The Super Bowl is always a swirl of data that’s pored over, before, during and after the event.
Along with, say, the comparative rankings of the two teams’ respective offenses and defensives; the matchups between individual players, and the myriad of proposition wagers offered by online betting apps, there is a fistful of less statistical Super Bowl esoterica that may make folks sit up and say, “Oh, is that so!”
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For instance, where do those Super Bowl athletes call home? What states have the most favorite sons competing for pro football’s most coveted prize?
Regarding the upcoming Super Bowl between the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs, it would be reasonable to assume the most populous states would likely have the most players in the game.
That would certainly be the smart statistical bet, and it suggests California, Texas and Florida. And then there are states that have historically produced outstanding football players going back to the earliest days of the game, and a couple of those are Pennsylvania and Ohio.
However, utilizing ProFootballReference.com, we looked at the home states for players on the Chiefs’ and Eagles’ active rosters and the distinction for most Super Bowl players, at least for this year, goes to Mississippi.
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States With Most Talent in Super Bowl 57
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Small Population Produces Big Results
Ranked 35th by population among the states, Mississippi has a population of 2,959,473. That’s about 36 million fewer than California, about 27 million fewer than Texas, and about 19 million fewer than Florida.
Despite the disparity in population with much larger states, Mississippi’s all-time NFL pedigree is astounding. Count among the gridiron greats from the Magnolia State the following: Running back Walter Payton, wide receiver Jerry Rice, and quarterback Brett Favre. That’s breath-taking right there, but you can also include Archie Manning, Jackie Slater and Lem Barney, and a whole bunch more.
This year’s Mississippi players in the Super Bowl are: For the Eagles, DT Fletcher Cox, WR AJ Brown, LB Nakobe Dean, QB Gardner Minshew and RB Kenneth Gainwell, and for the Chiefs, DT Chris Jones, LB Willie Gay Jr., and LB Darius Harris.
It bears noting that while Texas finished in a tie for second place among states with the most players in the Big Game, the Lone Star State does get to claim both starting quarterbacks.
Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is from the Houston area and went to high school in Channelview, while Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, is from Tyler, southeast of Dallas, and went to high school in Whitehouse.
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