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The Best NFL Players From Tennessee 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 633 votes 74 voters 2k views 48 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Tennessee! Some of the best players in NFL history have come from Tennessee, including Reggie White, one of the NFL's best defensive ends of all time. Lynn Swann, Jason Witten, and Golden Tate also all hail from the Volunteer State.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from Tennessee and add any of your favorites missing from the list!

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: Died at 43 (1961-2004)

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers football, Memphis Showboats

Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during ...more
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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Tight end from Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and sports broadcaster. He played college football for ...more
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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Linebacker from Bruceton, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 34

Teams: San Francisco 49ers

Patrick L. Willis (born January 25, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Randall Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Running back and Return specialist from Maryville, Tennessee

Age: 28

Teams: Kentucky Wildcats football, Green Bay Packers

Randall Ladonald Cobb II (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University ...more
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Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Wide receiver from Hendersonville, Tennessee

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

Golden Herman Tate III (born August 2, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame, where ...more
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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee

Age: 68

Teams: Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

Ed Lee Jones (born October 21, 1950), commonly known as Ed "Too Tall" Jones, is a retired American football player who played 15 seasons (1974–1978, 1980–1989) in the National Football ...more
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Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Wide receiver from Alcoa, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 66

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster, politician, and athletic director, best known for his association with the University of Southern California ...more
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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker from Lewisburg, Tennessee

Age: 25

Teams: New England Patriots

Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Harrison Smith Safety from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: 26

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Harrison Smith is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round, 29th overall of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Minnesota ...more
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Michael Oher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 29

Teams: Ole Miss Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens

Michael Jerome Oher (; né Williams Jr.; born May 28, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of ...more
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Al Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Linebacker from Jackson, Tennessee

Age: 38

Aldra Kauwa Wilson (born June 21, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played ...more
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Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Nose tackle from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 25

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Dontari D. Poe is an American football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Memphis. Originally projected a ...more
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Dustin Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Punter from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: 33

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Dustin Farr Colquitt (born May 6, 1982) is an American football punter for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football at Tennessee and was selected by the ...more
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Britton Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Punter from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: 30

Teams: Denver Broncos

Britton Douglas Colquitt (born March 20, 1985) was an American football punter for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as ...more
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Bill Bates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Safety and Linebacker from Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

William Frederick "Bill" Bates (born June 6, 1961) is a former American football safety who played for fifteen seasons in the National Football League, all of which were spent with the ...more
16
Jimmy Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee

Age: 52

James Michael Colquitt (born January 17, 1963) is a former American football punter of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in ...more
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Jerome Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Safety from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 45

Jerome Harlan Woods (born March 17, 1973) is a retired American football safety who played his entire ten-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL).With ...more
18
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Defensive end from Tennessee, USA, Humboldt

Age: 88

Douglas Leon Atkins (May 8, 1930 – December 30, 2015) was an American football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints in the National Football ...more
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Coty Sensabaugh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Coty Sensabaugh Cornerback from Kingsport, Tennessee

Age: 27

Teams: Tennessee Titans

Coty Sensabaugh is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He played college football at Clemson University and before attended Dobyns-Bennett ...more
20
Tim Irwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Tackle from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: 57

Timothy Edward Irwin (born December 13, 1958) was an offensive tackle for the Tennessee Volunteers in college and played in the NFL for 14 years. Most of his professional career was with the ...more
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Craig Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Punter from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: 61

Joseph Craig Colquitt (born June 9, 1954) is a former American football punter who spent eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1978–1981, 1983–1984) ...more
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Tim Dobbins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Tim Dobbins Linebacker from Nashville, Tennessee

Age: 33

Teams: Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers

Timothy Lance Dobbins (born December 10, 1982), is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL ...more
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Chad Clifton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Martin, Tennessee

Age: 42

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Jeffrey Chad Clifton (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Chad Pennington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Chad Pennington

Age: 42

Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd football, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins

James Chadwick Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football at ...more
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Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Defensive end from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 74

Claude B. Humphrey (born June 29, 1944) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Humphrey was inducted ...more