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States to Produce the Most Quality Pass Defenders, States 6-10: Installment 2

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

Installment 2 of our database includes states ranking 6-10 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.

An excellent reference for the stats-centric sports fan.

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6. Texas

Per Capita Score: 325

7 Int Performances: 86

Athletes born in Texas have produced a staggering 86 seven or more interception seasons, by far the most in number of any U.S. state.

Among Texas’s most exceptional are Hall of Famers: Dick “Night Train” Lane, Lester Hayes, Mel Renfro, and Tom Landry (Also a member of the Coaching Hall of Fame). Also of interest on our list is Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh, best known for his prowess at quarterback over the course of his NFL career.

NFL Record: Dick ”Night Train” Lane had 14 interceptions in 1952, an NFL record that still stands today. Also of note, Lane accomplished this feat when seasons were only 12 games long.

NFL Record: Ken Houston’s 4 interceptions returned for TDs in 1971 is tied with two other players for the most by any player in NFL history.

Texas 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1952
LA Ram
DB
Dick Lane
14
298
2
21.3
80
--
1980
Oak Rai
CB
Lester Hayes
13
273
1
21.0
62
--
1974
KC Chief
CB
Emmitt Thomas
12
214
2
17.8
73
--
1943
Was Red
DB
Sammy Baugh
11
112
0
10.2
23
--
1971
Phi Eag
FS
Bill Bradley
11
248
0
22.5
51
--
1956
Chi Card
DB
Lindon Crow
11
170
0
15.5
42
--
1960
Den Bro
RS
Goose Gonsoulin
11
98
0
8.9
--
--
1981
Dal Cow
CB
Everson Walls
11
133
0
12.1
33
--
1977
Bal Colt
FS
Lyle Blackwood
10
163
0
16.3
37
--
1967
Hou Oil
CB
Miller Farr
10
264
3
26.4
67
--
1976
LA Ram
CB
Monte Jackson
10
173
3
17.3
46
--
1967
Buf Bill
LS
Tom Janik
10
222
2
22.2
46
--
1954
Chi Card
DB
Dick Lane
10
181
0
18.1
64
--
1960
Stl Card
LS
Jerry Norton
10
96
0
9.6
26
--
1969
Dal Cow
RS
Mel Renfro
10
118
0
11.8
41
--
1964
Bal Colt
CB
Bobby Boyd
9
185
0
20.1
47
--
1965
Bal Colt
CB
Bobby Boyd
9
78
1
8.7
24
--
1972
Phi Eag
FS
Bill Bradley
9
73
0
8.1
21
--
1953
GB Pack
RS
Bobby Dillon
9
112
1
12.4
49
--
1955
GB Pack
RS
Bobby Dillon
9
153
0
17.0
61
--
1957
GB Pack
RS
Bobby Dillon
9
180
1
20.0
55
--
1971
Hou Oil
SS
Ken Houston
9
220
4
24.4
71
--
1961
SD Chrg
RS
Charlie McNeil
9
349
2
38.8
76
--
1949
LA Ram
DB
George Sims
9
78
1
8.7
27
--
1949
Det Lion
DB
Bob Smith
9
218
1
24.2
102
--
1952
Det Lion
DB
Bob Smith
9
184
1
20.4
90
--
1957
GB Pack
LS
John Symank
9
198
0
22.0
36
--
1969
KC Chief
CB
Emmitt Thomas
9
146
1
16.2
45
--
1985
Dal Cow
CB
Everson Walls
9
31
0
3.4
19
--
1968
