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The Best NFL Players From North Carolina  

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List Rules Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in North Carolina

Here's a list of the best NFL players from North Carolina! Whether they're from Charlotte, Raleigh, or even Greensboro, football players from North Carolina have left their stamp on the NFL. Even some of the players from the Tar Heel state who aren't in the Hall of Fame yet have proven to be some of the best football players of all time.

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

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Wilson, North Carolina
Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football at North Carolina, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and ...more
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Jimmy Graham (born November 24, 1986) is an American football tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played only one year of college football at the ...more
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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Gibsonville, North Carolina
Torry Jabar Holt is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven ...more
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Bruce Matthews is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Bruce Rankin Matthews is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard and center in the National Football League for nineteen seasons during the 1980s, ...more
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Bob Matheson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Boone, North Carolina
Robert Matheson was a linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League. He played in two Super Bowls for the Miami Dolphins. A standout linebacker at Duke, he was drafted ...more
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Buddy Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
George Jessel "Buddy" Curry is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for eight seasons from 1980 to 1987. He ...more
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Doug Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Douglas Wilkerson is a former American football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He also played in 1987 for the ...more
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Louis Breeden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Hamlet, North Carolina
Louis Breeden is a former professional American Football player who played defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League.
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Ethan Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Ethan Shane Horton is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League. He played one season for the Kansas City Chiefs, and seven seasons as a tight end for the ...more
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Fred McNeill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Frederick Arnold McNeill was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for 12 seasons from 1974-1985. McNeill was selected out of UCLA by the Vikings in the first ...more
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Joe Bostic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Joe Earl Bostic, Jr. is a former American football offensive lineman, primarily guard, who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the older brother ...more
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Haywood Jeffires is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Haywood Franklin Jeffires is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round of the 1987 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. A ...more
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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America
Dwight Edward Clark is a former American football wide receiver and executive. He played for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League from 1979 to 1987. With the 49ers, Clark ...more
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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Fayettevill, North Carolina
Cortland Temujin Finnegan is a former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League. He played college football for Samford University, and was drafted by the Tennessee ...more
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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Richlands, North Carolina
Mario Jerrel Williams is an American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He played college football for North Carolina State University. Williams was ...more
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Tarik Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Bunn, North Carolina
Tarik Cohen (born July 26, 1995) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Cohen played the same position for North Carolina Agricultural ...more
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Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Christian Adolph Jurgensen III, known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. He ...more
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Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Christian G. Hanburger, Jr. is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League who played his entire fourteen-year career with the Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1978. He ...more
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Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Dwight Eugene Stephenson is a former American football player and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 1998. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 until 1987, when his left ...more
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Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Shelby, North Carolina, USA
Bobby Lee Bell, Sr is a former professional American football linebacker/defensive end. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and was a member of ...more
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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Cherryville, North Carolina
John David "Jack" Tatum was an American football safety who played ten seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National Football League. He was ...more
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Robert Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Edenton, North Carolina
Robert Lee Brown is a former American football defensive end who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1982 to 1992, in the National Football League.
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Garry Cobb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Garry Cobb Carthage, North Carolina
Garry Wilbert Cobb is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and current radio personality on WIP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the Republican nominee for ...more
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Sam Gash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Samuel Lee Gash Jr. is a former American football fullback. He is the current running backs coach for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
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Jaire Alexander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Jaire Zakar Alexander is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville, and was drafted by the Packers ...more