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Alumni Strong in the NFL
Alumni Strong in the NFL

Statistically speaking, when it comes to the NFL, St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale is the go-to high school for grooming pro players. In the 2018 season, Aquinas has had 15 players in the league (on active rosters, practice squads or injured reserve) -- by far the most of any high school in the country.

St. Thomas Aquinas piles up 15 alumni in 2018's NFL after week 1

The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders saw 15 of their former players make NFL teams in the first week of the season, either as players on the 53-man roster, practice squad or injured reserve.

Last year, Aquinas ended the season with 16 alumni acquiring such status.

According to, Aquinas' 15 is more than double the next-best-represented high school as Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Long Beach Poly (Calif.) and Cleveland's Glenville have seven players each. Glades Central has six active players who graduated from the Belle Glade school, but a seventh if Baltimore's Willie Snead IV is counted. Snead played freshman year for Glades Central before his father got a new coaching job and moved the family to Holland, Mich.

Further, there have been 25 St. Thomas graduates to get drafted (gallery below), a massive 17 of them in the seven-draft span from 2010-2016, including their highest-drafted player as defensive end Joey Bosa went third overall to the then-San Diego Chargers two years ago.

Meanwhile, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has projected Bosa's younger brother, Nick, to go second overall in the 2019 NFL draft, and others have the Buckeyes defensive end being the top selection.

To see the Aquinas alumni in this year's NFL, click above or here.

Svekis, S. (2018, September 13). St. Thomas Aquinas Piles up 15 Alumni in 2018's NFL after Week 1. Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved from