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The Best NFL Players From Virginia

Updated August 2, 2019 1.6k votes 161 voters 6.2k views48 items

List RulesVote up the top pro football players born or raised in Virginia

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Virginia. Some of these players have changed the way the game is played, and even long after they have retired, players like Lawrence Taylor and Fran Tarkenton are still talked about as some of the very best NFL players of all time.

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

  • 1
    Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Lawrence Taylor

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    PositionLinebacker

    Age61

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

    Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Bruce Smith

    Norfolk, Virginia

    Age57

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

    Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) is a former American football defensive end for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Michael Vick

    Newport News, Virginia

    PositionQuarterback

    Age40

    TeamsVirginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

    Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Kam Chancellor

    Norfolk, Virginia

    PositionStrong Safety, Safety

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Kameron Darnel Chancellor (born April 3, 1988) is a former American football strong safety. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Ronde Barber

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    PositionCornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

    Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (born April 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive back... more on Wikipedia
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    Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Tiki Barber

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    PositionRunning back

    Age45

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Atiim Kiambu "Tiki" Barber (; born April 7, 1975) is an American former football running back... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Charles Haley

    Gladys, Virginia

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age56

    Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    DeAngelo Hall

    Chesapeake, Virginia

    PositionCornerback

    Age36

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons

    DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983) is a former American football defensive back who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Willie Lanier

    Clover, Virginia

    PositionLinebacker

    Age75

    Willie Edward Lanier (born August 21, 1945) is a former American football middle-linebacker... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Herman Moore

    Danville, Virginia

    PositionWide receiver

    Age50

    Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) is an American former professional football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Fran Tarkenton

    Richmond, Virginia

    Age80

    TeamsGeorgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

    Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is an American former football player who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kyle Long is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Kyle Long

    Ivy, Virginia

    Age31

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Kyle Howard Long is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the National Football... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Kenny Easley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Kenny Easley

    Chesapeake, Virginia

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    Age61

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, UCLA Bruins football

    Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. (born January 15, 1959) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Plaxico Burress

    Norfolk, Virginia

    PositionWide receiver

    Age43

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants

    Plaxico Antonio Burress (born August 12, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Heath Miller

    Richlands, Virginia

    PositionTight end

    Age37

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Earl Heath Miller Jr. (born October 22, 1982) is a former American football tight end who... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Tyrod Taylor

    Hampton, Virginia

    PositionQuarterback

    Age31

    TeamsVirginia Tech Hokies football, Baltimore Ravens

    Tyrod Di'allo Taylor (born August 3, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Los... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Benjamin Watson

    Norfolk, Virginia

    PositionTight end

    Age39

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Benjamin Seth Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Ahmad Bradshaw

    Bluefield, West Virginia

    PositionRunning back

    Age34

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Marshall Thundering Herd football, New York Giants

    Ahmad Bradshaw (born March 19, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was... more on Wikipedia
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    Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Jerod Mayo

    Hampton, Virginia

    PositionLinebacker

    Age34

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Jerod Mayo Sr (born February 23, 1986) is an American football coach and former linebacker who... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Thomas Jones

    Big Stone Gap, Virginia

    PositionRunning back

    Age42

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New York Jets

    Thomas Jones (born August 19, 1978) is an American actor who performs as Thomas Q. Jones, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Torrey Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Torrey Smith

    Colonial Beach, Virginia

    PositionWide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsMaryland Terrapins football, Baltimore Ravens

    James Torrey Smith (born January 26, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Shawn Springs

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    PositionCornerback

    Age45

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    Shawn Springs (born March 11, 1975) is a former American college and professional football... more on Wikipedia
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    Ahmad Brooks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Ahmad Brooks

    Fairfax, Virginia

    PositionLinebacker

    Age36

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Ahmad Kadar Brooks (born March 14, 1984) is an American former football outside linebacker. He... more on Wikipedia
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    James Farrior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    James Farrior

    Richmond, Virginia

    PositionMiddle Linebacker

    Age45

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets

    James Alfred Farrior (born January 6, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Glennon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
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    Mike Glennon

    Centreville, Virginia

    Age30

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

    Michael Joseph Glennon (born December 12, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
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