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The Best NFL Players From Tennessee

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    60
    6

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    AgeDec. at 43 (1961-2004)

    TeamsGreen 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 the  ...more
  • 2
    Elizabethton, Tennessee
    38
    14

    PositionTight end

    Age39

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders

    Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is a retired American football tight end. He played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and 1 season for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football  ...more
  • 3
    Bruceton, Tennessee
    32
    12

    PositionLinebacker

    Age36

    TeamsSan 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 was  ...more
  • 4
    Maryville, Tennessee
    31
    14

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Randall Ladonald Cobb II (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of  ...more
  • 5
    Jackson, Tennessee
    23
    8

    Age70

    TeamsTennessee 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 League (NFL)  ...more
  • 6
    Memphis, Tennessee
    20
    7

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

    Age35

    TeamsOle 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 Mississippi, and  ...more
  • 7

    Harrison Smith

    Knoxville, Tennessee
    20
    7

    PositionSafety

    Age32

    TeamsMinnesota 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
  • 8
    Alcoa, Tennessee
    20
    8

    PositionWide receiver

    Age69

    TeamsPittsburgh 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 and  ...more
  • 9
    Hendersonville, Tennessee
    21
    13

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsSeattle 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 he  ...more
  • 10

    Dont'a Hightower

    Lewisburg, Tennessee
    16
    9

    PositionLinebacker

    Age31

    TeamsNew 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
  • 11
    Memphis, Tennessee
    14
    9

    PositionNose tackle

    Age31

    TeamsKansas 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
  • 12
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    12
    9

    PositionPunter

    Age36

    TeamsDenver 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 an  ...more
  • 13
    Jackson, Tennessee
    15
    13

    PositionLinebacker

    Age44

    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 college  ...more
  • 14
    Memphis, Tennessee
    12
    10

    PositionDefensive end

    Age77

    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 into  ...more
  • 15
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    9
    7

    PositionPunter

    Age39

    TeamsKansas 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
  • 16
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    5
    3

    Age58

    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 1985,  ...more
  • 17
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    9
    10

    PositionSafety, Linebacker, Defensive back

    Age60

    TeamsDallas 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 Dallas  ...more
  • 18

    Tim Dobbins

    Nashville, Tennessee
    7
    8

    PositionLinebacker

    Age38

    TeamsHouston 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 Draft.  ...more
  • 19
    Humboldt, Tennessee
    8
    10

    PositionDefensive end

    Age91

    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 League  ...more
  • 20
    Memphis, Tennessee
    8
    10

    PositionSafety

    Age48

    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 Kansas  ...more
  • 21
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    4
    4

    PositionPunter

    Age67

    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) and  ...more
  • 22
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    7
    9

    PositionTackle

    Age62

    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
  • 23

    Coty Sensabaugh

    Kingsport, Tennessee
    5
    7

    PositionCornerback

    Age33

    TeamsTennessee 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 High  ...more
  • 24
    Martin, Tennessee
    7
    10

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman

    Age45

    TeamsGreen 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 University  ...more
  • 25

    Chad Pennington

    Knoxville, Tennessee
    5
    7

    PositionQuarterback

    Age45

    TeamsNew 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 Marshall  ...more
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