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Which college in Texas started the NFL season with the most players on active rosters?
AUSTIN (KXAN) — In perhaps some of the least shocking news, there are more active NFL players this season who played college football in Texas than in any other state, according to The Action Network, a sports betting website and information.
The Action Network went through every NFL team’s active roster at the start of the 2022 season and created a database based on where players went to school, and unsurprisingly, Texas leads by a significant margin.
There are currently 211 NFL players who have studied in Texas, 60 more than California with 151. Florida is third on the list with 149, North Carolina is No. 4 with 121 and Alabama rounds out the website’s top five with 109.
This comes after the Texas Longhorns had no players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, the first time that has happened since 2014.
That leads to the next thing The Action Network is analyzing – and that is which Texas colleges have the most active players this season. The honor goes to Texas A&M with 37 active players at the time they were counted.
Active rosters vary throughout the year as players are subject to various transactions, so the numbers now may be different than when the count took place, but it still gives a good idea of where the NFL’s talent is coming from.
The Longhorns have the second most players in the NFL with 29, according to the survey, followed by TCU with 25, Baylor with 23 and Houston with 18.
Complete list of Texas colleges with active NFL players as of the start of the 2022 season, according to The Action Network
- Texas A&M – 37
- Texas – 29
- TCU – 25
- Baylor – 23
- Houston – 20
- Texas Tech – 18
- SMU – 15
- UTSA – 11
- rice – 10
- North Texas – 7
- UTEP – 4
- Sam Houston State – 3
- Prairie View A&M – 2
- Stephen F. Austin – 2
- Tarleton State – 2
- Texas State – 2
- Houston Baptist – 1
The Alabama Crimson Tide run the show when it comes to producing top NFL talent. Nick Saban and company currently have 62 active players in the NFL, far more than any college. The Florida Gators have 36 active NFL players, according to the data, and the University of Miami has 34.