What if Daryl Johnston, Rob Gronkowski and Chandler Jones could combine forces and represent Western New York on a territorial all-star team for the ages?
Welcome to Homegrown Legends, a series of mythical all-star rosters composed of the best players in pro football history from each current NFL market. This is a new twist on the age-old debates about which states and cities produce the best football talent.
We have envisioned the NFL’s greatest superstars representing their hometowns, states and regions with lineups that transcend the history of football. Below, the best professional players from the Buffalo-Niagara area and Western New York are represented through the prism of an all-time Bills dream team.
To explain the background of our Homegrown Legends, we discuss their high school and college roots in the article below. However, the selections were based strictly on NFL performance. In most cases, hometown eligibility was determined by where an athlete played the majority of his high school career. Each team’s territorial draft area is slightly different, and we explain our selection methodology in detail in this article.
Soon, we will ask readers to vote for the best Homegrown Legends team in a 32-team tournament bracket.
For now, suspend your disbelief and imagine these superstars teaming up to rep Buffalo on the field.
Buf / Mia / NE / NYJ // Bal / Cin / Cle / Pit // Hou / Ind / Jax / Ten // Den / KC / LV / LAC //// Dal / NYG / Phi / Was // Chi / Det / GB / Min // Atl / Car / NO / TB // Ari / LAR / SF / Sea
- Coming Sept. 8: Vote – Homegrown Legends tournament bracket