1 16.67%
32 Macon, GA 24 6 25.00% 4 2 33.33%
32 Greenville, MS 24 6 25.00% 2 4 66.67%
32 Fontana, CA 21 6 28.57% 3 3 50.00%
32 Pahokee, FL 21 6 28.57% 3 3 50.00%
32 Arlington, TX 21 6 28.57% 1 3 75.00%
32 Lubbock, TX 21 6 28.57% 1 5 83.33%
32 Jersey City, NJ 20 6 30.00% 4 2 33.33%
32 Pine Bluff, ArKS 19 6 31.58% 5 1 16.67%
32 Iowa City, IA 18 6 33.33% 2 4 66.67%
32 Chesapeake, VA 18 6 33.33% 2 3 60.00%
32 Syracuse, NY 17 6 35.29% 2 4 66.67%
32 Houma, LA 13 6 46.15% 2 4 66.67%
32 Greenwood, SC 13 6 46.15% 2 4 66.67%
32 York, PA 8 6 75.00% 4 2 33.33%
33 Tallahassee, FL 50 5 10.00% 2 2 50.00%
33 Camden, NJ 33 5 15.15% 4 0 0.00%
33 Tacoma, Washington 33 5 15.15% 2 3 60.00%
33 Lafayette, LA 32 5 15.63% 2 3 60.00%
33 Fayetteville, NC 31 5 16.13% 2 2 50.00%
33 West Palm Beach, FL 30 5 16.67% 1 4 80.00%
33 Compton, CA 28 5 17.86% 1 4 80.00%
33 Huntsville, AL 26 5 19.23% 2 3 60.00%
33 Riverside, CA 26 5 19.23% 1 4 80.00%
33 Greenville, SC 26 5 19.23% 3 2 40.00%
33 Lufkin, TX 22 5 22.73% 2 3 60.00%
33 Wilmington, DE 20 5 25.00% 2 3 60.00%
33 Sarasota, FL 20 5 25.00% 3 2 40.00%
33 Lexington, KY 19 5 26.32% 3 2 40.00%
33 Virginia Beach, VA 19 5 26.32% 3 2 40.00%
33 San Mateo, CA 17 5 29.41% 3 2 40.00%
33 Colorado Springs, Colorado 17 5 29.41% 0 5 100.00%
33 Des Moines, IA 17 5 29.41% 3 2 40.00%
33 Rock Hill, SC 17 5 29.41% 2 3 60.00%
33 Ann Arbor, MI 16 5 31.25% 1 4 80.00%
33 Santa Ana, CA 14 5 35.71% 2 3 60.00%
33 Northridge, CA 12 5 41.67% 1 4 80.00%
33 White Plains, NY 12 5 41.67% 0 5 100.00%
33 Roanoke, VA 12 5 41.67% 2 3 60.00%
33 Florence, SC 11 5 45.45% 2 3 60.00%
33 Mount Holly, NJ 9 5 55.56% 2 2 50.00%
33 Orange, TX 8 5 62.50% 2 3 60.00%

*Hometowns that have produced five or more Super Bowl players.**Rank based on total of future Super Bowl players.

Top Super Bowl hometown in each state

Below we show the top hometown for Super Bowl players in each state, including the total number of NFL players from each town since the 1966-67 season. Rank is based on the percentage of Super Bowl players from the city compared to the total number of players who went to the Big Game from the entire state.

