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The Best NFL Players From Texas

Updated February 11, 2020 6.8k votes 575 voters 14.9k views69 items

List RulesVote 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

    Austin, Texas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age42

    TeamsNew 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 at...  more
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    Patrick Mahomes II

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League Baseball...  more
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    Earl Campbell

    Tyler, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age66

    TeamsNew 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 Saints....  more
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    Joe Greene

    Elgin, Texas

    Age74

    TeamsPittsburgh 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 Football...  more
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    Adrian Peterson

    Palestine, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age36

    TeamsWashington 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
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    LaDainian Tomlinson

    Rosebud, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age42

    TeamsTCU 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
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    Eric Dickerson

    Sealy, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age60

    TeamsLos 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 football for...  more
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    Dick Lane

    Austin, Texas

    PositionCornerback

    AgeDec. at 74 (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 in the...  more
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    Von Miller

    Dallas, Texas

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    Age32

    TeamsDenver 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 A&M,...  more
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    Mike Singletary

    Houston, Texas

    Age62

    TeamsBaylor 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 the...  more
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    Michael Strahan

    Houston, Texas

    PositionDefensive end

    Age49

    TeamsTexas 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 (NFL)....  more
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    Earl Thomas

    Orange, Texas

    PositionSafety, Free Safety

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle 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 of the...  more
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    John Randle

    Mumford, Texas

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    Age53

    TeamsSeattle 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). On...  more
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    Gene Upshaw

    Robstown, Texas

    PositionGuard

    AgeDec. at 63 (1945-2008)

    TeamsOakland 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 Football League...  more
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    Bob Lilly

    Olney, Texas

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age82

    TeamsTCU 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 (TCU), he played...  more
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    Thurman Thomas

    Houston, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age55

    TeamsBuffalo 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 elected...  more
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    Darrell Green

    Houston, Texas

    PositionCornerback

    Age61

    TeamsWashington 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
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    Tim Brown

    Dallas, Texas

    Age55

    TeamsNotre 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, where...  more
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    Sammy Baugh

    Temple, Texas

    PositionPunter, Quarterback, Defensive back

    AgeDec. at 94 (1914-2008)

    TeamsTCU 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 played as...  more
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    Y. A. Tittle

    Marshall, Texas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age94

    TeamsBaltimore 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, New...  more
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    Dez Bryant

    Lufkin, Texas

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age32

    TeamsOklahoma 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 honors in...  more
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    Emmanuel Sanders

    Bellville, Texas

    PositionWide receiver

    Age34

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Emmanuel Niamiah Sanders (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was drafted...  more
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    Tommy Nobis

    San Antonio, Texas

    PositionGuard, Linebacker

    Age72

    TeamsTexas 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. He...  more
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    Don Meredith

    Mount Vernon, Texas

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 72 (1938-2010)

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Joseph "Dandy" Don Meredith (April 10, 1938 – December 5, 2010) was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career...  more
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    Jared Allen

    Dallas, Texas

    PositionDefensive end

    Age39

    TeamsIdaho 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 by...  more
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