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Texas Football Vital Signs

The health of the state’s favorite sport, by the numbers.

By and September 2017Comments


5: Number of Texas universities to land in the top 50 recruiting classes for 2017 (Texas A&M, UT-Austin, TCU, Baylor, and Texas Tech), the highest of any state. 3: Number of California universities on the list.

92,539: Cowboys' 2016 average home-game attendance, the highest of any NFL team.

78,789: New York Giants' 2016 average home-game attendance, the second highest.

$4.2 billion: Value of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, the highest of any NFL team. $3.4 billion: Value of the New England Patriots, the second highest. $2.6 billion: Value of the Houston Texans, the ninth highest.

$700 million: Dallas Cowboys' 2016 revenue, the highest of any NFL team.

$523 million: New England Patriots' 2016 revenue, the second highest.

$416 million: Houston Texans' 2016 revenue, the seventh highest.


52: Acts of rape over a four-year period, by 31 Baylor University football players, alleged in a January lawsuit.

23: Percentage of former NFL players studied by UT Southwestern's Dr. Munro Cullum who showed signs of cognitive impairment.

15: Number of Cowboys suspensions since 2014, the highest in the NFL. 2: Number of Texans suspensions in the same time period.

Seating capacity of all Texas high school varsity football stadiums combined: 4,240,420.

Population of Oklahoma: 3,923,561.

6: Number of projected 2017 NFL starting quarterbacks who played high school football in Texas, tied with California for the most of any state. 32: Number of NFL starting quarterbacks overall.

2: Number of Texas universities in the top ten average college football attendance nationwide in 2016.

0: number of other states with more than one school in the top ten.


229: Number of four- and five-star rated high school football recruits from Texas in the past five years, the most of any state. 226: number of equivalent recruits from Florida, the second highest.

8.75 million: Number of Cowboys Facebook fans, the highest of any NFL team. 7.01 million: Number of Patriots Facebook fans, the second highest. 2.2 Million: Number of Texans Facebook fans, the seventeenth highest.

8: Number of new college football programs in Texas in the past 10 years.

3: Number of new college football programs in Texas in the preceding 50 years.


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