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The Best NFL Players From Arkansas 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 476 votes 77 voters 2.5k views 37 items

List Rules Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in Arkansas

Here are the best NFL players from Arkansas! Arkansas is called the Land of Opportunity, and there have been plenty of NFL players from Arkansas who have capitalized on that nickname. Arkansas is the home state to multiple NFL Hall of Famers, along with Pro Bowlers, several big-name running backs, and even a "Madden" cover boy! 

Who do you think is the greatest NFL player from Arkansas? Vote for the top Arkansas NFL players, and feel free to anyone you don't see below.

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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Running back from North Little Rock, Arkansas

Age: 28

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Arkansas Razorbacks football

Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders ...more
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Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

Hunter Mark Henry (born December 7, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, where he ...more
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Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Peyton Hillis Running back from Conway, Arkansas

Age: 29

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants

Peyton Derek Hillis (born January 21, 1986) is a former American football fullback who played in the National Football League (NFL). Hillis attended Conway High School in Conway, Arkansas and ...more
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Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Willie Roaf Tackle from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 48

William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty," is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He ...more
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DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Running back from Wynne, Arkansas

Age: 35

Teams: Memphis Tigers football, Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Chondon Williams (born April 25, 1983) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of ...more
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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Cortez Kennedy Defensive tackle from Osceola, Arkansas

Age: 47

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League ...more
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Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Priest Holmes Running back from Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973) is a former American football running back who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Shawn Andrews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Tackle and Guard from Camden, Arkansas

Age: 36

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Arkansas Razorbacks football, New York Giants

Shawn Cornelius Andrews (born December 25, 1982) is an American former college and professional football guard who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants of the National Football ...more
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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Wide receiver from Texarkana, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Denver Broncos

Roderick Duane Smith (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who played thirteen seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Wayne Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Defensive tackle and Lineman from Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Age: 53

Gerald Wayne Martin (born October 26, 1965) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints from 1989 to 1999. In ...more
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Keith Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Tight end from Little Rock, Arkansas

Age: 50

Keith Jerome Jackson (born April 19, 1965) is a former professional American football tight end who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1988–1991), Miami Dolphins (1992–1994), and Green Bay ...more
12
Billy Ray Smith, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Augusta, Arkansas

Age: Dec. at 66 (1935-2001)

Billy Ray Smith Sr. (January 27, 1935 – March 21, 2001) was a National Football League defensive lineman (1957–1970). He was born in Augusta, Arkansas.
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Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
End and Safety from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American football player and assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played as a split end and ...more
14
Roy Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Roy Green Cornerback and Return specialist from Magnolia, Arkansas

Age: 61

Roy Calvin Green (born June 30, 1957) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals (1979–1987), Phoenix ...more
15
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Kevin Williams Defensive tackle from Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Age: 35

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Kevin Williams (born August 16, 1980) is a former American football defensive tackle . He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings ninth overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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J. R. Williamson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
J. R. Williamson

Age: 74

John Robert "J. R." Williamson (born October 9, 1941) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders and Boston
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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Running back and Fullback from Stephens, Arkansas

Age: Died at 84 (1927-2011)

Fletcher Joseph Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional American football fullback in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Cliff Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Safety and Defensive back from Fayetteville, Arkansas

Age: 67

Clifford Allen Harris (born November 12, 1948) is a former professional American football safety who played for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He ...more
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Leslie O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Leslie O'Neal Defensive end and Linebacker from Little Rock, Arkansas

Age: 51

Leslie Claudis O'Neal (born May 7, 1964) is an American former football player who was a defensive end for 13 years in the National Football League (NFL). He spent the majority of his career ...more
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Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Charles Clay Fullback and Tight end from Little Rock, Arkansas

Age: 30

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Charles Clay (born February 13, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tulsa and was drafted by ...more
21
Elijah Pitts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Running back and Halfback from Mayflower, Arkansas

Age: Dec. at 60 (1938-1998)

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Elijah Eugene Pitts (February 3, 1938 – July 10, 1998) was an American football player, a halfback in the National Football League for eleven seasons, ten with the Green Bay Packers. Late in his ...more
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Booker Edgerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Cornerback and Defensive back from Arkansas

Age: 79

Booker Tyrone Edgerson (born July 5, 1939) is a former American football player. This graduate of Western Illinois University was a cornerstone of the American Football League Buffalo Bills' ...more
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Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Running back and Return specialist from Hot Springs, Arkansas

Age: 80

Robert Cornelius Mitchell (born June 6, 1935) is a former American football halfback and flanker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington ...more
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Ralph Neely is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Tackle from Little Rock, Arkansas

Age: 72

Ralph Eugene Neely (born September 12, 1943) is a former American football offensive tackle who played 13 seasons and 172 games for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 to 1977.
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Stacy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas

Age: 34

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

Stacy Dewayne Andrews (born June 2, 1981) is a former American football offensive guard. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college ...more