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States to Produce the Most Quality Pass Defenders, States 11-18: Installment 3

Updated on November 26, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 3 of our database includes states ranking 11-18 in per capita production of NFL players to meet or exceed a 7 interception season. Each state is accompanied by a table providing detailed statistical breakdowns of each player born from said state to meet or exceed the designated mark.

For those of you interested in an overview of the statistical data, a link to installment 1 can be found in the text box to the right. For those of you interested in another installment to this database, links can be found to your right or at the bottom of this page.

Links to other state ranking databases presented by Larry Rankin can be found by clicking on the Larry Ranking profile in the upper-right hand corner of this page or at the bottom of this page.

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11. West Virginia

Per Capita Score: 216

7 Int Performances: 4

Four qualifiers might not seem like much, but West Virginia has less than 2 million people, and per capita, 4 qualifiers are enough to get them to 11th on our list.

Carl Lee was a three time Pro Bowler and probably the most notable name on West Virginia’s list.

West Virginia 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1951
Pit Steel
LS
Howard Hartley
10
69
0
6.9
23
--
1988
Min Vik
CB
Carl Lee
8
118
2
14.8
58
60
1941
Chi Card
DB
Marshall Goldberg
7
54
0
7.7
16
--
1981
Atl Fal
FS
Tom Pridemore
7
221
1
31.6
101
--
Source

12. Arkansas

Per Capita Score: 203

7 Int Performances: 6

The 40s and early 50’s were a time of iron man football. Hall of Famer Don Hutson is best known for being one of the best receivers to ever play the game, but he was also a whale of a defensive back, making Arkansas’s list twice.

Arkansas 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1947
GB Pack
DB
Bob Forte
9
140
1
15.6
68
--
1965
Hou Oil
CB
W.K. Hicks
9
156
0
17.3
31
--
1970
NY Jet
CB
W.K. Hicks
8
99
0
12.4
35
--
1943
GB Pack
DB
Don Hutson
8
197
1
24.6
84
--
1942
GB Pack
DB
Don Hutson
7
71
0
10.1
27
--
1983
SD Chrg
CB
Danny Walters
7
55
0
7.9
33
--
Source

13. New Mexico

Per Capita Score: 192

7 Int Performances: 4

In the history of the NFL not many players have made the Pro Bowl 10 times, but Ronnie Lott is among them. Lot is perhaps most well known for his bone crushing hits, but he was also very adept at making interceptions.

Lott finished his career with 63 interceptions, tied for 7th all-time, and unofficially recorded well over 1,000 tackles during his 14 year career.

New Mexico 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1986
SF 49ers
FS
Ronnie Lott
10
134
1
13.4
57
77
1953
Phi Eag
DB
Tom Brookshier
8
41
0
5.1
22
--
1991
LA Rai
SS
Ronnie Lott
8
52
0
6.5
27
93
1981
SF 49ers
CB
Ronnie Lott
7
117
3
16.7
41
89
Source

14. Nebraska

Per Capita Score: 161

7 Int Performances: 3

Nebraska born athletes have produced 3 seven interception or more seasons, all of them in the early 1960s.

Pat Fischer accomplished this feat twice in his 17 year career. By the time his career was done, Fischer had 56 interceptions and almost 1,000 yards in interception returns, an accomplishment probably worthy of Hall of Fame consideration, though he has yet to be nominated.

Nebraska 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1962
NY Ttns
RS
Lee Riley
11
122
0
11.1
30
--
1964
Stl Card
CB
Pat Fischer
10
164
2
16.4
39
--
1963
Stl Card
CB
Pat Fischer
8
169
0
21.1
53
--
Source

15. California

Per Capita Score: 157

7 Int Performances: 60

California’s 60 qualifying performances is second in overall number to only Texas, but with a population of almost 40 million, California comes in 15th in per capita production of 7 or more interception seasons.

California’s list is consistently populated by DBs from all eras: players from Don Doll to Jim Norton to David Fulcher, but perhaps the most promising ball hawks to come out of California are from the modern era.

