Massachusetts: Howie Long
Northeastern states like Massachusetts don’t produce NFL players in large quantities, but they’ve produced plenty of gems. Howie Long would certainly fit into that category. Big colleges couldn’t even find him tucked away in Massachusetts; he ended up playing at Villanova before becoming one of the most iconic defensive players in Raiders history.
Over his 13 seasons in silver and black, Long amassed 84 sacks and was named to eight Pro Bowl rosters. He was NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a member of the 1980s All-Decade Team, and ultimately a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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