Where every NFL head coach played high school football

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It’s time for the second Sunday of the National Football League’s 2020 season.

Here’s a fun fact — nine of the current 32 NFL head coaches played their high school football in Pennsylvania. In fact, four of the five new hires for the 2020 season hail from the Keystone State — Matt Rhule (Carolina Panthers), Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns), Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys) and New Joe Judge (New York Giants).

Pennsylvania has a head-and-shoulders lead over the next closest states. California, Michigan and New York are tied for second with three coaches each. Illinois and Texas have produced two current head coaches each.

In all, 13 different states have produced the current bunch of NFL head coaches.

Where NFL Head Coaches Played High School Football

Arizona Cardinals – Kliff Kingsbury, New Braunfels HS (Texas)

Atlanta Falcons – Dan Quinn, Morristown HS (New Jersey)

Baltimore Ravens – John Harbaugh, Pioneer HS (Michigan)

Buffalo Bills – Sean McDermott – La Salle College HS (Pennsylvania)

Carolina Panthers – Matt Ruhle, State College HS (Pennsylvania)

Chicago Bears – Matt Nagy, Manheim Central HS (Pennsylvania)

Cincinnati Bengals – Zac Taylor, Norman HS (Oklahoma)

Cleveland Browns – Kevin Stefanski, St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)

Dallas Cowboys – Mike McCarthy, Bishop Boyle HS (Pennsylvania)

Denver Broncos – Vic Fangio, Dunmore HS (Pennsylvania)

Detroit Lions – Matt Patricia, Verona-Verona-Sherrill HS (New York)

Green Bay Packers – Matt LaFleur, Mount Pleasant HS (Michigan)

Houston Texans – Bill O’Brien, St. John’s Prep (Danvers, Massachusetts)

Indianapolis Colts – Frank Reich, Cedar Crest HS (Pennsylvania)

Jacksonville Jaguars – Doug Marrone, Lehman HS (New York)

Kansas City Chiefs – Andy Reid, Marshall HS (Los Angeles, California)

Los Angeles Chargers – Anthony Lynn, Celina HS (Texas)

Las Vegas Raiders – Jon Gruden, Clay HS (South Bend, Indiana)

Los Angels Rams – Sean McVay, Marist HS (Georgia)

Miami Dolphins – Brian Flores, Brooklyn Poly Prep (New York)

Minnesota Vikings – Mike Zimmer, Lockport Township HS (Illinois)

New England Patriots – Bill Belichick, Annapolis HS (Maryland)

New Orleans Saints – Sean Payton, Naperville Central HS (Illinois)

New York Giants – Joe Judge, Lansdale Catholic HS (Pennsylvania)

New York Jets – Adam Gase, Marshall HS (Michigan)

Oakland Raiders – Jon Gruden, Clay HS (South Bend, Indiana)

Philadelphia Eagles – Doug Pederson, Ferndale HS (Washington)

Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Tomlin, Denbigh HS (Virginia)

San Francisco 49ers – Kyle Shanahan, Cherry Creek HS (Colorado)

Seattle Seahawks – Pete Carroll, Redwood HS (California)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bruce Arians, William Penn HS (York, Pennsylvania)

Tennessee Titans – Mike Vrabel, Walsh Jesuit HS (Ohio)

Washington Football Team – Ron Rivera, Seaside HS (California)

NFL Head Coaches by State

Pennsylvania – 9

California, Michigan, New York – 3

Illinois, Texas – 2

Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington – 1

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.