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COLORADO'S NATIONAL RANK

No. 15 pro | No. 26 college | No. 30 high school

NFL

No. 15 Colorado
<<< No. 14 Illinois · No. 16 Massachusetts>>>
Quarterback John Elway. Little else needs to be said about Mile High Stadium, the Broncos, their die-hard fans and barefoot kickers. Here are Elway's numbers anyway: 47 fourth-quarter comebacks, back-to-back Super Bowl wins, five Super Bowl appearances, 51,475 yards passing, 300 touchdown passes, 33 touchdown runs and one touchdown reception. Hall of Fame quarterback Earl "Dutch" Clark played at Colorado College and Hall of Fame defensive back Jack Christiansen played at Colorado State. Among the all-time great Buffaloes is Byron "Whizzer" White, who led the nation in rushing, played in the NFL and served on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Sort-of Broncos fan Scott Bondy: On Sundays when the Broncos play, I'm torn. Not being from the great state of Colorado, I didn't grow up a fan of the team. So when I watch with my college buddies, I root against Denver — you know, the whole devil's advocate thing. But really, I have a good relationship with the Donkeys, one of brotherly love. It's OK for me to rip my brother all I want, but when someone else does it, things get messy. Read more from Scott

COLLEGE

No. 26 Colorado
<<< No. 25 Washington · No. 27 Idaho>>>
Much like Ralphie running onto the field, the 1989 and 1990 Colorado teams scattered opponents, going 22-2-1 and winning a share of the national title in '90. Since Sonny Lubick arrived at Colorado State in 1993, the Rams have been to nine of their 10 bowl games. The state's newest team (Air Force started playing football in 1955) has been inventive in catching up with its in-state and service academy elders, relying on wishbone deception and quickness under Fisher DeBerry.

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HIGH SCHOOL
No. 30 Colorado
<<< No. 29 District of Columbia · No. 31 Minnesota>>>
Mullen and Jefferson high schools in Denver are perennial powers, and The Rocky Mountain State had 21 players on NFL rosters at the start of this year. Spring 2006 D-I signees: 34. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 284.

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