Which city produces the mostÂ pro football players?Â Either all-time or the modern era, it’s the same place.
It may not be our national pastime, but football is probably the most-followed sport in America.Â Itâ€™s certainly got the biggest single game â€“ pigskin fanatic or not, chances are youâ€™ll be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Cities that can lay claim to the title of Super Bowl Champion change every year, but are there places where football excellence has been consistent for decades?
We wondered too, and thought about what it means to be a great football town. We decided itâ€™s more than wins and losses, attendance, and championships. Heck, maybe there isnâ€™t even an NFL team in town.Â More importantly, itâ€™s where thereâ€™s touch games in the street, an old tire to throw to in every yard, and families spend their weekends at the Pop Warner field.
Now this is not just a list of interesting spots.Â Oh, no.Â This is a list of “THE”Â places youÂ must visit, and becauseÂ the placesÂ have been precisely and lovingly vetted and curated, there are exactly 46 of them.
Not 50 places, because any hack can throw together a list with a nice round number like that.Â By choosing 46 locations, it lends an air of precision and perfection to the crafting of the list.
So check this out… At #7, out of all the places in the world, is Houston (yes, that Houston… Texas.)Â Right after Rio, Marseille, Nicaragua, Accra (Ghana), Bhutan, and Amsterdam.Â (“What’s in Houston?Â Culture and food.”)
The Forbes list and the story is pretty straightforward; a callout of theÂ large U.S.Â metro areas with the worst scores for air and water quality, plus measures of toxic releases and Superfund sites.
And It’s a fairly accurate list.Â All the places named have issues, but I’ve got to say thatÂ I’m not proud of being associated with stories like this.
Stories like thisÂ focus on the negative, andÂ have titles guaranteed to be irresistable to the casual web browser – America’s Dirtiest Cities, Miserable Cities, Worst Cities to Live, Depressing Cities, Dangerous Cities,Â Dying Cities, Drunkest Cities, Fattest Cities, Worst Schools, and Dumbest Cities.