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The Best NFL Players From Texas  

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Texas! NFL players from Texas are some of the best ever to play the game of football as proven by the fact that no state has more representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than Texas.

Stars include some of the best football players of all time like Michael Strahan and Y.A. Tittle, as well as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Drew Brees.

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

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Austin, Texas, United States of America
Drew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career at ...more
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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Rosebud, Texas, United States of America
LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He played the majority of ...more
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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Elgin, Texas, United States of America
Charles Edward Greene, known as "Mean Joe" Greene, is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. ...more
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Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Tyler, Texas, United States of America
Earl Christian Campbell, nicknamed The Tyler Rose, is a former professional American football running back. He, Paul Hornung, and O. J. Simpson are the only Heisman Trophy winners to have also ...more
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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Dallas, Texas, United States of America
Jared Scot Allen is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for Idaho State University and was drafted by the Kansas ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more
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Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Sealy, Texas, United States of America
Eric Demetric Dickerson is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. ...more
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Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
Michael "Mike" Singletary is an American football coach and former professional football player. After playing college football for the Baylor Bears, Singletary was drafted by the ...more
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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Mumford, Texas
John Anthony Randle is a former American football defensive tackle that played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. On February 6, 2010 he was ...more
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Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Orange, Texas
Earl Thomas III is an American football safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Texas and received consensus ...more
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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Pampa, Texas
Zachary Michael Thomas is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for ...more
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Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
Thurman Lee Thomas is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back who spent most of his National Football League career with the Buffalo Bills. Thomas was ...more
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Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Dallas, Texas
Timothy Donell "Tim" Brown is a NFL Hall of Fame former American football wide receiver. He played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first ...more
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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
Darrell Ray Green is a former American football Defensive Back in the National Football League who played for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. He is widely considered to be one of the ...more
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Dez Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Desmond Demond Bryant (born November 4, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Oklahoma State, where he earned All-American ...more
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Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Austin, Texas
Richard "Dick" Lane nicknamed "Night Train", was an American football player, best known as a defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions. ...more
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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Olney, Texas
Bob Lilly was the spouse of Peggy De Castro.
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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Orange, Texas, USA
Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was an American professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport. He first came into prominence at Michigan State ...more
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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Thomas Henry Nobis, Jr. is a former American football player. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School where he was an all-state offensive end and middle linebacker. He played college football ...more
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Don Meredith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Mount Vernon, Texas, United States of America
Joseph Don "Dandy Don" Meredith was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys ...more
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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Santa Anna, Texas, United States of America
Robert Lawrence "Bobby" Layne, Sr. was an American football quarterback who played for 15 seasons in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears in 1948, the New York ...more
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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Melvin Lacy "Mel" Renfro is a former American football cornerback who spent his entire 14-year career in the in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys.
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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Marshall, Texas, United States of America
Yelberton Abraham Tittle, better known as Y. A. Tittle, is a former football quarterback in the National Football League and All-America Football Conference who played for the Baltimore Colts, ...more
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Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Dallas, Texas
Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. was an American football player. He played college football as a halfback at Southern Methodist University, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker then played ...more
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Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
Lance Dwight Alworth is a former American football wide receiver. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He retired as a player after the 1972