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The Best NFL Players From Arkansas

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
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
    42
    18

    PositionRunning back

    Age34

    TeamsOakland 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 in  ...more
  • 2

    Willie Roaf

    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    31
    11

    PositionTackle

    Age51

    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 played college  ...more
  • 3
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    41
    23

    PositionTight end

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Hunter Mark Henry (born December 7, 1994) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, where he was a  ...more
  • 4

    Cortez Kennedy

    Osceola, Arkansas
    30
    13

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age53

    TeamsSeattle 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 (NFL).  ...more
  • 5
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    22
    7

    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 football player and assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played as a split end and spent  ...more
  • 6

    Peyton Hillis

    Conway, Arkansas
    27
    18

    PositionRunning back

    Age35

    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 in the National Football League (NFL). Hillis attended Conway High School in Conway, Arkansas and was a  ...more
  • 7
    Wynne, Arkansas
    25
    16

    PositionRunning back

    Age38

    TeamsMemphis 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 the  ...more
  • 8

    Priest Holmes

    Fort Smith, Arkansas
    20
    11

    PositionRunning back

    Age48

    TeamsBaltimore 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 University  ...more
  • 9
    Camden, Arkansas
    20
    12

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age38

    TeamsPhiladelphia 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
  • 10
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
    17
    8

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age73

    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 appeared  ...more
  • 11
    USA, Texarkana
    20
    13

    PositionWide receiver

    Age51

    TeamsDenver 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
  • 12
    Augusta, Arkansas
    16
    11

    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 defensive lineman (1957–1970). He was born in Augusta, Arkansas.  ...more
  • 13

    Kevin Williams

    Arkadelphia, Arkansas
    13
    7

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age41

    TeamsMinnesota 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
  • 14

    Roy Green

    Magnolia, Arkansas
    11
    7

    PositionCornerback, Return specialist, Safety, Wide receiver

    Age64

    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 Cardinals  ...more
  • 15
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    13
    9

    PositionTight end

    Age56

    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 Packers  ...more
  • 16
    Cherry Valley, Arkansas
    12
    8

    PositionDefensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age56

    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 high  ...more
  • 17

    Charles Clay

    Little Rock, Arkansas
    8
    6

    PositionFullback, Tight end

    Age32

    TeamsMiami 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 the  ...more
  • 18

    Leslie O'Neal

    Little Rock, Arkansas
    9
    9

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    Age57

    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 with the  ...more
  • 19
    Mayflower, Arkansas
    8
    7

    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 halfback in the National Football League for eleven seasons, ten with the Green Bay Packers. Late in his  ...more
  • 20
    Stephens, Arkansas
    8
    8

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    AgeDec. 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 played for  ...more
  • 21

    J. R. Williamson

    El Dorado, Arkansas
    8
    7

    PositionLinebacker

    Age80

    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 Patriots.  ...more
  • 22
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    7
    8

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist, Halfback, Wide receiver

    Age86

    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 Redskins.  ...more
  • 23
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    6
    8

    PositionLinebacker

    Age64

    Monte Leon Coleman (born November 4, 1957) 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  ...more
  • 24
    Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas
    7
    10

    PositionLinebacker

    Age46

    TeamsTexas A&M Aggies football, Dallas Cowboys

    Dat Tan Nguyen (; Vietnamese: Nguyễn Tấn Đạt, pronounced [ŋʷjə̌ˀn tə̌n ɗàːt]; born September 25, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played professionally in the National Football  ...more
  • 25

    Derek Russell

    Little Rock, Arkansas
    4
    6

    PositionWide receiver

    Age52

    Derek Russell (born July 22, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver who played college football at the University of Arkansas and seven seasons in the NFL.Russell also ran the high hurdles  ...more
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List Rules: Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in Arkansas