Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:09 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2013 12:18 PM
AUSTIN - Even without teams in the Super Bowl, Texas will still play a big role in the game.
The state's agricultural industry, including Valley cattle ranchers, cotton farmers, and crop growers, have a hand in getting the country ready for the game of the year.
Leather is used to make footballs. Texas leads the nation in cattle with nearly 12 million head generating more than $11 billion each year. Those cattle are also used to make party favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers.
Farmers produced five million bales of cotton last year. That's enough to make a Super Bowl championship t-shirt for every person in the U.S., China, India, Russia, Mexico and Japan.
Peanut farmers could also be the MVP. The state produced 508 million pounds of peanuts last year. That's enough to fill one billion eight-ounce bags.
And here's a fun fact: A football field, including the end zone is 360 feet long, covers 1.3 acres.
By comparison, Texas is home to 144 million acres of farm land. That's more than any other state in the nation.