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The Best NFL Players From Minnesota

Updated August 3, 2020 786 votes 118 voters 3.4k views25 items

List RulesVote up the top pro football players born or raised in Minnesota

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Minnesota! The North Star State is home to some top-notch NFL talent, including two of the best football players ever, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Suggs. The list of Minnesota football players also includes old-time stars like Dave Casper and Joe Guyon.

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

  • 1
    Larry Fitzgerald
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    5

    Larry Fitzgerald

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionWide receiver

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Terrell Suggs
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    Terrell Suggs

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionOutside Linebacker

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Terrell Raymonn Suggs (born October 11, 1982), nicknamed "T-Sizzle," is an American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Adam Thielen
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    Adam Thielen

    Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    PositionWide receiver

    Age30

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Adam John Thielen (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Eric Decker
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    Eric Decker

    Cold Spring, Minnesota

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers football

    Eric Thomas Decker (born March 15, 1987) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Dave Casper
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    Dave Casper

    Bemidji, Minnesota

    PositionTight end, Wide receiver

    Age69

    David John Casper (born February 2, 1952) nicknamed "the Ghost", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Matt Birk
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    Matt Birk

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    PositionCenter

    Age44

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings

    Matthew Robert "Matt" Birk (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football center. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    James Laurinaitis
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    James Laurinaitis

    Wayzata, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker

    Age33

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    James Richard Laurinaitis (born December 3, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Bronko Nagurski
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    Bronko Nagurski

    Rainy River, Canada

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    AgeDied at 82 (1908-1990)

    TeamsMinnesota Golden Gophers football, Chicago Bears

    Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (November 3, 1908 – January 7, 1990) was a Canadian-born American... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Milt Sunde
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    Milt Sunde

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionGuard

    Age78

    Milton John Sunde (born February 1, 1942) is a former American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jacky Lee
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    Jacky Lee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionQuarterback

    Age81

    Jack Ross "Jacky" Lee (July 11, 1938 – May 2, 2016) was an American quarterback who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Walt Kiesling
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    Walt Kiesling

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Defensive lineman

    AgeDec. at 59 (1903-1962)

    Walter Andrew Kiesling (May 27, 1903 – March 2, 1962) was an American football guard and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ernie Nevers
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    Ernie Nevers

    Willow River, Minnesota

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    AgeDied at 74 (1902-1976)

    Ernest Alonzo Nevers (June 11, 1902 – May 3, 1976), sometimes known by the nickname "Big Dog",... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jim Langer
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    18

    Jim Langer

    Little Falls, Minnesota

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age67

    James John Langer (born May 16, 1948) is a former American football center who played for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Matt Herkenhoff
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    Matt Herkenhoff

    Melrose, Minnesota

    PositionTackle

    Age69

    Matthew Bernard Herkenhoff (born April 2, 1951) is a former American football offensive tackle... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Gino Cappelletti
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    Gino Cappelletti

    Keewatin, Minnesota

    PositionWide receiver, Placekicker

    Age86

    Gino Cappelletti (born March 26, 1934) is an American former professional football player. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jeff Siemon
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    Jeff Siemon

    Rochester, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker

    Age70

    Jeffrey Glenn Siemon (born June 2, 1950) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Steve Kiner
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    Steve Kiner

    Sandstone, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker

    Age73

    Steven Albert Kiner (born June 12, 1947) is a former American football linebacker in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jim Carter
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    Jim Carter

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker

    Age71

    James Charles Carter (born October 18, 1948) is a former American football player who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Joe Guyon
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    Joe Guyon

    White Earth, Minnesota

    PositionRunning back, Tackle, Halfback

    AgeDied at 79 (1892-1971)

    Joseph Napoleon "Big Chief" Guyon (Anishinaabe: O-Gee-Chidah, translated as "Big Brave";... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Greg Larson
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    Greg Larson

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionCenter

    Age80

    Gregory Kenneth Larson (born November 15, 1939) is a former American football center in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Steve Zabel
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    Steve Zabel

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker, Tight end

    Age72

    Steven Gregory Zabel (born March 20, 1948) is a former American football linebacker and tight... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Jim LeClair
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    Jim LeClair

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    PositionLinebacker

    Age69

    James Michael LeClair (born October 30, 1950) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Dave Dalby
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    Dave Dalby

    Alexandria, Minnesota

    PositionCenter

    AgeDied at 52 (1950-2002)

    David Merle Dalby (October 19, 1950 – August 30, 2002) was an American football center. Dalby... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Larry Cole
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    Larry Cole

    Clarkfield, Minnesota

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

    Age73

    Larry Rudolph Cole (born November 15, 1946) is a former American football defensive lineman in... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Ward Cuff
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    Ward Cuff

    Redwood Falls, Minnesota

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDied at 89 (1913-2002)

    Ward Lloyd Cuff (August 12, 1913 – December 24, 2002) was an American football halfback and... more on Wikipedia