Players like Troy Polamalu, who is towards the end of his career, and Richard Sherman, who is thought by many to be the most promising young DB in the league, are reason to believe California’s list will continue to expand.

NFL Record: Eric Allen is one of only 3 players to finish a season with 4 interceptions returned for TDs, a feat he accomplished in 1993. He had 6 interceptions that season, so you won’t find that particular season on the below list.

Obscure Stat: Don Doll is the only player in NFL history to have 10 or more interceptions in 3 separate seasons.

Obscure Stat: Unofficially Tim McDonald had 155 tackles in 1989, the most ever claimed for a player finishing a season with 7 or more interceptions.

California 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1950
Det Lion
DB
Don Doll
12
163
1
13.6
38
--
1950
LA Ram
DB
Woodley Lewis
12
275
0
22.9
36
--
1964
NY Jet
LS
Dainard Paulson
12
157
1
13.1
42
--
1949
Det Lion
DB
Don Doll
11
301
1
27.4
95
--
1955
LA Ram
RS
Will Sherman
11
101
0
9.2
36
--
1953
Was Red
LS
Don Doll
10
102
0
10.2
28
--
1968
Oak Rai
RS
Dave Grayson
10
195
1
19.5
54
--
2005
Cin Ben
CB
Deltha O'Neal
10
103
0
10.3
37
56
1978
GB Pack
CB
Willie Buchanon
9
93
1
10.3
77
--
1955
LA Ram
LS
Don Burroughs
9
103
0
11.4
34
--
1960
Phi Eag
LS
Don Burroughs
9
124
0
13.8
46
--
2009
Buf Bill
FS
Jairus Byrd
9
118
0
13.1
37
30
1986
GB Pack
CB
Mark Lee
9
33
0
3.7
11
--
1944
NY Giant
DB
Howie Livingston
9
172
1
19.1
40
--
1960
Oak Rai
CB
Eddie Macon
9
105
1
11.7
42
--
1961
Hou Oil
LS
Jim Norton
9
150
0
16.7
36
--
2001
Den Bro
CB
Deltha O'Neal
9
115
0
12.8
42
62
2003
SF 49ers
SS
Tony Parrish
9
202
0
22.4
49
61
2003
Min Vik
FS
Brian Russell
9
185
0
20.6
50
78
1981
Dal Cow
CB
Dennis Thurman
9
187
0
20.8
96
--
1994
Cle Brwn
FS
Eric Turner
9
199
1
22.1
93
82
1951
SF 49ers
DB
Lowell Wagner
9
115
0
12.7
40
--
1989
Phi Eag
CB
Eric Allen
8
38
0
4.8
18
48
1964
NY Jet
RS
Bill Baird
8
130
1
16.3
54
--
1961
Dal Cow
CB
Don Bishop
8
172
0
21.5
57
--
1946
SF 49ers
DB
Ken Casanega
8
146
0
18.3
--
--
1989
Cin Ben
SS
David Fulcher
8
87
0
10.9
22
--
1969
Oak Rai
RS
Dave Grayson
8
132
1
16.5
76
--
1988
Chi Bear
CB
Vestee Jackson
8
94
0
11.8
46
--
1997
KC Chief
DB
Mark McMillian
8
274
3
34.3
87
42
1962
Hou Oil
LS
Jim Norton
8
75
0
9.4
36
--
1976
LA Ram
CB
Rod Perry
8
79
0
9.9
43
--
1978
LA Ram
CB
Rod Perry
8
117
3
14.6
44
--
2012
Sea Shwk
CB
Richard Sherman
8
57
1
7.1
29
53
2013
Sea Shwk
CB
Richard Sherman
8
125
1
15.6
58
38
1958
LA Ram
LS
Don Burroughs
7
72
0
10.3
46
--
1961
Phi Eag
LS
Don Burroughs
7
90
0
12.9
42
--
1962
Phi Eag
RS
Don Burroughs
7
96
0
13.7
28
--
1988
SD Chrg
CB
Gill Byrd
7
82
0
11.7
42
--
1989
SD Chrg
CB
Gill Byrd
7
38
0
5.4
22
--
1990
SD Chrg
CB
Gill Byrd
7
63
0
9.0
24
--
1954
Pit Steel
LS
Paul Cameron
7
118
0
16.9
33
--
1977
Buf Bill
CB
Mario Clark
7
151
0
21.6
43
--
1948
Pit Steel
DB
Tony Compagno
7
179
1
25.6
82
--
1984
Was Red
CB
Vernon Dean
7
114
2
16.3
36
--
1964
KC Chief
CB
Dave Grayson
7
187
0
26.7
56
--
1953
LA Ram
DB
Woodley Lewis
7
87
1
12.4
45
--
1989
Pho Card
SS
Tim McDonald
7
170
1
24.3
53
155
1965
Hou Oil
LS
Jim Norton
7
52
0
7.4
18
--
1961
Cle Brwn
CB
Bernie Parrish
7
40
0
5.7
16
--
2002
SF 49ers
SS
Tony Parrish
7
204
0
29.1
60
62
1965
NY Jet
LS
Dainard Paulson
7
72
0
10.3
22
--
2001
SF 49ers
CB
Ahmed Plummer
7
45
0
6.4
24
58
2008
Pit Steel
SS
Troy Polamalu
7
59
0
8.4
23
54
2010
Pit Steel
SS
Troy Polamalu
7
101
1
14.4
45
49
1981
NY Jet
FS
Darrol Ray
7
227
2
32.4
64
--
1986
Chi Bear
CB
Mike Richardson
7
69
0
9.9
32
--
1993
Hou Oil
FS
Marcus Robertson
7
137
0
19.6
69
82
1975
Stl Card
CB
Norm Thompson
7
141
1
20.1
61
--
2011
SD Chrg
FS
Eric Weddle
7
89
0
12.7
26
70
Source

