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The Best NFL Players From California

Updated November 19, 2020 3.2k votes 249 voters 6.6k 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.

  • 1
    San Mateo, California
    160
    53

    PositionQuarterback

    Age44

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the...  more
  • 2
    Garden Grove, California
    117
    32

    PositionStrong Safety

    Age40

    TeamsPittsburgh 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
  • 3
    Chico, California
    139
    48

    PositionQuarterback

    Age37

    TeamsGreen 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 California...  more
  • 4
    Torrance, California
    118
    35

    PositionTight end

    Age45

    TeamsCalifornia 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 recognized as...  more
  • 5
    San Diego, California
    94
    32

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDec. 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 football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his passionate play, he...  more
  • 6
    Oakland, California
    93
    31

    PositionRunning back

    Age35

    TeamsSeattle 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 football at...  more
  • 7
    Los Angeles, California
    83
    24

    PositionLinebacker

    Age31

    TeamsSeattle 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
  • 8
    Ontario, California
    83
    28

    Age63

    TeamsUSC 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 widely considered...  more
  • 9
    Compton, California
    85
    33

    PositionCornerback, Wide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsSeattle 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 fifth...  more
  • 10
    Santa Barbara, California
    72
    25

    Age58

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, 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 Philadelphia...  more
  • 11
    San Diego, California
    76
    33

    PositionRunning back

    Age61

    TeamsUSC 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 yards...  more
  • 12
    Carlsbad, California
    70
    29

    PositionWide receiver

    Age42

    TeamsCarolina 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 played...  more
  • 13
    West Covina, California
    64
    28

    PositionQuarterback

    Age54

    TeamsDallas 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 in...  more
  • 14
    Los Angeles, California
    61
    28

    PositionQuarterback

    Age64

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Seattle Seahawks, 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
  • 15
    San Diego, California
    52
    22

    PositionQuarterback

    Age41

    TeamsDallas 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). He...  more
  • 16
    Orange, California
    54
    29

    PositionTight end

    Age30

    TeamsPhiladelphia 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 of the...  more
  • 17
    Long Beach, California
    39
    20

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age49

    TeamsUSC 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
  • 18
    Los Angeles, California
    42
    23

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age49

    TeamsSan 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 Cowboys in...  more
  • 19
    Los Angeles
    51
    33

    PositionWide receiver

    Age34

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams

    DeSean William Jackson (born December 1, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of...  more
  • 20
    Northridge, Los Angeles
    38
    22

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Linebacker

    Age35

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    William Clay Matthews III (born May 14, 1986) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). After attending Agoura High School in Agoura...  more
  • 21
    Redwood City, California
    47
    33

    PositionWide receiver

    Age35

    TeamsNew 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 at...  more
  • 22
    California
    34
    20

    PositionQuarterback

    Age70

    TeamsSan 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 Diego...  more
  • 23
    San Diego, California
    30
    23

    PositionRunning back

    Age44

    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 back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the Canadian Football...  more
  • 24
    Oakland, California
    26
    19

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    Age36

    TeamsUCLA Bruins football, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew (born March 23, 1985), often called "M.J.D", is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played...  more
  • 25
    Fontana, California
    30
    25

    PositionSafety

    Age36

    TeamsUtah Utes football, San Diego Chargers

    Eric Steven Weddle (born January 4, 1985) is an American football free safety for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah, where he was a...  more
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