The Cowboys have filled every single available roster spot and currently have 90 players on their roster, and 88 of those players were born in one of the 50 States of The Union. Overall, the 90 players on the Dallas Cowboys roster hail from 29 different states in the U.S.A., and two players were born in Canada.
If your browser supports flash animation, the interactive map above shows how many players were born in which state. The darker a state, the more players were born in that state. Move over a state with your mouse and you'll see how many and which players were born there. If you can't see the map, it’s probably because the map is a flash animation and your browser either does not have a flash plugin (like the Shockwave Flash plugin for Firefox) or flash animations are blocked by programs like Flashblock or some ad filters. And if you're on an Apple device, direct your complaint to one of the geniuses in your local Apple store.
For those of you that can see the map, if you click on a state you will zoom into the state. You can magnify any part of the map by clicking and holding the left mouse button and then dragging the pointer to mark the area you want enlarged.
Here are some random facts about the Cowboys roster:
13 of the 90 players were born in Texas, making Texas the biggest contributor to the team. California (8), Florida (8), and Georgia (6) also contributed more than a handful of players. In 2011, a study of all 1,695 players on the 2011 opening day rosters showed that those four states are also the states that produce the most players for the entire NFL, but not in the same order as we see on the Cowboys roster:
|Percentage of players by home state|
|All NFL Teams||10.8%||13.3%||10.8%||5.3%|
Unsurprisingly, Texas is overrepresented on the Cowboys roster. And that is a compliment to the level of talent in the state, coach Jason Garrett said recently.
"Think about where we live," he said, asked Friday as the camp began about how the Cowboys consider bringing in local players either as free-agent signees or tryout players. "I’d argue that football is played in the state of Texas at all levels better than any state in the country. So there’s a lot of really, really good football players that come out of Texas. There are some amazingly good football players who come from the Dallas area."
The two other traditional football powerhouse states, California and Florida, are slightly underrepresented on the current Cowboys roster, but with the small sample size, we shouldn't attach too much meaning to these percentages.
Of the 29 states represented on the roster, eleven states have only one player on the Cowboys roster. The two players born in Canada are long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur and DE Tyrone Crawford.
Nine players were born in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area: Terrance Williams and Phillip Tanner (both Dallas), Devin Smith and Dalton Williams (both Coppell), James Hanna and Nick Stephens (both Flower Mound), Ben Bass (Grapevine), Cole Beasley (Little Elm) and Kendial Lawrence (Rockwall).
Outside of DFW, only Atlanta (Dwayne Harris, Edawn Coughman), Beaumont, TX (Lawrence Vickers, Tank Reed), Cincinnati (Alex Albright, Brandon Underwood), Los Angeles (Malik James, Monte Taylor), Pittsburgh (Barry Church, Sean Lee) and Wichita (Joseph Randle, David Arkin) have multiple Cowboys representing their city.
Interestingly, there are now four Wisconsin-born players on the roster, but if you're looking for the most famous Wisconsonian on the roster, look for that player in California - he was born in San Diego while his father was with the Navy.
So what stands out to you? How many players come from your state and who do you pick to be your state representative?
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