BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Whether it is their birthplace or where they grew up and attended college, Baton Rouge is where many professional football athletes call home.
According to a study performed by casinos.com, being born in Louisiana makes it reportedly more likely for the athlete to become professional. The study shows that out of the 28,719 male births per year, Louisiana produces about 3.97 children per 1,000 births that can play professionally.
The majority of Louisiana-born professionals result in playing in the National Football League (NFL).
With football season in full effect, we’ve compiled a list of NFL players who are from the Greater Baton Rouge area.
Collins is a Baton Rouge native who attended Redemptorist High School. Collins played the offensive tackle position and was ranked in the Top 10 in multiple categories, according to LSU. After graduating from Redemptorist, Collins attended LSU for all four years.
Throughout his college career, Collins earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and the Charles McClendon Award. Collins was drafted in 2015 by the Dallas Cowboys. In 2022, Collins was released from the Cowboys before signing to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Edwards-Helaire is a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was born in Baton Rouge and attended Catholic High School. Helaire was recognized as a four-star prospect by ESPN. Helaire graduated in 2017 and remained in Baton Rouge where he played for the LSU Tigers.
According to LSU Sports, Helaire performed on special teams during his freshman year at LSU before working on the offensive side of the ball. In Helaire’s junior season, he started in 14 of 15 games where he finished the season with over 1,400 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Helaire declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, where he was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ)
Beckham Jr. was born in Baton Rouge and is a New Orleans native who attended LSU from 2011 to 2013 as a wide receiver. During his time at LSU, Beckham Jr. received multiple All-American and All-SEC accolades for both wide receiver and kick returner. Beckham Jr. earned the Paul Hornung Award, which labels him as the “Nation’s Most Versatile Player,” according to LSU Sports.
Beckham Jr. declared for the NFL Draft in 2014 and was drafted as a first-round pick by the New York Giants. In 2019, Beckham Jr. was traded to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns waived Beckham Jr. in 2021 before heading to Los Angeles to play for the Los Angeles Rams. After the season, the Rams released Beckham Jr. Beckham Jr. currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN.
Scott is a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles who was born in Zachary and went to Zachary High School. During high school, Scott scored over 17 touchdowns with over 1,000 rushing yards. After graduating, Scott traveled to north Louisiana to play for Louisiana Tech University.
While at Louisiana Tech, Scott finished with 15 touchdowns and over 1,800 rushing yards, according to La Tech Sports. Scott was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFL Draft. After the preseason, Scott was benched, and the Eagles offered him a deal.
Joseph, of Baton Rouge, is a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. Joseph attended Scotlandville Magnet High School. Joseph was ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN after scoring 13 touchdowns on returns. Joseph was ranked the No. 35 player in the country by ESPN, the No. 4 player in Louisiana, and the No. 7 safety by 247Sports.
After graduating, Joseph attended LSU in 2018. In 2019, Joseph transferred to the University of Kentucky. During his time at Kentucky, Joseph finished with 25 tackles, four interceptions, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss, according to UK Athletics. In 2021, Joseph declared for the NFL Draft and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys traded Joseph to the Miami Dolphins in 2023.
Harris is a linebacker for the Houston Texans. Harris attended the University Lab School at LSU for high school. Harris was listed as the No. 3 player in Louisiana and played both sides of the ball and contributed to the school’s back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.
After graduating, Harris went to the University of Alabama, where he had a career with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and 109 yards worth of tackles for loss, according to Roll Tide Athletics. Harris declared for the 2022 NFL Draft where he was drafted by the Texans in the third round.
Bolden is a running back for the Las Vegas Raiders. Bolden was born in Baton Rouge and attended Scotlandville Magnet High School. While at Scotlandville, Bolden scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 866 yards with 112 carries as a senior, according to an article from Bleacher Report.
After graduating, Bolden committed to the University of Mississippi in 2008. In 2012, Bolden signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. Bolden was cut from the Patriots and signed with the Miami Dolphins for the 2018-2019 season. Bolden returned to the Patriots from 2019 to 2022, where he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022, according to ESPN.