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The Best NFL Players From Arkansas

Updated August 2, 2019 658 votes 86 voters 2.9k views37 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Darren McFadden
    42
    11

    Darren McFadden

    North Little Rock, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back

    Age33

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Arkansas Razorbacks football

    Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Hunter Henry
    42
    14

    Hunter Henry

    Little Rock, Arkansas

    PositionTight end

    TeamsLos Angeles Chargers

    Hunter Mark Henry (born December 7, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Los... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    DeAngelo Williams
    26
    5

    DeAngelo Williams

    Wynne, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back

    Age37

    TeamsMemphis Tigers football, Carolina Panthers

    DeAngelo Chondon Williams (born April 25, 1983) is a former American football running back. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Peyton Hillis
    28
    11

    Peyton Hillis

    Conway, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back

    Age34

    TeamsTampa 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Willie Roaf
    25
    8

    Willie Roaf

    Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    PositionTackle

    Age50

    William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty," is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Cortez Kennedy
    26
    11

    Cortez Kennedy

    Osceola, Arkansas

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age52

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle who... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Priest Holmes
    19
    6

    Priest Holmes

    Fort Smith, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back

    Age46

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

    Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973) is a former American football running back who... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Rod Smith
    15
    6

    Rod Smith

    Texarkana, Arkansas

    PositionWide receiver

    Age50

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Roderick Duane Smith (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Shawn Andrews
    16
    8

    Shawn Andrews

    Camden, Arkansas

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age37

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles, Arkansas Razorbacks football, New York Giants

    Shawn Cornelius Andrews (born December 25, 1982) is an American former college and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Don Hutson
    12
    6

    Don Hutson

    Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    PositionEnd, Safety, Wide receiver, Placekicker

    AgeDec. at 84 (1913-1997)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Billy Ray Smith, Sr.
    13
    8

    Billy Ray Smith, Sr.

    Augusta, Arkansas

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle, Defensive lineman

    AgeDec. at 66 (1935-2001)

    Billy Ray Smith Sr. (January 27, 1935 – March 21, 2001) was a National Football League... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Wayne Martin
    11
    7

    Wayne Martin

    Cherry Valley, Arkansas

    PositionDefensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age54

    Gerald Wayne Martin (born October 26, 1965) is a former American football defensive end who... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Keith Jackson
    10
    5

    Keith Jackson

    Little Rock, Arkansas

    PositionTight end

    Age55

    Keith Jerome Jackson (born April 19, 1965) is a former professional American football tight... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Roy Green
    10
    7

    Roy Green

    Magnolia, Arkansas

    PositionCornerback, Return specialist, Safety, Wide receiver

    Age63

    Roy Calvin Green (born June 30, 1957) is a former American football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Cliff Harris
    9
    7

    Cliff Harris

    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age71

    Clifford Allen Harris (born November 12, 1948) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Kevin Williams
    9
    7

    Kevin Williams

    Arkadelphia, Arkansas

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age40

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Kevin Williams (born August 16, 1980) is a former American football defensive tackle . He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    J. R. Williamson
    8
    5

    J. R. Williamson

    El Dorado, Arkansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age78

    John Robert "J. R." Williamson (born October 9, 1941) is a former professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Joe Perry
    9
    8

    Joe Perry

    Stephens, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    AgeDied at 84 (1927-2011)

    Fletcher Joseph Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Leslie O'Neal
    8
    7

    Leslie O'Neal

    Little Rock, Arkansas

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    Age56

    Leslie Claudis O'Neal (born May 7, 1964) is an American former football player who was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Charles Clay
    7
    5

    Charles Clay

    Little Rock, Arkansas

    PositionFullback, Tight end

    Age31

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

    Charles Clay (born February 13, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Arizona... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Elijah Pitts
    6
    7

    Elijah Pitts

    Mayflower, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back, Halfback

    AgeDec. at 60 (1938-1998)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Elijah Eugene Pitts (February 3, 1938 – July 10, 1998) was an American football player, a... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Dat Nguyen
    7
    9

    Dat Nguyen

    Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age45

    TeamsTexas A&M Aggies football, Dallas Cowboys

    Dat Tan Nguyen (; Vietnamese: Nguyễn Tấn Đạt, pronounced [ŋʷjə̌ˀn tə̌n ɗàːt]; born September... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Booker Edgerson
    5
    7

    Booker Edgerson

    Baxter County, Arkansas

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    Age81

    Booker Tyrone Edgerson (born July 5, 1939) is a former American football player. This... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bobby Mitchell
    5
    8

    Bobby Mitchell

    Hot Springs, Arkansas

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist, Halfback, Wide receiver

    Age85

    Robert Cornelius Mitchell (born June 6, 1935) is a former American football halfback and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Stacy Andrews
    4
    7

    Stacy Andrews

    Camden, Arkansas

    Age39

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

    Stacy Dewayne Andrews (born June 2, 1981) is a former American football offensive guard. He... more on Wikipedia