Players from the State

Current PlayersPlayers per Capita
LeaguePercentageState RankPer 1MState Rank
NFL - Current Players2.6%133.532
NFL - Draft2.8%117.231
NFL - Hall of Famers5.7%51.412
DI FBS - Current Players2.7%1131.329
DI FCS - Current Players4.0%1038.423
High School - 4 & 5 STAR Recruits1.6%160.528

Team Profiles

League Team Nickname City Conference
NFL Chicago Bears Chicago NFC North
DI - FBS Illinois Fighting Illini Urbana Big Ten - West
DI - FBS Northern Illinois Huskies DeKalb Mid-American - West
DI - FBS Northwestern Wildcats Evanston Big Ten - West
DI - FCS Eastern Illinois Panthers Charleston Ohio Valley
DI - FCS Illinois State Redbirds Normal Missouri Valley
DI - FCS Southern Illinois Salukis Carbondale Missouri Valley
DI - FCS Western Illinois Leathernecks Macomb Missouri Valley
DII McKendree Bearcats Lebanon Great Lakes Valley
DII Quincy Hawks Quincy Great Lakes Valley
DIII Augustana (IL) Vikings Rock Island College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII Aurora Spartans Aurora Northern Athletics
DIII Benedictine Eagles Lisle Northern Athletics
DIII Chicago Maroons Chicago Southern Athletic
DIII Concordia-Chicago Cougars River Forest Northern Athletics
DIII Elmhurst Bluejays Elmhurst College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII Eureka Red Devils Eureka Upper Midwest Athletic
DIII Greenville Panthers Greenville Upper Midwest Athletic
DIII Illinois College Blueboys Jacksonville Midwest
DIII Illinois Wesleyan Titans Bloomington College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII Knox Prairie Fire Galesburg Midwest
DIII Lake Forest Foresters Lake Forest Midwest
DIII MacMurray Highlanders Jacksonville Upper Midwest Athletic
DIII Millikin Big Blue Decatur College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII Monmouth (IL) Fighting Scots Monmouth Midwest
DIII North Central (Ill.) Cardinals Naperville College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII North Park Vikings Chicago College Conf. of IL and WI
DIII Rockford Regents Rockford Northern Athletics
DIII Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder Wheaton College Conf. of IL and WI

Player distributions were calculated by SbS Football and are based on the following sources.

  • NFL players are based on opening day rosters per team websites, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • FBS/FCS players are based on the rosters form official team websites (as of mid-August).
  • High School 4 and 5 Star players are based on the current Senior class per 247Sports' composite ranking (as of mid-August).
  • Per capita figures are on a per million population basis (2010 census).

Teams are assigned to the state in which they are physically located (i.e. the state where they play their home games). However, an exception is made for three NFL teams physically located in a state we do not consider to be its primary state.

  • The New York Giants (located in New Jersey) are included in the New York profile.
  • The New York Jets (located in New Jersey) are included in the New York profile.
  • The Washington Redskins (located in Maryland) are included in the District of Columbia profile.
The team profiles do not include any teams playing in league besides the NFL or the NCAA (Arena Football League, NAIA, NJCAA, High School, etc.).
All data and information obtained through team websites, the NFL and the NCAA.