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The Best NFL Players From California

Updated November 19, 2020 2.6k votes 195 voters 4.8k views51 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • Tom Brady1
    128
    50

    Tom Brady

    San Mateo, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age43

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for... more on Wikipedia
  • Troy Polamalu2
    96
    30

    Troy Polamalu

    Garden Grove, California

    PositionStrong Safety

    Age39

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Troy Aumua Polamalu (; born Troy Aumua; April 19, 1981) is a former American football strong... more on Wikipedia
  • Aaron Rodgers3
    113
    43

    Aaron Rodgers

    Chico, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age32

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Tony Gonzalez4
    97
    32

    Tony Gonzalez

    USA, California

    PositionTight end

    Age44

    TeamsCalifornia Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

    Anthony David Gonzalez (born February 27, 1976) is a former American football tight end. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Junior Seau5
    78
    29

    Junior Seau

    San Diego, California

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDied at 43 (1969-2012)

    TeamsUSC 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Marshawn Lynch6
    73
    25

    Marshawn Lynch

    Oakland, California

    PositionRunning back

    Age34

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, California Golden Bears football

    Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is a former American football running back. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Bobby Wagner7
    67
    21

    Bobby Wagner

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionLinebacker

    Age30

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Bobby Joseph Wagner is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Sherman8
    70
    26

    Richard Sherman

    Compton, California

    PositionCornerback, Wide receiver

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Richard Kevin Sherman (born March 30, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the San... more on Wikipedia
  • Randall Cunningham9
    62
    19

    Randall Cunningham

    Santa Barbara, California

    Age57

    TeamsUNLV 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Anthony Muñoz10
    67
    27

    Anthony Muñoz

    Ontario, California

    Age62

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals

    Michael Anthony Muñoz (born August 19, 1958), is a former American football offensive tackle... more on Wikipedia
  • Zach Ertz11
    55
    19

    Zach Ertz

    Orange, California

    PositionTight end

    Age29

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Zachary Adam Ertz (born November 10, 1990) is an American football tight end for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Marcus Allen12
    64
    30

    Marcus Allen

    San Diego, California

    PositionRunning back

    Age60

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

    Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Smith13
    62
    29

    Steve Smith

    Carlsbad, California

    PositionWide receiver

    Age41

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Warren Moon14
    57
    28

    Warren Moon

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age63

    TeamsSeattle 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Tony Romo15
    45
    18

    Tony Romo

    San Diego, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age40

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and... more on Wikipedia
  • Troy Aikman16
    53
    26

    Troy Aikman

    West Covina, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age53

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia
  • DeSean Jackson17
    50
    25

    DeSean Jackson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    DeSean William Jackson (born December 1, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Julian Edelman18
    45
    26

    Julian Edelman

    Redwood City, California

    PositionWide receiver

    Age34

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt... more on Wikipedia
  • Willie McGinest19
    33
    15

    Willie McGinest

    Long Beach, California

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age48

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker... more on Wikipedia
  • Larry Allen20
    39
    22

    Larry Allen

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age48

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Sonoma State Seawolves football, Dallas Cowboys

    Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who... more on Wikipedia
  • Ricky Williams21
    29
    15

    Ricky Williams

    San Diego, California

    PositionRunning back

    Age38

    TeamsNew 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Clay Matthews III22
    30
    18

    Clay Matthews III

    Northridge, Los Angeles

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Linebacker

    Age34

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    William Clay Matthews III (born May 14, 1986) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
  • Dan Fouts23
    26
    17

    Dan Fouts

    California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age69

    TeamsOregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

    Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) is an American former football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia
  • Nick Folk24
    5
    0

    Nick Folk

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPlacekicker

    Age35

    TeamsNew York Jets, Dallas Cowboys

    Nicholas Alexander Folk (born November 5, 1984) is an American football placekicker who is... more on Wikipedia
  • Alex Mack25
    18
    9

    Alex Mack

    Santa Barbara, California

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Age34

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    Javon Alexander "Alex" Mack (born November 19, 1986is an American football center for the... more on Wikipedia