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The Best NFL Players From Mississippi

Updated August 2, 2019 974 votes 99 voters 2.1k views48 items

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!

  • Jerry Rice1
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    Jerry Rice

    Crawford, Mississippi

    PositionWide receiver

    Age57

    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...  more
  • Walter Payton2
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    Walter Payton

    Columbia, Mississippi

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDied at 45 (1954-1999)

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back...  more
  • Brett Favre3
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    Brett Favre

    Gulfport, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    Age46

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football...  more
  • Steve McNair4
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    Steve McNair

    Mount Olive, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 36 (1973-2009)

    TeamsTennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens

    Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an...  more
  • Archie Manning5
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    Archie Manning

    Drew, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    Age66

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    Elisha Archibald Manning III (born May 19, 1949) is an American former football quarterback...  more
  • Fletcher Cox6
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    Fletcher Cox

    Yazoo City, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    Age25

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Fletcher Cox is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National...  more
  • Jackie Smith7
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    Jackie Smith

    Columbia, Mississippi

    PositionTight end

    Age80

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

    Jackie Larue Smith (born February 23, 1940) is a former American football tight end in the...  more
  • Deuce McAllister8
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    Deuce McAllister

    Ludlow, Mississippi

    PositionRunning back

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Dulymus Jenod "Deuce" McAllister (born December 27, 1978) is a former American football...  more
  • L. C. Greenwood9
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    L. C. Greenwood

    Canton, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive end

    AgeDied at 67 (1946-2013)

    L. C. Henderson Greenwood (September 8, 1946 – September 29, 2013) was an American football...  more
  • K. J. Wright10
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    K. J. Wright

    Olive Branch, Mississippi

    PositionLinebacker

    Age31

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Kenneth Bernard Wright, Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the...  more
  • Willie Brown11
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    Willie Brown

    Yazoo City, Mississippi

    PositionCornerback

    Age79

    William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former...  more
  • Malcolm Butler12
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    Malcolm Butler

    Vicksburg, Mississippi
    Malcolm Terel Butler (born March 2, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee...  more
  • Charlie Conerly13
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    Charlie Conerly

    Clarksdale, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDied at 75 (1921-1996)

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Charles Albert Conerly Jr. (September 19, 1921 – February 13, 1996) was an American football...  more
  • Terrell Buckley14
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    Terrell Buckley

    Pascagoula, Mississippi

    PositionCornerback

    Age49

    Douglas Terrell Buckley (born June 7, 1971) is a former American football cornerback in the...  more
  • Wesley Walls15
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    Wesley Walls

    Batesville, Mississippi

    PositionTight end

    Age54

    Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played...  more
  • Billy Cannon16
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    Billy Cannon

    Philadelphia, Mississippi

    PositionRunning back, Tight end

    Age83

    William Abb Cannon (August 2, 1937 – May 20, 2018) was an American football running back and...  more
  • Jackie Slater17
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    Jackie Slater

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionTackle

    Age66

    Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954) is an American retired football player who was an...  more
  • Jamie Collins18
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    Jamie Collins

    McCall Creek, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive back

    Age30

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Southern Miss Golden Eagles football

    Jamie Collins is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National...  more
  • Harold Jackson19
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    Harold Jackson

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    PositionWide receiver

    Age74

    Harold Leon Jackson (born January 6, 1946) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more
  • Eric Moulds20
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    Eric Moulds

    Lucedale, Mississippi

    PositionWide receiver

    Age47

    Eric Shannon Moulds (born July 17, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more
  • Charlie Smith21
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    Charlie Smith

    Natchez, Mississippi

    PositionRunning back

    Age74

    Charles Henry Smith (born January 18, 1946) is a former American football running back. He...  more
  • Alejandro Villanueva22
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    Alejandro Villanueva

    Meridian, Mississippi

    Age32

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Alejandro Villanueva is an American football defensive end....  more
  • Ben Williams23
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    Ben Williams

    Yazoo City, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive end

    Age66

    Ben Williams may refer to:...  more
  • Kent Hull24
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    Kent Hull

    Pontotoc, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    AgeDied at 50 (1961-2011)

    James Kent Hull (January 13, 1961 – October 18, 2011) was an American football offensive...  more
  • Bill Triplett25
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    Bill Triplett

    Shaw, Mississippi

    PositionRunning back

    Age80

    William Clarence Triplett (born May 9, 1940) is a former American football running back. He...  more