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The Best NFL Players From South Carolina

Updated August 2, 2019 2.4k votes 198 voters 5.1k views50 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1

    DeAndre Hopkins

    Central, South Carolina
    124
    39

    PositionWide receiver

    Age29

    TeamsArizona 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 the...  more
  • 2

    Stephon Gilmore

    Rock Hill, South Carolina
    105
    26

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    Age31

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL)....  more
  • 3

    A. J. Green

    Summerville, South Carolina
    86
    23

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green (born July 31, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University...  more
  • 4

    Jadeveon Clowney

    Rock Hill, South Carolina
    108
    43

    PositionDefensive end

    Age28

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    Jadeveon Davarus Clowney ( jə-DEV-ee-on; born February 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from South Pointe...  more
  • 5

    Alshon Jeffery

    St. Matthews, South Carolina
    83
    33

    PositionWide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsPhiladelphia 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 Carolina,...  more
  • 6

    Josh Norman

    Greenwood, South Carolina
    69
    26

    PositionCornerback

    Age33

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Josh Norman is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football at Coastal Carolina. He was selected by the Panthers in the...  more
  • 7

    Demarcus Lawrence

    Aiken, South Carolina
    60
    20

    Age29

    TeamsBoise 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
  • 8

    Roddy White

    James Island, South Carolina
    56
    17

    PositionWide receiver

    Age39

    TeamsAtlanta 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 football at UAB,...  more
  • 9

    Johnathan Joseph

    Rock Hill, South Carolina
    54
    17

    PositionCornerback

    Age37

    TeamsCincinnati 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
  • 10

    William Perry

    Aiken, South Carolina
    60
    24

    PositionDefensive tackle, Fullback

    Age58

    TeamsChicago 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 1980s...  more
  • 11

    Art Shell

    Charleston, South Carolina
    37
    13

    PositionTackle

    Age74

    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 Fame...  more
  • 12

    Richard Seymour

    Gadsden, South Carolina
    35
    12

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age41

    TeamsOakland 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
  • 13

    Stephen Davis

    Spartanburg, South Carolina
    30
    14

    PositionRunning back

    Age47

    TeamsWashington 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). ...  more
  • 14

    John Abraham

    Timmonsville, South Carolina
    35
    20

    PositionOutside Linebacker

    Age43

    TeamsArizona 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 at...  more
  • 15

    Carlos Dunlap

    North Charleston, South Carolina
    29
    14

    PositionDefensive end

    Age32

    TeamsFlorida 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
  • 16

    Mike Williams

    Vance, South Carolina
    34
    20

    PositionWide receiver

    TeamsLos 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 was...  more
  • 17

    Levon Kirkland

    Lamar, South Carolina
    26
    13

    PositionLinebacker

    Age52

    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
  • 18

    Donnie Shell

    Whitmire, South Carolina
    31
    23

    PositionSafety

    Age69

    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 Steelers...  more
  • 19

    Sheldon Brown

    Lancaster, South Carolina
    22
    13

    PositionDefensive back

    Age42

    TeamsCleveland 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 NFL...  more
  • 20

    Harry Carson

    Florence, South Carolina
    27
    20

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    Age67

    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 (NFL)....  more
  • 21

    Robert Quinn

    Ladson, South Carolina
    24
    18

    PositionDefensive end

    Age31

    TeamsNorth 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 by...  more
  • 22

    Robert Brooks

    Greenwood, South Carolina
    20
    12

    PositionWide receiver

    Age51

    TeamsDenver 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 Broncos....  more
  • 23

    Troy Brown

    Barnwell, South Carolina
    21
    16

    PositionCornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

    Age50

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Marshall Thundering Herd football

    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
  • 24

    Ben Coates

    Greenwood, South Carolina
    16
    10

    PositionTight end

    Age52

    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....  more
  • 25

    Bobby Engram

    Camden, South Carolina
    15
    10

    PositionWide receiver

    Age48

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

    Simon J. "Bobby" Engram III (born January 7, 1973) is a retired American football wide receiver and current tight ends coach for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was...  more
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