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The Best NFL Players From California  

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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
San Mateo, California, United States of America
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
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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Torrance, California, United States of America
Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was ...more
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Anthony Muñoz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Ontario, California
Michael Anthony Muñoz, is an American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle who played 13 seasons for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz is considered ...more
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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
San Diego, California, United States of America
Marcus LeMarr Allen is a former American football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards during his career ...more
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Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
San Diego, California, United States of America
Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau Jr. was a linebacker in the National Football League. Known for his passionate playing style, he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named ...more
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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Chico, California
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 at California, ...more
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Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Harold Warren Moon is a former American professional gridiron football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and the National Football League's Houston ...more
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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Zach Ertz Orange, California
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
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DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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
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Larry Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Larry Christopher Allen, Jr. is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League for fourteen seasons. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second ...more
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Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Redwood City, California
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
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Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
West Covina, California, United States of America
Troy Kenneth Aikman is a former American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman played twelve ...more
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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Troy Aumua Polamalu, born Troy Aumua, is a former American football strong safety who played his entire twelve year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played ...more
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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Carlsbad, California
Stevonne Latrall "Steve" Smith, Sr. is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. After playing college football for the University of ...more
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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Compton, California
Richard Kevin Sherman is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
California
Daniel Francis Fouts is a retired Hall of Fame American football quarterback in the National Football League. Fouts played his entire professional career with the San Diego Chargers from 1973 ...more
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Clay Matthews III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Northridge, Los Angeles, California
William Clay Matthews III, nicknamed CM3, is an American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Matthews played college football for the University of ...more
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Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Palo Alto, California
William Clay Matthews, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. He was the first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns and ...more
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James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Fort Ord, California
James David Lofton is a former American football player and coach. He is a former American football coach for the San Diego Chargers but is best known for his years in the National Football ...more
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Gary Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Fullerton, California
Gary Wayne Zimmerman is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. Zimmerman played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 to 1992 and for the Denver Broncos from ...more
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Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Long Beach, California, United States of America
William Lee McGinest, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League.
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Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Fresno, California, United States of America
Carson Hilton Palmer is a former American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at ...more
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Frank Gifford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford is a former American football player and American sportscaster.
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Ron Mix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
Los Angeles, California
Ronald Jack Mix is a retired American football player. The offensive tackle is a member of the American Football League All-Time Team and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mix ...more
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Dick Stanfel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From California
California
Richard Anthony "Dick" Stanfel is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. He played college ...more