State Hometown Total NFL players since 1966-67 # of Super Bowl players from city # of Super Bowl players born in state % from top hometown
New Hampshire Exeter 2 1 1 100.00%
Vermont Burlington 2 1 1 100.00%
Nevada Las Vegas 53 13 15 86.67%
Maine Portland 4 2 3 66.67%
Alaska Anchorage 7 3 5 60.00%
Delaware Wilmington 20 5 9 55.56%
Colorado Denver 76 19 35 54.29%
Hawaii Honolulu 60 10 19 52.63%
Rhode Island Providence 9 3 6 50.00%
Maryland Baltimore 106 26 60 43.33%
Missouri St. Louis 155 27 63 42.86%
Illinois Chicago 279 63 148 42.57%
Arizona Phoenix 72 13 33 39.39%
Michigan Detroit 226 50 127 39.37%
Oregon Portland 58 10 26 38.46%
Kentucky Louisville 71 16 43 37.21%
Utah Salt Lake City 42 8 22 36.36%
North Dakota Fargo 8 2 6 33.33%
Louisiana New Orleans 220 59 185 31.89%
New Mexico Albuquerque 14 3 10 30.00%
South Dakota Sioux Falls 7 3 10 30.00%
Indiana Indianapolis 85 14 48 29.17%
Minnesota Minneapolis 55 14 49 28.57%
Nebraska Omaha 53 9 32 28.13%
Wisconsin Milwaukee 47 15 54 27.78%
Tennessee Memphis 133 21 76 27.63%
Oklahoma Oklahoma City 64 15 59 25.42%
Arkansas Little Rock 49 11 46 23.91%
Connecticut Hartford 23 7 30 23.33%
Kansas Topeka 17 7 35 20.00%
Montana Bozeman 9 2 10 20.00%
Wyoming Rock Springs 5 2 10 20.00%
Montana Helena 3 2 10 20.00%
Wyoming Casper 2 2 10 20.00%
Ohio Cleveland 160 46 231 19.91%
Washington Seattle 60 11 58 18.97%
Florida Miami 313 63 333 18.92%
Alabama Birmingham 123 24 127 18.90%
Massachusetts Boston 47 8 44 18.18%
West Virginia Charleston 15 3 18 16.67%
Idaho Caldwell 6 2 12 16.67%
Idaho Coeur d’Alene 2 2 12 16.67%
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 156 35 212 16.51%
California Los Angeles 387 80 496 16.13%
Texas Houston 330 70 451 15.52%
New York New York 97 20 133 15.04%
Virginia Richmond 69 18 122 14.75%
Georgia Atlanta 169 29 217 13.36%
South Carolina Columbia 41 15 115 13.04%
Iowa Dubuque 8 7 57 12.28%
New Jersey Newark 46 11 139 7.91%
North Carolina Charlotte 57 10 129 7.75%
Mississippi Jackson 58 9 121 7.44%

Top Super Bowl hometown states

California is the top birthplace state of future Super Bowl players.

  • The Golden State has a total of 496 players who were born there and went on to play in a Super Bowl. Following California is Texas (451 players), Florida (333), Ohio (231), Georgia (217), Pennsylvania (212), Louisiana (185), Illinois (148), New Jersey (139) and New York (133).
  • California also has the most hometowns (21) that have produced five or more Super Bowl players. This is followed by Florida (16), Texas (15), and a tie between New York and Ohio (8).

California also leads all states with the most Super Bowl-winning players.

  • California has produced 266 Super Bowl-winning players. Followed close behind is Texas with 256 players, Florida (173), Pennsylvania (121) and Ohio (117).
  • Idaho has the highest percentage of winning players with 83.3% of Idaho-born players winning the Super Bowl. This is followed by Illinois (67.4%) and a tie between Rhode Island and Maine (66.67%).

“Thirty-five states can claim over 50% of their Super Bowl players born there played on a winning team during at least one Super Bowl,” said Julianne Ohlander, data analyst for BeenVerified. “Fifteen states and Washington, D.C., saw less than half of their future Super Bowl players go on to win a Super Bowl. For example, New Jersey ranks 9th in total number of future Super Bowl players but 37th in percentage of players going on to win a Super Bowl (47% of the state-born players were on winning teams).”

For states that have produced 100 or more NFL players, South Carolina, Iowa and Virginia are home states where more than 25% of players got to the Super Bowl.

Of the 434 NFL players born in South Carolina who played since the 1966-67 season, 115 (or 26.5%) went on to the Super Bowl, followed closely by Iowa (57 of 221 players, or 25.8%), Virginia (122 of 478 players, or 25.5%), Pennsylvania (212 of 860, or 24.7%) and New Jersey (139 of 567, or 24.5%).

