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The Best NFL Players From New Jersey

Updated August 2, 2019 904 votes 69 voters 3.2k views50 items

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.

  • Franco Harris1
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    Franco Harris

    Fort Dix, New Hanover Township

    Age70

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

    Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is an American former football running back who played...  more
  • Mark Ingram, Jr.2
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    10

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Hackensack, New Jersey

    PositionRunning back

    Age30

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    Marcus Valentino Ingram Jr. (born December 21, 1989) is an American football running back for...  more
  • Jack Tatum3
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    8

    Jack Tatum

    Cherryville, North Carolina

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    AgeDied at 62 (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...  more
  • Greg Olsen4
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    9

    Greg Olsen

    Wayne, New Jersey

    PositionTight end

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks

    Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is a retired American football tight end. During...  more
  • Victor Cruz5
    21
    10

    Victor Cruz

    Paterson, New Jersey

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Victor Michael Cruz (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver. He...  more
  • Joe Theismann6
    18
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    Joe Theismann

    New Brunswick, New Jersey

    PositionQuarterback

    Age66

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is an American former professional gridiron...  more
  • Joe Flacco7
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    Joe Flacco

    Audubon, New Jersey

    PositionQuarterback

    Age30

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, New York Jets

    Joseph Vincent Flacco (born January 16, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Neil O'Donnell8
    10
    5

    Neil O'Donnell

    Morristown, New Jersey

    PositionQuarterback

    Age54

    Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who...  more
  • Drew Pearson9
    12
    7

    Drew Pearson

    South River, New Jersey

    PositionWide receiver

    Age69

    TeamsTulsa Golden Hurricane football, Dallas Cowboys

    Drew Pearson (born January 12, 1951) is an American former football wide receiver in the...  more
  • Irving Fryar10
    16
    13

    Irving Fryar

    Mount Holly, New Jersey

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age58

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

    Irving Dale Fryar, Sr. (born September 28, 1962) is a former American college and professional...  more
  • Troy Vincent11
    12
    8

    Troy Vincent

    Trenton, New Jersey

    PositionCornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    Age45

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

    Troy Darnell Vincent (born June 8, 1970) is a former American football cornerback for the...  more
  • Andre Tippett12
    13
    10

    Andre Tippett

    Birmingham, Alabama

    PositionLinebacker

    Age60

    Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an...  more
  • Wayne Chrebet13
    14
    13

    Wayne Chrebet

    Garfield, New Jersey

    Age47

    TeamsNew York Jets

    Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who played 11...  more
  • Tony Tolbert14
    9
    6

    Tony Tolbert

    Tuskegee, Alabama

    PositionDefensive end

    Age52

    Anthony Lewis Tolbert (born December 29, 1967) is a former American football defensive end in...  more
  • Jim Jeffcoat15
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    Jim Jeffcoat

    Long Branch, New Jersey

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age59

    James Wilson Jeffcoat, Jr. (born April 1, 1961) is a former American football defensive end in...  more
  • Miles Austin16
    6
    4

    Miles Austin

    Summit, New Jersey

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age36

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Miles Jonathon Austin III (born June 30, 1984) is an offensive assistant coach for the San...  more
  • John Taylor17
    13
    13

    John Taylor

    Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age58

    John Gregory Taylor (born March 31, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver with the...  more
  • Sam Mills18
    13
    13

    Sam Mills

    Neptune City, New Jersey

    PositionLinebacker

    AgeDied at 46 (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...  more
  • Brian Cushing19
    9
    8

    Brian Cushing

    Park Ridge, New Jersey

    PositionLinebacker

    Age33

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Houston Texans

    Brian Patrick Cushing (born January 24, 1987) is a former American football linebacker who is...  more
  • Ricky Proehl20
    8
    6

    Ricky Proehl

    New York City, New York

    PositionWide receiver

    Age52

    Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
  • Elvin Bethea21
    10
    10

    Elvin Bethea

    Trenton, New Jersey

    PositionDefensive end

    Age74

    Elvin Lamont Bethea (born March 1, 1946) is a former American football defensive end who...  more
  • Anthony Fasano22
    5
    4

    Anthony Fasano

    Verona, New Jersey

    PositionTight end

    Age36

    TeamsMiami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs

    Anthony Joseph Fasano (born April 20, 1984) is a former American football tight end. He was...  more
  • Phil Villapiano23
    9
    10

    Phil Villapiano

    Long Branch, New Jersey

    PositionLinebacker

    Age71

    Philip James Villapiano (born February 26, 1949) is a former American football linebacker who...  more
  • Bryant McKinnie24
    4
    2

    Bryant McKinnie

    Woodbury, New Jersey

    PositionTackle

    Age41

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

    Bryant Douglas McKinnie (born September 23, 1979) is a former American football offensive...  more
  • Muhammad Wilkerson25
    5
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    Muhammad Wilkerson

    Linden, New Jersey

    PositionDefensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age30

    TeamsNew York Jets

    Muhammad Hassan Wilkerson (born October 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end who is...  more