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The Best NFL Players From Michigan  

Ranker NFL
334 votes 46 voters 58 items

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

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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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Bartholomew Edward Scott is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for eleven seasons. After playing college football for Southern Illinois ...more
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Rodney Holman is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Jake Edward Long is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He starred at Lapeer East High School in football, basketball and baseball. Long played college football ...more
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Cullen Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Cullen Darome Jenkins is an American football defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. ...more
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Jon Jansen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Clawson, Michigan
Jonathan Ward Jansen is a former American football offensive tackle. He previously played for the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the ...more
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Ed Budde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan
Edward Leon Budde was a star offensive guard of the American Football League and National Football League.
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Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Three Rivers, Michigan
Peter Henry Metzelaars is a former American football tight end who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Detroit Lions in a sixteen-year career in the National ...more
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Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Braylon Jamel Edwards is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Michigan, earned unanimous All-American ...more
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Ron Pitts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Ronald Dwayne Pitts is a former professional American football player. He played cornerback for the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college ...more
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Gus Sonnenberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Ewen, Michigan
Gustave Adolph Sonnenberg was an American football player and professional wrestler of German descent and World Heavyweight Champion. As a wrestler, he was National Wrestling Association world ...more
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Len St. Jean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Newberry, Michigan
Leonard Wayne St. Jean is a former college and professional American football guard. In 1964 he joined the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. He played there for ten seasons and ...more
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Herb Orvis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Petoskey, Michigan
Herbert Vaughn Orvis is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts in a ten-year career that lasted from 1972 to 1981 in the National ...more
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Reggie Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Reginald Williams is a former professional American football player.
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Dave Whitsell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Dave Whitsell Shelby, Michigan
David A. Whitsell was an American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears, and the New Orleans Saints. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after ...more
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Darris McCord is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Darris McCord was an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions.
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Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Hugh H. "Duke" Gallarneau was an NFL halfback from 1941–1942 and 1945–1947 for the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Stanford, where he was an All-American.
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Tony McGee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Tony McGee Battle Creek, Michigan
Anthony Eugene McGee is a former professional American football player who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. He played in two Super Bowls for the Washington Redskins. ...more
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Bob Toneff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Robert Toneff is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. He went to four Pro Bowls during his 13 ...more
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Bill Laskey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Bill Laskey Ann Arbor, Michigan
William Grant "Bill" Laskey is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan and professional football for 10 years in the American ...more
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Bill Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
William Ernest "Bill" Hewitt was a professional American football player in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the Chicago Bears, three for the Philadelphia ...more
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Calvin Pace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Calvin Lamar Pace is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by Arizona Cardinals in the first round in the 2003 NFL Draft. ...more
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Bruce Maher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Bruce Maher Detroit, Michigan
Bruce David Maher is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Detroit Mercy ...more
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Mike Lodish is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Joe Berger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Michigan
Fremont, Michigan
Joseph David Berger is a former American football guard who played 13 years in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan Tech and was drafted by the Carolina ...more