Based on available sources, it appears Edison High is No. 2 among Northern California high schools for having the most players who’ve played in the National Football League.

CORRECTION: Sept. 16, 2016

Eddie Macon, the first African-American player who was drafted by and also played for the Chicago Bears was inadvertently omitted from the print and initial online version of this article. The error has been corrected.

Based on available sources, it appears Edison High is No. 2 among Northern California high schools for having the most players who’ve played in the National Football League.

It can be difficult to determine whether a player actually played a down in the NFL, which is what such a list should be based on, as opposed to being drafted or being on a practice squad. There also are some players, such as long-snappers or other specialists, who aren’t as well-known and it can be hard to find out where they played high school ball.

Edison’s total of 16 is more than double that of any other area school, ranks No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section and trails only Berkeley with 17 as the most from Northern California.

Right behind the Vikings on the NorCal list at 14 is perennial power Concord-De La Salle. Last year, running back Terrell Ward became the 13th Spartan to get into the league and this year tight end Austin Hooper became the 14th. Even more are coming up in future years.

Many might assume Edison’s total of 17 is dominated by players from the era of legendary coach Charles Washington, the first African-American head coach in Northern California. While seven did play during Washington’s tenure from 1966 to 1983, nine did not, including Edison’s current NFL player, highly regarded cornerback Trumaine Johnson of the Los Angeles Rams.

“Yes, of course I’m still proud of that tradition,” said Edison grad and Super Bowl player Derek Kennard from his home in Arizona. “I try to follow all of the guys from Edison and Stockton.

“Through football, Coach Washington taught me a lot of skills and taught me to be open to learning new skills.”

Other Vikings who played for Washington and later in the NFL include all-pro receiver J.D. Hill, defensive lineman Dennis Edwards, running back Willard Harrell, defensive back Prentice McCray, defensive lineman Blanchard Carter, lineman Fred Heron and receiver Jeff Simmons.

Before Washington, Edison had six graduates who played in the NFL. Eddie Macon was the first. In 1952, Macon was the first African-American who was drafted by and also played for the Chicago Bears. Macon, who was drafted in the second round, played two seasons for the Bears before going to the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

John Nisby was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1957. He was an All-Pro three times, twice with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1959, 1961) and once with the Washington Redskins (1962). He was followed by fullback Willie Simpson, defensive lineman Fred Heron and receiver S.T. Saffold.

After Washington, three of Edison’s NFL alums were actually on the same team. That was in 2002 when the Vikings had seniors Lynell Hamilton and Chris Henry and junior Lavelle Hawkins. That team went 9-1 under Booker Guyton, who left after that season and has returned this season.

When Hawkins was a senior, he led the Vikings to a spot opposite Sacramento-Grant in the 2003 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final, the school’s only section final appearance.

“We always support each other,” Hawkins said of the school’s various NFL alums. “I was just in Santa Clara (Monday night) with a bunch of us to see Trumaine. If he’s close by, I’ll be there for sure.”

Kennard isn’t the only Edison alum who’s played on a Super Bowl team. Hamilton was a member of the New Orleans Saints when they won the Super Bowl in 2010, though he was injured and did not play in the big game.

“It’s great to hear these kinds of things about Edison and it’s what the young guys need to hear,” said Hawkins, who is helping as a volunteer coach at Edison this season. “For us, it’s always been like family. Both Franklin and Edison are not as bad as many think. There are a lot of people here that surround you and want to see you succeed.”

— Contact high school sports contributor and Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis at MarkJTennis@gmail.com.