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The Best NFL Players From Mississippi 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 428 votes 65 voters 1.2k views 48 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Mississippi! Where do you even start when it comes to discussing NFL players from Mississippi? Arguably the greatest wide receiver of all time (Jerry Rice), the greatest quarterback of all time (Brett Favre), and the greatest running back of all time (Walter Payton) are all from the Magnolia State!

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

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Running back from Columbia

Age: Dec. at 46 (1953-1999)

Teams: Chicago Bears

Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Payton ...more
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Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Wide receiver from Crawford

Age: 53

Teams: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

Jerry Lee Rice Sr. (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. Due to his ...more
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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Quarterback from Gulfport

Age: 46

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football ...more
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Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Quarterback from Drew

Age: 66

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football, Minnesota Vikings

Elisha Archibald Manning III (born May 19, 1949) is an American former football quarterback who played professionally for 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL ...more
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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Quarterback from Mount Olive

Age: Died at 36 (1973-2009)

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the ...more
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Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Tight end from Columbia

Age: 75

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

Jackie Larue Smith (born February 23, 1940) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at ...more
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Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Fletcher Cox Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Yazoo City

Age: 25

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Fletcher Cox is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. After playing college football for Mississippi State, he was selected 12th overall ...more
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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
L. C. Greenwood Defensive end from Canton

Age: Died at 67 (1946-2013)

L. C. Henderson Greenwood (September 8, 1946 – September 29, 2013) was an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).
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Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Cornerback from Yazoo City

Age: 75

William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the ...more
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Deuce McAllister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Running back from Ludlow

Age: 37

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Dulymus Jenod "Deuce" McAllister (born December 27, 1978) is a former American football running back who played eight seasons for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League ...more
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Wesley Walls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Tight end from Batesville

Age: 49

Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.
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K. J. Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Linebacker from Olive Branch

Age: 26

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Kenneth Bernard Wright, Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth ...more
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Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Jamie Collins Defensive end and Linebacker from McCall Creek

Age: 26

Teams: New England Patriots, Southern Miss Golden Eagles football

Jamie Collins is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Billy Cannon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Running back and Tight end from Philadelphia

Age: 81

William Abb Cannon (August 2, 1937 – May 20, 2018) was an American football running back and tight end who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football ...more
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Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Malcolm Terel Butler (born March 2, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He entered the league in 2014, signing as an ...more
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Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Eric Moulds Wide receiver from Lucedale

Age: 42

Eric Shannon Moulds (born July 17, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Mississippi State ...more
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Charlie Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Running back from Natchez

Age: 69

Charles Henry Smith (born January 18, 1946) is a former American football running back. He played two seasons for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders (1968–1969), and 5 for the ...more
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Harold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Harold Jackson Wide receiver from Hattiesburg

Age: 69

Harold Leon Jackson (born January 6, 1946) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League from 1968 through 1983. Jackson was drafted in the 12th round ...more
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Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Center from Pontotoc

Age: Died at 50 (1961-2011)

James Kent Hull (January 13, 1961 – October 18, 2011) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League and United States Football League, more precisely a center for ...more
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Jackie Slater is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Tackle from Jackson

Age: 61

Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954) is an American retired football player who was an offensive tackle for 20 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire career with ...more
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Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Offensive Lineman from Vicksburg

Age: 77

William Lewis Shaw (born December 15, 1938) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League (AFL). After ...more
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Charlie Conerly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Quarterback from Clarksdale

Age: Died at 75 (1921-1996)

Charles Albert Conerly Jr. (September 19, 1921 – February 13, 1996) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1948 through 1961. ...more
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Diron Talbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Pascagoula

Age: 71

Diron Vester Talbert (born July 1, 1944) is a former American football defensive end.
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Fred Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Fred Thomas Cornerback from Bruce

Age: 42

Frederick L. Thomas (born September 11, 1973) is former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 1996 NFL ...more
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Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
Terrell Buckley Cornerback from Pascagoula

Age: 44

Douglas Terrell Buckley (born June 7, 1971) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League and current cornerbacks coach at Mississippi State University. He also played ...more