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States to Produce the Most Quality Pass Defenders, States 19-37, Washington, DC, and Non-US born: Installment 4

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 4 of our database includes states ranking 19-37 in per capita production of NFL players to meet or exceed a 7 interception season. In addition, all Washington, DC and non-U.S. born players are also listed. Each state, region, and country is accompanied by a table providing detailed statistical breakdowns of each player born from said area 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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Source

19. Michigan

Per Capita Score: 131

7 Int Performances: 13

On Michigan’s list are Hall of Famer Paul Krause and NFL great Dick Anderson.

NFL Record: Paul Krause’s career 81 interceptions are the most by any one player in NFL history.

Obscure Stat: In 1960 linebacker Archie Matsos had 8 interceptions, tied for most by any linebacker in NFL history.

Michigan 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1964
Was Red
RS
Paul Krause
12
140
1
11.7
35
--
1975
Min Vik
FS
Paul Krause
10
201
0
20.1
81
--
1967
NO Sai
CB
Dave Whitsell
10
178
2
17.8
41
--
1968
Mia Dol
RS
Dick Anderson
8
230
1
28.8
96
--
1970
Mia Dol
SS
Dick Anderson
8
191
0
23.9
86
--
1973
Mia Dol
FS
Dick Anderson
8
163
2
20.4
38
--
1971
Was Red
CB
Mike Bass
8
78
1
9.8
38
--
1967
Was Red
RS
Paul Krause
8
75
0
9.4
32
--
1960
Buf Bill
LB
Archie Matsos
8
142
1
17.8
33
--
1962
Buf Bill
RS
Carl Charon
7
131
1
19.3
25
--
1968
Min Vik
RS
Paul Krause
7
82
0
11.7
29
--
1994
LA Rai
CB
Terry McDaniel
7
103
2
14.7
35
50
1963
Bos Pat
CB
Bob Suci
7
277
2
39.6
98
--
Source

20. Idaho

Per Capita Score: 124.1

7 Int Performances: 2

Two Idaho born players have had seasons with 7 or more interceptions. Most noteworthy is Hall of Famer Larry Wilson, who finished his career with 52 picks.

Idaho 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1966
Stl Card
RS
Larry Wilson
10
180
2
18.0
91
--
1981
Stl Card
FS
Ken Greene
7
111
0
15.9
47
--
Source

21. New Jersey

Per Capita Score: 123.6

7 Int Performances: 11

Deron Cherry finished his 11 year career with 50 interceptions and met or surpassed the 7 interception mark 5 times. In addition, Cherry went to the Pro Bowl 6 time and was a 1st team All Pro on 3 occasions. One can only speculate why he has yet to receive heavy consideration for the Hall of Fame.

New Jersey 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1986
KC Chief
FS
Deron Cherry
9
150
0
16.7
49
--
1981
SF 49ers
FS
Dwight Hicks
9
239
1
26.6
72
--
1952
LA Ram
RS
Herb Rich
8
201
1
25.1
97
--
1983
KC Chief
FS
Deron Cherry
7
100
0
14.3
41
--
1984
KC Chief
FS
Deron Cherry
7
140
0
20.0
67
--
1985
KC Chief
FS
Deron Cherry
7
87
1
12.4
47
--
1988
KC Chief
FS
Deron Cherry
7
51
0
7.3
24
--
1978
Phi Eag
CB
Herman Edwards
7
59
0
8.4
25
--
1989
Ind Colt
DB
Keith Taylor
7
225
1
32.1
80
36
1999
Phi Eag
CB
Troy Vincent
7
91
0
13.0
35
62
1944
Det Lion
DB
Alex Wojciechowicz
7
88
0
12.6
50
--
Source

22. Kentucky

Per Capita Score: 114

7 Int Performances: 5

Kentucky born cornerback Champ Bailey was selected to an amazing 12 Pro Bowls over the course of his 15 year career. Bailey finished with 52 career interceptions, a number that would probably have been higher if teams had not been so afraid to throw the ball to his side of the field.


Kentucky 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2006
Den Bro
CB
Champ Bailey
10
162
1
16.2
70
73
2005
Den Bro
CB
Champ Bailey
8
139
2
17.4
65
59
1970
Pit Steel
CB
Lee Calland
7
38
0
5.4
21
--
1946
Bos Pat
DB
Bob Davis
7
129
0
18.4
34
--
1948
Chi Bear
DB
Noah Mullins
7
99
1
14.1
33
--
Source

23. Missouri

Per Capita Score: 99

7 Int Performances: 69

Missouri has produced a few good ball hawks over the years, mainly in the 1980s and early 1990s, but oddly enough, the state of Missouri’s greatest pickoff artist was Don Shinnick, a linebacker.

Obscure Stat: Don Shinnick’s 37 career interceptions are the high mark for any NFL linebacker to ever play the game.

