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The Best NFL Players From Kentucky

Updated August 2, 2019 337 votes 43 voters 1.6k views30 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Kentucky. Kentucky may be known for its basketball, but it has also been home to some great football players. The Bluegrass State has plenty of players who have collected Super Bowl rings, gold Hall of Fame jackets, and those who could be considered among the best players in football history.

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

  • 1
    Champ Bailey
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    Champ Bailey

    Fort Campbell, Kentucky

    PositionCornerback

    Age42

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team

    Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    DeVante Parker
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    DeVante Parker

    Louisville, Kentucky
    DeVante Parker (born January 20, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Shaun Alexander
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    Shaun Alexander

    Florence, Kentucky

    PositionRunning back

    Age43

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

    Shaun Edward Alexander (born August 30, 1977) is a former American football running back who... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    C. J. Mosley
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    C. J. Mosley

    Fort Knox, Kentucky

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age37

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions

    C. J. Mosley may refer to: C. J. Mosley (defensive lineman) (born 1983), American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Paul Hornung
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    Paul Hornung

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Age84

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football, Green Bay Packers

    Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935), nicknamed The Golden Boy, is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Phil Simms
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    Phil Simms

    Springfield, Kentucky

    PositionQuarterback

    Age65

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1955) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Tim Couch
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    Tim Couch

    Hyden, Kentucky

    PositionQuarterback

    Age43

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, BC Lions

    Timothy Scott Couch (born July 31, 1977) is a former American football quarterback who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    David Akers
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    David Akers

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionPlacekicker

    Age45

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Louisville Cardinals football, Berlin Thunder, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions

    David Roy Akers (; born December 9, 1974) is a former American football placekicker. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Dermontti Dawson
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    Dermontti Dawson

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age55

    Dermontti Farra Dawson (born June 17, 1965) is a former American football center. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jacob Tamme
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    Jacob Tamme

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionTight end

    Age35

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    Jacob Francis Tamme ( TAM-ee; born March 15, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Rob Bironas
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    Rob Bironas

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPlacekicker

    AgeDied at 36 (1978-2014)

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    James Robert Douglas "Rob" Bironas (January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Jim Marshall
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    Jim Marshall

    Danville, Kentucky

    PositionDefensive end

    Age82

    James Lawrence Marshall (born December 30, 1937) is a former American football player who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Frank Minnifield
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    Frank Minnifield

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionCornerback

    Age60

    Frank Minnifield (born January 1, 1960, Lexington, Kentucky) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Yeremiah Bell
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    Yeremiah Bell

    Winchester, Kentucky

    PositionSafety

    Age42

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins

    Yeremiah Neavius Bell (born March 3, 1978) is a former American football safety who played in... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Will Wolford
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    Will Wolford

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionTackle

    Age56

    William Charles Wolford (born May 18, 1964) is a former American football offensive lineman in... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Mike Mitchell
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    Mike Mitchell

    Fort Thomas, Kentucky

    PositionStrong Safety, Safety

    Age33

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers

    Michael Mitchell (born June 10, 1987) is an American football free safety who is currently a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    George Wilson
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    George Wilson

    Paducah, Kentucky

    PositionStrong Safety, Safety

    Age39

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans

    George Eugene Wilson, Jr. is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jason Dunn
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    Jason Dunn

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    PositionTight end

    Age46

    Jason Dunn may refer to: Jason Dunn (American football) (born 1973), American football tight... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Joe Federspiel
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    Joe Federspiel

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionLinebacker

    Age70

    Joseph Michael Federspiel (born May 6, 1950) is a former American football middle linebacker... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Bob Talamini
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    Bob Talamini

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionGuard

    Age81

    Robert Guy "Bob" Talamini (born January 8, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky), was a 6'1", 250 lb... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Coy Bacon
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    Coy Bacon

    Cadiz, Kentucky

    PositionLineman, Defensive lineman

    AgeDied at 66 (1942-2008)

    Lander McCoy Bacon (August 30, 1942 – December 22, 2008) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Cris Dishman
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    Cris Dishman

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionCornerback

    Age55

    Cris Edward Dishman (born August 13, 1965) is a former American football cornerback who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Dwayne Woodruff
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    Dwayne Woodruff

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    PositionCornerback

    Age63

    Dwayne D. Woodruff (born February 18, 1957) is a judge and former professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    George McAfee
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    George McAfee

    Corbin, Kentucky

    PositionRunning back, Halfback

    AgeDied at 91 (1918-2009)

    George Anderson McAfee (March 13, 1918 – March 4, 2009) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Sam Gruneisen
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    Sam Gruneisen

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    Samuel Kenneth Gruneisen (January 16, 1941 – September 28, 2012) was an American football... more on Wikipedia