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The Best NFL Players From Ohio 

Ranker NFL
Updated July 22, 2020 2.9k votes 270 voters 6.3k views 61 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Ohio! The Buckeye State has produced many Hall of Famers, including some of the best NFL players of all time like Roger Staubach, Larry Csonka, and Charles Woodson.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from Ohio and add any of your favorites missing from the list! Then head over and check out some of the best NFL players from Texas.

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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio

Age: 24

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played all eight seasons of his professional career with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football ...more
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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Cornerback and Return specialist from Sebring, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 39

Teams: Michigan Wolverines football, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

Charles Cameron Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is a former American football player. He played college football for Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a share of the national championship ...more
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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Travis Kelce Tight end from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Age: 26

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Travis Michael Kelce (born October 5, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of ...more
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Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Wide receiver from Troy, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Graduel Christopher Darin Carter (born November 25, 1965) is a former American football player in the National Football League. He was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987–89), the ...more
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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 73

Teams: Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America" and "Captain Comeback", is an American former football quarterback in ...more
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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Quarterback from Lima, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more
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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Running back from Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Age: 23

Teams: New York Jets

Le'Veon Andrew Bell Sr. (/ˈleɪviɒn/ LAY-vee-on; born February 18, 1992) is an American football running back for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Linebacker from Mantua, Ohio

Age: 63

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

John Harold Lambert (born July 8, 1952) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 as ...more
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Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Tackle from Sandusky, Ohio

Age: 43

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Orlando Lamar Pace (born November 4, 1975) is a former professional American football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played ...more
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Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Denzel N. Ward is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He played college football at Ohio State.
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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Outside Linebacker from Akron, Ohio

Age: 40

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

James Henry Harrison Jr. (born May 4, 1978) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football for Kent State University and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an ...more
12
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Kareem AJ Hunt (born August 6, 1995) is an American football running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Toledo and was drafted by ...more
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Jason Kelce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Center from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Age: 28

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Jason Kelce (; born November 5, 1987) is an American football center for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL ...more
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Aqib Talib is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Cornerback from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 29

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Kansas Jayhawks football

Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kansas, ...more
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Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Running back and Fullback from Stow, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 69

Teams: Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, New York Giants

Larry Richard Csonka (; born December 25, 1946) is a former professional American football fullback and was inducted to both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. With ...more
16
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Wide receiver from Warren, Ohio

Age: 76

Paul Dryden Warfield (born November 28, 1942) is an American former professional football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1964 to 1977 for the Cleveland ...more
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Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Quarterback from Youngstown, Ohio

Age: 55

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football, Dallas Cowboys

Bernard Joseph Kosar Jr. (born November 25, 1963) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Kosar played for the Cleveland Browns ...more
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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 73

Teams: Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American football player. He gained national recognition as a defensive tackle in the National Football League ...more
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Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Quarterback from Alliance, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 83

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 ...more
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Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 66

Teams: Michigan Wolverines football, St. Louis Cardinals

Daniel Lee Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is an American sportscaster and former football offensive lineman. A native of Canton, Ohio, Dierdorf played college football for the University of ...more
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Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Tackle and Placekicker from Martins Ferry, Ohio

Age: Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Louis Roy Groza (January 25, 1924 – November 29, 2000), nicknamed "The Toe", was an American football placekicker and offensive tackle who played his entire career for the Cleveland ...more
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Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Linebacker and Tight end from Akron, Ohio

Age: 40

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Nick Mangold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Nick Mangold Center from Centerville, Ohio

Age: 35

Teams: New York Jets, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Nicholas Allan Mangold (born January 13, 1984) is a former American football center. He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2006 ...more
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Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Dick LeBeau

Age: 81

Teams: Detroit Lions, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Charles Richard "Dick" LeBeau ( lə-BOH; born September 9, 1937) is a former American football coach and cornerback who was last an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for ...more
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Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Ohio
Terry Glenn Wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio

Age: 41

Terry Tyree Glenn (July 23, 1974 – November 20, 2017) was an American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots, Green Bay ...more