Great State Debate: Why Ohio


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 Ohio should win.

The Buckeye State has a long history of producing quarterbacks. Benny Friedman, considered by many to be the first great passer in the game, was from Ohio (though he played his college ball at Michigan). Roger Staubach won the 1963 Heisman Trophy at Navy and added a pair of Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys. Len Dawson was MVP of Super Bowl IV for the Kansas City Chiefs.

" Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger headlines the current crop of NFL quarterbacks hailing from Ohio. The 2004 Offensive Rookie of the Year has gone on to win two Super Bowls and earn two Pro Bowl selections. NFL backups Brian Hoyer (Patriots), Brady Quinn (Broncos) and Ricky Stanzi (Chiefs) all hail from Ohio as well.

" Ohio is the home of the two most prolific high school quarterbacks of all time. Not only are they from the same school (Kenton), they're from the same family. This fall, senior Maty Mauk broke the national career passing yardage record previously held by his brother, Ben, who played collegiately at Wake Forest and Cincinnati. Maty is a Missouri recruit.