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The Best NFL Players From New York  

Ranker NFL
118 votes 11 voters 60 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from New York! New York football players seem to collect championships at a rapid rate thanks to a lot of the players on this list being a part of some dynasties. The Empire State also is home to some of the best football players of all time like Rob Gronkowski and Ron Jaworski, as well as maybe the best running back in the NFL right now, Saquon Barkley.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from New York and add any of your favorites missing from the list!

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George Starke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
George Lawrence Starke is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League from 1972-84. After graduating from Columbia ...more
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Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York, USA
Arthur James "The Bulldog" Donovan, Jr. was an American football defensive tackle, better known as Art Donovan, who played for three National Football League teams, most notably the ...more
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John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
John Mackey was an American football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was born in Roosevelt, New York and attended Syracuse University. He was the ...more
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Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
West Islip, New York, United States of America
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason is a retired American football quarterback and current network color commentator. During a 14-year career in the National Football League, Esiason played ...more
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Ricky Proehl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
Richard Scott Proehl is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Proehl played 17 seasons with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, ...more
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Trevor Pryce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
Trevor Wesley Pryce II is a former American football defensive end who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. Pryce played college football for the University of Michigan ...more
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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Amherst, New York
Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end who played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the ...more
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Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
Randall "Randy" Laureat Cross, is a football analyst and former NFL offensive lineman. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in July 2011.
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Vaughn Parker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Buffalo, New York
Vaughn Antoine Parker is a former American football offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played high school football at St. ...more
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Roman Phifer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Plattsburgh, New York
Roman Zubinsky Phifer is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League. Phifer played for the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the St. Louis Rams, and the New ...more
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Quinn Early is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
West Hempstead, New York, United States of America
Quinn Remar Early is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 1988 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 188 lb. wide receiver from ...more
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Seth Joyner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Spring Valley, New York, United States of America
Seth Joyner is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. Joyner graduated from ...more
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Seth Payne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Clifton Springs, New York
Seth Copeland Payne is a former American football defensive tackle. He now lives in Houston, Texas, and co-hosts a local radio show. He was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the ...more
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Mike Tice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Bay Shore, New York
Michael Peter Tice is currently the Offensive Line coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was formerly the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 to 2005. He ...more
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Tarell Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
Tarell Lameek Brown is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Tim Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Liverpool, New York, United States of America
Timothy John "Tim" Green is a former American football player, a radio and television personality, and currently a best-selling author. He was a linebacker and defensive end with the ...more
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Adam Podlesh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Rochester, New York
Adam Podlesh is an American football punter who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Maryland Terrapins, and is the only player in school history to be on the ...more
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Todd Sauerbrun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
East Setauket, New York
Todd Scott Sauerbrun is a former American college and professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for West ...more
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Mike DeVito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York
Michael Ralph DeVito is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football league. He played for the New York Jets from 2007 to 2012. He played college ...more
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Willie Colon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Willie Colon is an American football offensive guard for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ...more
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
William Raymond Smith III is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Ohio State and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first ...more
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Branden Albert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Rochester, New York
Branden Albert is an American football offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 15th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Tyvon Branch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Syracuse, New York
Tyvon A. Branch is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He ...more
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John Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
Mount Kisco, New York
John Sullivan is an American football center for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Sullivan played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He was drafted by the ...more
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B. J. Raji is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From New York
New York City, New York
Busari Alamu "B. J." Raji, Jr. is an American football nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for Boston College. He was ...more