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The Best NFL Players From South Carolina 

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Updated August 2, 2019 1.3k votes 144 voters 3.6k views 50 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from South Carolina. The Palmetto state is home to many of the biggest names and personalities in the league’s history, not to mention some of the biggest players in terms of size (William “Refrigerator” Perry). This list of NFL players from South Carolina is as colorful as it is dominant. 

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from South Carolina and add any of your favorites missing from the list.

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DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Wide receiver from Central, South Carolina

Age: 23

Teams: Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the first round of ...more
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Stephon Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Cornerback and Defensive back from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Age: 25

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive end from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Age: 22

Teams: South Carolina Gamecocks football

Jadeveon Davarus Clowney ( jə-DEV-ee-on; born February 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from South ...more
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A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Wide receiver from Summerville, South Carolina

Age: 30

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green (born July 31, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at ...more
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Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Wide receiver from St. Matthews, South Carolina

Age: 25

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Alshon Jemell Jeffery (born February 14, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South ...more
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Demarcus Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina

Age: 23

Teams: Boise State Broncos football

DeMarcus Lawrence is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played ...more
7
Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Cornerback from Greenwood, South Carolina

Age: 28

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Josh Norman is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football at Coastal Carolina. He was selected by the Panthers in the ...more
8
Johnathan Joseph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Johnathan Joseph Cornerback from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Age: 31

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, South Carolina Gamecocks football

Johnathan Lee Joseph (born April 16, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina, and was ...more
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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive tackle and Fullback from Aiken, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs, Clemson Tigers football

William Anthony Perry (born December 16, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the ...more
10
Roddy White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Wide receiver from James Island, South Carolina

Age: 34

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, UAB Blazers football

Sharod Lamor "Roddy" White (born November 2, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played his entire professional career with the Atlanta Falcons. He played college ...more
11
Art Shell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Tackle from Charleston, South Carolina

Age: 72

Arthur Lee Shell Jr. (born November 26, 1946) is an American former professional football player in the American Football League (AFL) and later in the National Football League (NFL), a Hall of ...more
12
Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Donnie Shell Safety from Whitmire, South Carolina

Age: 63

Donnie Shell (born August 26, 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. Shell was a member of the ...more
13
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive tackle from Gadsden, South Carolina

Age: 36

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more
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Stephen Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Stephen Davis Running back from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Age: 41

Teams: Washington Redskins, Auburn Tigers football, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers

Stephen Lamont Davis (born March 1, 1974) is a former American football running back who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
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John Abraham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Outside Linebacker from Timmonsville, South Carolina

Age: 37

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

John Antonio Abraham (born May 6, 1978) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more
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Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

Michael K. Williams (born October 4, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson, and ...more
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Carlos Dunlap is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Carlos Dunlap Defensive end from North Charleston, South Carolina

Age: 26

Teams: Florida Gators football, Cincinnati Bengals

Carlos Dunlap (born February 28, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more
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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive end and Linebacker from Florence, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 65

Harry Donald Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the New York Giants of the National Football League ...more
19
Levon Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Linebacker from Lamar, South Carolina

Age: 46

Lorenzo Levon Kirkland (born February 17, 1969) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and current outside linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. A ...more
20
Sheldon Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Sheldon Brown Defensive back from Lancaster, South Carolina

Age: 36

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

Sheldon Dion Brown (born March 19, 1979) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2002 ...more
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Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive end from Ladson, South Carolina

Age: 28

Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

Robert Quinn (born May 18, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina, and was drafted ...more
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Robert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Robert Brooks Wide receiver from Greenwood, South Carolina

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers

Robert Darren Brooks (born June 23, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who attended University of South Carolina and played for the Green Bay Packers (1992–1998) and the Denver
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Bashaud Breeland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina

Age: 23

Teams: Washington Redskins, Clemson Tigers football

Bashaud Breeland is an American Football defensive back for the Clemson Tigers.
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Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Tight end from Greenwood, South Carolina

Age: 46

Ben Terrence Coates (born August 16, 1969) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach.
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Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Defensive end from Aiken, South Carolina

Age: 53

Michael Dean Perry (born August 27, 1965) is a former American football defensive lineman and the younger brother of William Perry. His parents are Mrs. Inez S. Perry [deceased] and Hollie ...more