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The Best NFL Players From California 

Ranker NFL
Updated March 30, 2020 940 votes 96 voters 2.1k views 46 items

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

This is a list of the best NFL players from California! Possibly due to the sheer size of the state, California is the home to some of the absolute best players ever to play in the NFL. There’s Hall of Fame-level talent that couldn’t crack the top 25 on this list, that’s how deep the Golden State is with elite players. This list of NFL players from California looks like a fantasy football draft. 

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from California and add any of your favorites missing from the list.

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from San Mateo

Age: 38

Teams: New England Patriots

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super ...more
2
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from Chico

Age: 32

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football for the ...more
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Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Linebacker from San Diego

Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)

Teams: USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers

Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau Jr. (; SAY-ow; January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012) was an American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his ...more
4
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Tight end from Torrance

Age: 39

Teams: California Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony David Gonzalez (born February 27, 1976) is a former American football tight end. He played college football and college basketball at University of California, Berkeley, and was ...more
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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Strong Safety from Garden Grove

Age: 34

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Troy Aumua Polamalu (; born Troy Aumua; April 19, 1981) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire twelve-year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football ...more
6
Anthony Muñoz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From California

Age: 57

Teams: USC Trojans football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals

Michael Anthony Muñoz (born August 19, 1958), is a former American football offensive tackle who played 13 seasons for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz is ...more
7
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From California

Age: 52

Teams: UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

Randall Wade Cunningham (born March 27, 1963) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL for 16 seasons, primarily with the ...more
8
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Running back from San Diego

Age: 55

Teams: USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 ...more
9
Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Linebacker from Los Angeles

Age: 25

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Bobby Joseph Wagner is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football for Utah State. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the ...more
10
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Wide receiver from Los Angeles

Age: 29

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean William Jackson (born December 1, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
11
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Wide receiver from Carlsbad

Age: 36

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Carolina Panthers. He ...more
12
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Zach Ertz Tight end from Orange

Age: 25

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Zachary Adam Ertz (born November 10, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round ...more
13
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from Los Angeles

Age: 59

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956) is a former American and Canadian football quarterback who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston ...more
14
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from West Covina

Age: 49

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). The number one overall draft pick ...more
15
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Linebacker from Palo Alto

Age: 59

William Clay Matthews Jr. (born March 15, 1956) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was ...more
16
Larry Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Tackle and Guard from Los Angeles

Age: 44

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Sonoma State Seawolves football, Dallas Cowboys

Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He was drafted by the Dallas ...more
17
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Running back from Oakland

Age: 29

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, California Golden Bears football

Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college ...more
18
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Cornerback and Wide receiver from Compton

Age: 30

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Richard Kevin Sherman (born March 30, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the ...more
19
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from San Diego

Age: 35

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and retired quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
20
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Willie McGinest Defensive end and Linebacker from Long Beach

Age: 44

Teams: USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England ...more
21
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Wide receiver from Redwood City

Age: 29

Teams: New England Patriots

Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more
22
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Running back from San Diego

Age: 38

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Toronto Argonauts, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Texas Longhorns football

Errick Lynne "Ricky" Williams Jr. (born May 21, 1977) is an American former football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the ...more
23
Cole McDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
leolarsson added Cole McDonald

Teams: Hawii Ranbow Warriors

24
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from Fresno

Age: 36

Teams: USC Trojans football, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals

Carson Hilton Palmer (born December 27, 1979) is a former American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders ...more
25
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Quarterback from California

Age: 64

Teams: Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). Fouts played his entire professional career with the San ...more