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The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania

Updated January 3, 2020 4.7k votes 372 voters 9.4k views86 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1
    New Eagle, Pennsylvania
    188
    40

    PositionQuarterback

    Age65

    TeamsSan 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 League (NFL) for 16...  more
  • 2
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    149
    35

    PositionQuarterback

    Age60

    TeamsMiami 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). After a...  more
  • 3
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    128
    36

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 69 (1933-2002)

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, 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 (NFL). He spent the majority...  more
  • 4
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    135
    41

    Age30

    TeamsLos 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 played...  more
  • 5
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    114
    29

    PositionQuarterback

    Age61

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    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 with...  more
  • 6
    Rochester, Pennsylvania
    110
    29

    PositionRunning back

    Age67

    TeamsDenver 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 Denver...  more
  • 7
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania
    107
    32

    PositionLinebacker

    Age72

    TeamsPenn 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 is...  more
  • 8
    Carnegie, Pennsylvania
    101
    31

    PositionTight end

    Age82

    TeamsChicago Bears, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

    Michael Keller Ditka (born October 18, 1939) is an American former football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football (1986) and Pro Football Hall of Fame...  more
  • 9
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    85
    24

    Age49

    TeamsIndianapolis 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 drafted...  more
  • 10
    Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
    113
    47

    PositionQuarterback

    Age78

    TeamsNew York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

    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 Paul...  more
  • 11
    Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
    83
    31

    PositionCornerback

    Age36

    TeamsTampa 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
  • 12
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    68
    23

    PositionRunning back

    Age48

    TeamsNew 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 began...  more
  • 13
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    72
    26

    PositionLinebacker, Center

    Age96

    TeamsUniversity 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
    Forksville, Pennsylvania
    61
    18

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 87 (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 Bears, and the...  more
  • 15
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    68
    28

    PositionWide receiver

    Age78

    TeamsOakland 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 National...  more
  • 16
    danvanderlee addedHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
    45
    16

    PositionRunning back

    Age33

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    LeSean Kamel "Shady" McCoy (born July 12, 1988) is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in...  more
  • 17
    Youngwood, Pennsylvania
    47
    21

    PositionQuarterback, Placekicker

    AgeDec. 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 National...  more
  • 18
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    48
    22

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker

    Age68

    TeamsMaryland 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 Cowboys...  more
  • 19
    danvanderlee addedAliquippa, Pennsylvania
    35
    11

    PositionCornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    Age47

    TeamsDenver 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 University of...  more
  • 20
    Exton, Pennsylvania
    54
    32

    PositionQuarterback

    Age36

    TeamsAtlanta 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 Boston...  more
  • 21
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    48
    27

    PositionWide receiver

    Age57

    TeamsBuffalo 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 Bills...  more
  • 22
    danvanderlee addedButler, Pennsylvania
    34
    15

    PositionLinebacker

    Age37

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Penn State Nittany Lions football

    Paul Michael Posluszny (born October 10, 1984) is a former American football linebacker who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Penn State...  more
  • 23
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    36
    18

    PositionRunning back, Wide receiver

    Age87

    Leonard Edward Moore (born November 25, 1933) is a former American football halfback. He played college football at Pennsylvania State University and professionally in the National Football League...  more
  • 24
    Scottdale, Pennsylvania
    39
    21

    PositionGuard

    Age62

    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 coach for the...  more
  • 25
    Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
    40
    25

    PositionWide receiver

    Age53

    TeamsStanford 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 played...  more
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