Over the years, Texas-grown football players have dominated the NFL. Former legends from Earl Campbell to Tommy Nobis called the Lone Star state home in their youth. Now, a new crop of players from the state have found a place on NFL rosters. Do you know what team these Texas-born players are on right now? Here's your chance to find out!
The football fanbase in Texas is as intense as they come. From the time kids are young, their parents have them filling pee wee rosters across the state as they prepare for higher competition in high school and college where many parents have real stakes in the success of the programs. The most talented players push through those lower levels of football to make it to the top of the football world, the NFL, where Texas-born players make up a good percentage of the league in a variety of roles from star quarterbacks to special-teams players.
Are you going to be able to tell us where these Texans currently play in the NFL? Do you know who recently changed teams or who has been a long-term franchise player? If you know all about the top football talent from Texas, take this quiz and prove it!
Since joining the league in 2011, Andy Dalton has started every regular season game for the Bengals except for three. He missed those three games in 2015 due to a broken thumb.
Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz in 2017 after Wentz tore his ACL. Foles guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl and won the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
Von Miller was named the MVP of Super Bowl 50 in a game dominated by the defense. He finished the game with two and a half sacks and two forced fumbles.
The Browns did not win a game the entire 2017 season. With a horrible record, they were awarded the first pick in the NFL draft where they selected Baker Mayfield.
Cole Beasley had his best professional season in 2016. That year, he caught 75 passes for 833 yards.
In 2017, Case Keenum led the Vikings to a 13-3 record and a first-round victory in the playoffs where he threw a last-second game-winning touchdown. Even with the success, the Vikings decided to let Keenum enter free agency at the end of the season.
Mike Evans played college football with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Evans only saw the field for two seasons, but he had over 1,000 receiving yards both years.
Josh Gordon was suspended by the NFL for violating its drug abuse policy. He missed two full seasons in 2015 and 2016 because of the suspension as well as by his choice to go to rehab.
Marquise Goodwin had an outstanding college career as a track and field participant. He was a two-time national college champion at the long jump event.
Born in Winnie, Texas, Vance McDonald played college football at Rice University. In 2012, he was named to the First-Team All-C-USA after catching 80 passes for 999 yards.
Chase Daniel has spent most of his career as a backup quarterback, starting in only two games since entering the league. He has one career touchdown and one career interception on his resume.
In week 8 of the 2017 season, the Eagles played the 49ers in a game where Jalen Mills had a deflection, a tackle for a loss, and an interception. For his efforts, Mills was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Alex Okafor tore his Achilles in Week 11 of the 2017 season. The injury would force him to miss the rest of the season.
Thomas Morstead has been a member of the Saints since he entered the league in 2009. He helped the team win a Super Bowl his rookie season.
Playing defensive end, Jerry Hughes was a first-round draft pick out of TCU. Originally drafted by the Colts, he was traded to the Bills in 2013 for Kelvin Sheppard.
Jordan Jenkins was set to start his rookie season but missed the first two games due to a calf injury. He made his first career start in the third game of the 2016 season against the Chiefs.
Taylor Gabriel attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. During his four-year career, he set the school record for the most career touchdowns.
Myles Garrett imposed his will on other teams while in college at Texas A&M. Playing in 34 total games across three seasons, Garrett had 31 sacks and 47 tackles for a loss.
Josh Reynolds was born in San Antonio, Texas. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school where he played both wide receiver and safety.
Joey Hunt played college football at TCU. During his four-year college career, Hunt played in 42 games but failed to separate himself as a top lineman in the 2016 NFL draft where he went in the 6th round.
Corey Nelson was part of the Broncos Super Bowl run in 2015-16. During Super Bowl 50, Nelson recorded one tackle as the Broncos' defense dominated the Panthers, holding the team to 10 points.
Jake Matthews was a top lineman recruit coming out of high school. He had offers from several major universities including Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas. However, he ended up at Texas A&M.
Colin Jones played in his first playoff game his rookie season while he was a member of the 49ers. In the game, he had two solo tackles in a win over the New Orleans Saints.
Ryan Tannehill played wide receiver his first few seasons in college. His junior year he took over the quarterback position halfway through the season and never looked back.
To start the 2018 season, Patrick Mahomes took the league by storm. In his first two games, Mahomes threw for 10 touchdowns and nearly 600 yards.
Quandre Diggs played football at Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas. Coming out of high school, Diggs was ranked as the number one cornerback recruit by many scouts.
Though he only touched the ball 98 times, Rex Burkhead averaged 6.9 yards per carry his senior year of college. His longest run on the season was 73 yards.
Russell Shepard went undrafted in 2013 coming out of LSU. The first team to sign him was the Eagles, though he was soon released by the team.
The Legion of Boom put immense pressure on opposing offenses. Not only could they cover receivers, but the group was capable of making tackles and creating turnovers.
Emmanuel Sanders was a third round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2014 and followed it up with another selection in 2016.
Brian Orakpo dominated the Big 12 during his college career. During his freshman season, he was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. Four years later, he was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Danny Amendola spent the early part of his career on various practice squads, including the Cowboys and the Eagles. In 2009, the Rams were the first team to give Amendola a chance to show off his talent.
Drew Brees is the only quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards more than once. He accomplished the feat five different times.
Matt Bryant traveled around a lot in the early part of his professional career, playing for a multitude of teams. In 2009, he finally signed with the Falcons where he has been ever since.
The only season Evander Hood started all 16 NFL games was in 2012. He had three sacks that season and two fumble recoveries.
Jason Peters played tight end in college, where he was a second-team All-SEC selection his junior year. He went undrafted in 2004 but moved to offensive tackle and was eventually picked up by the Bills as an undrafted free agent.
A gifted running back, Adrian Peterson has won numerous awards throughout his career. However, Peterson has never had a chance to play in a Super Bowl despite being in the league since 2007.
Derrick Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler at the linebacker position. He was also selected as First-Team All-Pro in 2011.
Michael Crabtree's college career at Texas Tech was filled with awards and accolades. Thanks to his success, Crabtree was selected as the NCAA Football 10 cover athlete.
A third-round draft pick in 2010, Brandon LaFell has been around the league. His most successful season was with the New England Patriots where he helped the team win Super Bowl XLIX.