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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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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Keenan Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Keenan Allen Greensboro, North Carolina
Keenan Alexander Allen (born April 27, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Tarik Cohen is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bruce Matthews is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Willie Parker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Clinton, North Carolina
Willie Everette Parker, Jr. is a retired American football running back who played for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. After playing college football for ...more
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Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Leonard Little is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina
Leonard Antonio Little is a former American football defensive end for the St Louis Rams of the National Football League. Little played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was ...more
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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Chris Culliver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
byrdgang4 added Chris Culliver Garner, North Carolina
Chris Culliver is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. ...more
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Bruce Carter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Havelock, North Carolina
Bruce Carter is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Jaire Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Yancey Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Tarboro, North Carolina
Yancey Dirk Thigpen is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the San Diego Chargers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Tennessee Oilers/Titans. Before his NFL ...more
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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Greg Little is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
byrdgang4 added Durham, North Carolina
Gregory Lamar Little is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football and ...more
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Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Robtkm added Kings Mountain, North Carolina
James Kevin Mack is a former professional American football player who played running back.
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Adrian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Adrian Lemar Wilson is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for North Carolina State University. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the ...more
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Alge Crumpler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Algernon Darius "Alge" Crumpler is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League for ten seasons. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second ...more
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Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Carl Eller is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who played from 1964 through 1979. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended the ...more
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Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Sam Gash is listed (or ranked) 25 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.