Bal Colt
CB
Bobby Boyd
8
160
1
20.0
49
--
1974
Atl Fal
SS
Ray Brown
8
164
1
20.5
59
--
2012
NY Giant
SS
Stevie Brown
8
307
0
38.4
70
56
1986
LA Ram
CB
Jerry Gray
8
101
0
12.6
28
--
1975
Buf Bill
CB
Dwight Harrison
8
99
0
12.4
40
--
1976
NE Pat
CB
Mike Haynes
8
90
0
11.3
28
--
1966
Buf Bill
CB
Tom Janik
8
136
2
17.0
37
--
1964
Hou Oil
CB
Pete Jaquess
8
141
1
17.6
98
--
1951
NY Giant
LS
Tom Landry
8
121
2
15.1
55
--
1952
NY Giant
DB
Tom Landry
8
99
1
12.4
30
--
1954
NY Giant
DB
Tom Landry
8
71
0
8.9
27
--
1956
Det Lion
RS
Yale Lary
8
182
1
22.8
73
--
1962
Det Lion
RS
Yale Lary
8
51
0
6.4
32
--
1968
NY Giant
RS
Spider Lockhart
8
130
2
16.3
72
--
1992
Min Vik
CB
Audray McMillian
8
157
2
19.6
51
--
1967
LA Ram
RS
Eddie Meador
8
103
2
12.9
30
--
1957
SF 49ers
RS
Dicky Moegle
8
107
0
13.4
40
--
1968
Was Red
LS
Brig Owens
8
109
0
13.6
38
--
1983
NYG/TB
DB
Beasley Reece
8
103
0
12.9
29
--
1960
Cle Brwn
CB
Jim Shofner
8
75
0
9.4
23
--
1971
KC Chief
CB
Emmitt Thomas
8
145
1
18.1
36
--
1978
LA Ram
CB
Pat Thomas
8
96
1
12.0
33
--
1942
Chi Bear
DB
Bulldog Turner
8
96
1
12.0
42
--
2005
Chi Bear
CB
Nathan Vasher
8
145
1
18.1
46
39
1966
LA Ram
CB
Clancy Williams
8
97
1
12.1
32
--
1960
Bal Colt
CB
Bobby Boyd
7
132
0
18.9
74
--
1962
Bal Colt
CB
Bobby Boyd
7
163
0
23.3
38
--
2001
SF 49ers
FS
Zack Bronson
7
165
2
23.6
97
57
2003
Hou Tex
CB
Marcus Coleman
7
95
0
13.6
41
57
1954
GB Pack
RS
Bobby Dillon
7
111
1
15.9
59
--
1956
GB Pack
RS
Bobby Dillon
7
244
1
34.9
45
--
1981
Dal Cow
FS
Michael Downs
7
81
0
11.6
25
--
1984
Dal Cow
FS
Michael Downs
7
126
1
18.0
27
--
1974
LA Ram
SS
Dave Elmendorf
7
186
2
26.6
57
--
1972
Chi Bear
CB
Charlie Ford
7
104
0
14.9
43
--
1980
Buf Bill
SS
Steve Freeman
7
107
1
15.3
47
--
1962
Den Bro
RS
Goose Gonsoulin
7
88
1
12.6
64
--
1964
Den Bro
RS
Goose Gonsoulin
7
125
0
17.9
36
--
2008
Ten Ttn
FS
Michael Griffin
7
172
1
24.6
83
55
1994
SF 49ers
FS
Merton Hanks
7
93
0
13.3
38
65
1979
Oak Rai
CB
Lester Hayes
7
100
2
14.3
52
--
1969
SD Chrg
RS
Jim Hill
7
92
0
13.1
42
--
1976
Det Lion
FS
James Hunter
7
120
1
17.1
39
--
1978
NY Giant
CB
Terry Jackson
7
115
1
16.4
51
--
1954
Cle Brwn
DB
Ken Konz
7
133
2
19.0
54
--
1956
Chi Card
DB
Dick Lane
7
206
1
29.4
66
--
1949
NY Yank
DB
Pete Layden
7
137
1
19.6
--
--
1968
Bos Pat
CB
Leroy Mitchell
7
41
0
5.9
20
--
1961
Stl Card
LS
Jerry Norton
7
136
2
19.4
47
--
1966
Was Red
LS
Brig Owens
7
165
1
23.6
60
--
1962
Dal Tex
DB
Bobby Ply
7
144
0
20.6
41
--
1964
Dal Cow
RS
Mel Renfro
7
110
1
15.7
39
--
1967
Dal Cow
RS
Mel Renfro
7
38
0
5.4
30
--
1995
Phi Eag
LB
William Thomas
7
104
1
14.9
37
62
1982
Dal Cow
CB
Everson Walls
7
61
0
8.7
37
--
1971
Min Vik
CB
Charlie West
7
236
0
33.7
89
--
1968
LA Ram
CB
Clancy Williams
7
51
0
7.3
36
--
Source

