Football The Best NFL Players From Tennessee  

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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.

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more
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Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Alcoa, Tennessee, United States of America
Lynn Curtis Swann is an American former professional football player, sportscaster, and current politician. In 2006, he was the Republican nominee to run against the incumbent Ed Rendell for ...more
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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Bruceton, Tennessee, United States of America
Patrick L. Willis is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the 49ers in ...more
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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America
Christopher Jason Witten is a color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football and former American football tight end who played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League ...more
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Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Raymond Clay Childress, Jr. is a former American football defensive lineman in the NFL for the Houston Oilers from 1985–1996, earning Pro Bowl honors five times. He shares the NFL record for ...more
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Al Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee
Aldra Kauwa Wilson is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for eight seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee, United States of America
Ed Lee "Too Tall" Jones is a retired American football player who played 15 seasons in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. In 1979, he attempted a career in
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Randall Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Randall Ladonald Cobb II is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. ...more
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Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Golden H. Tate III is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of ...more
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Michael Oher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Michael Oher played as an American Football offensive lineman for the Ole Miss Rebels.
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Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Qualin Dont'a Hightower is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized ...more
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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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Jerome Woods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Jerome Harlan Woods is a retired American football safety who played his entire ten-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. With Kansas City, he produced 720 ...more
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Shelton Quarles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Shelton Eugene Quarles is a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he played for in his ten-year career from 1997 to 2006. He formally served as the Director of Pro Scouting ...more
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David Brandon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
David Brandon Memphis, Tennessee
David Sherrod Brandon is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for 11 seasons for four different teams in the National Football League. His son Xzavian Brandon was ...more
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Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Claude B. Humphrey is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
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John Gordy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
John Gordy was an American Football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions in an eleven-year career that lasted from 1957 to 1967 in the National Football League. Gordy played college ...more
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Tim Irwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Timothy Edward Irwin 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 Minnesota Vikings. In 1990, ...more
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Britton Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Britton Colquitt is an American football punter for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, having been signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in December 2009. He played ...more
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Mike Stratton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Vonore, Tennessee
David Michael Stratton is an American former football player who was a linebacker in the American Football League and National Football League for twelve seasons. He played professionally for ...more
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Jim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Shelbyville, Tennessee
James Robert "Jim" Mitchell was a professional American football player. A 6'2", 234 lbs. tight end from Prairie View A&M University, Mitchell played 11 seasons from 1969-1979 ...more
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Coty Sensabaugh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Coty Sensabaugh Kingsport, Tennessee
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
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Mike Harden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Mike Harden Memphis, Tennessee
Michael Harden is a former American football player. He played college football as a defensive back for the University of Michigan from 1977 to 1979. He then played professional football in the ...more
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Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Robert Louis Reynolds was an American football offensive tackle. He was a 2nd round selection in the 1963 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Bowling Green State University. Reynolds ...more