The University of Nebraska's weight room is the largest in the U.S, covering three fourths of an acre, and the state has pumped out six powerlifters (of 86 total).
The state that gave us Friday Night Lights has cultivated 49 high school football and 39 high school basketball FACES—the highest per-state totals in each sport.
Jimmy Connors's home state has turned out 29 tennis players—third only to California (94) and Florida (57)—including current WTA pro Laura Granville (left) of Chicago (9/6/99).
The Land of 10,000 (often frozen) Lakes has mustered 39 ice hockey players (third most), 10 speedskaters and two ice fishermen.
The home to the Bowling Hall of Fame has yielded 25 bowlers, including former world titlist Don Carter (12/1/58) of St. Louis. California has produced the most bowlers (58).
The state where James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 has cultivated 32 high school and college hoops players, but its most prolific sport is ice hockey (51).
This horsey state—the largest equestrian bronze in the Western Hemisphere, a replica of Da Vinci's Il Cavallo, is in Grand Rapids—has FACES in equestrian, harness racing and horseshoes.
The second-most girls' high school hoops FACES (16) come from the state that harbors the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the six-time national champion Lady Vols.
Marcus Dupree (10/27/80), left, considered the state's best running back since Walter Payton, was one of five RBs from here. His career TDs record was broken by Gary McGill (11/21/94).
Home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, and more than 900 courses, Florida has fostered 68 golfers, including Briny Baird (7/17/95), second only to California (80).