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The Best NFL Players From Arkansas  

Ranker NFL
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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
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Darren McFadden is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth ...more
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Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
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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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Osceola, Arkansas
Cortez Kennedy is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Wayne Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Cherry Valley, Arkansas
Gerald Wayne Martin is a former American football defensive lineman who played eleven seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints from 1989 to 1999. He attended the ...more
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Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas
Peyton Derek Hillis is an American football running back who is a free agent. Hillis attended Conway High School in Conway, Arkansas and was a highly touted recruit. Hillis chose to attend the ...more
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Billy Ray Smith, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Augusta, Arkansas
Billy Ray Smith, Sr. was a National Football League defensive lineman. He was born in Augusta, Arkansas.
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Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
William Layton Roaf, nicknamed "Nasty," is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in National Football League for thirteen seasons. He ...more
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DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Wynne, Arkansas
DeAngelo Chondon Williams is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted by the Carolina ...more
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Keith Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Keith Jerome Jackson is a former professional American football tight end who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers.
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Shawn Andrews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Camden, Arkansas
Shawn Cornelius Andrews is an American former college and professional football guard who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants of the National Football League. He played ...more
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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Stephens, Arkansas
Fletcher Joseph "Joe" Perry was a professional American football fullback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1948 to 1950, then 1950 to 1960 when the 49ers were absorbed into the NFL, ...more
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Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America
Priest Anthony Holmes is a former American football running back who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Texas. He was signed ...more
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Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America
Donald Montgomery Hutson was the first star split end in National Football League history. He is considered by many to have been the first modern receiver. In his senior season at the University ...more
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Elijah Pitts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Mayflower, Arkansas
Elijah Eugene Pitts was an American football halfback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Rams, and the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at ...more
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Roy Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Magnolia, Arkansas
Roy Calvin Green is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals, Phoenix Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.
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J. R. Williamson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
J. R. Williamson El Dorado, Arkansas, United States of America
John Robert "J. R." Williamson is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders and Boston Patriots.
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Booker Edgerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Baxter County, Arkansas, United States of America
Booker Tyrone Edgerson is a former American college and Professional Football player. This graduate of Western Illinois University was a cornerstone of the American Football League Buffalo ...more
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Leslie O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Leslie Claudis O'Neal is a former football defensive end who played 13 years in the National Football League. He spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers before finishing ...more
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Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Kevin Williams is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Oklahoma State University. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings ninth ...more
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Ralph Neely is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Ralph Eugene Neely 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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Cliff Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Clifford Allen Harris is a former professional American football safety who played for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for ten seasons. He appeared in five Super Bowls and was ...more
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Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Robert Cornelius Mitchell is a former American football halfback and flanker in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. Mitchell was inducted into the ...more
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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Texarkana, Arkansas, United States of America
Roderick Duane Smith is a former American football wide receiver who played thirteen seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football at Missouri ...more
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Monte Coleman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Monte Leon Coleman is a former American football linebacker who played for sixteen seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1979 to 1994. He is currently the head football coach for the ...more
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Cedric Thornton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Arkansas
Cedric Thornton Star City, Arkansas
Cedric Thornton is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played ...more