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The Best NFL Players From Texas 

Ranker NFL
Updated February 11, 2020 2.4k votes 239 voters 6.8k views 69 items

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
Quarterback from Austin

Age: 36

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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 ...more
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Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Running back from Tyler

Age: 60

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Texas Longhorns football

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans ...more
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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Running back from Rosebud

Age: 36

Teams: TCU Horned Frogs football, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is a former professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He is widely ...more
4
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas

Age: 69

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

Charles Edward Greene (born September 5, 1946), better known as "Mean" Joe Greene, is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more
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Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Running back from Sealy

Age: 55

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, SMU Mustangs football, Atlanta Falcons

Eric Demetric Dickerson (born September 2, 1960) is an American former football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Dickerson played college ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Defensive end from Houston

Age: 44

Teams: Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League ...more
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Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Cornerback from Austin

Age: Died at 75 (1927-2002)

Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick "Night Train" Lane, was an American football player. A native of Austin, Texas, he played professional football ...more
8
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas

Age: 57

Teams: Baylor Bears football, Chicago Bears

Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958) is an American football coach and former professional football player. After playing college football for Baylor University, Singletary was drafted by ...more
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Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Safety and Free Safety from Orange

Age: 29

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Earl Winty Thomas III (born May 7, 1989) is an American football free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round ...more
10
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Mumford

Age: 48

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
wmcraignc2 added Running back from Palestine

Age: 30

Teams: Washington Redskins

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was ...more
12
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Running back from Houston

Age: 49

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Thurman Lee Thomas (born May 16, 1966) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Thomas was ...more
13
Dez Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Lufkin

Age: 30

Teams: Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Dallas Cowboys

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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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Cornerback from Houston

Age: 55

Teams: Washington Redskins

Darrell Ray Green (born February 15, 1960) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. He is widely ...more
15
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas

Age: 49

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders

Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a former American football wide receiver who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Notre Dame, ...more
16
Gene Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Guard from Robstown

Age: Died at 63 (1945-2008)

Teams: Oakland Raiders

Eugene Josiah Upshaw Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008), also known as "Uptown Gene" and “Highway 63”, was an American football player for the Oakland Raiders of the American ...more
17
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Defensive end from Dallas

Age: 33

Teams: Idaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

Jared Scot Allen (born April 3, 1982) is a professional curler, and former professional American football defensive end. After playing college football for Idaho State University, he was drafted ...more
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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Linebacker from Pampa

Age: 42

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys

Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen ...more
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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Guard and Linebacker from San Antonio

Age: 72

Teams: Texas Longhorns football

Thomas Henry Nobis Jr. (September 20, 1943 – December 13, 2017) was an American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. ...more
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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Defensive tackle from Olney

Age: 76

Teams: TCU Horned Frogs football, Dallas Cowboys

Robert Lewis Lilly (born July 26, 1939), nicknamed "Mr. Cowboy", is a former American football defensive tackle and photographer. After a college career at Texas Christian University ...more
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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
wmcraignc2 added Outside Linebacker and Defensive end from Dallas

Age: 26

Teams: Texas A&M Aggies football, Denver Broncos

Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas ...more
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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Quarterback from Marshall

Age: 89

Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017) was a professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, ...more
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Ken Houston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Safety from Lufkin

Age: 71

Kenneth Ray Houston (born November 12, 1944) is a former American football safety in the American Football League and National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ...more
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Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Punter and Quarterback from Temple

Age: Died at 94 (1914-2008)

Teams: TCU Horned Frogs football, Washington Redskins, Columbus Red Birds

Samuel Adrian Baugh (March 17, 1914 – December 17, 2008) was an American football player and coach. During his college and professional careers, he most notably played quarterback, but also ...more
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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Cornerback and Safety from Houston

Age: 74

Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback who spent his entire 14-year career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Dallas Cowboys. ...more