Augusta, Ga., is known more for Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters than anything else. But the mid-sized city in eastern Georgia has also produced a couple stud NFL players.
Tiger Woods won his fifth green jacket at The Masters by defeating Chris DiMarco on the first playoff hole on April 10, 2005. Thirteen days later, Carlos Rogers, a former high school star five miles down the road from Augusta National at Butler High School, was the ninth pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Where does Rogers rank among the best all-time NFL players from Augusta?
3. Jarius Wynn – DE
Jarius Wynn starred at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton, Ga., a small town 40 miles northeast of Augusta. After a stint at Georgia Military College, Wynn played at Georgia and was a sixth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2009.
Wynn played for five different teams over six seasons (2009-14), recording 10.5 sacks in 69 career games. He won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers.
2. Carlos Rogers – CB
Rogers was a two-way star (and three-sport; basketball, football and track) at Butler. He was an All-American and Jim Thorpe Award winner at Auburn before becoming a top-10 pick in the 2005 draft.
A 2011 Pro Bowler for the San Francisco 49ers, Rogers appeared in 133 career games and registered 17 interceptions, 412 tackles and 112 passes defended.
1. Takeo Spikes – LB
Takeo Spikes played his high school football at Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga., about 60 miles southwest of Augusta. He was a Parade and USA Today All-American and also played at Auburn.
The 13th pick in the 1998 draft (Cincinnati Bengals), Spikes was a two-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2004) and First-Team All-Pro in 2004 when he had five interceptions, two touchdowns and 61 tackles.