Shreveport Is One of the NFL’s Greatest Quarterback Factories
The website beenverified.com did all the number crunching and their numbers prove what many of us have known all along.
There just aren't many cities in America that can say they have put more quarterbacks in the National Football League than Shreveport has.
In fact, when you consider that Shreveport ranks third out of all Louisiana cities by the total number of state-born NFL players since 1920 (90 players born in Shreveport) and Louisiana ranks third in the US overall with 27.61 NFL players per 100k members of the population, a total of 952 state-born players have entered the NFL since 1920, it's obvious that we are a virtual NFL player factory, but especially for those who spend their time under center.
Only seven cities can boast that they've put more quarterbacks in the NFL than Shreveport. Here's the actual breakout from beenverified.com
Top NFL hometowns for quarterbacks
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Who Are Those 8 Quarterbacks From Shreveport?
- There's no way to have a list like this and Terry Bradshaw not be the first person mentioned. A 1966 graduate of Woodlawn High School, Bradshaw went on to play at Louisiana Tech and was the first overall pick of the 1970 NFL draft when he went to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his career he amassed a total of 4 Super Bowl wins
- Joe Ferguson is easily the second listing of these incredible Shreveport quarterbacks as he succeeded Terry Bradshaw as the starting quarterback at Woodlawn High School. Going on to play college football at the University of Arkansas, Ferguson held Arkansas' single game record for most completions until his record was broken in 2012. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1973, Ferguson played for the Bills until 1984, and later played three seasons for Detroit, wo seasons for Tampa Bay and his final season with the Indianapolis Colts
- David Woodley was a Byrd High School graduate of 1976, played his college ball at LSU and eventually went on to play for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 to 1983, the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1984 to 1986 and finally for the Green Bay Packers in 1987.
- Stan Humphries, a graduate of Southwood High School, went on to play at Northeast Louisiana (now ULM) and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1988 where he stayed through 1991 and then spent 1992 through 1997 with the San Diego Chargers
- Brock Berlin, a graduate of Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport went on to play for the University of Florida and the University of Miami. He signed his first NFL contract as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and went on to spend time with the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions
- John David Booty also went to high school at Evangel Christian Academy and went on to play for the USC Trojans. Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 he also spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans
- Alan Autry, more famous for his role as Bubba on the hit TV series, "In The Heat Of The Night", graduated from Riverdale High School in Shreveport, went on to college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and later had a very short NFL career in 1976 where he was the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
- Tommy Maddox was born in Shreveport in 1971 but went on to spend his formative years in Hurst, Texas where he graduated high school from L.D. Bell. He went on to play college ball at UCLA and would first appear in the NFL when he signed with the Denver Broncos in 1992. In his career he would also spend time with the Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.