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The Best NFL Players From Virginia 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 809 votes 101 voters 3.8k 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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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
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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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
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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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America
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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Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
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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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Gladys, Virginia, Virginia
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
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Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
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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Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
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) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
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
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DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
DeAngelo Hall
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America
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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Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Herman Moore
Danville, Virginia, United States of America
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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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
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
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Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Hampton, Virginia
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
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Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Clover, Virginia, United States of America
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
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Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Bluefield, West Virginia
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
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Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
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
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Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Shawn Springs
Williamsburg, Virginia
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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Kenny Easley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia
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
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Kyle Long is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Kyle Long
Ivy, Virginia
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
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Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
USA, Virginia, Richlands
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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Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Hampton, Virginia
Jerod Mayo Sr (born February 23, 1986) is an American football coach and former linebacker who spent his entire National Football League (NFL) career playing for the New England Patriots. He ...more
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Al Toon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
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
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Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Thomas Jones
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
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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James Farrior is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
James Farrior
Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
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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Torrey Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Torrey Smith
Colonial Beach, Virginia
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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Rudi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Virginia
Petersburg, Virginia, United States of America
Burudi Ali Johnson (born October 1, 1979) is a former American football running back who played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in ...more