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The Best NFL Players From New York

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1

    Saquon Barkley

    New York City, New York
    67
    18

    PositionRunning back

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State for three seasons,  ...more
  • 2

    Rob Gronkowski

    Amherst, New York
    65
    17

    PositionTight end

    Age32

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk" is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played most of his professional career for the New England Patriots  ...more
  • 3

    Devin McCourty

    Nyack, New York
    36
    10

    PositionCornerback

    Age34

    TeamsRutgers Scarlet Knights football, New England Patriots

    Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and was drafted by  ...more
  • 4
    White Plains, New York
    24
    9

    PositionWide receiver

    Age63

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Syracuse Orange football, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles

    James Arthur Monk (born December 5, 1957) is an American former football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Monk  ...more
  • 5

    Vinny Testaverde

    New York City, New York
    29
    14

    PositionQuarterback

    Age58

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

    Vincent Frank Testaverde Sr. (; born November 13, 1963) is an American former football quarterback who played for 21 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at  ...more
  • 6

    Kevin Greene

    Schenectady, New York
    26
    12

    PositionLinebacker

    Age59

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Auburn Tigers football, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

    Kevin Greene may refer to: Kevin Greene (rugby union) (born 1949), New Zealand rugby union player Kevin Greene (politician) (born 1958), Australian politician Kevin Greene (American football) (born  ...more
  • 7

    Jason McCourty

    Nyack, New York
    20
    7

    PositionCornerback

    Age34

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

    Jason McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, 203rd  ...more
  • 8
    West Islip, New York
    17
    4

    PositionQuarterback

    Age60

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets

    Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (; born April 17, 1961) is an American retired football quarterback and former network color commentator. During his 14-year career in the National Football League  ...more
  • 9

    Frank Reich

    Freeport, New York
    16
    4

    PositionQuarterback

    Age59

    Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Reich  ...more
  • 10

    Sid Luckman

    New York City, New York
    16
    5

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 81 (1916-1998)

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Sidney Luckman (November 21, 1916 – July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) from 1939 through 1950. During his 12 seasons with  ...more
  • 11

    Dion Lewis

    Albany, New York
    15
    6

    PositionRunning back

    Age31

    TeamsTennessee Titans, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

    Dion John Lewis (born September 27, 1990) is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for 10 seasons. He played college football at  ...more
  • 12
    New York City, New York
    13
    4

    PositionTackle

    Age37

    TeamsNew York Jets

    D'Brickashaw Montgomery Ferguson (born December 10, 1983) is a former American football offensive tackle who played ten seasons for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played  ...more
  • 13

    Lyle Alzado

    New York City, New York
    10
    4

    AgeDec. at 43 (1949-1992)

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

    Lyle Martin Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was an American professional All Pro football defensive end of the National Football League (NFL), famous for his intense and intimidating style of  ...more
  • 14

    John Mackey

    New York City, New York
    10
    3

    PositionTight end

    AgeDec. at 69 (1941-2011)

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

    John Mackey (September 24, 1941 – July 6, 2011) 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  ...more
  • 15

    B. J. Raji

    New York City, New York
    15
    11

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle

    Age35

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Boston College Eagles football

    Busari Alamu Raji Jr. (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Boston College. Raji was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the ninth  ...more
  • 16

    Dorsey Levens

    Syracuse, New York
    7
    4

    Age51

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

    Herbert Dorsey Levens (born May 21, 1970) is a retired American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (149th overall) of  ...more
  • 17
    Elmira, New York
    8
    5

    PositionPunter, Quarterback, Placekicker, Defensive back

    AgeDec. at 62 (1920-1983)

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams

    Robert Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player and coach and motion picture actor and producer. He played quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and Cleveland/Los  ...more
  • 18

    Seth Joyner

    Spring Valley, New York
    6
    2

    PositionLinebacker

    Age57

    Seth Joyner (born November 18, 1964), is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.   ...more
  • 19

    Ron Jaworski

    Lackawanna, New York
    9
    7

    PositionQuarterback

    Age70

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs

    Ronald Vincent Jaworski (born March 23, 1951) is a former American football quarterback. He was also an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is the CEO of Ron Jaworski Golf Management, Inc., based out of  ...more
  • 20

    Ken O'Brien

    Rockville Centre, New York
    8
    6

    PositionQuarterback

    Age61

    Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When he retired  ...more
  • 21

    Will Smith

    New York City, New York
    6
    4

    PositionDefensive end

    Age40

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    William Raymond Smith III (July 4, 1981 – April 9, 2016) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State and was drafted by the  ...more
  • 22

    George Starke

    New York City, New York
    7
    5

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Age73

    George Lawrence Starke (born July 18, 1948) is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League (NFL) from 1972-84. After graduating  ...more
  • 23

    Ricky Proehl

    New York City, New York
    7
    5

    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
  • 24

    Mark May

    Oneonta, New York
    6
    5

    Age62

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Panthers football, San Diego Chargers

    Mark Eric May (born November 2, 1959) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons during the 1980s  ...more
  • 25

    Willie Colon

    New York City, USA
    4
    2

    PositionTackle, Guard

    Age38

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets

    Willie Colon (born April 9, 1983) is a former American football offensive guard. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was part of the Steelers'  ...more
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