INDIANAPOLIS — Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills High School tops USA Football’s list of high schools with the most NFL players with six, while three schools have five players in the league this year.
USA Football based the list on the 1,696 players on opening-week rosters.
The New York Jets’ Jason Taylor, Arizona’s Steve Breaston, New England’s Rob Gronkowski, Pittsburgh’s Ryan Mundy, Miami’s Lousaka Polite and San Francisco’s Shawntae Spencer played at Woodland Hills.
“It is a very disciplined program,” Breaston said. “Coach (George) Novak does a good job of preparing players on the field and off the field. It is a program that prepares you for the future. A lot of Division I athletes come out of that school. You are always competing, not just against other schools, but within that school. It really pushes you and prepares you to compete at the next level.”
De La Salle of Concord, Calif.; Glenville High School of Cleveland; and St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., each have five former players in the NFL.
Fourteen schools have three players in the NFL: Corsicana (Texas); Deep Creek of Chesapeake, Va.; DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md.; Dorsey of Los Angeles; Dunbar of Washington, D.C.; Eleanor Roosevelt of Greenbelt, Md., Glades Central of Belle Glade, Fla.; Lake Highlands of Dallas; Los Alamitos (Calif.); Madison (Wis.) Central; South Panola of Batesville, Miss.; Tustin (Calif.); Vista (Calif.) and Wayzata of Plymouth, Minn.
In rankings by state, California is the leader with 211, followed by Texas (181), Florida (177), Ohio (85) and Georgia (80). Houston tops the hometowns list with 24, followed by Miami (22) and Los Angeles (20).