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The first official football game was played in New Jersey in 1869, a collegiate matchup between Princeton and Rutgers. But for years, football has been viewed as a sport of the South.
From the passionate high school football scene in Alabama to the fervently supported SEC conference at the college level, fans just seem to care a little more about their favorite teams around the Bible Belt. But do Southern cities actually produce more NFL players than others around the U.S.?
PointAfter combed its NFL Players database, which dates back to the dawn of the NFL, to identify the cities that have produced the most professional footballers in league history.
The results showed there are 27 cities where at least 100 NFL players have been born. Spoiler alert: five of them are Southern municipalities (more if you consider Texas and Florida part of the South, a blasphemous stance that we don’t share).
Note: The NFL Players database was built from data obtained from Sportradar. Of the 25,556 player listings in the database, 24,442 have birth city affiliations that we used for this article.
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