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The Best NFL Players From Iowa 

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Updated April 24, 2020 878 votes 137 voters 5.2k views 51 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Iowa! Whether they’re from Davenport or Des Moines, the Hawkeye State is home to a lot of great NFL players, including one of the greatest success stories of all time when Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries at a supermarket to becoming one of the best quarterbacks in football history

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from Iowa and add any of your favorites missing from the list!

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Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Quarterback from Burlington, Iowa, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Northern Iowa Panthers football, + more

Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He played for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the ...more
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Marshal Yanda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Marshal Yanda Tackle and Guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 31

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Iowa Hawkeyes football

Marshal John Yanda (born September 15, 1984) is an American football guard for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by ...more
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Tim Dwight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Iowa City, Iowa

Age: 40

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, + more

Timothy John Dwight Jr. (born July 13, 1975) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL) for ten ...more
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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Running back and Return specialist from Waterloo, Iowa

Age: 32

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Darren Lee Sproles (born June 20, 1983) is an American football player who is a running back and return specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more
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Reggie Roby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Reggie Roby Punter from Waterloo, Iowa

Age: Died at 44 (1961-2005)

Reginald Henry "Reggie" Roby (July 30, 1961 – February 22, 2005) was an American college and professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League (NFL) for ...more
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Jay Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Jay Hilgenberg Offensive Lineman and Center from Iowa City, Iowa

Age: 56

Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played center for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to ...more
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Brandon Scherff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Dylan Boyle added Brandon Scherff
Brandon Scherff (born December 26, 1991) is an American football offensive guard. He played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by the Redskins in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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Jared DeVries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Defensive end from Aplington, Iowa

Age: 39

Jared Jay DeVries (born June 11, 1976) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for the University of Iowa, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the ...more
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Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Running back and Quarterback from Atlantic, Iowa

Age: 68

Edward Joseph Podolak (born September 1, 1947) is a former professional American football player, a running back for nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League and ...more
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Aaron Kampman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Defensive end and Linebacker from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 36

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Allan Kampman (; born November 30, 1979) is a former American football defensive end who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Casey Wiegmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Center from Parkersburg, Iowa

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

Casey Peter Wiegmann (born July 20, 1973) is a former American football center who played sixteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more
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Joel Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Center from Iowa City, Iowa

Age: 53

Joel Hilgenberg (born July 10, 1962 in Iowa City, Iowa) was an American football center in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints. Hilgenberg played college football at the ...more
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Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Quarterback from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 48

Teams: Indiana Hoosiers football, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins, + more

Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen seasons. He played college football for Indiana ...more
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Kyle Vanden Bosch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Defensive end from Larchwood, Iowa

Age: 40

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans

Kyle Dale Vanden Bosch (born November 17, 1978) is a former American football defensive end who played over ten years in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Robert Gallery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Tackle and Guard from Manchester, Iowa

Age: 35

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeyes football

Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is a former American football offensive guard who played for eight seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University ...more
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Wally Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Linebacker from Marshalltown, Iowa

Age: Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

Walter Hilgenberg (September 19, 1942 – September 23, 2008) was a professional American football player. Hilgenberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa. His family moved to Wilton (then known as ...more
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Vern Den Herder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Defensive end and Defensive lineman from Le Mars, Iowa

Age: 67

Vern Wayne Den Herder (born November 28, 1948) is a former American football player who played 12 seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He played in three Super Bowls for the Dolphins. In ...more
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Adam Timmerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Guard from Cherokee, Iowa

Age: 47

Adam Larry Timmerman (born August 14, 1971) is a former American football guard in the National Football League, and Super Bowl champion for the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. He played ...more
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Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Quarterback from Des Moines, Iowa

Age: 63

Steven Joseph Bartkowski (born November 12, 1952) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Atlanta Falcons (1975–1985) and the Los ...more
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Dedric Ward is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Dedric Ward Wide receiver from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 41

Dedric Lamar Ward (born September 29, 1974) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, New England ...more
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Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Tight end from Prairie City, Iowa

Age: 30

Teams: Oakland Raiders, New York Giants

Brandon Myers (born September 4, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Defensive end and Linebacker from Jefferson, Iowa

Age: 47

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Bryce Eric Paup (born February 29, 1968) is a former American football player who played as an outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers (1990–94), the Buffalo Bills (1995–97), the ...more
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Don Norton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
End and Wide receiver from Iowa City, Iowa

Age: Died at 59 (1938-1997)

Donald Farris Norton (March 3, 1938 – June 23, 1997) was an American Football League end. He played college football at the University of Iowa and was drafted by the newly formed AFL in 1960, ...more
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Brad Meester is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
Center from Iowa Falls, Iowa

Age: 41

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Bradley Ryan Meester (born March 23, 1977) is a former American football center for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of ...more
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Ken Ploen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Iowa
GhostHawk8 added Ken Ploen Quarterback from Lost Nation, Iowa

Age: 83

Kenneth "Ken" Ploen [PLAYN], (born June 3, 1935) is a former star quarterback in American college football and for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).