Florida: Emmitt Smith
The Sunshine State may be the biggest Sophie’s Choice of any state. Even getting an honorable mention as one of the runners up is a big deal for a state that currently produces more NFL players than any other. There’s a great argument for several players, but Emmitt Smith gets the edge in the end.
Even if you forget everything he did for his home state Gators in college, Smith has Offensive Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and eight Pro Bowls on his resume. He’s also the NFL all-time leader in carries, yards, and rushing touchdowns. Wearing three Super Bowl rings doesn’t hurt his case either.
Runners Up: Deacon Jones, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Andre Johnson