Arizona: No. 28 football state

Originally Published: December 27, 2006

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No. 25 pro | No. 30 college | No. 22 high school
Pat Tillman

No. 25 Arizona

This itinerant franchise (Chicago 1920-59, St. Louis 1960-87, Arizona 1988-present) has ties to 15 people in the Hall of Fame, none of whom have played in Arizona. Charles Bidwill Sr., who bought the team in 1933, probably never imagined the Cardinals would one day play on a field of grass rolled in and out of a domed stadium. Among the college players from the state to reach the NFL are cornerback Mike Haynes, fullback John Henry Johnson, wide receiver Charley Taylor and linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
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No. 30 Arizona

In this sun-drenched state, nothing is more glaring than Arizona's zero Rose Bowl appearances. Territorial Cup rival Arizona State, meanwhile, has two, including a 1986 victory against Michigan, to go with undefeated 1970 and 1975 seasons. Among the strong quarterbacks to play for the Sun Devils: Danny White and Jake "The Snake" Plummer.
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No. 22 Arizona

McClintock High School is a very strong program, with three current NFL players. The Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix and Glendale areas routinely field strong teams. Spring 2006 DI signees: 34. As of Fall 2005, high school football teams: 208.
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1) Which will happen first?

Arizona plays in the Rose Bowl
Arizona State plays in the Rose Bowl
Cardinals play in the Super Bowl