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The Best NFL Players From Texas

Updated February 11, 2020 5.9k votes 463 voters 12.6k 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!

  • 1
    LaDainian Tomlinson
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    37

    LaDainian Tomlinson

    Rosebud, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age41

    TeamsTCU Horned Frogs football, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

    LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Joe Greene
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    34

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Earl Campbell
    220
    49

    Earl Campbell

    Tyler, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age65

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Texas Longhorns football

    Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955) is a former American football running back who... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Drew Brees
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    66

    Drew Brees

    Austin, Texas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Adrian Peterson
    150
    20

    Adrian Peterson

    Palestine, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age35

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Patrick Mahomes II
    158
    25

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Eric Dickerson
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    43

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dick Lane
    125
    21

    Dick Lane

    Austin, Texas

    PositionCornerback

    AgeDied at 75 (1927-2002)

    Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick "Night Train" Lane,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Von Miller
    118
    24

    Von Miller

    Dallas, Texas

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    Age31

    TeamsTexas A&M Aggies football, Denver Broncos

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Mike Singletary
    127
    30

    Mike Singletary

    Houston, Texas

    Age57

    TeamsBaylor Bears football, Chicago Bears

    Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958) is an American football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Earl Thomas
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    42

    Earl Thomas

    Orange, Texas

    PositionSafety, Free Safety

    Age31

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Earl Winty Thomas III (born May 7, 1989) is an American football free safety for the Baltimore... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Michael Strahan
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    53

    Michael Strahan

    Houston, Texas

    PositionDefensive end

    Age48

    TeamsTexas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

    Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    John Randle
    108
    33

    John Randle

    Mumford, Texas

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    Age52

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

    John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Gene Upshaw
    86
    19

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Bob Lilly
    96
    27

    Bob Lilly

    Olney, Texas

    PositionDefensive tackle

    Age81

    TeamsTCU Horned Frogs football, Dallas Cowboys

    Robert Lewis Lilly (born July 26, 1939), nicknamed "Mr. Cowboy", is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Darrell Green
    99
    32

    Darrell Green

    Houston, Texas

    PositionCornerback

    Age60

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    Darrell Ray Green (born February 15, 1960) is a former American football cornerback in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Thurman Thomas
    93
    29

    Thurman Thomas

    Houston, Texas

    PositionRunning back

    Age54

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Thurman Lee Thomas (born May 16, 1966) is a former American football player who was a running... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Sammy Baugh
    78
    22

    Sammy Baugh

    Temple, Texas

    PositionPunter, Quarterback, Defensive back

    AgeDied 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Tim Brown
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    33

    Tim Brown

    Dallas, Texas

    Age54

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Y. A. Tittle
    70
    19

    Y. A. Tittle

    Marshall, Texas

    PositionQuarterback

    Age93

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

    Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Dez Bryant
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    59

    Dez Bryant

    Lufkin, Texas

    PositionReturn specialist, Wide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsOklahoma State Cowboys football, Dallas Cowboys

    Desmond Demond Bryant (born November 4, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Emmanuel Sanders
    54
    8

    Emmanuel Sanders

    Bellville, Texas

    PositionWide receiver

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Emmanuel Niamiah Sanders (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Jared Allen
    77
    33

    Jared Allen

    Dallas, Texas

    PositionDefensive end

    Age38

    TeamsIdaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

    Jared Scot Allen (born April 3, 1982) is a professional curler, and former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Tommy Nobis
    61
    19

    Tommy Nobis

    San Antonio, Texas

    PositionGuard, Linebacker

    Age77

    TeamsTexas Longhorns football

    Thomas Henry Nobis Jr. (September 20, 1943 – December 13, 2017) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Mel Renfro
    66
    25

    Mel Renfro

    Houston, Texas

    PositionCornerback, Safety

    Age78

    Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback... more on Wikipedia