Mississippi leads the 50 states in number of players per 100,000 population.

  • Mississippi has produced 4.6 Super Bowl-participating players per 100,000 population. That is followed by Louisiana (4.5), South Carolina (3.2),Georgia (3.09) and Alabama (3.07). If the District of Columbia were a state, the capital would have the most players per 100,000 population with 5.6 players.
  • Looking at home states of Super Bowl winning players, Mississippi is again on top with 2.6 players per 100,000 population, followed by Louisiana (2.5), South Carolina (1.7), Georgia and Alabama (1.6 each). The District of Columbia has 2.7 players per 100,000 population.

New Hampshire and Vermont have the fewest number of Super Bowl players.

  • The two neighboring states have only produced one player each that went on to play in a Super Bowl. Ahead of these two states is Maine with three players. After that is Alaska (five) and a tie between Rhode Island and North Dakota (six).

Top Super Bowl hometown states

Below, we rank the top states who have produced the most Super Bowl competing players, and what percentage of native sons have gone on to the Big Game since the 1966-67 season. We also include historical data on how many players from each state played on a losing or winning team.

Rank* Birthplace state Total NFL players since 1966-67 Total Super Bowl players % on a Super Bowl team Super Bowl players per 100,000 population Past losing team players Past winning team players Past winners per 100,000 population
1 California 2333 496 21.26% 1.738 225 266 0.932
2 Texas 2192 451 20.57% 2.483 190 256 1.410
3 Florida 1692 333 19.68% 2.569 155 173 1.334
4 Ohio 1058 231 21.83% 2.108 110 117 1.068
5 Georgia 1004 217 21.61% 3.096 100 111 1.584
6 Pennsylvania 860 212 24.65% 1.749 89 121 0.998
7 Louisiana 880 185 21.02% 4.468 77 105 2.536
8 Illinois 704 148 21.02% 1.262 48 99 0.844
9 New Jersey 567 139 24.51% 1.775 71 63 0.804
10 New York 586 133 22.70% 0.721 53 79 0.428
12 North Carolina 616 129 20.94% 1.800 60 64 0.893
13 Alabama 683 127 18.59% 3.076 57 65 1.575
11 Michigan 605 127 20.99% 1.364 60 65 0.698
14 Virginia 478 122 25.52% 1.947 49 70 1.117
15 Mississippi 588 121 20.58% 4.638 49 68 2.606
16 South Carolina 434 115 26.50% 3.177 52 60 1.658
17 Tennessee 410 76 18.54% 1.482 26 48 0.936
18 Missouri 332 63 18.98% 1.199 28 34 0.647
20 Maryland 276 60 21.74% 1.262 28 29 0.610
19 Oklahoma 287 59 20.56% 1.859 25 33 1.040
20 Washington 275 58 21.09% 1.141 22 35 0.688
21 Iowa 221 57 25.79% 1.952 25 31 1.062
22 Wisconsin 239 54 22.59% 1.083 24 29 0.581
23 Minnesota 229 49 21.40% 1.085 23 26 0.576
24 Indiana 280 48 17.14% 0.835 25 23 0.400
25 Arkansas 221 46 20.81% 1.900 25 21 0.867
26 Massachusetts 225 44 19.56% 0.724 18 25 0.412
26 Kentucky 184 43 23.37% 1.136 22 21 0.555
27 District of Columbia 180 37 20.56% 5.595 19 18 2.722
29 Colorado 154 35 22.73% 0.970 13 20 0.554
28 Kansas 168 35 20.83% 1.381 21 14 0.552
29 Arizona 199 33 16.58% 0.821 19 14 0.348
30 Nebraska 155 32 20.65% 1.941 20 11 0.667
31 Connecticut 126 30 23.81% 0.931 14 14 0.435
32 Oregon 145 26 17.93% 0.874 14 11 0.370
33 Utah 117 22 18.80% 1.149 13 8 0.418
34 Hawaii 101 19 18.81% 1.773 9 10 0.933
35 West Virginia 79 18 22.78% 0.984 9 8 0.437
36 Nevada 72 15 20.83% 0.992 7 8 0.529
37 Idaho 53 12 22.64% 1.046 2 10 0.872
38 Montana 53 10 18.87% 1.180 6 4 0.472
38 New Mexico 35 10 28.57% 0.649 4 6 0.390
39 South Dakota 27 10 37.04% 1.349 4 5 0.675
38 Wyoming 32 10 31.25% 2.174 6 4 0.870
39 Delaware 36 9 25.00% 1.279 4 5 0.710
40 North Dakota 27 6 22.22% 0.906 6 0 0.000
40 Rhode Island 15 6 40.00% 0.604 2 4 0.403
41 Alaska 11 5 45.45% 0.986 2 3 0.592
42 Maine 19 3 15.79% 0.254 1 2 0.169
43 New Hampshire 12 1 8.33% 0.096 1 0 0.000
43 Vermont 4 1 25.00% 0.185 1 0 0.000

