Broward high schools dominate NFL representation in South Florida

In the opening week of the 2022 NFL season, there were 55 Broward County high school alumni receiving a check from the NFL as players, by far the most represented county in talent-rich South Florida .

The tally represents a slight drop from last year’s 62 players, the highest mark for the county.

Miami-Dade, meanwhile, had 23 players receiving a paycheck when the season began, down 36.1% from the county’s player count of 36 on the first weekend of 2021. Broward had a 139% greater presence than its 305 neighbors as the NFL headed into Week 2.

While St. Thomas Aquinas has clearly led the way for the county in previous years, this year they shared the top spot, with the Raiders and American Heritage, each with a dozen alumni on the rosters.

Kickoff Weekend players hailed from 19 schools and could be found on 25 teams, with the Denver Broncos leading the way.

Here’s the list, in alphabetical order by players’ last names, who were on the 53-man roster, practice squad or on an injured list. At the bottom is a list of how many come from each school and are on each NFL team.

Josh Ali, Falcons, Chaminade-Madonna

Robbie Anderson, Panthers, South Plantation

Kevin Austin Jr., Jaguars, North Broward High School

Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Nik Bonitto, Broncos, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Joey Bosa, Chargers, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Nick Bosa, 49ers, St. Thomas Aquinas

Marchioness Brown, Cardinals, Chaminade-Madonna

brian burns, panthers, american heritage

Devin Bush, Steelers, Flanagan

Josh Bynes, Ravens, Boyd Anderson

Yodny Cajusto, Patriots, Miramar

Tyson Campbell, Jaguars, American heritage

Trevon Coley, Osos, Miramar

Phillip Dorsett, Texans, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Jon Feliciano, Giants, West

Jonathan Ford, Packers, Dillard

Mike Harley Jr., Browns, St. Thomas Aquinas

Bobby Hart, Bills, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Khalil Herbert, bears, american heritage

Faion Hicks, Broncos, Flanagan

James Houston IV, Lions, American heritage

Tyler Huntley, Ravens, Hallandale

Danny Isidora, Cardinals, Cypress Bay

Eddie Jackson, Osos, Boyd Anderson

Shemar Jean-Charles, Packers, Miramar

Jerry Jeudy, Broncos, Deerfield Beach

Brandon Johnson, Broncos, American heritage

Lamarcus Joyner, Jets, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Chris Lammons, Chiefs, Plantation

James McCourt, Jaguares, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Isaiah McKenzie, Bills, American Heritage

Josh MetellusVikingsFlanagan

Marken Michel, Commanders, American Heritage

sony michel, chargers, american heritage

Herb Miller, Browns, Miramar

Elijah Moore, Jets, St. Thomas Aquinas

Fabian Moreau, Giants, Western

Zack Moss, Bills, Hallandale

Trayvon Mullen, Cardinals, Coconut Creek

Joshua Palmer, Chargers, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Patrick (Johnson) Peterson, Vikings, Blanche Ely

James Pierre, Steelers, Deerfield Beach

Brandon Powell, Rams, Deerfield Beach

Calvin Ridley, Halcones, Monarca

Aaron Robinson, Giants, Deerfield Beach

Asante Samuel Jr., Chargers, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Anthony Schwartz, Browns, American Heritage

Tedarrell Slaton, Packers, American Heritage

Geno Smith, Seahawks, Miramar

Pat Surtain II, Broncos, American Heritage

Binjimen Victor, Ravens, Count Creek

Rashad Weaver, Titans, Cooper City

Mike White, Jets, College

Marco Wilson, Cardinals, American Heritage

Quincy Wilson, Steelers, College

Quincy Wilson was signed by the Steelers after Week 2.

INSTITUTE: American Heritage (12), St. Thomas Aquinas (12), Miramar (5), Deerfield Beach (4), Flanagan (3), Boyd Anderson (2), Chaminade-Madonna (2), Coconut Creek (2), Hallandale (2), University School (2), Western (2), Blanche Ely, Cooper City, Cypress Bay, Dillard, Monarch, North Broward Prep, Plantation, South Plantation

EQUIPMENT: Broncos (5), Cardinals (4), Chargers (4), Bears (3), Bills (3), Browns (3), Giants (3), Jaguars (3), Jets (3), Packers (3), Ravens (3), Steelers (3), Falcons (2), Panthers (2), Vikings (2), 49ers (1), Buccaneers (1), Chiefs (1), Commanders (1), Lions (1), Patriots (1), Rams (1), Seahawks (1), Texans (1), Titans (1), Cowboys (0), Saints (0), Eagles (0), Bengals (0), Colts (0), Raiders (0), Dolphins (0)

NFC: 25; AFC: 31 (30 opening weekend)

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