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The Best NFL Players From Mississippi

Updated August 2, 2019 789 votes 83 voters 1.7k 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!

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    Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Brett Favre

    Gulfport, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    Age50

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Steve McNair

    Mount Olive, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDied at 36 (1973-2009)

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

    Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an... more on Wikipedia
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    Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Archie Manning

    Drew, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    Age71

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football, Minnesota Vikings

    Elisha Archibald Manning III (born May 19, 1949) is an American former football quarterback... more on Wikipedia
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    Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Fletcher Cox

    Yazoo City, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    Age29

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Fletcher Cox is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Malcolm Butler

    Vicksburg, Mississippi
    Malcolm Terel Butler (born March 2, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee... more on Wikipedia
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    Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    L. C. Greenwood

    Canton, Mississippi

    PositionDefensive end

    AgeDec. at 67 (1946-2013)

    L. C. Henderson Greenwood (September 8, 1946 – September 29, 2013) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
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    Deuce McAllister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    K. J. Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Charlie Conerly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Charlie Conerly

    Clarksdale, Mississippi

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDied at 75 (1921-1996)

    Charles Albert Conerly Jr. (September 19, 1921 – February 13, 1996) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
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    Billy Cannon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Wesley Walls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Harold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jackie Slater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Alejandro Villanueva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Alejandro Villanueva

    Meridian, Mississippi

    Age32

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Alejandro Villanueva is an American football defensive end.
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    Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Bill Triplett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Larry Grantham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Larry Grantham

    Crystal Springs, Mississippi

    PositionLinebacker

    Age82

    James Larry Grantham (September 16, 1938 – June 17, 2017) was an American collegiate and... more on Wikipedia
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    Jimmie Giles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Mississippi
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    Jimmie Giles

    Greenville, Mississippi

    PositionTight end

    Age65

    Jimmie Giles, Jr. (born November 8, 1954) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
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