Minnesota – Larry Fitzgerald
Minnesota is another impressive football-producing state sitting in the middle of the alphabet, which is bordered on both sides by impressive college football states. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is home to many great former collegiate players, despite the current state of P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota program.
Terry Baker, Chris Weinke and Marion Barber III hail from the great watery state of Minnesota, both Heisman winners. However, none other than a very popular receiver takes the case in this state.
Larry Fitzgerald was born in Minneapolis, and only technically spent two full seasons playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers, but had two extremely memorable seasons at Pitt before going on to be a legendary wide receiver at the professional level. In his sophomore season, Fitzgerald had 92 catches to lead the nation with 1,672 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns.
His performance was worthy of a unanimous All-American bid, and Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors. He also won on a national scale, being awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award, and Walter Camp award for Player of the Year. Though he missed out on the Heisman Trophy to former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White in a close vote, no one can ignore Fitzgerald’s prowess during his time at Pitt.