Washington: No. 23 football state
Steve Largent caught 819 passes and 100 touchdowns over 14 seasons with one team: the Seahawks. The franchise that began play in 1976 has thrived since a switch from the AFC back to the NFC in 2002, including a Super Bowl run with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Shaun Alexander. Last season, Seattle's boisterous fans sparked a dispute with Texas A&M about who has the right to use the 12th Man label. Hall of famer Warren Moon played at Washington.
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In 1991, the nation bowed down to the Huskies as they won the Rose Bowl (one of their eight wins in The Granddaddy of Them All) and shared the national championship with Miami. Defensive lineman Steve Emtman finished fourth in Heisman balloting that season. The Cougars won the second Rose Bowl in 1916, but haven't won since, although Ryan Leaf and the 1997 team barely lost to Michigan in Pasadena.
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Huskies fan Matt Buchanan: It's been a tough go for my Huskies the last few years. However, we finally turned the corner after two long seasons and beat our cross state rivals, the Cougars. It's always a good season when we beat the Cougs! In my opinion Husky Football is one of the premier football experiences in the country. Read more from Matt
The Evergreen State has produced Hall of Famers with great nicknames such as "Red" Badgro and "Turk" Edwards. 33 current NFL players hail from the state, including Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Pats running back Corey Dillon. Spring 2006 DI signees: 29. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 357.
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