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The Best NFL Players From Colorado

Updated October 9, 2019 1.1k votes 108 voters 2.8k views38 items

List RulesVote up the top pro football players born or raised in Colorado

Ever wonder which players in the NFL are from Colorado? Here are the best NFL players from Colorado! Whether they hail from cities such as Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, plenty of Hall of Famers (Dutch Clark), All-Pros (Calais Campbell), and journeymen all called the Centennial State home. 

Disagree with our rankings? Vote for who you think should be number one on this list of top Colorado NFL players! See someone missing from the rankings? Feel free to add them.

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    Christian McCaffrey

    Castle Rock, Colorado

    PositionRunning back

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football...  more
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    Calais Campbell

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age35

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Calais Malik Campbell (born September 1, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University...  more
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    Tyler Polumbus

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionTackle

    Age36

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos

    Tyler Polumbus (born April 10, 1985) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at the...  more
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    Mitch Unrein

    Eaton, Colorado

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age34

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Mitch Unrein is an American football defensive end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played...  more
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    Nate Solder

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionTackle

    Age33

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Colorado Buffaloes football

    Nathaniel Perry "Nate" Solder (born April 12, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the...  more
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    David Bowens

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age44

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    David Walter Bowens (born July 3, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of...  more
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    Justin Drescher

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    PositionLong snapper

    Age33

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Justin Drescher (born January 1, 1988) is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Colorado. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted...  more
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    Aaron Smith

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age45

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Aaron Douglas Smith (born April 19, 1976) is a former American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1999...  more
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    Dutch Clark

    Fowler, Colorado

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 71 (1906-1978)

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark (October 11, 1906 – August 5, 1978), sometimes also known as the "Flying Dutchman" and the "Old Master", was an American football player and coach, basketball player and...  more
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    Andre Carter

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age42

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

    Rubin Andre Carter (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, and...  more
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    Ronnie Bradford

    Minot, North Dakota

    PositionDefensive back

    Age50

    Ronald L. "Ronnie" Bradford (born October 1, 1970) is a former defensive back who played for the NFL's Denver Broncos (1993–1995), Arizona Cardinals (1996), Atlanta Falcons (1997–2001) and Minnesota...  more
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    Reed Doughty

    Greeley, Colorado

    PositionSafety

    Age38

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    Reed Doughty (born November 4, 1982) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round, with the 173rd...  more
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    James Thrash

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionWide receiver

    Age46

    James Ray Thrash (born April 28, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1997. He played college football at Missouri...  more
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    Bill Brundige

    Holyoke, Colorado

    PositionLineman, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age72

    William Glenn Brundige (November 13, 1948 – December 29, 2018) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins for eight seasons, from 1970 through...  more
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    Ryan Denney

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age44

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Ryan Craig Denney (born June 15, 1977) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (61st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
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    Monte Johnson

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionLinebacker

    Age69

    Monte C. Johnson (born October 26, 1951) is a retired American football player. Johnson, who never started in college, was selected by The Oakland Raiders during the second round of the 1973 NFL...  more
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    Kevin Call

    Boulder, Colorado

    PositionTackle

    Age59

    Kevin Bradley Call (born November 13, 1961 in Boulder, Colorado) is a former American football tackle who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts....  more
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    Dick Harris

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive back

    Age84

    Dick Harris (born July 24, 1937) is a former American football defensive back who played six seasons in the American Football League with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers from 1960 to 1965. He was...  more
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    Alex Smith

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionTight end

    Age39

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

    Edwin Alexander "Alex" Smith (born May 22, 1982), is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
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    Marvin Washington

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age55

    Marvin Washington (born October 22, 1965) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Selected in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL...  more
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    Mark Mullaney

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionDefensive end

    Age68

    Mark Alan Mullaney (born April 30, 1953) is a former professional American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (25th...  more
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    Jeff Donaldson

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    PositionDefensive back

    Age59

    Jeff or Jeffrey Donaldson may refer to: Jeff Donaldson (American football) (born 1962), former American football defensive back Jeff Donaldson (artist) (died 2004), American visual artist Jeffrey...  more
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    Gary Knafelc

    Pueblo, Colorado

    PositionWide receiver

    Age89

    Gary Knafelc (born January 2, 1932) is a former American football player, a wide receiver / tight end in the National Football League for ten seasons, primarily with the Green Bay Packers. He played...  more
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    James Darling

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionLinebacker

    Age46

    James Darling may refer to: James Darling (American football) (born 1974), American football linebacker James Darling (publisher) (1797–1862), Scottish bookseller, publisher and bibliographer James...  more
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    John Denney

    Denver, Colorado

    PositionLong snapper

    Age42

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

    John Sifford Denney (born December 13, 1978) is an American football long snapper for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Brigham Young University...  more
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