*Rank based on total of future Super Bowl players.

Top Super Bowl high schools

Many US high schools can claim at least one future Super Bowl player. We found that 2,258 high schools have graduated a single future NFL Super Bowl player.

Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia has graduated the most Super Bowl players and winners.

  • The Virginia-based high school has graduated 13 students who went on to participate in the Super Bowl. Ten future Super Bowl players graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and St. Augustine in New Orleans. Right behind them is Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles (nine players).
  • Fork Union Military Academy also leads all high schools in graduating future Super Bowl winners with eight. This is followed by Crenshaw High School at six players and a five-way tie right behind that with schools who graduated five players: Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Florida; Carson High School in Carson, California; Miami Northwestern High School in Miami; Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama; and Yates High School in Houston.

California high schools graduated the most future Super Bowl players.

  • A total of 585 players attended and graduated from a California high school and went on to participate in the Big Game.
  • Next is Texas with 494 players, followed by Florida (366), Ohio (228), Georgia (219) and Pennsylvania (206).
  • California has had 12 cities from where at least 10 students graduated and went on to become Super Bowl participants. This is followed by six cities in Texas, five in Florida, and four in Ohio.

Houston high schools have graduated the most Super Bowl players.

  • Houston has had 69 players graduate from high schools across the city, followed by Los Angeles (59), Dallas and Miami (40 each) and New Orleans (38).
  • Houston also leads cities in total Super Bowl winners (45) that have graduated from high schools there. That is also followed by Los Angeles (33), Dallas (23), Miami (20) and 18 each for New Orleans, Detroit and Chicago.

Top high schools for future Super Bowl players*

Below, we rank the top high schools that have produced the most Super Bowl players, including this year’s teams. We also include historical data on how many players from each school played on a losing or winning team.

