The home of Winnersville, it's only natural that Georgia makes the list of eight states competing to be named ESPN Rise's greatest state.
With 28 Pro Football Hall of Famers and 14 Heisman Trophy winners, California has the pedigree of an elite high school football state. But is it the greatest? It's up to you to decide.
The last two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks call Louisiana home. Eli and Peyton Manning may be the Bayou's best known footballers, but they're certainly not Louisiana's only claim to fame.
Virginia might seem like an unexpected choice to make the elite eight in the Great State Debate. But with a history of unconventional players -- see: Taylor, Lawrence -- Virginia is ripe for the picking.