Sunday, September 16, 2012
Texas High Schools Produce Top NFL Quarterbacks
Quarterbacks in the NFL come from all over the country. Ever wonder just where the majority of these NFL stars come from? The state of Texas leads the nation in producing NFL quarterbacks again this season. This should come as no surprise with the reputation that Texas high school football has gained over time. This 2012 season, Texas high schools have produced thirteen NFL quarterbacks on an active 53-man NFL roster. Of these thirteen quarterbacks eight of them saw action for their respective team during week one of the season.
Drew Brees, from Austin’s Westlake High School, leads the way of the new age Texas quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. Brees led Westlake to a perfect 16-0 record and a class 5A state football championship during his senior season in 1996. Brees later starred at Purdue before being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL draft. Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first ever Super Bowl victory during the 2009 season. Named the Super Bowl MVP, Brees was the first ever quarterback from a Texas high school to throw a touchdown pass during the Super Bowl.
The 2012 NFL draft class proved just how dominant the quarterback position is in the state of Texas. The 2012 class alone produced three first round picks that were quarterbacks from the state of Texas. Andrew Luck (Houston Stratford), Robert Griffin III (Copperas Cove), and Ryan Tannehill (Big Spring) were all taken in the first eight picks of this year’s draft. All three of these quarterbacks started week one of the season.
The recent growth and popularity of 7-on-7 should get credit for the number of quarterbacks that are having success and advancing all the way to the NFL. Played during the spring and summer, 7-on-7 finishes up each year with a state-wide tournament featuring 128 teams. A small school and large school champion is crowned following a three-day tournament each July. 7-on-7 focuses only on passing the football and helps to develop both quarterbacks and wide receivers during the off-season.
The quarterback position is the premier position in the sport of football. The state of Texas knows how to play football and how to produce the best talent. It should be of no surprise that Texas has the most quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL.
NFL quarterbacks who played Texas High School Football:
Drew Brees – Austin Westlake HS; New Orleans Saints
Andy Dalton – Katy HS; Cincinnati Bengals
Chase Daniel – Southlake Carroll HS; New Orleans Saints
Robert Griffin III – Copperas Cove HS; Washington Redskins
Graham Harrell – Ennis HS; Green Bay Packers
Kevin Kolb – Stephenville HS; Arizona Cardinals
Andrew Luck – Houston Stratford HS, Indianapolis Colts
Luke McCown – Jacksonville HS; Atlanta Falcons
Colt McCoy – Jim Ned HS; Cleveland Browns
Greg McElroy – Southlake Carroll HS; New York Jets
Christian Ponder – Colleyville Heritage HS; Minnesota Vikings
Matthew Stafford – Highland Park HS; Detroit Lions
Ryan Tannehill – Big Spring HS; Miami Dolphins