Rank** High School City and state Total Super Bowl players Past losing team players Past winning team players
1 Fork Union Military Academy Fork Union, VA 13 5 8
3 St. Augustine New Orleans, LA 10 6 4
5 St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale, FL 10 6 4
5 Crenshaw Los Angeles, CA 9 3 6
6 Long Beach Polytechnic Long Beach, CA 8 3 4
6 Carol City Miami Gardens, FL 7 2 5
6 Coral Gables Coral Gables, FL 7 3 4
2 David W. Carter Dallas, TX 7 5 2
2 De La Salle Concord, CA 7 3 4
4 Miami Northwestern Miami, FL 7 2 5
5 Susan Miller Dorsey Los Angeles, CA 7 4 3
5 William M. Raines Jacksonville, FL 7 5 2
6 Ball Galveston, TX 6 3 3
6 Blanche Ely Pompano Beach, FL 6 5 1
7 Carson Carson, CA 6 1 5
8 Glenville Cleveland, OH 6 5 1
8 Griffin Griffin, GA 6 3 3
8 Helix La Mesa, CA 6 5 1
5 Kathleen Lakeland, FL 6 3 3
6 Lakewood St. Petersburg, FL 6 3 2
6 Lincoln Port Arthur, TX 6 2 4
6 Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 6 2 4
6 Miami Central Miami, FL 6 5 1
6 Sidney Lanier Montgomery, AL 6 1 5
7 West Brook Beaumont, TX 6 3 3
7 Westlake Atlanta, GA 6 3 3
7 Yates Houston, TX 6 1 5
7 Abraham Lincoln San Diego, CA 5 2 3
7 Berkeley Berkeley, CA 5 3 2
7 Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights, OH 5 1 4
7 DeSoto DeSoto, TX 5 3 2
8 Dillard Fort Lauderdale, FL 5 2 3
8 Edison Fresno, CA 5 2 3
8 Garland Garland, TX 5 3 2
8 Hampton Hampton, VA 5 4 1
8 Hargrave Military Academy Chatham, VA 5 3 2
8 Iowa City Iowa City, IA 5 2 3
8 John Tyler Tyler, TX 5 3 2
8 Junipero Serra Gardena, CA 5 4 1
8 Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL 5 3 2
8 Mount Carmel Chicago, IL 5 3 2
8 Neshaminy Langhorne, PA 5 3 2
8 O. Perry Walker New Orleans, LA 5 3 2
8 Pasadena Pasadena, CA 5 2 3
8 Phineas Banning Los Angeles, CA 5 5 0
5 Servite Anaheim, CA 5 2 3
5 Willowridge Houston, TX 5 2 3
6 Bellarmine Prep San Jose, CA 4 1 3
7 Ben Davis Indianapolis, IN 4 2 2
7 Bishop Amat La Puente, CA 4 4 0
7 Booker T. Washington Tulsa, OK 4 2 2
7 Boyd H. Anderson Lauderdale Lakes, FL 4 2 2
7 Brenham Brenham, TX 4 2 2
7 Carlsbad Carlsbad, CA 4 1 3
7 Carver Columbus, GA 4 4 0
7 Cathedral Indianapolis, IN 4 2 2
7 Compton Compton, CA 4 0 4
8 Corsicana Corsicana, TX 4 2 2
8 Crespi Carmelite Encino, CA 4 2 2
8 Cretin-Derham Hall St. Paul, MN 4 1 3
8 East St. Louis East St. Louis, IL 4 1 3
8 Eisenhower Rialto, CA 4 1 3
8 Eleanor Roosevelt Greenbelt, MD 4 3 1
8 Glades Central Belle Glade, FL 4 2 2
8 Hillsborough Tampa, FL 4 4 0
8 John Muir Pasadena, CA 4 3 1
8 Kahuku Kahuku, HI 4 2 2
8 Lincoln Stockton, CA 4 2 2
8 Longview Longview, TX 4 1 3
8 Lower Richland Hopkins, SC 4 1 3
8 McKeesport McKeesport, PA 4 2 2
8 Melrose Memphis, TN 4 1 3
8 Norland Miami, FL 4 0 4
6 Oak Grove San Jose, CA 4 2 2
6 Pahokee Pahokee, FL 4 1 3
6 Pearland Pearland, TX 4 2 2
6 Phillis Wheatley Houston, TX 4 2 2
7 Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR 4 3 1
7 Plano Plano, TX 4 1 3
8 Proviso East Maywood, IL 4 2 2
8 Punahou School Honolulu, HI 4 3 1
8 Richmond Rockingham, NC 4 0 4
8 Skyline Oakland, CA 4 1 3
8 Spring Valley Columbia, SC 4 2 2
8 Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs, FL 4 1 3
8 Thornton Twp. Harvey, IL 4 1 3
7 Valdosta Valdosta, GA 4 3 1
8 Washington Los Angeles, CA 4 3 1
8 Westlake Austin, TX 4 1 3
8 Woodland Hills Pittsburgh, PA 4 3 1

*High schools that have graduated five or more Super Bowl players. **Rank based on total of future Super Bowl players.