Missouri 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1989
Cle Brwn
SS
Felix Wright
9
91
1
10.1
27
--
1992
Buf Bill
SS
Henry Jones
8
263
2
32.9
82
92
1988
NY Jet
FS
Erik McMillan
8
168
2
21.0
55
--
1983
NO Saint
CB
Johnnie Poe
7
146
1
20.9
31
--
1959
Bal Colt
LB
Don Shinnick
7
70
0
10.0
23
--
1983
SF 49ers
CB
Eric Wright
7
164
2
23.4
60
--
Source

24. Tennessee

Per Capita Score: 92

7 Int Performances: 6

Tennessee has accounted for 5 players that have met or surpassed the 7 interception mark on 6 occasions.

Tennessee 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1987
Was Red
CB
Barry Wilburn
9
135
1
15.0
100
67
1963
Cle Brwn
LS
Larry Benz
7
114
0
16.3
38
--
1950
Phi Eag
DB
Russ Craft
7
70
0
10.0
29
--
1990
TB Buc
CB
Wayne Haddix
7
231
3
33.0
65
--
1980
KC Chief
CB
Eric Harris
7
54
0
7.7
41
--
1981
KC Chief
CB
Eric Harris
7
109
0
15.6
43
--
Source

25. Illinois

Per Capita Score: 78

7 Int Performances: 10

From the state of Illinois we have a number of players to have met or surpassed the 7 interception mark. Most recently, athletes such as Ray Buchanan and Richard Johnson.

Illinois 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1949
Chi Card
DB
Bob Nussbaumer
12
157
0
13.1
68
--
1964
Bos Pat
RS
Ron Hall
11
148
0
13.5
50
--
1953
Chi Card
DB
Ray Ramsey
10
237
1
23.7
46
--
1947
Bos Pat
DB
Frank Seno
10
100
0
10.0
38
--
1994
Ind Colt
FS
Ray Buchanan
8
221
3
27.6
90
76
1990
Hou Oil
CB
Richard Johnson
8
100
1
12.5
35
--
1973
Pit Steel
SS
Mike Wagner
8
134
0
16.8
38
--
1961
SD Chrg
LS
Bob Zeman
8
89
0
11.1
21
--
1998
Atl Fal
CB
Ray Buchanan
7
102
0
14.6
34
54
1948
Brk Ddgr
DB
Ray Ramsey
7
124
1
17.7
--
--
Source

26. Colorado

Per Capita Score: 76

7 Int Performances: 4

3 time Pro Bowler and one time All Pro Fred Glick leads the list for Colorado DBs to pick off 7 or more passes in a season.

Colorado 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1963
Hou Oil
RS
Fred Glick
12
180
1
15.0
45
--
1963
SD Chrg
CB
Dick Harris
8
83
1
10.4
22
--
1961
SD Chrg
CB
Dick Harris
7
140
3
20.0
56
--
2000
Mia Dol
SS
Brian Walker
7
80
0
11.4
31
60
Source

27. Wahington

Per Capita Score: 72

7 Int Performances: 5

5 defensive backs from the state of Washington make the list, all with the minimum qualifying amount of 7 interceptions.

Washington 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1959
Pit Steel
DB
Dean Derby
7
127
0
18.1
24
--
1999
KC Chief
CB
James Hasty
7
98
2
14.0
56
72
1956
Cle Brwn
DB
Don Paul
7
190
1
27.1
42
--
2000
Det Lion
FS
Kurt Schulz
7
53
0
7.6
19
36
2007
Sea Shwk
CB
Marcus Trufant
7
150
1
21.4
84
78
Source

28. Maryland

Per Capita Score: 67

7 Int Performances: 4

Tony Greene’s 37 career interceptions are the most for a Maryland born player. Donnell Woolford finished his career with 36.

Maryland 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1974
Buf Bill
FS
Tony Greene
9
157
0
17.4
38
--
1977
Buf Bill
FS
Tony Greene
9
144
0
16.0
47
--
2011
NE Pat
CB
Kyle Arrington
7
92
0
13.1
28
66
1992
Chi Bear
CB
Donnell Woolford
7
67
0
9.6
32
94
Source

29. New York

Per Capita Score: 66

7 Int Performances: 13

There have been a number of quality DBs to come out of New York, but with a population of nearly 20 million, it is only good enough to get New York a placing of 29th on our per capita list.

New York 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1946
Cle Brwn
DB
Tom Colella
10
110
0
11.0
--
--
1961
NY Giant
CB
Dick Lynch
9
60
0
6.7
36
--
1963
NY Giant
CB
Dick Lynch
9
251
3
27.9
82
--
1983
Was Red
FS
Mark Murphy
9
127
0
14.1
48
--
1986
NO Saint
CB
Dave Waymer
9
48
0
5.3
17
--
1966
Phi Eag
RS
Joe Scarpati
8
182
0
22.8
32
--
1964
Buf Bill
CB
Butch Byrd
7
178
1
25.4
75
--
1969
Buf Bill
CB
Butch Byrd
7
95
1
13.6
32
--
1993
SD Chrg
SS
Darren Carrington
7
104
0
14.9
28
79
2010
NE Pat
CB
Devin McCourty
7
110
0
15.7
50
60
1981
Was Red
FS
Mark Murphy
7
68
0
9.7
29
--
1979
NO Saint
FS
Tom Myers
7
127
1
18.1
52
--
1990
SF 49ers
FS
Dave Waymer
7
64
0
9.1
24
--
Source

30. Iowa

Per Capita Score: 65

7 Int Performances: 2

Terry Hoage’s 21 career interceptions are the most among Iowa born defensive backs.

