Despite all its Friday-night-lights bluster over the past few decades, the pigskin-worshipping state of Texas has an embarrassing football failing: Its quarterbacks have mostly flopped in the NFL.
There have been 34 players in the league's history to throw for 30,000 yards in their career. Just two of them are from Texas, Drew Brees and Y.A. Tittle. And Texas quarterback legends like Sammy Baugh and Bobby Layne are distant memories. Historically, the state has taken a back seat to California and even Pennsylvania when it comes to producing signal callers.
Through nine weeks of the NFL season however, a new class of NFL quarterbacks is quickly taking shape. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Redskins star Robert Griffin III and Dolphins gunslinger Ryan Tannehill, all rookies, have all played like veterans. And they are all from Texas.