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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Updated: January 17, 12:12 AM ET
Great State Debate: Why Alabama


In the Great State Debate, five states stand above the rest in the caliber of quarterbacks they produce -- Alabama, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Here is the argument for why Alabama should win.

• All of the other states in this debate are much larger in population, so the number of elite quarterbacks Alabama has turned out is even more impressive by comparison. Alabama's population of 4.8 million is less than half that of Ohio (11.5 million), the next smallest state in the debate.

• Alabama has produced its share of legendary quarterbacks. Hall of Famer Bart Starr led the Green Bay Packers to their first two Super Bowl titles, and Ken Stabler was under center when the Raiders won Super Bowl XI.

• The current generation of Alabama QBs is looking strong as well. AJ McCarron led the Crimson Tide to this year's BCS national championship. Meanwhile, current high school senior Jameis Winston is the No. 1 signal-caller in the ESPNU 150. Winston was co-MVP of last summer's Elite 11 finals and this winter's 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.