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The Best NFL Players From South Carolina 

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Updated August 2, 2019 1k votes 109 voters 2.9k 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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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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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Stephon Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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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DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Central, South Carolina
DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992), nicknamed "Nuk", is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the ...more
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A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
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
St. Matthews, South Carolina
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
Aiken, South Carolina
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
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Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Greenwood, South Carolina
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
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Johnathan Joseph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Johnathan Joseph
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Donnie Shell
Whitmire, South Carolina
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
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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Aiken, South Carolina, United States of America
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
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Roddy White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
James Island, South Carolina
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
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John Abraham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Timmonsville, South Carolina
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) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Vance, South Carolina
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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Art Shell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
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
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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Gadsden, South Carolina
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) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Stephen Davis
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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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Levon Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Lamar, South Carolina
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
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Carlos Dunlap is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Carlos Dunlap
North Charleston, South Carolina
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) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina, United States of America
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
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Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Troy Brown
Barnwell, South Carolina
Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the ...more
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Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Greenwood, South Carolina
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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Sheldon Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Sheldon Brown
Lancaster, South Carolina
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 Brooks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Robert Brooks
Greenwood, South Carolina
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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Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Clyde Simmons
Lane, South Carolina
Clyde Simmons Jr. (born August 4, 1964) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1986–1993), Arizona Cardinals ...more
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Peter Boulware is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From South Carolina
Peter Boulware
Columbia, South Carolina
Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college ...more