How do you rise to the ranks of the NFL.  Hard work?  Sure.  Dedication to the sport?  Of course? Being born in a specific state?  Couldn't hurt!

Most people are quick to attribute success to hard work, dedication, or having the right connections. But there seems to be a geographical reason involved in how these individuals got where they are today. 

According to Mississippi ranks number 1 at 26.6 NFL players per capita.

Illinois comes in at a measly 5.1 NFL players per capita (Thanks Chicago) even including Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings), who was born in the prairie state and is the 2nd highest-paid player in the league.  Also, Jimmy Garopppolo (San Francisco 49ers) who was born in Illinois and is alumni of Eastern Illinois University.

However, Iowa comes in at #6 with 16.5 NFL players per capita!  Not too shabby!  Although I'm hard-pressed to find one that has a name you may recognize.

There are many possible factors that could affect a player’s football success, including previous playing experience, physical size, mental toughness, and more. But one thing I hadn’t considered was where they were born.

Can success be preordained by location? Some evidence suggests it may. Consider Silicon Valley, for example. What could explain why so many successful tech companies—companies like Google, Intel, Yahoo, and eBay—were born in one small section of Northern California? The hotbed theory posits that certain areas are highly conducive to fostering greatness—the sports equivalent of a cheat code that skips years of laborious practice.

Or it could have NOTHING to do with it.  That's also a possibility.


Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.


Quad Cities $1.25M Manson With Basketball Court, Theater For Sale

A home in the Quad Cities has gone on the market and it is worth every penny. This gorgeous LeClaire, IA mansion is selling for $1.25 million and it features a basketball court, home theater, two full kitchens, and so much more. Let's take a look inside.

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