NFL The Best NFL Players From Michigan  

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Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Michigan! The Great Lakes State has been home to some of the best football players of all time such as Jerome Bettis, Antonio Gates, and Andre Rison.

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

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time ...more
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Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan, United States of America
Andre Previn "Bad Moon" "Spider-Man" Rison is a retired American football wide receiver who played professionally for the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, ...more
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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Larry Craig Morton is a former American football player. He played as a quarterback in the National Football League for 18 seasons, from 1965 to 1982, with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, ...more
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Paul Krause is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan, United States of America
Paul James Krause is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League. He set the NFL record for interceptions with 81, which he picked off from 45 different ...more
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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Jerome Abram Bettis Sr., nicknamed "The Bus," is a former American football halfback who played for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football ...more
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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Carl E. Banks is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.
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George Andrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
George Joseph Andrie is a former professional football player, a defensive end in the National Football League for eleven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, from 1962 through 1972. He played ...more
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Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Joseph Michael DeLamielleure is a former American football offensive lineman who was an All-American at Michigan State. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1973 NFL ...more
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Earl Morrall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Muskegon, Michigan
Earl Edwin Morrall was an American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for twenty-one seasons. Morrall, who also occasionally punted, played 21 seasons in the ...more
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Gary Ballman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Gary Ballman Detroit, Michigan
Gary John Ballman was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Ballman starred at Michigan State before playing halfback and wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers ...more
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T. J. Lang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
T. J. Lang Ferndale, Michigan
Thomas John "T. J." Lang (born September 20, 1987) is a former American football guard. He played college football at Eastern Michigan and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the ...more
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Michael Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Michael Deanailo Westbrook is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League and is also a former mixed martial artist. ...more
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Andy Russell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Charles Andrew "Andy" Russell is a former American football linebacker, playing his entire 12-year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football for, and earned a ...more
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Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Midland, Michigan
Jeffrey Carl Backus is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Michigan. He was drafted with the 18th pick ...more
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Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Derrick James Mason is a former American football wide receiver who played for fifteen seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in the fourth round of the ...more
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Dick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Midland, Michigan, United States of America
Richard Paul Anderson is a former American college and professional football player who was a safety for the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League and National Football League for nine ...more
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Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Thomas "Pepper" Johnson is the defensive line coach for the New York Jets and a former American football linebacker. He played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, the first ...more
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Jon Runyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan, United States
Jon Daniel Runyan is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before entering ...more
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Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Rockford, Michigan
Joe Staley is an American football offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for Central Michigan University, and was drafted in ...more
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Grady Alderman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Grady Alderman was an offensive lineman who played sixteen seasons in the NFL. He played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, and he played in three Super Bowls and was selected to ...more
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Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
Muhsin Muhammad II is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears of the National Football League. Muhammad played college football for ...more
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Larry Foote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Lawrence Edward Foote, Jr. is a former American football linebacker, and a current assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh ...more
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Mike Lodish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Michael Timothy Lodish is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the tenth round of the 1990 NFL Draft. A 6'3", 270-lb. defensive tackle and ...more
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Rodney Holman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Rodney Holman is an American former professional American football player who played tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Detroit Lions.
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Terance Mathis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Terance Paul Mathis is an American former Pro Bowl wide receiver in the NFL and is currently Vice President of Marketing for NASCAR's Leavine Family Racing Drafted in 1990 by the New York Jets, ...more