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The Best NFL Players From Mississippi

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1
    Crawford, Mississippi
    83
    13

    PositionWide receiver

    Age59

    TeamsMississippi 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 numerous  ...more
  • 2
    Columbia, Mississippi
    84
    14

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 45 (1954-1999)

    TeamsChicago 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 was  ...more
  • 3
    Gulfport, Mississippi
    67
    21

    PositionQuarterback

    Age52

    TeamsGreen 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 League  ...more
  • 4
    Mount Olive, Mississippi
    56
    16

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 36 (1973-2009)

    TeamsTennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens

    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
  • 5

    Fletcher Cox

    Yazoo City, Mississippi
    44
    11

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    Age30

    TeamsPhiladelphia 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 by  ...more
  • 6
    Drew, Mississippi
    49
    18

    PositionQuarterback

    Age72

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    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 for  ...more
  • 7
    Ludlow, Mississippi
    26
    10

    PositionRunning back

    Age42

    TeamsNew 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 (NFL). He  ...more
  • 8

    L. C. Greenwood

    Canton, Mississippi
    29
    13

    PositionDefensive end

    AgeDec. 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).  ...more
  • 9
    Olive Branch, Mississippi
    23
    6

    PositionLinebacker

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle 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 round  ...more
  • 10
    Columbia, Mississippi
    29
    16

    PositionTight end

    Age81

    TeamsSt. 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
  • 11
    Yazoo City, Mississippi
    20
    8

    PositionCornerback

    Age81

    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 National  ...more
  • 12
    Vicksburg, Mississippi
    23
    13

    PositionCornerback

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Malcolm Terel Butler (born March 2, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Butler played college football at the University of West  ...more
  • 13
    Jackson, Mississippi
    20
    11

    PositionTackle

    Age67

    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 the  ...more
  • 14

    Terrell Buckley

    Pascagoula, Mississippi
    13
    3

    PositionCornerback

    Age50

    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
  • 15
    Clarksdale, Mississippi
    14
    5

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 74 (1921-1996)

    TeamsNew York Giants

    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. Conerly  ...more
  • 16

    Harold Jackson

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    14
    5

    PositionWide receiver

    Age75

    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 (323  ...more
  • 17
    Gulfport, Mississippi
    14
    8

    PositionCornerback, Return specialist

    Age76

    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he played college football at Jackson State from 1964 to 1966. He was drafted  ...more
  • 18

    Jamie Collins

    McCall Creek, Mississippi
    15
    10

    PositionLinebacker

    Age32

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Jamie Lee Collins Sr. (born October 20, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Southern Mississippi and  ...more
  • 19

    Fred Thomas

    Bruce, Mississippi
    9
    5

    PositionCornerback

    Age48

    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
  • 20

    Eric Moulds

    Lucedale, Mississippi
    14
    12

    PositionWide receiver

    Age48

    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
  • 21
    Batesville, Mississippi
    11
    10

    PositionTight end

    Age55

    Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.  ...more
  • 22
    Philadelphia, Mississippi
    11
    11

    PositionRunning back, Tight end

    Age84

    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 League  ...more
  • 23
    Noxubee County, Mississippi
    5
    4

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker

    Age59

    Freddie Joe Nunn (born April 9, 1962 in Noxubee County, Mississippi) is an American former professional football player who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (18th overall) of  ...more
  • 24

    Freeman McNeil

    Jackson, Mississippi
    5
    4

    PositionRunning back

    Age62

    Freeman McNeil (born April 22, 1959) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New York Jets in the first round as the third overall pick of the 1981 NFL Draft. After  ...more
  • 25
    Pontotoc, Mississippi
    6
    7

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. 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 the New  ...more
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