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The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania 

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Updated January 3, 2020 2.3k votes 244 voters 6.2k views 86 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Pennsylvania. When people talk football states, they always mention states like Ohio or Texas, but it’s the Keystone State that may have produced the greatest NFL players of all time

This list of NFL players from Pennsylvania shows you that the states greatest resource isn’t coal, it’s quarterbacks, including some of the best QBs in NFL history like Joe Montana and Dan Marino. 

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

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football ...more
2
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football quarterback who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
3
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Age: Died at 69 (1933-2002)

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

John Constantine Unitas (; May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The Golden Arm", was an American football player in the National Football League ...more
4
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania

Age: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He ...more
5
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

Age: 55

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career ...more
6
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Running back from Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 61

Teams: Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Dallas Cowboys

Anthony Drew "Tony" Dorsett (born April 7, 1954) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and ...more
7
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 75

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

Joseph William Namath (; born May 31, 1943), nicknamed Broadway Joe, is an American former football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide under coach ...more
8
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Linebacker from Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Age: 70

Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions football

Jack Raphael Ham Jr. (born December 23, 1948) is a former American football outside linebacker who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1971 to 1982. He ...more
9
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Tight end from Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 76

Teams: Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

Michael Keller Ditka (born Michael Dyczko; October 18, 1939) is an American former football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football (1986) and Pro ...more
10
Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Cornerback from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Panthers football, New York Jets

Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985) is a former American football cornerback who spent the majority of his career with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more
11
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania

Age: 43

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football

Marvin Darnell Harrison (born August 25, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Syracuse University, and was ...more
12
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Wide receiver from Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 76

Teams: Oakland Raiders

Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and coach. He was a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more
13
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Linebacker and Center from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 93

Teams: University of Pennsylvania football

Charles Philip Bednarik (May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015), nicknamed Concrete Charlie, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of ...more
14
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Running back from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 45

Teams: New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Panthers football, New York Jets

Curtis James Martin Jr. (born May 1, 1973) is a former American football running back who spent the majority of his career with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Martin ...more
15
Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Running back from Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: Died at 88 (1903-1991)

Harold Edward "Red" Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost", was an American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago ...more
16
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Linebacker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Teams: Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins

Jason Paul Taylor (born September 1, 1974) is a former American football defensive end and outside linebacker who spent the majority of his career with the Miami Dolphins of the National ...more
17
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Wide receiver from Allentown, Pennsylvania

Age: 51

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos

Andre Darnell Reed (born January 29, 1964) is a former professional American football player. He played wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, 15 with the Buffalo ...more
18
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
danvanderlee added Running back from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Age: 27

Teams: Buffalo Bills

LeSean Kamel "Shady" McCoy (born July 12, 1988) is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia ...more
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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback from Exton, Pennsylvania

Age: 33

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Matthew Thomas Ryan (born May 17, 1985) is an American football quarterback and team captain for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for ...more
20
Brandon Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Wide receiver from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 31

Teams: Denver Broncos, UCF Knights football, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins

Brandon Tyrone Marshall (born March 23, 1984) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at UCF, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the ...more
21
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Age: 66

Teams: Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas ...more
22
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Quarterback and Placekicker from Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more
23
Ed McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Wide receiver from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

Edward Thomas McCaffrey (born August 17, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. McCaffrey ...more
24
Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Guard from Scottdale, Pennsylvania

Age: 56

Russell Scott "Russ" Grimm (born May 2, 1959) is a former American football guard for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He has also served as an assistant ...more
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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
danvanderlee added Cornerback and Safety from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Teams: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs

Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the ...more