Fort Lauderdale's Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, with 15 players, again tops the list of high schools with the most NFL players. The school has led the nation in players on NFL Kickoff rosters for seven of the past eight seasons (2012, 2014-19). It tied for the lead in 2013.
Joey Bosa (Chargers), Nick Bosa (49ers), Bryan Cox (Panthers), James Crawford & Jake Rudock (Dolphins), Phillip Dorsett & James White (Patriots), Marcus Gilbert (Cardinals) Lamarcus Joyner (Raiders), Brandon Linder (Jaguars), Michael Palardy & Jordan Scarlett (Panthers), Giovani Bernard, Geno Atkins, & Bobby Hart (Bengals)
When asked, "What's in the culture at Saint Thomas Aquinas?" Giovanni Bernard had the perfect response.
"Professionalism," Bernard said. "Taking accountability for everything you do, your actions. We learned very early my freshman year that if you're going to miss a workout, there's going to be discipline. I always hold myself very accountable, and that's something I feel that all the players coming out of Saint Thomas have learned. They're all players who are very accountable to their teammates, and they get their jobs done."
Overall, NFL players hail from 1,296 high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, 10 countries and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,695 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters.
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Photo Gallery of all STA Alum now in the NFL, courtesy of the SunSentinel.