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The Best NFL Players From New Jersey

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Fort Dix, New Hanover Township
    29
    6

    Age71

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

    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. He was  ...more
  • 2
    Hackensack, New Jersey
    24
    10

    PositionRunning back

    Age31

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Marcus Valentino Ingram Jr. (born December 21, 1989) is an American football running back for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the  ...more
  • 3
    Cherryville, North Carolina
    21
    8

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    AgeDec. at 61 (1948-2010)

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    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 Football  ...more
  • 4
    Wayne, New Jersey
    20
    9

    PositionTight end

    Age36

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks

    Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is a retired American football tight end. During his career he played for the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, and Seattle Seahawks of the National  ...more
  • 5
    Paterson, New Jersey
    21
    10

    PositionWide receiver

    Age35

    TeamsNew York Giants

    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 2010.  ...more
  • 6

    Troy Vincent

    Trenton, New Jersey
    14
    3

    PositionCornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    Age51

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

    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 League  ...more
  • 7
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    17
    8

    PositionQuarterback

    Age72

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    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
  • 8
    Neptune City, New Jersey
    14
    5

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDec. at 45 (1959-2005)

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, Carolina Panthers

    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
  • 9
    Garfield, New Jersey
    13
    5

    Age48

    TeamsNew York Jets

    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.  ...more
  • 10
    Mount Holly, New Jersey
    14
    6

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age59

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

    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 seasons.   ...more
  • 11
    Birmingham, Alabama
    12
    4

    PositionLinebacker

    Age61

    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 all  ...more
  • 12

    John Taylor

    Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
    12
    6

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age59

    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 from  ...more
  • 13
    Trenton, New Jersey
    10
    4

    PositionDefensive end

    Age75

    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 and was  ...more
  • 14

    Drew Pearson

    South River, New Jersey
    12
    7

    PositionWide receiver

    Age70

    TeamsTulsa Golden Hurricane football, Dallas Cowboys

    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 Tulsa.  ...more
  • 15
    Audubon, New Jersey
    17
    13

    PositionQuarterback

    Age36

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    Joseph Vincent Flacco (born January 16, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Delaware after  ...more
  • 16
    Park Ridge, New Jersey
    11
    7

    PositionLinebacker

    Age34

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Houston Texans

    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 Football  ...more
  • 17
    Long Branch, New Jersey
    8
    4

    PositionLinebacker

    Age72

    Philip James Villapiano (born February 26, 1949) is a former American football linebacker who played 13 seasons in the NFL.  ...more
  • 18
    Mount Holly, New Jersey
    10
    7

    PositionLinebacker, Placekicker

    Age80

    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
  • 19
    Elizabeth, New Jersey
    7
    4

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age52

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football

    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 playing college  ...more
  • 20

    Deron Cherry

    Riverside, New Jersey
    6
    3

    PositionSafety

    Age62

    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 at  ...more
  • 21
    Summit, New Jersey
    6
    4

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age37

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Miles Jonathon Austin III (born June 30, 1984) is an offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former American football wide receiver who  ...more
  • 22

    Jim Jeffcoat

    Long Branch, New Jersey
    9
    8

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age60

    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
  • 23
    Chicago Heights, Illinois
    7
    5

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age44

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Shaun O'Hara (born June 23, 1977) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He played college football for Rutgers University. He began his  ...more
  • 24
    New York City, New York
    7
    6

    PositionWide receiver

    Age53

    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 Seahawks,  ...more
  • 25
    Salem, New Jersey
    5
    3

    PositionRunning back

    Age72

    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 Chargers  ...more
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