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The Best NFL Players From Kansas

Updated March 7, 2020 506 votes 64 voters70 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Kansas! This list of NFL players from Kansas is top heavy, featuring one of the best running backs in NFL history, Barry Sanders. That's in edition to some of the biggest stars in the game right now, like Jordy Nelson.

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

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    Barry Sanders

    Wichita, Kansas

    PositionRunning back

    Age52

    TeamsOklahoma State Cowboys football, Detroit Lions

    Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a former American football running back. He played professionally for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). A Pro Bowl invitee in each of his...  more
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    Gale Sayers

    Wichita, Kansas

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    Age77

    TeamsChicago Bears, Kansas Jayhawks football

    Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943) is an American former professional football player who earned acclaim both as a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL). In a brief...  more
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    Will Shields

    Fort Riley, Kansas

    PositionGuard

    Age49

    Will Herthie Shields (born September 15, 1971) is a former college and professional American football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He...  more
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    Jordy Nelson

    Manhattan, Kansas

    PositionWide receiver

    Age30

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Jordy Ray Nelson (born May 31, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Kansas State, where he received All-America honors, and was drafted by the Green Bay...  more
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    John Riggins

    Seneca, Kansas

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    Age71

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Jets

    Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is an American former football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the New...  more
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    Terence Newman

    Salina, Kansas

    PositionCornerback

    Age42

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys

    Terence Newman (born September 4, 1978) is a former American football cornerback who currently serves as nickel/defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL)....  more
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    Steve Tasker

    Smith Center, Kansas

    PositionRunning back, Gunner, Wide receiver

    Age58

    Steven Jay Tasker (born April 10, 1962) is an American sports reporter, nationally for CBS Sports and locally in Western New York on the MSG Western New York cable TV station, and on WGR Radio. He...  more
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    John Hadl

    Lawrence, Kansas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age80

    John Willard Hadl (born February 15, 1940) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League for sixteen seasons, with the San Diego...  more
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    Nolan Cromwell

    Smith Center, Kansas

    PositionSafety, Quarterback

    Age65

    Nolan Neil Cromwell (born January 30, 1955) is a former American football player and coach. He was an All-Pro safety for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and played for the University of Kansas in...  more
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    Gary Spani

    Satanta, Kansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age64

    Gary Spani (born January 9, 1956) is a former NFL linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978–1986. He has worked for the Chiefs' front office since 1989, and is currently the...  more
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    Lynn Dickey

    Osawatomie, Kansas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age70

    Clifford Lynn Dickey (born October 19, 1949) is a retired National Football League quarterback, who played for the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and 1980s....  more
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    Billy Kilmer

    Topeka, Kansas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age81

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

    William Orland Kilmer, Jr. (born September 5, 1939) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Washington...  more
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    Jim Everett

    Emporia, Kansas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age57

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

    James Samuel Everett III (born January 3, 1963) is a former professional American football quarterback who played for twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Everett attended Purdue...  more
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    Mark Simoneau

    Phillipsburg, Kansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age43

    Mark Lee Simoneau (born January 16, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college...  more
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    Shane Ray

    Kansas City, Missouri
    Shane Michael Ray is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri, where he was recognized as a...  more
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    Otto Schnellbacher

    Sublette, Kansas

    PositionDefensive back

    AgeDec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    Otto Ole Schnellbacher (April 15, 1923 – March 10, 2008) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was a 2-time Pro Bowler. Also a...  more
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    Monty Beisel

    Victoria, Kansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age42

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

    Monty Gene Beisel (; born August 20, 1978) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
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    Bobby Douglass

    Manhattan, Kansas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age73

    Robert Gilchrist Douglass (born June 22, 1947) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in...  more
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    Brian Moorman

    Wichita, Kansas

    PositionPunter

    Age44

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys

    Brian Donald Moorman (born February 5, 1976) is a former American football punter. He played college football for Pittsburg State University, and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted...  more
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    Dan Dickel

    Fort Riley

    PositionLinebacker

    Age68

    TeamsBaltimore Colts

    Daniel Lee Dickel (born August 24, 1952) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played linebacker/defensive end for the University of Iowa before being selected...  more
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    David Verser

    Kansas City, Kansas

    PositionWide receiver

    Age62

    David Verser (born January 3, 1958) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played football at the University of Kansas, where, during his senior year, he led...  more
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    Derrel Gofourth

    Parsons, Kansas

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard

    Age65

    Derrel Gofourth (born March 20, 1955 in Parsons, Kansas) was one of the most decorated offensive linemen in Oklahoma State University history in 1974-1976. He played in the National Football League...  more
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    Don Davis

    Olathe, Kansas

    PositionLinebacker

    Age47

    Donald Earl Davis Jr. (born December 17, 1972 in Olathe, Kansas) is a former American football player and the current Team Chaplain for the New England Patriots....  more
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    Galen Fiss

    Johnson City, Kansas

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDec. at 75 (1931-2006)

    Galen Fiss (born July 30, 1931, in Johnson City, Kansas – died July 17, 2006, in Overland Park, Kansas) was a National Football League linebacker who played eleven seasons with the Cleveland Browns....  more
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    Jack Christiansen

    Sublette, Kansas

    PositionReturn specialist, Safety, Defensive back

    AgeDec. at 58 (1928-1986)

    John LeRoy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions as a...  more