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Starting NFL Quarterbacks From Texas

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Texas is known for a few things.  Great BBQ, Cowboys, and football so its no wonder that out of the 32 starting Quarterbacks in the NFL, 8 of them hail from the Lone Star State.  That's one fouth of the starting QBs on the highest level of the sport starting for their respective squad.  I'm going to rank these eight from first to worst.

8. Josh McCown

Jacksonville, TX
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Where is Jacksonville, TX?  Who knows but that's where Josh McCown grew up.  While a stater at Jacksonville High, McCown completed 153 of 231 passes for 30 TDs and only 9 INTs.  He was named East Texas Player of the Year as a Senior.  Josh played three years at SMU throwing for 4,022 yards and 24 touchdowns but tacking on 34 INTS as well.  He was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.  He's bounced around from teams through out his entire career, mostly as a back up, until Jay Cutler got injured last year and McCown stepped in having a career season.  Throwing for 1,829 yards and 19 TDS with only 1 INT, McCown seemed to have proven his worth as a starter in the NFL and was signed by the Tampa Bay Bucs during the 2014 off season.  

7. Ryan Tannehill

Big Spring, TX
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Ryan Tannehill (John Gruden voice), from Big Spring, TX, threw for 7,768 yards and rushed for 1,539 yards in his two years as a starter at Big Spring High School.  After red-shirting his first year at A&M, he played in a combined 11 games through his first three seasons including seven starts in 2010.  In 2011, Tannehill started all 13 games for the Aggies completing 327 of 531 passes for 3,744 yards and 29 TDs.  He was selected 8th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  Its been a bit of a rough road so far in Miami but that's been true for every QB since Marino.

6. Andy Dalton

Katy, TX
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Dalton hails from Texas High School powerhouse Katy.  As a Senior, he lead the Tigers to the State Championship where they fell to Southlake Carroll 34-20.  As a starter at TCU (2007-2010) Dalton completed 61 percent of his throws for 10,314 yards and 71 TDs.  He also lead the Horned Frogs to a Rose Bowl win over the Wisconsin Badgers.  Dalton was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Controversy surrounded Dalton as he won the starting job over Carson Palmer his rookie season but has since silenced due to Dalton's production on the field.  He recently signed a contract extension worth $115 million over six years.  Though he's taken the Bengals to the playoffs the last three seasons, he is till looking for his his first postseason win.

5. Nick Foles

Austin, TX
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Foles went to Austin Westlake High School, the same school as Drew Brees.  Foles went to Michigan State for a year before transferring to Arizona.  In 2011, Foles ranked fifth in all of FBS players and first in the Pac-12 in total offense with 352.58 yards per game.  He completed 384 of 567 passes for 28 TDs that year.  Nick was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Nick got his first NFL action in week ten against the Cowboys after Michael Vick went down with concussion symptoms.  Now under former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelley, Foles is fitting in nicely with the fast paced offense.  Many picked the Eagles to win the NFC East.

4. Robert Griffin III

Copperas Cove, TX
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Robert Griffin III, or RG3, played his High School ball at Copperas Cove HS where, as a Senior, he ran for 24 TDs and thre for 16.  Griffin played for Baylor and was the first Heisman trophy winner in the program's history.  The Washington Redskins (am I still allowed to say Redskins?) traded up to the 2nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to take RG3.  Griffin lead the Skins to the playoffs his rookie year but injured his knee in the Playoffs.  After a "Sophomore Slump" last year, RG3 was having a decent third season until he, once again, got injured.  He is now in jeopardy of losing his starting spot to back up Kirk Cosuins who has shown his worth as a starter.

3. Matthew Stafford

Highland Park, TX
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Matthew Stafford went to Highland Park High School just outside of Dallas, TX.  During his Senior campaign, Stafford lead his team to a perfect 15-0 and the State Title.  Matt threw for 4,000 yards despite missing the first three games with a knee injury.  He played his college ball at the University of Georgia where he started for the Bulldogs for three years throwing for 7,731 yards and 51 TDs.  Stafford was selected first overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft.  Together with Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford has helped the Lions become one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.  They hope to get back into the playoffs in 2014.

2. Andrew Luck

Houston, TX
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Luck's dad, Oliver Luck, played Quarterback for the Houston Oilers so its no mystery where his talent came from.  while attending Stratford High, Luck racked up 7,139 passing yards and 53 TDs, he also ran for 2,085 yards.  Luck was yet another QB who was passed on by Mack Brown (probably better off that way) and got a football scholarship to Stanford.  Andrew started for Stanford for three years (2009-2011) and completed 713 of 1,064 passes with 9,430 yards and 82 TDs.  Luck went 1st overall to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2011 draft and was the hopeful replacement for Peyton Manning.  Its too early to tell if he will fill those giant shoes, but so far he hasn't disappointed Colts fans.

1. Drew Brees

Austin, TX
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No real shock here.  Brees is a top 3-4 QB in the NFL so its no wonder why he tops my list as the best QB out of Texas.  Brees, Like Foles (except 10 years prior) attended Austin Westlake High School.  During his tenure, he went 314 of 490 passes for 5,461 yards and 50 touchdowns.  Brees was named Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Westlake High School football team to 16–0 record and state championship.  He played his college ball at Purdue before being selected first pick in the second round of the 2001 draft by the San Diego Chargers.  The Chargers then head coach Norv Turner, passed Brees up for Phillip Rivers and Drew was traded to the Saints.  Was it a bonehead move?  That's for you to decide.





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