North Carolina

Players from the State

Current PlayersPlayers per Capita
LeaguePercentageState RankPer 1MState Rank
NFL - Current Players3.0%95.318
NFL - Draft3.3%710.613
NFL - Hall of Famers1.3%240.434
DI FBS - Current Players3.1%744.913
DI FCS - Current Players4.5%656.614
High School - 4 & 5 STAR Recruits3.9%61.49

Team Profiles

League Team Nickname City Conference
NFL Carolina Panthers Charlotte NFC South
DI - FBS Appalachian State Mountaineers Boone Sun Belt
DI - FBS Charlotte 49ers Charlotte Conference USA - East
DI - FBS Duke Blue Devils Durham ACC - Coastal
DI - FBS East Carolina Pirates Greenville American - East
DI - FBS North Carolina Tar Heels Chapel Hill ACC - Coastal
DI - FBS North Carolina State Wolfpack Raleigh ACC - Atlantic
DI - FBS Wake Forest Demon Deacons Winston-Salem ACC - Atlantic
DI - FCS Campbell Fighting Camels Buies Creek Pioneer League
DI - FCS Davidson Wildcats Davidson Pioneer League
DI - FCS Elon Phoenix Elon Colonial Athletic Association
DI - FCS Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Boiling Springs Big South
DI - FCS North Carolina A&T Aggies Greensboro Mid-Eastern Athletic
DI - FCS North Carolina Central Eagles Durham Mid-Eastern Athletic
DI - FCS Western Carolina Catamounts Cullowhee Southern
DII Brevard Tornados Brevard South Atlantic
DII Catawba Indians Salisbury South Atlantic
DII Chowan Hawks Murfreesboro Central Inter. AA - Northern
DII Elizabeth City State Vikings Elizabeth City Central Inter. AA - Northern
DII Fayetteville State Broncos Fayetteville Central Inter. AA - Southern
DII Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls Charlotte Central Inter. AA - Southern
DII Lenoir–Rhyne Bears Hickory South Atlantic
DII Livingstone Blue Bears Salisbury Central Inter. AA - Southern
DII Mars Hill Lions Mars Hill South Atlantic
DII Shaw Bears Raleigh Central Inter. AA - Southern
DII St. Augustine's Falcons Raleigh Central Inter. AA - Southern
DII UNC Pembroke Braves Pembroke Independent
DII Wingate Bulldogs Wingate South Atlantic
DII Winston-Salem State Rams Winston-Salem Central Inter. AA - Southern
DIII Greensboro Pride Greensboro USA South Athletic
DIII Guilford Quakers Greensboro Old Dominion Athletic
DIII Methodist Monarchs Fayetteville USA South Athletic
DIII North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops Rocky Mount USA South Athletic


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, NFL.com 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.