Pennsylvania boasts tradition of gridiron greats

Originally Published: October 31, 2005
By Craig Haubert | Scouts Inc.
As we near the end of our look at the recruiting landscape across the United States, we come upon a special state. Pennsylvania not only produces some of the top talent in the country, but also boasts a rich gridiron history.

Today's NFL has numerous stars from Pennsylvania, including Marvin Harrison, Curtis Martin, LaVar Arrington, Jason Taylor and Larry Johnson, to name a few. Many of the NFL's brightest stars have been Keystone State natives. Pennsylvania has produced more Hall of Famers then any other state with 26. Legends of the game like Mike Ditka, "Red" Grange, Tony Dorsett, Fred Biletnikoff, and George Blanda have called this state home. In addition, nowhere in the country is there a richer tradition of great quarterbacks. Legends like Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly all hail from western Pennsylvania. The state's two major cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, both support two storied NFL franchises. The state also has two major college programs with rich histories of their own in Penn State and Pittsburgh.

Towns and cities throughout Pennsylvania embrace their little slice of the game every Friday night in the fall with great high school traditions. Much like the football powers of California, Texas, Florida and Ohio, we need two days to properly evaluate the talent in this state. Pennsylvania has eight players in the ESPN 150, all of whom are ranked in the top 100. Six of those players are offensive stars, and they will be the focus of today's overview.