16. Georgia

Per Capita Score: 150

7 Int Performances: 15

Hall of Famer Mel Blount represents the crème of the crop for DBs produced by the state of Georgia. His 57 career interceptions are a formidable accomplishment.

Georgia 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1975
Pit Steel
CB
Mel Blount
11
121
0
11.0
47
--
1981
Sea Shwk
FS
John Harris
10
155
2
15.5
42
--
1968
NY Giant
CB
Willie Williams
10
103
0
10.3
24
--
1950
Chi Card
DB
Jerry Davis
9
40
0
4.4
15
--
1993
Buf Bill
CB
Nate Odomes
9
65
0
7.2
25
47
1969
Min Vik
CB
Bobby Bryant
8
97
0
12.1
56
--
2006
SF 49ers
CB
Walt Harris
8
84
1
10.5
42
49
2006
Jax Jag
CB
Rashean Mathis
8
146
0
18.3
55
56
1973
Min Vik
CB
Bobby Bryant
7
105
1
15.0
46
--
1978
Min Vik
CB
Bobby Bryant
7
69
0
9.9
23
--
1992
KC Chief
CB
Dale Carter
7
65
1
9.3
36
--
1985
TB Buc
CB
Jeremiah Castille
7
49
0
7.0
20
--
1965
Buf Bill
LS
Hagood Clarke
7
60
0
8.6
40
--
1985
Cin Ben
FS
James Griffin
7
116
1
16.6
33
--
1985
Sea Shwk
FS
John Harris
7
20
0
2.9
17
--
Source

17. Florida

Per Capita Score: 143

7 Int Performances: 28

Hall of Famer Deion Sanders’ 1,412 career yards on interception returns is 3rd on the all-time list.

Other greats from the state of Florida include Antonio Cromartie, Asante Samuel, Ronnie Lippett, Sam Madison, and Patrick Peterson.

Obscure Stat: Nick Collins’ 42.1 yard average per interception return in 2008 is the highest of any NFL player finishing a season with 7 or more interceptions.

Dubious Distinction: Asante Samuel’s 22 tackles in 2010 are the fewest tackles by any player finishing a season with 7 interceptions or more.

