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Super Bowl XLVI high school alumni

1/31/2012
Before they led their teams to Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning (left) and Tom Brady were high school standouts at Isidore Newman (New Orleans) and Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Calif.), respectively. AP Photo, Serra High School

With signing day upon us and the the Super Bowl not far behind, it's a busy time for all levels of the game. Given that every player in Super Bowl XLVI played as a prep back in the day, we decided to break down the rosters for the New England Patriots and New York Giants by state and by high school.

Emerging superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski and fullback Lousake Polite of the Patriots are both from Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh). These two are also the only two players from Pennsylvania from the Patriots in this year's game.

For the Giants, star receiver Hakeem Nicks from Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) was part of the school's legendary 109-game win streak from 2000 to 2009 that still stands as the second-longest in U.S. history.

And with the Great State Debate still fresh on our minds, it's worth mentioning that California leads the way for Super Bowl participants this season with 13, while Florida (11) and Ohio (9) aren't far behind in the tally.

ALABAMA

Giants LB Michael Boley (Elkmont)

Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (Eufaula)

Giants DL Justin Tuck (Central Coosa County, Rockford)

Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (Auburn)

ARIZONA

Giants DB Prince Amukamara (Apollo, Glendale)

ARKANSAS

Giants OL Mitch Petrus (Carlisle)

CALIFORNIA

Giants WR Ramses Barden (Flintridge Prep, La Canada)

Patriots QB Tom Brady (Junipero Serra, San Mateo)

Giants QB David Carr (Stockdale, Bakersfield)

Patriots DB Patrick Chung (Rancho Cucamonga)

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (Woodside)

Patriots OL Logan Mankins (Mariposa)

Patriots DB Sterling Moore (Deer Valley, Antioch)

Giants TE Bear Pascoe (Granite Hills, Porterville)

Giants LB Spencer Paysinger (Beverly Hills)

Patriots WR Matthew Slater (Servite, Anaheim)

Giants DL Dave Tollefson (Ygnacio Valley, Concord)

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (Valencia)

Patriots OL Ryan Wendell (Diamond Bar)

COLORADO

Giants DB Derrick Martin (Thomas Jefferson, Denver)

Patriots OL Nate Solder (Buena Vista)

CONNECTICUT

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (Bristol Central, Bristol)

Patriots LB Niko Koutouvides (Plainville)

Patriots OL Donald Thomas (Career Magnet, New Haven)

FLORIDA

Giants OL David Baas (Riverview, Sarasota)

Giants OL Kevin Boothe (Pine Crest, Fort Lauderdale)

Giants DL Linval Joseph (Santa Fe, Alachua)

Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco (Miami Beach)

Giants DB Kenny Phillips (Carol City, Miami)

Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul (Deerfield Beach)

Giants DB Antrel Rolle (South Dade, Homestead)

Giants K Lawrence Tynes (Milton)

Patriots DL Gerard Warren (Union County, Lake Butler)

Giants LB Jacquian Williams (Riverview, Sarasota)

Patriots DL Vince Wilfork (Santaluces, Lantana)

GEORGIA

Patriots Deion Branch (Monroe, Albany)

Giants DB Deon Grant (Josey, Augusta)

Patriots LB Gary Guyton (Bradwell Institute, Hinesville)

Patriots DL Kyle Love (North Clayton, College Park)

Giants RB D.J. Ware (Rockmart)

ILLINOIS

Patriots DB Sergio Brown (Proviso East, Maywood)

Giants OL David Diehl (Brother Rice, Chicago)

Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich (Lincoln-Way Central, New Lenox)

INDIANA

Giants OL James Brewer (Arlington)

Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Cathedral, Indianapolis)

Giants P Steve Weatherford (North Vigo, Terre Haute)

IOWA

Giants DB Tyler Sash (Oskaloosa)

KENTUCKY

Patriots DL Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown)

LOUISIANA

Patriots RB Kevin Faulk (Carencro, Lafayette)

Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (St. Augustine, New Orleans)

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (Assumption, Napoleonville)

Giants QB Eli Manning (Isidore Newman, New Orleans)

Giants DB Corey Webster (St. James)

MARYLAND

Patriots DB Kyle Arrington (Gwynn Park, Brandywine)

MASSACHUSETTS

Patriots DL Ron Brace (Burncoat, Worcester)

Giants LS Zak DeOssie (Phillips Academy, Andover)

Patriots DB James Ihedigbo (Amherst-Pelham Regional, Amherst)

MICHIGAN

Patriots OL Nick McDonald (Ford, Sterling Heights)

Giants WR Devin Thomas (Canton)

MISSISSIPPI

Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski (Madison Central, Madison)

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (Trinity Episcopal, Natchez)

MISSOURI

Patriots OL Dan Connolly (Marquette, Chesterfield)

MONTANA

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (Bozeman)

NEBRASKA

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (North Platte)

NEW JERSEY

Giants WR Victor Cruz (Paterson Catholic, Paterson)

Patriots DB Nate Jones (Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Scotch Plains)

Patriots DB Devin McCourty (Saint Joseph Regional, Montvale)

Giants OL Kareem McKenzie (Willingboro)

Giants DL Justin Trattou (Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey)

Patriots WR Tiquan Underwood (Notre Dame, Lawrenceville)

NEW YORK

Giants DL Jimmy Kennedy (Roosevelt, Yonkers)

NORTH CAROLINA

Giants DL Chris Canty (Charlotte Latin, Charlotte)

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (Independence, Charlotte)

Patriots LB Brandon Spikes (Crest, Shelby)

OHIO

Giants TE Jake Ballard (Springboro)

Giants LB Chase Blackburn (Marysville)

Giants OL Jim Cordle (Lancaster)

Patriots QB Brian Hoyer (Saint Ignatius, Cleveland)

Giants LB Greg Jones (Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati)

Patriots OL Matt Light (Greenville)

Patriots Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg)

Giants WR Mario Manningham (Harding, Warren)

Patriots DB Antwaun Molden (Glenville, Cleveland)

OKLAHOMA

Patriots DL Mark Anderson (Booker T. Washington, Tulsa)

Patriots WR Wes Welker (Heritage Hall, Oklahoma City)

PENNSYLVANIA

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich (Conestoga, Berwyn)

Giants RB Henry Hynoski (Southern Columbia, Catawissa)

Patriots RB Lousaka Polite (Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh)

Giants RB Da'Rel Scott (Plymouth Whitemarsh, Plymouth Meeting)

Giants OL Chris Snee (Montrose)

RHODE ISLAND

Giants DB Will Blackmon (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick)

SOUTH CAROLINA

Patriots DL Shaun Ellis (Westside, Anderson)

Patriots LB Tracy White (Timberland, St. Stephen)

TEXAS

Giants DL Rocky Bernard (Sterling, Baytown)

Patriots OL Marcus Cannon (Odessa)

Patriots QB Ryan Mallett (Texas, Texarkana)

Giants DB Aaron Ross (Tyler)

Giants OL Tony Ugoh (Westfield, Houston)

Patriots OL Brian Waters (Waxahachie)

Patriots DB Malcolm Williams (South Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie)

VIRGINIA

Patriots LS Danny Aiken (Cave Spring, Roanoke)

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Graham, Bluefield)

Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (Kecoughtan, Hampton)

WISCONSIN

Giants TE Travis Beckum (Oak Creek)

Note: List does not include OL Sebastian Vollmer of the Patriots, who is not from a U.S. high school (Germany); Rob Gronkowski attended Williamsville North (Williamsville, N.Y.) before transferring to Woodland Hills for his senior year