Texas named 'Best Football State'

IRVING (AP) - USA Football presented its Governor's Cup Award recognizing Texas as the country's "Best Football State." The award is based on criteria ranging from high school participation to TV ratings.

"I think those of us from Texas and in Texas knew that this award might be coming this way some time," said Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who accepted the trophy on behalf of all Texas football. "We do feel like we are the best football state."

Texas earned the award based on a study conducted by The Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. The rest of the top five states, in order, were Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey and Maryland.

The study looked at the percentage of boys playing high school football, the percentage of high school seniors receiving NCAA scholarships and birth states of 2007 NFL draftees and NFL coaches. Nielsen television ratings for NFL games were also considered.