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The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts 

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Updated November 7, 2019 310 votes 83 voters 2.7k views 29 items

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

Here's a list of the best NFL players from Massachusetts. The Bay State may have just a few elite players, but among them are some of the best football players of all time, like Howie Long and Nick Buoniconti. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, linebacker Kiki Alonso, and tight Mark Chmura also hail from Massachusetts.

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

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Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts

Age: 59

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

Howard Matthew Moses Long (born January 6, 1960) is an American former National Football League (NFL) defensive end, actor, and current sports analyst. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons and ...more
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Kiko Alonso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Linebacker from Newton, Massachusetts

Age: 25

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Kristian "Kiko" Alonso is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the ...more
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Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Tight end from Winthrop, Massachusetts

Age: 52

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

Mark Bavaro (born April 28, 1963) is a former American football tight end who played for the New York Giants (1985–1990), Cleveland Browns (1992), and Philadelphia Eagles (1993–1994) in the ...more
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Matt Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Quarterback from Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans

Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975) is a former American football quarterback and current analyst for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He played college football at Boston College ...more
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Anthony Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
LuckyDarth123 added Fullback from North Attleborough, Massachusetts

Age: 27

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Michael Sherman (born December 11, 1988) is an American football fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the ...more
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Christian Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
LuckyDarth123 added Defensive tackle from Springfield, Massachusetts

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Christian Wilkins (born December 20, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson University.
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Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Offensive Lineman and Guard from Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

Age: 75

Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti (December 15, 1940 – July 30, 2019) was an American professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the American Football League (AFL) and National ...more
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Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Tackle and Nose tackle from Waltham, Massachusetts

Age: 58

Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) is a former American football defensive lineman who was a 5-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during 14-year career as a nose tackle with the Buffalo ...more
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Steven Hauschka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
LuckyDarth123 added Placekicker from Needham, Massachusetts

Age: 30

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Locomotives, + more

Stephen Theodore Hauschka (name commonly spelled as Steven Hauschka; born June 29, 1985) is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was ...more
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Joe Nash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Boston, Massachusetts

Age: 55

Joseph Andrew Nash (born October 11, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former professional American football player. He played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National ...more
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Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Running back from Cambridge, Massachusetts

Age: 63

Mark van Eeghen (born April 19, 1952) is a former American football running back who played ten years in the National Football League, including making two Super Bowl appearances. He played ...more
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Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Offensive Lineman and Center from Foxborough, Massachusetts

Age: 44

Teams: Denver Broncos

Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was born in Boston and raised in ...more
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Joe Scibelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Springfield, Massachusetts

Age: Died at 52 (1939-1991)

Joseph Albert Scibelli (April 19, 1939 – December 12, 1991) was an American football tackle and guard who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams. He ...more
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Dave Lapham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Guard from Melrose, Massachusetts

Age: 66

Dave Lapham (born June 24, 1952) is a former professional football offensive lineman for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals from 1974 to 1983 and the United States Football ...more
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Marc Colombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Tackle from Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Age: 40

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys

Marc Edward Colombo (born October 8, 1978) is a former American football offensive tackle who played for eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears, Dallas ...more
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Mark Chmura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Tight end from Deerfield, Massachusetts

Age: 50

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Boston College Eagles football

Mark William Chmura (born February 22, 1969), is a former American football tight end, who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1992–1999). During his playing career, his ...more
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Wayne Millner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Wayne Millner End and Wide receiver from Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

Age: Died at 63 (1913-1976)

Wayne Vernal Millner (January 31, 1913 – November 19, 1976) was an American college and professional football player who was known for his clutch play as an offensive and defensive end for both ...more
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Bob Dee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Quincy, Massachusetts

Age: Died at 46 (1933-1979)

Robert Henry Dee (May 18, 1933 – April 18, 1979) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League and the American Football League. He was a three-sport letterman at the ...more
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John Niland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Guard from Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America

Age: 71

John Hugh Niland (born February 29, 1944) is a former American Football offensive guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. He was a six-time Pro ...more
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Milt Morin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Milt Morin Tight end from Leominster, Massachusetts

Age: Dec. at 68 (1942-2010)

Milton Denis Morin (October 15, 1942 – July 9, 2010) was a professional American football tight end in the National Football League. Morin attended St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg, ...more
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Jack Concannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Running back and Halfback from Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 62 (1943-2005)

John Joseph "Jack" Concannon, Jr. (February 25, 1943 – November 28, 2005) was an American football player. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League ...more
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Pat Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Linebacker from Everett, Massachusetts

Age: 68

William Patrick Hughes (born June 2, 1947 in Everett, Massachusetts) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants and ...more
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Bill Brooks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Bill Brooks Wide receiver from Boston, Massachusetts

Age: 51

William T. Brooks Jr. (born April 6, 1964) is a former American football wide receiver who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. A 6'1", 190 lb ...more
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Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Don McCauley Running back from Worcester, Massachusetts

Age: 66

Don McCauley (born May 12, 1949) is a former American football player. He was a running back for the University of North Carolina from 1968 to 1970 and he attended Garden City High School in ...more
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Pete Kendall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
Guard from Quincy, Massachusetts

Age: 45

Peter Marcus "Pete" Kendall (born July 9, 1973) is a former American football guard.