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The Best NFL Players From Iowa

Updated October 26, 2020 1.5k votes 152 voters 5.9k 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!

  • 1
    Kurt Warner
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    Kurt Warner

    Burlington, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age49

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Marshal Yanda
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    15

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Darren Sproles
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    19

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Reggie Roby
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
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    Brandon Scherff

    Brandon Scherff (born December 26, 1991) is an American football offensive guard. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Tim Dwight
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jay Hilgenberg
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Ed Podolak
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    15

    Ed Podolak

    Atlantic, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Quarterback

    Age73

    Edward Joseph Podolak (born September 1, 1947) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Aaron Kampman
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    15

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jared DeVries
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    12

    Jared DeVries

    Aplington, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end

    Age44

    Jared Jay DeVries (born June 11, 1976) is a former American football defensive end. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Bryce Paup
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kyle Vanden Bosch
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    11

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Adam Timmerman
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    10

    Adam Timmerman

    Cherokee, Iowa

    PositionGuard

    Age49

    Adam Larry Timmerman (born August 14, 1971) is a former American football guard in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Casey Wiegmann
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Joel Hilgenberg
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    15

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Don Norton
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Don Perkins
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    10

    Don Perkins

    Waterloo, Iowa

    PositionRunning back, Halfback

    Age82

    Donald Anthony Perkins (born March 4, 1938) is a former American football fullback in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Wally Hilgenberg
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    11

    Wally Hilgenberg

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    Walter Hilgenberg (September 19, 1942 – September 23, 2008) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Vern Den Herder
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    Vern Den Herder

    Le Mars, Iowa

    PositionDefensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age71

    Vern Wayne Den Herder (born November 28, 1948) is a former American football player who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Steve Bartkowski
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    12

    Steve Bartkowski

    Des Moines, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age67

    Steven Joseph Bartkowski (born November 12, 1952) is a former American football quarterback in... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Robert Gallery
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    Robert Gallery

    Manchester, Iowa

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age40

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeyes football

    Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is a former American football offensive guard who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Trent Green
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    Trent Green

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    PositionQuarterback

    Age50

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Brandon Myers
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    Brandon Myers

    Prairie City, Iowa

    PositionTight end

    Age35

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New York Giants

    Brandon Myers (born September 4, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Brad Meester
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    Brad Meester

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    PositionCenter

    Age43

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars

    Bradley Ryan Meester (born March 23, 1977) is a former American football center for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Rick Graf
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    Rick Graf

    Iowa City, Iowa

    PositionLinebacker

    Age56

    Richard Glenn Graf (born August 29, 1964) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia