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The Best NFL Players From California

Updated November 19, 2020 2.7k votes 209 voters 5.1k 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
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    50

    Tom Brady

    San Mateo, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age38

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for...  more
  • Aaron Rodgers2
    120
    42

    Aaron Rodgers

    Chico, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age36

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Tony Gonzalez3
    101
    31

    Tony Gonzalez

    Torrance, California

    PositionTight end

    Age39

    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
  • Troy Polamalu4
    98
    31

    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
  • Junior Seau5
    82
    28

    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
  • Bobby Wagner6
    69
    20

    Bobby Wagner

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionLinebacker

    Age30

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Bobby Joseph Wagner is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the...  more
  • Marshawn Lynch7
    75
    27

    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
  • Richard Sherman8
    71
    27

    Richard Sherman

    Compton, California

    PositionCornerback, Wide receiver

    Age27

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Richard Kevin Sherman (born March 30, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the San...  more
  • Anthony Muñoz9
    70
    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
  • Randall Cunningham10
    62
    20

    Randall Cunningham

    Santa Barbara, California

    Age52

    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
  • Zach Ertz11
    54
    21

    Zach Ertz

    Orange, California

    PositionTight end

    Age25

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Zachary Adam Ertz (born November 10, 1990) is an American football tight end for the...  more
  • Marcus Allen12
    64
    31

    Marcus Allen

    San Diego, California

    PositionRunning back

    Age55

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

    Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and...  more
  • Steve Smith13
    60
    28

    Steve Smith

    Carlsbad, California

    PositionWide receiver

    Age36

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more
  • Warren Moon14
    56
    27

    Warren Moon

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age59

    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
  • Troy Aikman15
    53
    25

    Troy Aikman

    West Covina, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age53

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who...  more
  • Tony Romo16
    44
    19

    Tony Romo

    San Diego, California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age40

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and...  more
  • DeSean Jackson17
    50
    27

    DeSean Jackson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionWide receiver

    Age29

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    DeSean William Jackson (born December 1, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the...  more
  • Larry Allen18
    39
    21

    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
  • Julian Edelman19
    43
    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
  • Willie McGinest20
    33
    17

    Willie McGinest

    Long Beach, California

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age44

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker...  more
  • Ricky Williams21
    30
    16

    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
  • Clay Matthews III22
    31
    18

    Clay Matthews III

    Northridge, Los Angeles

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Linebacker

    Age29

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    William Clay Matthews III (born May 14, 1986) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more
  • Dan Fouts23
    30
    17

    Dan Fouts

    California

    PositionQuarterback

    Age64

    TeamsOregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

    Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) is an American former football quarterback who...  more
  • Alex Mack24
    19
    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
  • Tyron Smith25
    5
    0

    Tyron Smith

    Moreno Valley, California

    PositionTackle

    Age29

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

    Tyron Jerrar Smith (born December 12, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the...  more