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Monday, September 15, 2008
Who hails from California, Georgia?

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Which state can claim the best high school football players? Here's a look at some of the all-stars that hail from No. 3 California and No. 6 Georgia. Vote for the best state here.

No. 3 seed California

QB John Elway (Granada Hills)
John Madden
John Madden is among the great players, coaches and commentators to come from California.
RB Marcus Allen (Lincoln, San Diego)
QB Dan Fouts (St. Ignatius, San Francisco)
QB Tom Brady (Serra, San Mateo)
WR Lynn Swann (Serra, San Mateo)
LB Junior Seau (Oceanside)
ATH Ollie Matson (Washington, San Francisco)
ATH John Henry Johnson (Pittsburg)
OL Anthony Munoz (Chaffey, Ontario)
DB Ronnie Lott (Eisenhower, Rialto)
QB Warren Moon (Hamilton, Los Angeles)
RB Terrell Davis (Lincoln, San Diego)
RB/DB Frank Gifford (Bakersfield)
RB Hugh McElhenny (Washington, Los Angeles)
RB Freeman McNeil (Banning, Wilmington)
RB OJ Simpson (Galileo, San Francisco)
DL Gino Marchetti (Antioch)
WR James Lofton (Washington, Los Angeles)
HC John Madden (Jefferson, Daly City)
HC Bill Walsh (Hayward)
HC Joe Gibbs (Santa Fe, Santa Fe Springs)
OL Gary Zimmerman (Walnut)
OL Bruce Matthews (Arcadia)
OL Larry Allen (Vintage, Napa)
OL Ron Yary (Bellflower)
RB Reggie Bush (Helix, La Mesa)
QB Matt Leinart (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
QB Carson Palmer (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
RB Ricky Williams (Patrick Henry, San Diego)
RB Rashaan Salaam (La Jolla Country Day)
QB Gino Torretta (Pinole Valley, Pinole)
RB Charles White (San Fernando)
QB Jim Plunkett (James Lick, San Jose)
QB Gary Beban (Sequoia, Redwood City)
RB Mike Garrett (Roosevelt, Los Angeles)
QB John Huarte (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
RB Glenn Davis (Bonita, La Verne)
QB Randall Cunningham (Santa Barbara)
LB Hardy Nickerson (Verbum Dei, Los Angeles)
TE Tony Gonzalez (Huntington Beach)
DB John Lynch (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
WR Steve Smith (University, Los Angeles)
DE Jared Allen (Los Gatos)
DB Nnamdi Asomugha (Narbonne, Harbor City)
COMM Pete Rozelle (Compton)
DB/PR Mike Haynes (Marshall, Los Angeles)
Hines Ward
Georgia native Hines Ward was the first Korean-American to bring home a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

No. 6 seed Georgia

RB Herschel Walker (Johnson County, Wrightsville)
QB Fran Tarkenton (Athens)
RB Garrison Hearst (Lincoln County, Lincolnton)
DB Champ Bailey (Charlton County, Folkston)
PK Kevin Butler (Redan, Stone Mountain)
DB Mel Blount (Lyons, Vidalia)
P Ray Guy (Thomson)
QB Charlie Ward (Central, Thomasville)
RB George Rogers (Duluth)
RB Jamal Lewis (Douglass, Atlanta)
TE Shannon Sharpe (Glennville)
WR Sterling Sharpe (Glennville)
OL Rayfield Wright (Fairmont, Griffin)
WR Calvin Johnson (Sandy Creek, Tyrone)
WR Hines Ward (Forest Park)