Florida 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2007
SD Chrg
CB
Antonio Cromartie
10
144
1
14.4
70
39
2001
Cle Brwn
DB
Anthony Henry
10
177
1
17.7
97
44
2006
NE Pat
CB
Asante Samuel
10
120
0
12.0
33
59
1981
Det Lion
FS
Jimmy Allen
9
123
0
13.7
34
--
1997
Stl Ram
CB
Ryan McNeil
9
127
1
14.1
75
62
1979
Was Red
CB
Lemar Parrish
9
65
0
7.2
23
--
1976
Cin Ben
CB
Ken Riley
9
141
1
15.6
53
--
2009
Phi Eag
CB
Asante Samuel
9
117
0
13.0
37
39
1986
NE Pat
CB
Ronnie Lippett
8
76
0
9.5
43
--
1998
Mia Dol
CB
Sam Madison
8
114
0
14.3
35
31
2001
SD Chrg
CB
Ryan McNeil
8
55
0
6.9
33
64
1983
Cin Ben
CB
Ken Riley
8
89
2
11.1
42
--
1997
Sea Shwk
FS
Darryl Williams
8
172
1
21.5
44
68
2008
GB Pack
FS
Nick Collins
7
295
3
42.1
62
60
1999
Mia Dol
CB
Sam Madison
7
164
1
23.4
42
38
1985
NE Pat
FS
Fred Marion
7
189
0
27.0
83
--
1990
Was Red
CB
Martin Mayhew
7
20
0
2.9
15
104
1988
SF 49ers
CB
Tim McKyer
7
11
0
1.6
7
39
1983
Det Lion
CB
Bruce McNorton
7
30
0
4.3
15
--
1971
Cin Ben
CB
Lemar Parrish
7
105
1
15.0
65
--
1980
Was Red
CB
Lemar Parrish
7
13
0
1.9
9
--
2012
Ari Card
CB
Patrick Peterson
7
64
0
9.1
31
52
2000
Ten Ttn
CB
Samari Rolle
7
140
1
20.0
81
35
2010
Phi Eag
CB
Asante Samuel
7
70
0
10.0
33
22
1993
Atl Fal
CB
Deion Sanders
7
91
0
13.0
41
34
1972
NY Jets
CB
Steve Tannen
7
125
0
17.9
32
--
1965
SD Chrg
RS
Bud Whitehead
7
127
1
18.1
35
--
1976
Min Vik
CB
Nate Wright
7
47
0
6.7
21
--
Source

18. Indiana

Per Capita Score: 137

7 Int Performances: 9

Hall of Fame free Safety Rod Woodson is arguably the greatest defensive back of the modern era. His 71 career interceptions are 3rd all time, and his 1,483 career interception return yard is 2nd all time.

NFL Record: Rod Woodson’s 12 interceptions returned for touchdowns is an NFL record.

Indiana 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1955
Phi Eag
DB
Bibbles Bawel
9
168
2
18.7
42
--
1952
Phi Eag
RS
Bibbles Bawel
8
121
0
15.1
35
--
1947
LA Ram
DB
Tom Harmon
8
136
1
17.0
36
--
1950
Bal Colt
DB
Chick Maggioli
8
165
0
20.6
50
--
1962
Oak Rai
CB
Fred Williamson
8
151
1
18.9
91
--
1993
Pit Steel
CB
Rod Woodson
8
138
1
17.3
63
95
2002
Oak Rai
FS
Rod Woodson
8
225
2
28.1
98
70
1961
NY Giant
CB
Erich Barnes
7
195
2
27.9
102
--
1999
Bal Rav
FS
Rod Woodson
7
195
2
27.9
66
54

References

The above statistical data was compiled using NFL.com, Profootballreference.com, and Wikipedia.

If you believe any of the above information to be inaccurate or have any other queries or comments, Larry Rankin invites you to make comments below.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      FlourishAnyway: Thanks for dropping by and the kind words.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I hope you get good traffic with these, as you have put so much into the analysis!