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The Best NFL Players From New Mexico  

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from New Mexico! While there are not many New Mexico football stars, the players who came from New Mexico have been among the best football players ever. The list includes three Hall of Famers, including legendary defender Ronnie Lott, one of the best cornerbacks of all time.

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Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Mexico
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Brian Urlacher (; born May 25, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 13-year career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for The University of New Mexico, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and became one of the school's most decorated athletes. The Bears selected Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Urlacher quickly established himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players. After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, he was elected to eight Pro Bowls, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005. His playing style, ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Pasco, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Mexico
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Ronald Mandel Lott (born May 8, 1959) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was honored as a consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is widely considered to be one of the best of all time at the safety position in NFL history and one of the best players in NFL ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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Tommy McDonald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Mexico
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Thomas Franklin McDonald (July 26, 1934 – September 24, 2018) was an American football flanker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Roy, New Mexico

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Joe Kapp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From New Mexico
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Joseph Robert Kapp (born March 19, 1938) is an American former football player, coach, and executive. He played college football as a quarterback at the University of California, Berkeley. Kapp played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions and then in the National Football League (NFL) with the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Patriots. Kapp returned to his alma mater to serve as head coach of the California Golden Bears from 1982 to 1986. He was the general manager and president of the BC Lions in 1990. Kapp is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Lions Wall of Fame, the College ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

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