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The Best NFL Players From Massachusetts

Updated November 7, 2019 907 votes 164 voters 6.1k 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.

  • 1
    Charlestown, Boston
    76
    8

    Age61

    TeamsOakland 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 spent...  more
  • 2
    Winthrop, Massachusetts
    43
    11

    PositionTight end

    Age58

    TeamsCleveland 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 National...  more
  • 3
    Boulder, Colorado
    52
    21

    PositionQuarterback

    Age46

    TeamsSeattle 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 and...  more
  • 4
    LuckyDarth123 addedSpringfield, Massachusetts
    37
    7

    PositionDefensive tackle

    TeamsMiami 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....  more
  • 5
    Newton, Massachusetts
    51
    21

    PositionLinebacker

    Age31

    TeamsBuffalo 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 2013 NFL Draft....  more
  • 6
    LuckyDarth123 addedNorth Attleborough, Massachusetts
    38
    11

    PositionFullback

    Age32

    TeamsArizona 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
  • 7
    LuckyDarth123 addedNeedham, Massachusetts
    30
    7

    PositionPlacekicker

    Age36

    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 American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed...  more
  • 8
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    33
    13

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

    Age80

    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 Football...  more
  • 9
    Foxborough, Massachusetts
    32
    15

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Center

    Age50

    TeamsDenver 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 Foxborough,...  more
  • 10
    Waltham, Massachusetts
    29
    15

    PositionTackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman, Nose guard

    Age64

    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 Bills,...  more
  • 11
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    20
    8

    PositionRunning back

    Age69

    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 eight...  more
  • 12
    Deerfield, Massachusetts
    20
    11

    PositionTight end

    Age52

    TeamsGreen 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 nickname was...  more
  • 13
    Boston, Massachusetts
    19
    16

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age61

    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 Football...  more
  • 14
    Quincy, Massachusetts
    10
    8

    PositionGuard

    Age77

    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 Bowler...  more
  • 15
    Boston, Massachusetts
    9
    6

    PositionWide receiver

    Age57

    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 (86 kg)....  more
  • 16
    Quincy, Massachusetts
    14
    13

    PositionGuard

    Age48

    Peter Marcus "Pete" Kendall (born July 9, 1973) is a former American football guard....  more
  • 17
    Roxbury, Boston
    10
    8

    PositionEnd, Wide receiver

    AgeDec. 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 the...  more
  • 18
    Everett, Massachusetts
    9
    8

    PositionLinebacker

    Age74

    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 the...  more
  • 19
    Bridgewater, Massachusetts
    8
    7

    PositionTackle

    Age43

    TeamsMiami 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 Cowboys and...  more
  • 20
    Quincy, Massachusetts
    8
    6

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age88

    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
  • 21
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    11
    12

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

    AgeDec. 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 helped...  more
  • 22
    Cohasset, Massachusetts
    9
    8

    PositionGuard

    AgeDec. at 71 (1941-2013)

    Walter Francis "Walt" Sweeney (April 18, 1941 – February 2, 2013) was an American football offensive lineman and end, who played college football at Syracuse University, where he made the school's...  more
  • 23
    Melrose, Massachusetts
    9
    11

    PositionGuard

    Age69

    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 League's...  more
  • 24
    Dorchester, Boston
    6
    9

    PositionRunning back, Halfback, Quarterback

    AgeDec. 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 (NFL) with the...  more
  • 25
    East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
    5
    8

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age96

    Donald Richard Colo (January 5, 1925 – June 23, 2019) was an American football defensive tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He was born in East Bridgewater,...  more
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