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November 23, 2012

Quick Glance: Which Big Ten schools are best represented in the NFL?

Fans always enjoy the "Knights in the NFL" segment of Rutgers home games. Although Rutgers' contribution to the NFL is strong compared to its Big East brethren, how does it compare to the Big 10? We decided to take a look!

From there, we took a look at the number of NFL players hailing from each Big Ten team's home state.

As you can see, Rutgers fares admirably when it comes to producing NFL talent. The Scarlet Knights are tied with Maryland for 8th place out of 14 with 21 players apiece. Rutgers takes a nice jump up, though, when the home states are compared. New Jersey sits at 3rd place with 52 active NFL players, falling behind only Ohio (81) and Pennsylvania (58). Overall, New Jersey is 8th in the country when it comes to producing NFL talent.

note: There is an ebb and flow to NFL rosters. The numbers listed below reflect the sources listed below the table.


School
Players in NFL (2012)
Home State Players in NFL
d Illinois
22
42
d Indiana
6
18
d Iowa
28
14
d Maryland
21
27
d Michigan
25
47
d Michigan State
13
47
d Minnesota
3
11
d Nebraska
26
12
d Northwestern
6
42
d Ohio State
36
81
d Penn State
23
58
d Purdue
18
18
rutgers Rutgers
21
52
d Wisconsin
24
17





Sources:
- Big 10
- Rutgers
- Maryland
- Players by State (NFL press release, 9/14/12)


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