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The Best NFL Players From Florida 

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Updated April 14, 2020 1.3k votes 201 voters 6.7k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in Florida

Here are the best NFL players from Florida! The list features all-time record holders, Hall of Famers, All-Pros, and elite talent currently in the league. Not to mention some of the biggest personalities in league history (Chad Ochocinco, Deion Sanders, etc.), who called Florida home. Who is the greatest NFL player from Florida?

Vote for your top NFL players from Florida and add any glaring omissions from the list.

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Cornerback and Punt returner from Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Florida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, + more

Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. (; born August 9, 1967), nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion", is a retired American football player, baseball player and sports analyst who ...more
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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Linebacker from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played all of his 17-year professional career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League ...more
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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Running back from Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's (NFL) all-time leading rusher during his ...more
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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Safety from Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Clemson Tigers football

Brian Patrick Dawkins Sr. (born October 13, 1973) is a former American football safety who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. He ...more
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Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966) is a retired American football player, actor, and sports commentator. Irvin played college football at the University of Miami, then for the Dallas ...more
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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Riviera Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Chicago Bears, Miami Hurricanes football

Devin Devorris Hester Sr. (born November 4, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2006 NFL ...more
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Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Linebacker from Pensacola, Florida

Age: 42

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derrick Dewan Brooks (born April 18, 1973) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He played college football for Florida ...more
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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida, United States of America

Age: 37

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

Chad Johnson (born January 9, 1978), known from 2008–2012 as Chad Ochocinco, is a former American football wide receiver and current professional soccer player for Boca Raton FC. He played ...more
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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Running back from Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

Age: 35

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Franklin Delano "Frank" Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Amari Cooper (born June 17, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Alabama ...more
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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as ...more
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Antonio Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida

Age: 37

Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. Raised in Liberty City, Miami, Brown attended Miami Norland High School, where ...more
13
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Running back and Return specialist from Orlando, Florida

Age: 33

Teams: Tennessee Titans

Christopher Duan "Chris" Johnson (born September 23, 1985) is a former American football running back. Born in Orlando, Florida, Johnson emerged as a senior for East Carolina ...more
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Andre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Hurricanes football

Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida

Age: Died at 75 (1938-2013)

Teams: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, South Carolina State Bulldogs football, San Diego Chargers

David D. "Deacon" Jones (December 9, 1938 – June 3, 2013) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and ...more
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T. Y. Hilton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Miami Springs, Florida

Age: 26

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Eugene Marquis "T. Y." Hilton (born November 14, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Ryan Shazier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Ryan Shazier

Age: 23

Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes football

Ryan Shazier is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Defensive lineman from Boynton Beach, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Lamar Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
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Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville ...more
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Edgerrin James is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Running back from Immokalee, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football

Edgerrin Tyree James (; born August 1, 1978) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Age: Dec. at 33 (1967-2000)

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

Derrick Vincent Thomas (January 1, 1967 – February 8, 2000), nicknamed D.T., was an American football linebacker and defensive end who played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football ...more
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Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Pahokee, Florida

Age: 35

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Florida State Seminoles football, San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Kenmile Boldin Sr. (; born October 3, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver who spent 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida ...more
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Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Wide receiver from Gulf Breeze, Florida

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. (born September 21, 1988) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Stanford and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted ...more
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Daunte Culpepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Quarterback from Ocala, Florida, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Oakland Raiders, UCF Knights football, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Sacramento Mountain Lions, + more

Daunte Rachard Culpepper (born January 28, 1977) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Minnesota Vikings. ...more
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Fred Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Florida
Running back from Pahokee, Florida

Age: 43

Teams: New England Patriots

Frederick Antwon Taylor (born January 27, 1976) is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons ...more