Top cities for Super Bowl high schools

Here we rank the top cities whose high schools graduated the most future Super Bowl players, including this year’s teams. We also include historical data on how many players who graduated from high schools in each city competed on a losing or winning team.

Rank* High school city Total Super Bowl players Past losing team players Past winning team players
1 Houston 69 24 45
2 Los Angeles 59 26 33
3 Miami 40 19 20
3 Dallas 40 17 23
4 New Orleans 38 20 18
5 Cincinnati 32 15 17
5 Detroit 32 13 18
6 Chicago 28 10 18
7 Atlanta 27 13 14
8 Pittsburgh 23 11 12
8 Washington, D.C. 23 12 11
9 Baton Rouge, LA 22 10 11
10 Cleveland 21 11 9
10 Jacksonville, FL 21 9 13
11 Philadelphia 19 9 10
11 Tampa, FL 19 9 10
12 Baltimore, MD 18 7 11
12 Fort Lauderdale, FL 18 9 9
12 Louisville, KY 18 8 10
12 Memphis, TN 18 8 10
12 San Diego, CA 18 8 10
12 San Jose, CA 18 6 12
13 Phoenix, AZ 17 8 9
14 Birmingham, AL 16 12 5
14 Charlotte, NC 16 5 11
14 Sacramento, CA 16 12 4
15 Fort Worth, TX 15 7 8
16 Beaumont, TX 14 5 9
16 Columbus, OH 14 10 4
16 Indianapolis, IN 14 7 7
17 Anaheim, CA 13 7 6
17 Fork Union, VA 13 5 8
17 San Antonio, TX 13 8 5
18 Columbus, GA 12 9 3
18 Concord, CA 12 5 7
18 Honolulu, HI 12 7 5
18 Long Beach, CA 12 4 7
18 Oakland, CA 12 4 8
18 Tulsa, OK 12 5 7
19 Bakersfield, CA 11 5 6
19 Fresno, CA 11 5 6
19 Pasadena, CA 11 5 6
19 Shreveport, LA 11 7 4
19 St. Louis, MO 11 6 5
20 Akron, OH 10 5 5
20 Compton, CA 10 2 8
20 Garland, TX 10 7 3
20 Knoxville, TN 10 1 9
20 Las Vegas, NV 10 3 7
20 Omaha, NE 10 7 3
20 Richmond, VA 10 3 7
20 Seattle, WA 10 4 6
20 Tallahassee, FL 10 1 9
21 Arlington, TX 9 3 4
21 Bradenton, FL 9 4 4
21 Brooklyn, NY 9 2 7
21 Dayton, OH 9 6 3
21 Flint, MI 9 4 5
21 Norfolk, VA 9 3 6
21 Toledo, OH 9 5 4
22 Albany, GA 8 2 6
22 Columbia, SC 8 5 3
22 Hampton, VA 8 4 4
22 Lakeland, FL 8 5 3
22 Miami Gardens, FL 8 2 6
22 Montgomery, AL 8 2 6
22 Oklahoma City, OK 8 4 4
22 Orlando, FL 8 4 4
22 Port Arthur, TX 8 3 4
22 Portland, OR 8 3 5
22 Salt Lake City, UT 8 4 4
22 Savannah, GA 8 6 2
