The SEC Dominates The NFL

One of my fave things to do with Mo is watch SEC Football.

Wait, I’m totally lying. Actually we love watching LSU Football.

However, if LSU isn’t playing, I will watch another SEC team and size up the competition (huh, what competition???!)

Since I live in Los Angeles, people out here don’t believe in the power of the SEC (no wonder they call it La La Land). They are hung up on the Pac something…I have no idea what their division is called bc, they get so little airtime and basically don’t matter. Anyway, LA people looooove their college teams and will babble argue you down how great the West Coast teams are. SMH.

I will now let ESPN take the mic:

“We saw as the SEC led the draft charge for the fifth straight year by producing 38 draft selections in the 2011 NFL draft.

Twenty-three of the 32 teams took at least one SEC player, with the Seattle Seahawks drafting a league-high four SEC players (Alabama guard James Carpenter, Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright, Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham and LSU defensive end Lazarius Levingston).

The Atlanta FalconsBuffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers all had three SEC selections.

When you look at how many former SEC players are on active NFL rosters in the past few years, it’s easy to see that NFL teams love dipping into the SEC well for talent.

The SEC has had more of its former players on NFL rosters in the past five seasons than any other conference. Since 2006, the SEC has averaged 264.6 players per year on NFL opening-weekend rosters. The league had a high of 272 on 2010 rosters.

Since 2006, the SEC has led all conferences averaging 39.5 draft picks a year.

From 2005-09, the SEC had had two of its former players named NFL MVP three times (2005, running back Shaun Alexander, Alabama with Seattle; 2008- 09, quarterback Peyton Manning, Tennessee with the Indianapolis Colts).

During the past five Super Bowls (2006-10), three former SEC players have been named game MVP (2006 receiver Hines Ward, Georgia with the Pittsburgh Steelers; 2007 Manning; 2008 quarterback Eli Manning, Ole Miss with the New York Giants).

Including its 2011 draft picks, Kansas City is the most SEC-heavy team in the NFL with 23 former SEC players on its roster, while Cincinnati is second with 22. The Jacksonville Jaguarshave the least amount of SEC talent running around with five former players.

The school with the most NFL players? That would be LSU with 56. Georgia is second with 47. Vanderbilt brings up the rear with 12.Here’s a look at each school and its current NFL player number:
LSU — 56
Georgia — 47

Florida — 44

Tennessee — 43

Alabama — 37

Auburn — 33

Ole Miss — 27

South Carolina — 23

Arkansas — 20

Mississippi State — 19

Kentucky — 15

Vanderbilt — 12″

Yup, that’s right, even our worst school in the SEC has produced 12 NFL players. Not too shabby.
Perhaps one day, the SEC will gain the respect from other divisions it so much deserves.
Until then, we will just keep WINNING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! 
(FYI non-believers, The illustrious SEC has won 5 straight BCS Championships. Seven total since it began in 1998. That’s more BCS Championships than all the other conferences combined!!

Moreover, the seven SEC BCS Championships were won by five different SEC teams: Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Alabama and Auburn. In the BCS era, no other conference comes close to that success. Shocker!!!)
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