Each year, the National Football League releases a list of its players and where they played high school football. Current NFL players represent represent 1,382 high schools in 47 states and the District of Columbia, four countries and one U.S. territory (American Samoa).
Three of these high schools are in the area served by Orange County Patch sites: Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo and San Clemente. The Griffins have four former players in the professional ranks -- tied with Tustin for tops among all Orange County schools -- while the Diablos have three and the Tritons have one.
Los Alamitos is represented by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Boise State), Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (UCLA), Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson (USC) and San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Case (Arizona), who played his freshman year at Long Beach Poly.
Mission Viejo is represented by New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (USC), Chicago Bears defensive end Nick Reed (Oregon) and New Orleans Saints running back Jed Collins (Washington State).
New Orleans Saints guard Brian De La Puente attended San Clemente High and California Berkeley.
The nation’s leading high school with eight alumni in the NFL is Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Long Beach Poly, Mission Viejo’s opponent next Friday night, has five former Jackrabbits in the league, which is third-best in the nation.
Californi tops the list of home-states of the most NFL players (226), followed by Florida (184), Texas (183) and Georgia (90).
For a complete list of NFL players who came from high schools in the CIF Southern Section, click this link.