Iowa 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1988
Phi Eag
FS
Terry Hoage
8
116
0
14.5
38
31
1943
GB Pack
DB
Joe Laws
7
67
0
9.6
17
--
Source

31. North Carolina

Per Capita Score: 61

7 Int Performances: 6

The most consistent pickoff artist among North Carolina born athletes is Jack Tatum, a 3 time Pro Bowler with 37 career interceptions.

North Carolina 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1967
Mia Dol
CB
Dick Westmoreland
10
127
1
12.7
29
--
1962
SD Chrg
CB
Claude Gibson
8
85
1
10.6
37
--
1980
Cin Ben
CB
Louis Breeden
7
91
0
13.0
29
--
1986
Cin Ben
CB
Louis Breedon
7
72
1
10.3
36
--
1998
Min Vik
CB
Jimmy Hitchcock
7
242
3
34.6
79
58
1980
Hou Oil
DB
Jack Tatum
7
100
0
14.3
35
--
Source

32. Connecticut

Per Capita Score: 56

7 Int Performances: 2

Eugene Robinson was an elite defensive back who played 16 years in the NFL. His 57 career interceptions and over 1,200 unofficial career tackles are enough to make one wonder why Robinson hasn’t received consideration from the Hall of Fame.

Connecticut 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1993
Sea Shwk
FS
Eugene Robinson
9
80
0
8.9
28
111
1992
Sea Shwk
FS
Eugene Robinson
7
126
0
18.0
49
94
Source

33. Nevada

Per Capita Score: 54

7 Int Performances: 1

Brian Kelly had a long career with a few standout seasons.

Nevada 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2002
TB Buc
CB
Brian Kelly
8
68
0
8.5
31
57
Source

34. Wisconsin

Per Capita Score: 52

7 Int Performances: 3

Tyrone Braxton was a 12th round afterthought pick who wound up having a long and very fruitful career for the Denver Broncos. Braxton’s 9 interceptions in 1996 was his best campaign.

Wisconsin 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1979
Hou Oil
FS
Mike Reinfeldt
12
205
0
17.1
39
--
1943
GB Pack
DB
Irv Comp
10
149
1
14.9
35
--
1996
Den Bro
SS
Tyrone Braxton
9
128
1
14.2
69
69
Source

35. Utah

Per Capita Score: 34

7 Int Performances: 1

Rex Berry is the only Utah born player to have a season with 7 interceptions.

Utah 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1953
SF 49ers
DB
Rex Berry
7
142
1
20.3
29
--
Source

36. Arizona

Per Capita Score: 15.1

7 Int Performances: 1

Eric Thomas’s best seasons were had early in his career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Arizona 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1988
Cin Ben
CB
Eric Thomas
7
61
0
8.7
37
64
Source

37. Massachusetts

Per Capita Score: 14.9

7 Int Performances: 1

Chris Gamble spent the entirety of his 9 year career with the Carolina Panthers. His most productive interception seasons were during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

Massachusetts 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2005
Car Pan
CB
Chris Gamble
7
157
1
22.4
61
65

Washington, DC

7 Int Performances: 5

Our nation’s capital has produced many great athletes over the years. Most significant on this list is 8 time Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer Willie Wood.

Washington, DC 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1996
Stl Rams
FS
Keith Lyle
9
152
0
16.9
68
63
1962
GB Pack
RS
Willie Wood
9
132
0
14.7
37
--
1997
Stl Ram
FS
Keith Lyle
8
102
0
12.8
39
70
1980
Mia Dol
CB
Gerald Small
7
46
0
6.6
22
--
1970
GB Pack
FS
Willie Wood
7
110
0
15.7
24
--

Canada

7 Int Performances: 1

Canada is no stranger to the game of football. They have their own league, but every now and then a player like O.J. Atogwe makes his way down south to the NFL.

Canada 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2007
Stl Ram
FS
O.J. Atogwe
8
125
1
15.6
52
66

France

7 Int Performances: 1

When we think of France, we think of wine and cheese, not football, but Charles Romes was a quality ball hawk for the Buffalo Bills for many years.

France 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1985
Buf Bill
CB
Charles Romes
7
56
0
8.0
21
--

States Yet to Qualify for List

The following states have yet to produce a player with 7 or more interceptions in a season: Alaska, Delaware, Hawai’i, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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

      Billybuc: thanks so much for dropping by and supporting my efforts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I enjoy this series. As a life-long sports nut, I find this interesting for sure.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Larry, I always get excited when I see that you've posted another list. I just think these are so interesting and I appreciate all the effort that goes into them. Your state map/cutout things are really visually engaging-simple yet interesting. Very cool! (Go Pack, Go! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) :)