Introducing the Great State Debate

Originally Published: August 25, 2008

After spending his 11-year Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Irvin could call Texas home. So was the native Floridian and star at the University of Miami torn when Miami Northwestern travelled to Dallas' top-ranked Southlake Carroll High School last season, with national bragging rights on the line?

It was no contest.

Irvin's allegiance to Florida is just one example of how deeply connected players are to where they grow up, where they first put on a helmet ...

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