7. Pennsylvania

Per Capita Score: 313

7 Int Performances: 40

Hall of Famers Emlen Tunnell and Jack Butler are just two of the many quality defensive backs to come out of the state of Pennsylvania.

Also of note on our list is Hall of Famer Jack Ham. Because Ham was a linebacker, a position more associated with tackling than interceptions, his 7 interceptions in 1972 puts him in rare company.

Obscure Stat: Emlen Tunnell’s 7 career seasons with 7 or more interceptions is the most of any NFL player. In addition, Tunnell’s 79 career interceptions is second only to Paul Krause’s 81 and Tunnell’s almost 1,300 career yards on interception returns is in the top 5 of all time.

Pennsylvania 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1957
Pit Steel
LS
Jack Butler
10
85
0
8.5
20
--
2005
NY Jet
CB
Ty Law
10
195
1
19.5
74
45
1947
NY Giant
DB
Frank Reagan
10
203
0
20.3
71
--
1949
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
10
251
2
25.1
55
--
1954
Was Red
RS
Dick Alban
9
81
0
9.0
27
--
1953
Pit Steel
DB
Jack Butler
9
147
1
16.3
28
--
1958
Pit Steel
RS
Jack Butler
9
81
0
9.0
19
--
1984
GB Pack
FS
Tom Flynn
9
106
0
11.8
31
--
1998
NE Pat
CB
Ty Law
9
133
1
14.8
59
60
1975
Atl Fal
CB
Rolland Lawrence
9
163
1
20.4
87
--
1948
NY Giant
DB
Frank Reagan
9
145
0
16.1
45
--
1951
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
9
74
0
8.2
30
--
1995
Det Lion
SS
Willie Clay
8
173
0
21.6
39
50
1966
Cle Brwn
LS
Ross Fichtner
8
152
1
19.0
58
--
1950
Cle Brwn
DB
Warren Lahr
8
99
2
12.4
30
--
1948
Chi Bear
DB
Johnny Lujack
8
131
0
16.4
43
--
1980
NY Jet
SS
Ken Schroy
8
91
1
11.4
82
--
1950
Phi Eag
DB
Joe Sutton
8
67
0
8.4
32
--
1954
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
8
108
0
13.5
43
--
1962
GB Pack
CB
Herb Adderley
7
132
1
18.9
50
--
1952
Pit Steel
DB
Jack Butler
7
168
0
24.0
41
--
1948
SF 49ers
DB
Eddie Carr
7
144
1
20.6
--
--
1949
SF 49ers
DB
Eddie Carr
7
87
1
12.4
40
--
1962
Cle Brwn
LS
Ross Fichtner
7
76
0
10.9
31
--
1972
Pit Steel
LB
Jack Ham
7
83
1
11.9
32
--
1949
Phi Eag
DB
Dick Humbert
7
69
0
9.9
37
--
1988
Buf Bill
FS
Mark Kelso
7
180
1
25.7
78
--
1992
Buf Bill
FS
Mark Kelso
7
21
0
3.0
13
--
1961
Was Red
LS
Jim Kerr
7
93
0
5.4
38
--
1977
Atl Fal
CB
Rolland Lawrence
7
138
0
19.7
36
--
1984
GB Pack
CB
Tim Lewis
7
151
1
21.6
99
--
1949
Phi Eag
DB
Frank Reagan
7
146
0
20.9
52
--
1967
Atl Fal
CB
Ken Reaves
7
153
0
21.9
42
--
1953
Bal Colt
DB
Bert Rechichar
7
64
1
9.1
36
--
1972
SD Chrg
SS
Bryant Salter
7
111
0
15.9
31
--
1970
Min Vik
CB
Ed Sharockman
7
132
1
18.9
43
--
1948
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
7
116
1
16.6
43
--
1950
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
7
167
0
23.9
35
--
1952
NY Giant
DB
Emlen Tunnell
7
149
0
21.3
40
--
1955
NY Giant
LS
Emlen Tunnell
7
76
0
10.9
26
--
Source

8. Oklahoma

Per Capita Score: 260

7 Int Performances: 10

Spec Sanders only played 4 seasons. In those 4 seasons he managed to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, pass for over 1,000 yards in a season, punt for over 3,000 yards in a season, score touchdowns both as a punt returner and kick returner, and have 13 interceptions in a season.

Also of note on Oklahoma’s list are DBs such as Scott Case and Milt Davis.

Oklahoma 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1950
NY Yank
RS
Spec Sanders
13
199
0
15.3
29
--
1988
Atl Fal
CB
Scott Case
10
47
0
4.7
12
65
1957
Bal Colt
DB
Milt Davis
10
219
2
21.9
75
--
1963
Pit Steel
LS
Clendon Thomas
8
122
0
15.3
32
--
1959
Bal Colt
DB
Milt Davis
7
119
1
17.0
57
--
1950
NY Yank
DB
Joe Golding
7
145
1
20.7
46
--
1963
Dal Cow
CB
Cornell Green
7
211
0
30.1
55
--
1967
Dal Cow
CB
Cornell Green
7
52
0
7.4
28
--
1962
Pit Steel
LS
Clendon Thomas
7
48
0
6.9
15
--
1951
Chi Card
LS
S.J. Whitman
7
102
 
14.6
31
--
Source

9. Ohio

Per Capita Score: 233

7 Int Performances: 27

Charles Woodson still plays. The 17 year veteran is still picking off passes for the lowly Oakland Raiders. His 58 career interceptions is an elite accomplishment, and his 11 career interceptions returned for TDs is second to only Rod Woodson’s 12.

In addition to Charles Woodson, Ohio’s list is populated by a number of standout players, such as Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau.

Obscure Stat: Stan White’s 8 interceptions in 1975 are tied with one other player for the most ever in a season by a Linebacker.

