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The Best NFL Players From New Jersey  

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

Here's a list of the best NFL players from New Jersey! Whether for good or bad, New Jersey football players have made a mark on league history. From Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception to Joe Theismann's broken leg, the top New Jersey football players have been a part of some of the NFL's most memorable moments.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from New Jersey and add any you think are missing from the list.

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Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Fort Dix, USA, New Hanover Township
Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is an American former football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. ...more
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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Wayne, New Jersey
Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more
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Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is an American former professional gridiron football player, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur. He played quarterback in the ...more
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Joe Flacco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Audubon, New Jersey
Joseph Vincent Flacco (born January 16, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Delaware after ...more
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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Cherryville, North Carolina
John David Tatum (November 18, 1948 – July 27, 2010) was an American football safety who played 10 seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National ...more
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Troy Vincent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Troy Vincent Trenton, New Jersey
Troy Darnell Vincent (born June 8, 1970) is a former American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins of the National Football ...more
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Victor Cruz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Paterson, New Jersey
Victor Michael Cruz (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at UMass, and signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in ...more
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Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Birmingham, Alabama
Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an All-Pro linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993, missing ...more
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Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Elvin Lamont Bethea (born March 1, 1946) is a former American football defensive end who played his entire career with the Houston Oilers. He played for North Carolina A&T State University ...more
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Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Hackensack, New Jersey
Marcus Valentino Ingram Jr. (born December 21, 1989) is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Brian Cushing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Park Ridge, New Jersey
Brian Patrick Cushing (born January 24, 1987) is a former American football linebacker who is currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans of the National ...more
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Sam Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Neptune City, New Jersey
Samuel Davis Mills Jr. (June 3, 1959 – April 18, 2005) was an American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints and Carolina ...more
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Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
USA, Mount Holly, New Jersey
Irving Dale Fryar, Sr. (born September 28, 1962) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen ...more
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Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Richard David Robinson (born May 3, 1941) is a former American football player. He played college football at Pennsylvania State University and professionally in the National Football League for ...more
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Wayne Chrebet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Garfield, New Jersey
Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who played 11 seasons for the New York Jets of the National Football League from 1995 to 2005.
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Phil Villapiano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Long Branch, New Jersey
Philip James Villapiano (born February 26, 1949) is a former American football linebacker who played 13 seasons in the NFL.
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Neil O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Neil O'Donnell Morristown, New Jersey
Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons (1990–2003) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York ...more
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Drew Pearson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Drew Pearson South River, New Jersey
Drew Pearson (born January 12, 1951) is an American former football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of
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John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
John Taylor Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
John Gregory Taylor (born March 31, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. Taylor attended Pennsauken High School and was one of six NFL players to come ...more
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Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Deron Cherry Riverside, New Jersey
Deron Leigh Cherry (born September 12, 1959) is a retired professional American football free safety who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1981 to 1991. Deron was a free safety and punter ...more
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Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Salem, New Jersey
Lydell Douglas Mitchell (born May 30, 1949) is a former professional American football player. He played running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Colts, San Diego ...more
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Jim Jeffcoat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Jim Jeffcoat Long Branch, New Jersey
James Wilson Jeffcoat, Jr. (born April 1, 1961) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. He was recently an assistant ...more
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Tony Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Tuskegee, Alabama
Anthony Lewis Tolbert (born December 29, 1967) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of ...more
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Ricky Proehl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
New York City, New York
Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Proehl played 17 seasons with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle ...more
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Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Jersey
Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Raghib Ramadian "Rocket" Ismail (born November 18, 1969) is an American retired player of American and Canadian football. A wide receiver and kick returner, he came to prominence ...more