22 St. Petersburg, FL 8 3 4
22 Tyler, TX 8 3 5
23 Austin, TX 7 4 3
23 Coral Gables, FL 7 3 4
23 Fayetteville, NC 7 1 5
23 Galveston, TX 7 4 3
23 Gardena, CA 7 5 2
23 Greensboro, NC 7 4 3
23 Griffin, GA 7 3 4
23 Harrisburg, PA 7 3 4
23 Huntsville, AL 7 3 3
23 Jackson, MS 7 2 5
23 Kansas City, MO 7 3 4
23 La Puente, CA 7 5 2
23 Little Rock, AR 7 4 3
23 Mobile, AL 7 5 2
23 Monroe, LA 7 2 5
23 Nashville, TN 7 3 4
23 St. Paul, MN 7 2 5
23 Staten Island, NY 7 2 5
23 Stockton, CA 7 2 5
23 Waco, TX 7 2 5
23 Wilmington, DE 7 3 4
24 Augusta, GA 6 1 4
24 Aurora, CO 6 2 3
24 Carson, CA 6 1 5
24 Chattanooga, TN 6 1 4
24 Colorado Springs, CO 6 3 3
24 Decatur, GA 6 3 3
24 East St. Louis, IL 6 1 5
24 High Point, NC 6 5 1
24 La Mesa, CA 6 5 1
24 Marrero, LA 6 2 4
24 Oceanside, CA 6 4 2
24 Pensacola, FL 6 1 5
24 Plano, TX 6 1 5
24 Pompano Beach, FL 6 5 1
24 Rock Hill, SC 6 2 3
24 San Francisco, CA 6 4 2
24 Sarasota, FL 6 2 4
24 Scottsdale, AZ 6 3 3
24 Syracuse, NY 6 1 5
24 Tacoma, WA 6 4 2
24 Tempe, AZ 6 5 1
24 Virginia Beach, VA 6 3 3
25 Alexandria, VA 5 3 2
25 Arlington, VA 5 2 3
25 Berkeley, CA 5 3 2
25 Boston, MA 5 2 3
25 Brentwood, TN 5 1 4
25 Buffalo, NY 5 0 5
25 Chatham, VA 5 3 2
25 Cleveland Heights, OH 5 1 4
25 College Park, GA 5 1 4
25 Davenport, IA 5 2 3
25 Daytona Beach, FL 5 5 0
25 Denver, CO 5 3 2
25 DeSoto, TX 5 3 2
25 Erie, PA 5 1 4
25 Falls Church, VA 5 3 2
25 Fort Myers, FL 5 3 2
25 Fort Wayne, IN 5 1 4
25 Fullerton, CA 5 2 3
25 Greenville, MS 5 2 3
25 Hialeah, FL 5 1 4
25 Homestead, FL 5 1 4
25 Hyattsville, MD 5 3 2
25 Iowa City, IA 5 2 3
25 Langhorne, PA 5 3 2
25 Lincoln, NE 5 3 2
25 Longview, TX 5 1 4
25 Macon, GA 5 4 1
25 Mesa, AZ 5 2 3
25 Miami Beach, FL 5 3 2
25 Milwaukee, WI 5 3 2
25 Pine Bluff, AR 5 4 1
25 Raleigh, NC 5 3 2
25 Richardson, TX 5 2 3
25 Riverside, CA 5 3 2
25 San Bernardino, CA 5 1 4
25 San Mateo, CA 5 2 3
25 Santa Ana, CA 5 2 3
25 Spartanburg, SC 5 3 2
25 Stone Mountain, GA 5 2 3
25 Tarpon Springs, FL 5 1 4
25 Tucson, AZ 5 4 1
25 Valdosta, GA 5 4 1
25 Ventura, CA 5 1 4
25 Whittier, CA 5 1 4