Ohio 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
1953
Bal Colt
RS
Tom Keane
11
118
0
10.7
35
--
1978
Cle Brwn
FS
Thom Darden
10
200
0
20.0
46
--
1952
Dal Tex
LS
Tom Keane
10
93
0
9.3
39
--
1981
TB Buc
FS
Cedric Brown
9
215
2
23.9
81
--
1950
Cle Brwn
DB
Tommy James
9
69
0
7.7
34
--
1970
Det Lion
CB
Dick LeBeau
9
96
0
10.7
43
--
1948
Cle Brwn
DB
Cliff Lewis
9
103
0
11.4
--
--
1978
Stl Card
FS
Ken Stone
9
139
0
15.4
33
--
2009
GB Pack
CB
Charles Woodson
9
179
3
19.9
45
66
1984
Sea Shwk
CB
Dave Brown
8
179
2
22.4
90
--
1974
Cle Brwn
FS
Thom Darden
8
105
0
13.1
31
--
1956
Was Red
LS
Norb Hecker
8
26
0
3.3
14
--
1972
KC Chief
FS
Mike Sensibaugh
8
65
0
8.1
35
--
1975
Bal Colt
LB
Stan White
8
135
1
16.9
32
--
2006
GB Pack
CB
Charles Woodson
8
61
1
7.6
23
48
1990
Min Vik
SS
Joey Browner
7
103
1
14.7
31
--
1963
Cle Brwn
LB
Vince Costello
7
118
0
16.9
31
--
1976
Cle Brwn
FS
Thom Darden
7
73
0
10.4
21
--
1984
Phi Eag
SS
Ray Ellis
7
119
0
17.0
31
--
1953
LA Ram
LS
Norb Hecker
7
91
0
13.0
24
--
1976
Den Bro
LB
Tom Jackson
7
136
1
19.4
46
--
1965
Det Lion
CB
Dick LeBeau
7
84
1
12.0
30
--
1983
NY Jet
LB
Lance Mehl
7
57
1
8.1
34
--
1958
Bal Colt
DB
Carl Taseff
7
52
0
7.4
17
--
1977
Bal Colt
LB
Stan White
7
84
0
12.0
19
--
2008
GB Pack
CB
Charles Woodson
7
169
2
24.1
62
50
2011
GB Pack
CB
Charles Woodson
7
63
1
9.0
30
62
Source

10. Virginia

Per Capita Score: 230

7 Int Performances: 19

Just making our top 10 in per capita production of DBs with seasons of 7 interceptions or more is Virginia.

The most notable name on Virginia’s list is Darren Sharper. He is one of only a very few players to finish a career with more than 60 interceptions. Sharper’s 1,412 career yards in interception returns is 3rd all-time and his 11 career interception returns for TDs is second only to Rod Woodson.

NFL Record: Darren Sharper’s 376 yards on interception returns in 2009 is the most by any player in NFL history.

Obscure Stat: Though the tackle stat has been kept individually by teams for decades now, it wasn’t an official stat until 2001. The most tackles, officially, by a player finishing a season with 7 interceptions or more was 83, accomplished in 2001 by Kwamie Lassiter.

Virginia 7 Interception Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Int
Yds
TD
Avg
Lng
Tck
2001
TB Buc
CB
Ronde Barber
10
86
1
8.6
36
58
1946
Pit Steel
DB
Bill Dudley
10
242
1
24.2
80
--
1984
Sea Shwk
SS
Kenny Easley
10
126
2
12.6
58
--
2001
Ari Card
FS
Kwamie Lassiter
9
80
0
8.9
25
83
2000
GB Pack
FS
Darren Sharper
9
109
0
12.1
47
72
2005
Min Vik
FS
Darren Sharper
9
276
2
30.7
92
41
2009
NO Saint
FS
Darren Sharper
9
376
3
41.8
99
51
1998
Ari Card
FS
Kwamie Lassiter
8
80
0
10.0
29
40
1961
Pit Steel
CB
Johnny Sample
8
141
1
17.6
42
--
1971
Bal Colt
CB
Charlie Stukes
8
95
0
11.9
40
--
1974
NE Pat
CB
Ron Bolton
7
18
0
2.6
10
--
1983
Sea Shwk
SS
Kenny Easley
7
106
0
15.1
48
--
1941
Pit Steel
DB
Art Jones
7
35
0
5.0
12
--
1994
Pit Steel
FS
Darren Perry
7
112
0
16.0
42
49
1968
NY Jet
CB
Johnny Sample
7
88
1
12.6
39
--
2002
GB Pack
FS
Darren Sharper
7
233
1
33.3
89
51
1998
Sea Shwk
CB
Shawn Springs
7
142
2
20.3
56
61
1974
LA Ram
CB
Charlie Stukes
7
90
0
12.9
41
--
1955
Chi Bear
DB
Charlie Sumner
7
162
0
23.1
63
--

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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