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The Best NFL Players From Texas 

Ranker NFL
Updated February 11, 2020 2k votes 211 voters 6.2k 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
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 ...more
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Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Tyler, Texas, United States of America
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
Texas, Rosebud, USA
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
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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Elgin, Texas, United States of America
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
Sealy, Texas, United States of America
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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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
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Palestine, Texas, United States of America
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
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas, United States of America
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) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Austin, Texas
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
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Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
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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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
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
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Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Orange, Texas
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
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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Mumford, Texas
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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Gene Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Robstown, Texas, USA
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
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Dez Bryant is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
San Antonio, Texas
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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Ken Houston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Lufkin, Texas
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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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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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Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Houston, Texas
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
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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Dallas, Texas, United States of America
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) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Pampa, Texas
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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Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Dallas, Texas
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
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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Marshall, Texas, United States of America
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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Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Temple, Texas, United States of America
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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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Olney, Texas
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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Don Maynard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Texas
Crosbyton, Texas, United States of America
Donald Rogers Maynard (born January 25, 1935) is a former American football player who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Giants and St. Louis ...more