*Rank based on cities that have produced five or more future Super Bowl players.

Top Super Bowl colleges

A total of 26 colleges and universities have graduated 50 or more future Super Bowl players. The number goes up to 71 colleges and universities when factoring in those that have educated 20 or more.

University of Miami has educated the most future Super Bowl players.

  • The University of Miami in Florida has produced a total of 88 Super Bowl-participating players. This is followed close behind by University of Southern California (86) and a tie between Penn State University and the University of Tennessee (79 players each).

But the University of Southern California (USC) matriculated the most Super Bowl winners.

  • USC has seen 50 of its 84 Super Bowl players go on to win the Big Game.
  • USC is followed by the University of Notre Dame and Penn State University with 46 players each. University of Miami and University of Tennessee are right behind with 45 future Super Bowl winners each.

Western Illinois University leads all colleges in having all of its Super Bowl participants win the Big Game.

  • All eight Super Bowl players educated at Western Illinois University have gone on to win the Big Game.
  • Other schools that can claim 100% of their future Super Bowl participants have won include California Polytechnic State University (six players), Hofstra University (five players), and Colgate University (four players).

Top colleges/universities for future Super Bowl players

Here we rank the top colleges and universities that have graduated the most future Super Bowl players, including this year’s teams. We also include historical data on how many players graduating from the school competed on a losing or winning team.

Rank* College or University Total Super Bowl players Past losing team players Past winning team players
1 University of Miami (Florida) 88 42 45
2 University of Southern California 86 34 50
3 Penn State University 79 32 46
3 University of Tennessee 79 33 45
4 University of Michigan 76 39 37
4 University of Notre Dame 76 29 46
5 University of Florida 75 40 32
6 Florida State University 74 31 40
7 Louisiana State University 73 32 41
7 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 73 38 33
8 The Ohio State University 71 32 38
9 University of California, Los Angeles 70 33 37
10 University of Georgia 69 28 38
11 The University of Alabama 65 26 36
11 The University of Oklahoma 65 30 32
12 University of Colorado Boulder 64 32 32
13 University of Washington 63 26 36
14 The University of Texas at Austin 59 32 27
15 Michigan State University 58 24 33
16 Clemson University 56 22 31
17 Texas A&M University-College Station 55 27 28
18 University of Iowa 53 27 26
19 University of California, Berkeley 51 24 27
19 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 51 21 29
19 Stanford University 51 24 26
20 Arizona State University 50 24 26
21 University of Pittsburgh 49 21 27
22 University of Oregon 48 18 30
22 Auburn University 48 23 22
23 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 42 15 27
23 Boston College 42 19 23
23 University of Virginia 42 22 19
24 University of Arkansas Pine Bluff 40 15 25
24 University of Maryland, College Park 40 19 21
24 Purdue University 40 14 25
25 University of Minnesota 39 19 20
26 Brigham Young University 37 14 23
26 University of Louisville 37 16 21
26 University of Wisconsin-Madison 37 16 19
27 University of South Carolina 35 17 18
27 University of Kansas 35 17 17
28 San Diego State University 34 14 20
29 Georgia Institute of Technology 33 15 18
29 Mississippi State University 33 13 19
29 University of Mississippi 33 15 17
29 The University of Utah 33 16 16
30 North Carolina State University 32 17 15
30 University of Arizona 32 20 12
31 Syracuse University 31 10 21
32 Oklahoma State University 30 16 13
33 Baylor University 29 13 16
33 Rutgers University–New Brunswick 29 11 16
34 Texas Christian University 28 8 19
34 Texas Tech University 28 11 16
34 West Virginia University 28 14 13
35 University of Kentucky 27 13 13
36 Oregon State University 26 17 9
37 University of Missouri 25 12 12
38 Washington State University 24 11 11
39 East Carolina University 23 8 15
39 Grambling State University 23 9 14
39 Virginia Tech 23 9 14
39 University of Cincinnati 23 5 17
40 Tulane University 22 12 9
40 Southern Methodist University 22 7 13
40 Temple University 22 7 13
41 University of Houston 21 10 11
41 Kansas State University 21 12 9
42 Indiana University Bloomington 20 8 12
42 Tennessee State University 20 9 11
42 University of Southern Mississippi 20 10 9

*Rank based on total of future Super Bowl players.

Methodology

BeenVerified analyzed historical data from 112 team rosters that competed in the first 56 Super Bowls, as well as the 56 teams crowned Super Bowl champions, from Pro Football Reference. We then collated those players by hometowns, hometown states, high schools and colleges or universities where they attended. In the event a player attends more than one high school or university, we only counted the school from which they graduated.

We checked information on hometowns and high schools against the record and corrected/replaced data where appropriate.

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