Top 10 Texas High School Quarterbacks Currently In the NFL
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Top 10 Texas High School Quarterbacks Currently In the NFL
Over the last 20 years, Texas high school football has been a factory when it comes to putting pro-level quaterback talent into the NFL.
Many of the top quaterbacks playing in the NFL today got their start under the friday night lights of high school stadiums all over the state.
Here is our list of the Top 10 quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL that got their starts as high school quaterbacks in Texas.
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This list was incredibly hard to put together, considering the emence talent at the quarterback position coming out of Texas that have made it to the NFL.
Acknowledgments go out to Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse High School, Kansas City Chiefs), Robert Griffin III (Copperas Cove High School, Baltimore Ravens), Colt McCoy (Jim Ned High School, Washington Redskins) and Chase Daniel (Southlake Carroll High School, Chicago Bears) for their outstanding Texas high school football careers and their journeys to the NFL.
Now...on to the Top 10...
Isaiah J. DowningIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas for two seasons. Amassed a 25-2 career record as the starting quarterback, leading Lake Travis to the 2011 4A State Championship. Threw for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns in his high school career.
NFL: After a career at Oklahoma where he left as one of the greatest Sooners in program history, the Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield with the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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High School: Quarterback at Big Spring High School in Big Spring, Texas for two seasons. Threw for 2,510 yards his junior season. Led Big Spring to the playoffs his senior season, passing for 5,258 yards and rushing for 617 yards. Finished his high school career as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.
NFL: Despite starting only one season at quarterback for Texas A&M his senior season, Tannehill was drafted with the #8 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft. Started all 16 games his rookie season. Missed the 2017 season after tearing his MCL and ACL in his left knee. Owns 9 different Miami Dolphins franchise quarterback records. In 2015, threw for 25 consecutive pass completions in a game, an NFL record. Led the Dolphins to the playoffs in 2016, their first playoff birth since 2008.
Jasen VinloveJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Texas. A late bloomer, McCown had an outstanding senior season after a late growth spurt his junior year. Led Jacksonville to the playoffs his senior year. Was named the East Texas Player of the Year in 1997.
NFL: A journeyman career in college that led him from SMU to Sam Houston State, McCown was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Entering his 15th season in the NFL after spending time as a back-up and part-time starter with the Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Has become known as a great teammate and mentor for young quarterbacks as well as a very reliable option on the bench.
Ed MulhollandEd Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas. Started 42 games at Wylie, amassing a 31-11 career record. Led Wylie to the 3A Division I State Championship in 2004 with a 17-14 win over Cuero High School.
NFL: Despite a record-setting career at the University of Houston, Keenum went undrafted in 2012 and signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans. Had his breakout season in 2017 as the starter for the Minnesota Vikings, leading them to the NFC Championship Game after a 11-3 season. Signed a two-year, $36 million contract in the 2018 offseason to become the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
Ron ChenoyRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback at Austin Westlake High School in Austin, Texas for two seasons. Threw for 5,658 yards and 56 touchdowns. Broke most of Drew Brees' school records before graduating in 2007.
NFL: Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Had a short stint as a starter for the Eagles, including an impressive 2013 season where he started 10 games and finished the season with a league-leading 119.2 quaterback rating. Spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs respectively. Returned to Philadelphia for the 2017 season where he became an Eagles legend, leading Philly to their first Super Bowl victory after replacing starter Carson Wentz in tore his ACL in Week 14.
Matthew EmmonsMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Katy High School in Katy, Texas. Only started one full season for Katy his senior season, leading the Tigers to the 2005 5A State Championship game. Threw for 2,877 yards and 42 touchdowns his senior season.
NFL: A stellar career at TCU led Dalton to being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Has been the Bengals starter since the first game of his rookie season. Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs 4 times in his seven seasons. Selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
Aaron DosterAaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback at Clements High School in Sugarland, Texas. Started his sophomore and junior seasons before moving to California for his senior season. Went 13-0 as a starter his junior season before being knocked out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals by eventual 5A Division II state champion Katy in 2007.
NFL: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Started every game as a rookie. Led Oakland to their first playoff birth in 14 seasons in 2016. A broken leg in Week 16 cost Carr the rest of the 2016 season...and cost the Raiders a shot at the Super Bowl. Has thrown for 14,690 yards and 103 touchdowns in 4 seasons.
Kirby LeeKirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas for two seasons. His senior year, led Highland Park to a 15-0 record and the 4A Division I State Championship. Threw for 5,856 yards and 56 touchdowns in two seasons at HP. A 5-star recruit, Stafford was regarded by many scouting services as the #1 quarterback in the nation from the 2006 signing class.
NFL: Left the University of Georgia after his junior season and was selected #1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Named immediate starter his rookie season. Has made 112 consecutive starts for the Lions. Led Detroit to the playoffs in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Threw his 3,000th completion in his 125th career game, the fastest player in NFL history to complete that feat.
Raj MehtaRaj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Startford High School in Houston, Texas for two seasons. Threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career, while adding on another 2,085 yards rushing.
NFL: Luck was selected #1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft. Started every game of his rookie season, leading the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff birth. Set the record for most passing yards thrown by a rookie with 4,183. Luck followed-up his impressive rookie campaign by leading the Colts to the playoffs each of the next two seasons, including the AFC Championship Game in 2014 . Missed the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury. Named to the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Signed the richest contract in NFL history before the start of the 2016 season.
Bruce KluckhohnBruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
High School: Starting quarterback for Austin Westlake High School in Austin, Texas for two seasons. One of the greatest quarterbacks in Texas high school football history. Went 28-0-1 as starting quarterback over two seasons at Westlake. Won the 5A State Championship in 1996 with a perfect 16-0 record. Threw for 5,461 yards and 50 touchdowns in his high school career.
NFL: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Played five seasons in San Digeo before signing a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, winning the Super Bowl XLIV MVP honors. Named to the Pro Bowl 11 times. First Team All-Pro in 2006. Has led the NFL in passing 7 times. Threw a touchdown pass in an NFL record 54 consecutive games.