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The Best NFL Players From Iowa

Updated October 26, 2020 1.8k votes 177 voters 6.6k views57 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • Kurt Warner1
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    Kurt Warner

    Burlington, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age44

    TeamsIowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Northern Iowa Panthers football

    Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He...  more
  • Marshal Yanda2
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    17

    Marshal Yanda

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age36

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Iowa Hawkeyes football

    Marshal John Yanda (born September 15, 1984) is an American football guard for the Baltimore...  more
  • Darren Sproles3
    60
    22

    Darren Sproles

    Waterloo, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    Age37

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Darren Lee Sproles (born June 20, 1983) is an American football player who is a running back...  more
  • Reggie Roby4
    43
    16

    Reggie Roby

    Waterloo, Iowa

    PositionPunter

    AgeDied at 44 (1961-2005)

    Reginald Henry "Reggie" Roby (July 30, 1961 – February 22, 2005) was an American college and...  more
  • 5
    32
    5

    Brandon Scherff

    Brandon Scherff (born December 26, 1991) is an American football offensive guard. He played...  more
  • Jay Hilgenberg6
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    12

    Jay Hilgenberg

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Center

    Age56

    Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) is a former American football player in the NFL....  more
  • Bryce Paup7
    30
    10

    Bryce Paup

    Jefferson, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    Age52

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Bryce Eric Paup (born February 29, 1968) is a former American football player who played as an...  more
  • Tim Dwight8
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    35

    Tim Dwight

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age45

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

    Timothy John Dwight Jr. (born July 13, 1975) is a former professional American football player...  more
  • Ed Podolak9
    32
    16

    Ed Podolak

    Atlantic, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Quarterback

    Age73

    Edward Joseph Podolak (born September 1, 1947) is a former professional American football...  more
  • Don Perkins10
    24
    10

    Don Perkins

    Waterloo, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Halfback

    Age77

    Donald Anthony Perkins (born March 4, 1938) is a former American football fullback in the...  more
  • Roger Craig11
    15
    1

    Roger Craig

    Davenport, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    Age60

    Roger Timothy Craig (born July 10, 1960) is an American former football running back in the...  more
  • Adam Timmerman12
    24
    12

    Adam Timmerman

    Cherokee, Iowa

    PositionGuard

    Age49

    Adam Larry Timmerman (born August 14, 1971) is a former American football guard in the...  more
  • David Johnson13
    David Jerome Johnson Sr. (born December 16, 1991) is an American football running back for the...  more
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch14
    23
    12

    Kyle Vanden Bosch

    Larchwood, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end

    Age41

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans

    Kyle Dale Vanden Bosch (born November 17, 1978) is a former American football defensive end...  more
  • Aaron Kampman15
    27
    18

    Aaron Kampman

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    Age40

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers

    Aaron Allan Kampman (; born November 30, 1979) is a former American football defensive end who...  more
  • Wally Hilgenberg16
    21
    12

    Wally Hilgenberg

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    Walter Hilgenberg (September 19, 1942 – September 23, 2008) was a professional American...  more
  • Kyle Orton17
    11
    0

    Kyle Orton

    Altoona, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age37

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys

    Kyle Raymond Orton (born November 14, 1982) is a former American football quarterback. He...  more
  • Don Norton18
    16
    6

    Don Norton

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionEnd, Wide receiver

    AgeDied at 59 (1938-1997)

    Donald Farris Norton (March 3, 1938 – June 23, 1997) was an American Football League end. He...  more
  • Casey Wiegmann19
    27
    21

    Casey Wiegmann

    Parkersburg, Iowa

    PositionCenter

    Age47

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

    Casey Peter Wiegmann (born July 20, 1973) is a former American football center who played...  more
  • Steve Bartkowski20
    20
    12

    Steve Bartkowski

    Des Moines, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age63

    Steven Joseph Bartkowski (born November 12, 1952) is a former American football quarterback in...  more
  • Joel Hilgenberg21
    24
    17

    Joel Hilgenberg

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionCenter

    Age58

    Joel Hilgenberg (born July 10, 1962 in Iowa City, Iowa) was an American football center in the...  more
  • Brad Meester22
    21
    14

    Brad Meester

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    PositionCenter

    Age38

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars

    Bradley Ryan Meester (born March 23, 1977) is a former American football center for the...  more
  • Nate Kaeding23
    10
    0

    Nate Kaeding

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionPlacekicker

    Age38

    TeamsMiami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers

    Nathaniel James Kaeding (born March 26, 1982) is a former American football player who was a...  more
  • Jared DeVries24
    25
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    Jared DeVries

    Aplington, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end

    Age44

    Jared Jay DeVries (born June 11, 1976) is a former American football defensive end. He played...  more
  • Trent Green25
    25
    20

    Trent Green

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age45

    TeamsIndiana Hoosiers football, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

    Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970) is a former American football quarterback who played in...  more