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The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania  

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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
New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired professional American football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers ...more
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Bill Maas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
William Thomas Maas is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Green Bay Packers. Maas was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. In 1984 ...more
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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Anthony "Tony" Drew Dorsett is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. After graduating from Hopewell High ...more
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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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
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Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Daniel Constantine "Dan" Marino, Jr. is an American former football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. The last quarterback of the ...more
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Bill Fralic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
William P. "Bill" Fralic, Jr. is a former professional football player, an offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions of the National Football League from 1985 to 1993. ...more
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Sean Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Sean Gilbert is a former professional American football defensive tackle who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the third overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Scottdale, Pennsylvania
Russell Scott Grimm is a former American football guard for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. As a collegian, he was an All-American center at the University of ...more
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Babe Parilli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Rochester, Pennsylvania
Vito "Babe" Parilli is a former American football player.
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Rich Saul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Butler, Pennsylvania
Richard Robert "Rich" Saul was an American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League from 1970 through 1981, all with the Los Angeles Rams. He played ...more
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Fred Cox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Frederick William Cox is a former National Football League kicker who played for the Minnesota Vikings throughout his career.
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Doug Buffone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Douglas John Buffone is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Buffone, the son of a coal miner, attended high school at Shannock Valley High School in Rural ...more
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Jim Covert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Conway, Pennsylvania
James Paul "Jimbo" Covert is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League for eight seasons during the 1980s ...more
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Larry Walton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Larry Walton Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Larry James Walton is a retired American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Arizona State University.
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Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Jack Raphael Ham, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1971 to 1982. He is considered one of the greatest ...more
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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Joseph William "Joe" Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe" or "Joe Willie", is a former American football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the ...more
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Bob Kowalkowski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Robert Kowalkowski was an American Football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in a twelve-year career that lasted from 1966 to 1977 in the National ...more
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Jim Katcavage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
James Richard Katcavage was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League who played thirteen seasons for the New York Giants. From 1952 until 1956, Katcavage played ...more
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Jack Butler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Bradshaw "Jack" Butler was an American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. In 2012, he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of
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Herb Adderley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Herbert Allen Adderley is a former American football cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at ...more
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Bob Tucker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Robert Louis "Bob" Tucker is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. A 6'3", 230 lbs. tight end from Bloomsburg University, Tucker played ...more
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Lincoln Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
York, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Tamerlane Lincoln Kennedy, Jr. is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He played college ...more
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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Todd Jay Christensen was an American football player who played in the National Football League from 1978 until 1988, spending most of that time playing tight end for the Oakland and Los Angeles ...more
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Bill George is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
William J. George was a professional football player, playing linebacker, for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. George was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles south of ...more
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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Joseph Edward Klecko is a former American football player, of Polish descent, as a defensive lineman best remembered for his days as a member of the New York Jets' famed "New York Sack