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The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts

Updated November 7, 2019 560 votes 106 voters 3.6k views29 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Howie Long

    Charlestown, Boston

    Age60

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

    Howard Matthew Moses Long (born January 6, 1960) is an American former National Football... more on Wikipedia
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    Kiko Alonso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Kiko Alonso

    Newton, Massachusetts

    PositionLinebacker

    Age30

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Kristian "Kiko" Alonso is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Mark Bavaro

    Winthrop, Massachusetts

    PositionTight end

    Age57

    TeamsCleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

    Mark Bavaro (born April 28, 1963) is a former American football tight end who played for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Anthony Sherman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Anthony Sherman

    North Attleborough, Massachusetts

    PositionFullback

    Age31

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

    Anthony Michael Sherman (born December 11, 1988) is an American football fullback for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Christian Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Christian Wilkins

    Springfield, Massachusetts

    PositionDefensive tackle

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

    Christian Wilkins (born December 20, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Matt Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Matt Hasselbeck

    Boulder, Colorado

    PositionQuarterback

    Age45

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans

    Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975) is a former American football quarterback... more on Wikipedia
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    Steven Hauschka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Steven Hauschka

    Needham, Massachusetts

    PositionPlacekicker

    Age35

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Locomotives

    Stephen Theodore Hauschka (name commonly spelled as Steven Hauschka; born June 29, 1985) is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Nick Buoniconti

    Springfield, Massachusetts

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

    Age75

    Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti (December 15, 1940 – July 30, 2019) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Tom Nalen

    Foxborough, Massachusetts

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Center

    Age49

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for... more on Wikipedia
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    Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Fred Smerlas

    Waltham, Massachusetts

    PositionTackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman, Nose guard

    Age63

    Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) is a former American football defensive lineman... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Nash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Joe Nash

    Boston, Massachusetts

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age59

    Joseph Andrew Nash (born October 11, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Mark van Eeghen

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    PositionRunning back

    Age68

    Mark van Eeghen (born April 19, 1952) is a former American football running back who played... more on Wikipedia
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    Wayne Millner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Wayne Millner

    Roxbury, Boston

    PositionEnd, Wide receiver

    AgeDied at 63 (1913-1976)

    Wayne Vernal Millner (January 31, 1913 – November 19, 1976) was an American college and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Chmura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Mark Chmura

    Deerfield, Massachusetts

    PositionTight end

    Age51

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Boston College Eagles football

    Mark William Chmura (born February 22, 1969), is a former American football tight end, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Lapham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Dave Lapham

    Melrose, Massachusetts

    PositionGuard

    Age68

    Dave Lapham (born June 24, 1952) is a former professional football offensive lineman for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Don McCauley

    Worcester, Massachusetts

    PositionRunning back

    Age71

    Don McCauley (born May 12, 1949) is a former American football player. He was a running back... more on Wikipedia
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    Bill Brooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Bill Brooks

    Boston, Massachusetts

    PositionWide receiver

    Age56

    William T. Brooks Jr. (born April 6, 1964) is a former American football wide receiver who was... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Scibelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Joe Scibelli

    Springfield, Massachusetts

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

    AgeDied at 52 (1939-1991)

    Joseph Albert Scibelli (April 19, 1939 – December 12, 1991) was an American football tackle... more on Wikipedia
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    Pat Hughes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Pat Hughes

    Everett, Massachusetts

    PositionLinebacker

    Age73

    William Patrick Hughes (born June 2, 1947 in Everett, Massachusetts) is a former American... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Dee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Bob Dee

    Quincy, Massachusetts

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    AgeDied at 46 (1933-1979)

    Robert Henry Dee (May 18, 1933 – April 18, 1979) was an American football defensive end in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack Concannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Jack Concannon

    Dorchester, Boston

    PositionRunning back, Halfback, Quarterback

    AgeDec. at 62 (1943-2005)

    John Joseph "Jack" Concannon, Jr. (February 25, 1943 – November 28, 2005) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    John Niland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    John Niland

    Quincy, Massachusetts

    PositionGuard

    Age76

    John Hugh Niland (born February 29, 1944) is a former American Football offensive guard in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Walt Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Walt Sweeney

    Cohasset, Massachusetts

    PositionGuard

    AgeDec. at 72 (1941-2013)

    Walter Francis "Walt" Sweeney (April 18, 1941 – February 2, 2013) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
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    Pete Kendall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    Pete Kendall

    Quincy, Massachusetts

    PositionGuard

    Age47

    Peter Marcus "Pete" Kendall (born July 9, 1973) is a former American football guard.
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    John Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts
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    John Fitzgerald

    Southbridge, Massachusetts

    PositionCenter

    Age72

    John Robert Fitzgerald (born April 16, 1948) is a former American football center in the... more on Wikipedia
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