For the third year in a row, Louisiana ranks first in the nation in NFL players per capita, according to the league’s annual survey of Opening Day rosters.

The NFL survey, which only includes players who are on the active roster for the first game of the season, showed 53 players listing Louisiana as their home state.

Based on 2010 U.S. Census Data that shows Louisiana with a population of 4,533,372, the state has one NFL player per 85,535 people. Mississippi, with 33 players and a population of about 2.97 million, has one player per 89,018 people, according to the survey.

Louisiana also led the NFL in 2009 (1 player in 55,862 people) and 2010 (1 in 65,720). However, Louisiana had more players both those years with 80 in 2009 and 68 in 2010.

In the category of states with the most NFL players, Louisiana ranks seventh with 53. It’s no shock that the heavily-populated states of California (226), Florida (184) and Texas (183) held down the top three spots.

Still, Louisiana ranks ahead of more populous states like Virginia (47), Michigan (43) and Illinois (41).

New Orleans is tied with Tampa, Fla., for eighth place among hometowns with 11 players. Miami led the way with 27, while Houston (24) and Los Angeles (18) rounded out the top three.

The University of Miami had the most former players on NFL Kickoff 2011 rosters with 42, while USC (41), Texas (40) and Tennessee (36) followed. LSU and Ohio State tied for fifth with 35 players each.

Georgia had 34 players and was seventh in the survey and Florida was ninth with 30 — giving the Southeastern Conference four schools in the top 10.

Among the schools with the most players at each position, LSU had the most running backs/fullbacks at five (Joseph Addai, Jacob Hester, Quinn Johnson, Stevan Ridley and Keiland Williams).

LSU also tied for the lead with Auburn, USC and Texas at defensive tackle with five (Howard Green, Ricky Jean-Francois, Drake Nevis, Kyle Williams and Al Woods). Former Tigers All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey is now listed as a defensive end.