Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching with the Philadelphia Eagles set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs for the Lombardi Trophy, the first iteration of the game for the Ohio sports betting market.
While the two week run-up to the game provides plenty of time for emerging storylines, BetOhio wondered which states have the most Super Bowl touchdowns, based off where a player is from.
Utilizing Pro-Football-Reference.com, we looked at the states that have the most touchdowns in the Super Bowl. One key here: a Super Bowl touchdown refers to any rushing, receiving, defensive or special teams touchdown. Passing scores were not included.
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States With Most Super Bowl Touchdowns
Florida, Texas Lead the Way
Florida and Texas are the only two states owning 10% or more of Super Bowl touchdowns scored in NFL history.
Helping the Sunshine State lead the pack is running back Emmitt Smith (Pensacola), who found the end zone five times on the ground over three Super Bowl trips with the Dallas Cowboys.
Former New England Patriots running back James White (Fort Lauderdale) scored just one touchdown in four career playoff games before a three-score performance in the Patriots’ come-from-behind Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017.
Think how that comeback would've played out across Ohio betting apps. One year later, White had a touchdown catch from Tom Brady in New England’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
On the Texas side, former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas (Houston) scored four times over Buffalo’s four-year run to the Super Bowl. Fellow Houston native Cliff Branch had three touchdown receptions in three Super Bowl trips with the Raiders, including a pair in Super Bowl XV.
Terrell Davis (San Diego) leads the group of California touchdown scorers when he ran for three scores and was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXII with the Denver Broncos.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are tied for fourth place with 18 Super Bowl scores. Ricky Watters (Harrisburg) caught two and ran for another in the 49ers’ win over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Franco Harris (Fort Dix) leads the New Jersey group with four touchdowns over four Super Bowl titles with the Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jerry Rice (Crawford) was MVP of Super Bowl XXIII and has over half of Mississippi’s career Super Bowl touchdowns. Rice reached the big game four times and has an NFL record eight touchdowns.
Last year’s Super Bowl helped both Louisiana and Washington get into the Top 10 list. Odell Beckham Jr. (New Orleans) scored the game’s first touchdown last year and Cooper Kupp (Yakima, Washington) had two receiving scores and was named MVP.
Also from Washington, quarterback John Elway (Port Angeles) ran for four touchdowns over his five trips to the Super Bowl.
Ohio Has 6th Most Super Bowl TDs
Ohio-born players make up 5.6% of Super Bowl touchdowns. New England wide receiver David Givens (Youngstown) had receiving scores in back-to-back Patriots Super Bowl wins (XXXVIII, XXXIX).
Hall-of-Fame running back Larry Csonka (Stow) ran for two touchdowns and was named MVP of the Miami Dolphins’ 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII.
Ohio could also add to that total this Sunday.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, a Westlake, Ohio native, had a touchdown catch in Super Bowl LIV and is a popular pick to find the end zone against the Eagles. According to DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio, Kelce is among the anytime touchdown favorite in the game at -135. He is +700 to score the first touchdown.
Which other states could see their Super Bowl touchdown total rise this weekend? Here are the Top 5 favorites to score a touchdown, per DraftKings, and where they’re from.