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Foles: From Friday Night Lights To The NFL

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions will feature a pair of starting quarterbacks who both played high school football in the state of Texas. Nick Foles (Westlake) and Matthew Stafford (Highland Park) are just two of 11 NFL quarterbacks who played their high school ball in the Lone Star State.

According to Foles, the big stage of high school football in Texas might have something to do with the prevalence of starting quarterbacks from the State.

“It’s a big state, so there are a lot of people, but as you all know, football is pretty big in Texas,” said Foles. "There’s the Friday Night Lights and we play in front of people who love football ... I knew that we had at least 8,000-10,000 people a game and we got in the playoffs and it would be 40 or 50,000, and if you’re playing in a state championship, that’s going to be huge.

“I don’t know if that has something to do with (the large number of Texas quarterbacks in the league). You’re always playing in front of crowds and you’ve got a lot on your shoulders - I don’t know what it is.”

NFL Starting Quarterbacks From Texas
Quarterback High School
Nick Foles, Eagles Westlake
Matthew Stafford, Lions Highland Park
Drew Brees, Saints Westlake
Andy Dalton, Bengals Katy
Matt Flynn, Packers Tyler Lee
Robert Griffin III, Washington Copperas Cove
Case Keenum, Texans Abilene Wylie
Andrew Luck, Colts Houston Stratford
Josh McCown, Bears Jacksonville
Christian Ponder, Vikings Colleyville Heritage
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins Big Spring

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