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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Updated: January 4, 5:56 PM ET
Virginia: No. 13 football state

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VIRGINIA'S NATIONAL RANK
No. 22 pro | No. 14 college | No. 8 high school
Michael Vick

NFL
No. 22 Virginia


Seven Pro Football Hall of Famers were born in Virginia, including quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who threw four touchdown passes in his first game as a Vikings rookie, longtime Giants offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown and Chiefs middle linebacker Willie Lanier. Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks and Steelers tight end Heath Miller are among the NFL players from Virginia. Dominant Bills defensive lineman Bruce Smith played for Virginia Tech.
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COLLEGE
No. 14 Virginia


Frank Beamer and his special teams cast a long shadow in Virginia. The 1999 Hokies, led by Michael Vick and Corey Moore, played for the national title. Among the early Cavalier greats is "Bullet Bill" Dudley, who led the nation in points scored in 1941 and was a two-time All-American. Virginia's first bowl game didn't come until 1984, after George Welsh (134-86-3) took over as coach.
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Keith Davis

Virginia fan Keith Davis: I still e-mail my high school coaches before the Lee High game (I played for Fort Defiance) to wish them good luck and to ensure that they let the guys know how important that game is. Saturdays in Virginia are made for college football. There is nothing like going to a Division III game. It's a family affair. It's like going to a lawn party. Read more from Keith

HIGH SCHOOL
No. 8 Virginia


Virginia is for lovers and football. It's the home of Michael Vick and the Barber twins, Tiki and Ronde, and last year had the No. 2 overall recruiting prospect, current Florida Gator Percy Harvin. Lawrence Taylor attended Lafayette High School in Williamsburg. Spring 2006 D-I signees: 51. Fall 2006 public high school football teams: 298.
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POLL QUESTION

1) Virginia is proudest of which achievement?

Virginia Tech's streak of 13 bowl games (since 1993)
The Hokies playing for the 2000 national championship
Micheal Vick being selected the No. 1 draft pick in 2001
Twins Tiki and Ronde Barber playing in the NFL