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November 23, 2012
Quick Glance: Which Big Ten schools are best represented in the NFL?
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.
- Big 10
- Players by State (NFL press release, 9/14/12)