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The Best NFL Players From Tennessee

Updated August 2, 2019 877 votes 79 voters 2.2k views48 items

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!

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    Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Reggie White

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    AgeDied 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... more on Wikipedia
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    Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Jason Witten

    Elizabethton, Tennessee

    PositionTight end

    Age38

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Dallas... more on Wikipedia
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    Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Patrick Willis

    Bruceton, Tennessee

    PositionLinebacker

    Age35

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Patrick L. Willis (born January 25, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who played... more on Wikipedia
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    Randall Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Randall Cobb

    Maryville, Tennessee

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

    Age30

    TeamsKentucky Wildcats football, Green Bay Packers

    Randall Ladonald Cobb II (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Ed Jones

    Jackson, Tennessee

    Age69

    TeamsTennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

    Ed Lee Jones (born October 21, 1950), commonly known as Ed "Too Tall" Jones, is a retired... more on Wikipedia
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    Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Golden Tate

    Hendersonville, Tennessee

    PositionWide receiver

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

    Golden Herman Tate III (born August 2, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the New... more on Wikipedia
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    Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Harrison Smith

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionSafety

    Age31

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Harrison Smith is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Dont'a Hightower

    Lewisburg, Tennessee

    PositionLinebacker

    Age30

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
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    Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Lynn Swann

    Alcoa, Tennessee

    PositionWide receiver

    Age68

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

    Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster,... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Oher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Michael Oher

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

    Age34

    TeamsOle Miss Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens

    Michael Jerome Oher (; né Williams Jr.; born May 28, 1986) is an American football offensive... more on Wikipedia
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    Al Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Al Wilson

    Jackson, Tennessee

    PositionLinebacker

    Age43

    Aldra Kauwa Wilson (born June 21, 1977) is a former American college and professional football... more on Wikipedia
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    Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Dontari Poe

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionNose tackle

    Age30

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

    Dontari D. Poe is an American football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Ray Childress

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle, Defensive lineman

    Age57

    Raymond Clay Childress, Jr. (born October 20, 1962) is a former American football defensive... more on Wikipedia
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    Dustin Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Dustin Colquitt

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionPunter

    Age38

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

    Dustin Farr Colquitt (born May 6, 1982) is an American football punter for the Kansas City... more on Wikipedia
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    Britton Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Britton Colquitt

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionPunter

    Age35

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Britton Douglas Colquitt (born March 20, 1985) was an American football punter for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Bill Bates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Bill Bates

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionSafety, Linebacker, Defensive back

    Age59

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    William Frederick "Bill" Bates (born June 6, 1961) is a former American football safety who... more on Wikipedia
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    Jimmy Colquitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Jimmy Colquitt

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Age57

    James Michael Colquitt (born January 17, 1963) is a former American football punter of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jerome Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Jerome Woods

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionSafety

    Age47

    Jerome Harlan Woods (born March 17, 1973) is a retired American football safety who played his... more on Wikipedia
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    Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Doug Atkins

    Humboldt, Tennessee

    PositionDefensive end

    Age85

    Douglas Leon Atkins (May 8, 1930 – December 30, 2015) was an American football defensive end... more on Wikipedia
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    John Gordy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    John Gordy

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionGuard

    AgeDied at 74 (1935-2009)

    John Gordy (July 17, 1935 – January 30, 2009) was an American football offensive guard who... more on Wikipedia
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    Shelton Quarles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Shelton Quarles

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionLinebacker

    Age49

    Shelton Eugene Quarles (born September 11, 1971) is a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay... more on Wikipedia
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    Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Claude Humphrey

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionDefensive end

    Age76

    Claude B. Humphrey (born June 29, 1944) is a former American football defensive end in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Cofer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Mike Cofer

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionLinebacker

    Age60

    Michael Lynn Cofer (April 7, 1960 – March 21, 2019) was an American football linebacker in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Coty Sensabaugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Coty Sensabaugh

    Kingsport, Tennessee

    PositionCornerback

    Age31

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Coty Sensabaugh is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Tim Irwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Tennessee
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    Tim Irwin

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    PositionTackle

    Age61

    Timothy Edward Irwin (born December 13, 1958) was an offensive tackle for the Tennessee... more on Wikipedia
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