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The Best NFL Players From Virginia 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 812 votes 104 voters 3.9k views 48 items

List Rules Vote 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!

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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Linebacker

Age: 60

Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is an American former football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York ...more
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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Newport News, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Quarterback

Age: 38

Teams: Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia ...more
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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 55

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the ...more
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Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Strong Safety, Safety

Age: 30

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Kameron Darnel Chancellor (born April 3, 1988) is a former American football strong safety. He played college football at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth ...more
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Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (born April 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive back and current sports broadcaster. Barber spent his entire 16-year ...more
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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Gladys, Virginia, Virginia

Position: Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

Age: 55

Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, ...more
7
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
DeAngelo Hall Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Cornerback

Age: 35

Teams: Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons

DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983) is a former American football defensive back who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia ...more
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Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Running back

Age: 43

Teams: New York Giants

Atiim Kiambu "Tiki" Barber (; born April 7, 1975) is an American former football running back who played for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. ...more
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Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 79

Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is an American former football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL for 18 seasons, spending ...more
10
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Herman Moore Danville, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 49

Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college ...more
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Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Hampton, Virginia

Position: Quarterback

Age: 29

Teams: Virginia Tech Hokies football, Baltimore Ravens

Tyrod Di'allo Taylor (born August 3, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia Tech, ...more
12
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 41

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants

Plaxico Antonio Burress (born August 12, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who played 13 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Michigan State, ...more
13
Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Richlands, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Tight end

Age: 36

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Earl Heath Miller Jr. (born October 22, 1982) is a former American football tight end who played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons ...more
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Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Bluefield, West Virginia

Position: Running back

Age: 32

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Marshall Thundering Herd football, New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw (born March 19, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played college football at ...more
15
Kenny Easley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia

Position: Safety, Defensive back

Age: 60

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, UCLA Bruins football

Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. (born January 15, 1959) is an American former professional football player who was a strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the ...more
16
Kyle Long is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Kyle Long Ivy, Virginia

Age: 30

Teams: Chicago Bears

Kyle Howard Long is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Oregon. Long was drafted by the Bears in ...more
17
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Clover, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Linebacker

Age: 73

Willie Edward Lanier (born August 21, 1945) is a former American football middle-linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 through 1977. He won postseason honors for eight ...more
18
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Shawn Springs Williamsburg, Virginia

Position: Cornerback

Age: 43

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Shawn Springs (born March 11, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college ...more
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Torrey Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Torrey Smith Colonial Beach, Virginia

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 30

Teams: Maryland Terrapins football, Baltimore Ravens

James Torrey Smith (born January 26, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more
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Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Surry County, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

Age: 81

Roger Lee Brown (born May 1, 1937) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Maryland State College and professional football in the National Football League ...more
21
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Tight end

Age: 38

Teams: New England Patriots

Benjamin Seth Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots 32nd overall in ...more
22
Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Thomas Jones Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Position: Running back

Age: 40

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, + more

Thomas Jones (born August 19, 1978) is an American actor who performs as Thomas Q. Jones, and a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Chris Jacke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Position: Placekicker

Age: 52

Christopher Lee Jacke (born March 12, 1966) is a former professional American football placekicker best known for playing for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League. Before his ...more
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James Farrior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
James Farrior USA, Virginia, Richmond

Position: Middle Linebacker

Age: 44

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets

James Alfred Farrior (born January 6, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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Al Toon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Newport News, Virginia, United States of America

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 55

Albert Lee Toon Jr. (born April 30, 1963) is a former professional American football wide receiver player who played for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) for eight ...more