Football City USA

Claimed as Football City USA, the area has delivered on the nickname with many professional football players, college football national champions, 1st round draft picks, and super bowl winners. NY Times claims, “ That Rock Hill is now nationally renowned as an incubator of football talent is partly a consequence of arbitrary fortune: From 2012 to 2014, it happened to produce consecutive first-round N.F.L. picks in Gilmore, Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and Clowney”. While ESPN states, “We breed ballers in Rock Hill, and it’s a credit to the youth leagues, the coaches in those leagues who’ve volunteered so much of their time over the years and the overall quality of the high school programs in town”. With multiple high school state championships won in the past few years, the trend will certainly continue.
 

Jeff Burris – Northwestern High School

  • Buffalo Bills (1994–1997)
  • Indianapolis Colts (1998–2001)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2002–2003)

 

Jadeveon Clowney – South Pointe High School

  • Houston Texans (2014-2018)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2019-present)

 

Gerald Dixon – Rock Hill High School

  • Cleveland Browns (1993–1995)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1996–1997)
  • San Diego Chargers (1998–2001)
  • Oakland Raiders (2001)

 

Stephon Gilmore – South Pointe High School

  • Buffalo Bills (2012-2016)
  • New England Patriots  (2017-present)

 

Tori Gurley – Rock Hill High School

  • Green Bay Packers (2011–2012)
  • Cleveland Browns (2013)

 

Jonathan Hefney – Rock Hill High School

  • 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2008 Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2010 Detroit Lions
     

Chris Hope – Rock Hill High School

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2002–2005)
  • Tennessee Titans (2006–2011)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2012)

 

Jonathan Joseph – Northwestern High School

  • Cincinnati Bengals (2006–2010)
  • Houston Texans (2011–present)

 

Spencer Lanning – York Comprehensive

  • Sacramento Mountain Lions (2012)
  • Cleveland Browns (2013−2014)
  • Chicago Bears (2015)

 

Robert Massey – born in rock hill, attended Garriger HS in Charlotte

  • New Orleans Saints (1989–1990)
  • Phoenix Cardinals (1991–1993)
  • Detroit Lions (1994–1995)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (1996)
  • New York Giants (1997)

 

Jonathan Meeks – Rock Hill High School

  • Buffalo Bills (2013-2016)

 

Cordarrelle Patterson – Northwestern High School

  • Minnesota Vikings (2013–2016)
  • Oakland Raiders (2017)
  • New England Patriots (2018–present)

 

Derek Ross – Northwestern High School

  • Dallas Cowboys (2002–2003)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2003)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2004)

 

Mason Rudolph – Northwestern High School

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2018-present)

 

Rick Sanford – Northwestern High School

  • New England Patriots (1979–1984)
  • Seattle Seahawks (1985)

 

Ko Simpson – Rock Hill High School

  • Buffalo Bills (2006–2008)
  • Detroit Lions (2009)

 

Benjamin Watson – Northwestern High School

  • New England Patriots (2004–2009)
  • Cleveland Browns (2010–2012)
  • New Orleans Saints (2013–2015)
  • Baltimore Ravens (2016–2017)
  • New Orleans Saints (2018)
  • New England Patriots (2019)

 

Phillip Adams – Rock Hill High School

  • San Francisco 49ers (2010)
  • New England Patriots (2011)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2011)
  • Oakland Raiders (2012–2013)
  • New York Jets (2014)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2015)