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The Best NFL Players From Michigan

Updated September 23, 2019 2.4k votes 266 voters 1.4k views61 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • Craig Morton1
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    Craig Morton

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionQuarterback

    Age77

    Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) is a former American football quarterback in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Harbaugh2
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    8

    Jim Harbaugh

    Toledo, Ohio

    PositionQuarterback

    Age56

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers

    James Joseph Harbaugh (; born December 23, 1963) is an American football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • Earl Morrall3
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    14

    Earl Morrall

    Muskegon, Michigan

    PositionPunter, Quarterback

    AgeDied at 80 (1934-2014)

    Earl Edwin Morrall (May 17, 1934 – April 25, 2014) was an American football player who was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Jerome Bettis4
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    5

    Jerome Bettis

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionRunning back

    Age48

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams

    Jerome Abram Bettis Sr. (born February 16, 1972), nicknamed The Bus, is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • Antonio Gates5
    101
    5

    Antonio Gates

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionTight end

    Age40

    TeamsSan Diego Chargers

    Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is... more on Wikipedia
  • Kirk Cousins6
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    15

    Kirk Cousins

    Barrington, Illinois

    PositionQuarterback

    Age32

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Kirk Daniel Cousins (born August 19, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • T. J. Lang7
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    5

    T. J. Lang

    Ferndale, Michigan

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age33

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Thomas John "T. J." Lang (born September 20, 1987) is a former American football guard. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Banks8
    86
    4

    Carl Banks

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionLinebacker

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

    Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National... more on Wikipedia
  • Andre Rison9
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    8

    Andre Rison

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionWide receiver

    Age53

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons

    Andre "Bad Moon" Rison (born March 18, 1967) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Greg Jennings10
    78
    4

    Greg Jennings

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    PositionWide receiver

    Age37

    TeamsWestern Michigan Broncos football, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

    Gregory Jennings Jr. (born September 21, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Joe Staley11
    69
    4

    Joe Staley

    Rockford, Michigan

    PositionTackle

    Age36

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Joseph Staley (born August 30, 1984) is an American football offensive tackle for the San... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Westbrook12
    59
    5

    Michael Westbrook

    Detroit, Michigan

    Age48

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Colorado Buffaloes football

    Michael Deanailo Westbrook (born July 7, 1972) is a former American college and professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Smith13
    58
    6

    Jimmy Smith

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionWide receiver

    Age51

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys

    Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • George Andrie14
    52
    9

    George Andrie

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    PositionDefensive end

    Age80

    George Joseph Andrie (April 20, 1940 – August 21, 2018) was an American professional football... more on Wikipedia
  • Terance Mathis15
    48
    6

    Terance Mathis

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionWide receiver

    Age53

    Terance Paul Mathis (born June 7, 1967) is an American former Pro Bowl wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jake Long16
    42
    2

    Jake Long

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionTackle

    Age35

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins

    Jake Edward Long (born May 9, 1985) is a former American football offensive tackle. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • Dick Anderson17
    44
    6

    Dick Anderson

    Midland, Michigan

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age69

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

    Richard Paul "Dick" Anderson (born February 10, 1946) is a former American college and... more on Wikipedia
  • Tony McGee18
    35
    2

    Tony McGee

    Battle Creek, Michigan

    PositionDefensive end

    Age71

    Anthony Eugene McGee (born January 18, 1949) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul Krause19
    35
    4

    Paul Krause

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age78

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings

    Paul James Krause (born February 19, 1942) is a former American football safety who played in... more on Wikipedia
  • George Teague20
    33
    5

    George Teague

    Oscoda Township, Michigan

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age49

    George Theo Teague (born February 18, 1971) is a former American football safety in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Pepper Johnson21
    33
    5

    Pepper Johnson

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionLinebacker

    Age56

    Thomas "Pepper" Johnson (born July 29, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and a... more on Wikipedia
  • Pete Metzelaars22
    32
    5

    Pete Metzelaars

    Three Rivers, Michigan

    PositionTight end

    Age60

    Peter Henry Metzelaars (born May 24, 1960) is a former American football tight end who played... more on Wikipedia
  • Andy Russell23
    32
    6

    Andy Russell

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionLinebacker

    Age78

    Charles Andrew "'Andy" Russell (born October 29, 1941) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • Joe DeLamielleure24
    23
    4

    Joe DeLamielleure

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard

    Age69

    Joseph Michael DeLamielleure ( də-LAH-mə-LOR; born March 16, 1951) is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • Gary Ballman25
    24
    6

    Gary Ballman

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionWide receiver

    AgeDied at 64 (1940-2004)

    Gary John Ballman (July 6, 1940 – May 20, 2004) was an American football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia