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The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin

Updated August 26, 2021 4.7k votes 461 voters 11k views55 items

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

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Wisconsin. While they may not be the most glamorous collection of names on this list, all these players represent the state of Wisconsin with their blue-collar work ethic. They raise some big boys up in the Badger State as you’ll see by the amount of linemen who fill out this list of NFL players from Wisconsin.

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

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    J. J. Watt

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive end

    Age32

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

    Justin James "J.J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of...  more
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    Joe Thomas

    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Age36

    TeamsWisconsin Badgers football, Cleveland Browns

    Joseph Hayden Thomas (born December 4, 1984) is a retired American football offensive tackle who played his entire 11-season professional career for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football...  more
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    T.J. Watt

    Pewaukee, Wisconsin

    PositionOutside linebacker

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, and...  more
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    Melvin Gordon

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Melvin Gordon III (born April 13, 1993) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by...  more
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    Travis Frederick

    Sharon, Wisconsin

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age30

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Travis Frederick is an American football center for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
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    Curly Lambeau

    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 67 (1898-1965)

    Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Lambeau, along with his friend and fellow Green...  more
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    Mike Webster

    Tomahawk, Wisconsin

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 50 (1952-2002)

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs

    Michael Lewis Webster (March 18, 1952 – September 24, 2002) was an American football player who played as a center in the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1990 with the Pittsburgh Steelers...  more
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    Jim Otto

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker, Center

    Age83

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    James Edwin Otto (born January 5, 1938) is an American former professional football player who was a center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League...  more
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    Jim Leonhard

    Ladysmith, Wisconsin

    PositionPunt returner, Safety

    Age38

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Wisconsin Badgers football

    James Andrew Leonhard (born October 27, 1982) is the defensive coordinator of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. He is a former American football safety who played ten seasons in the National...  more
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    Alan Ameche

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    AgeDec. at 55 (1933-1988)

    Alan Ameche (; June 1, 1933 – August 8, 1988), nicknamed "The Iron Horse", or simply "The Horse", was an American football player who played six seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the National...  more
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    Elroy Hirsch

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back, Wide receiver

    AgeDec. at 80 (1923-2004)

    Elroy Leon "Crazylegs" Hirsch (June 17, 1923 – January 28, 2004) was an American football player, sport executive and actor. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the...  more
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    Lance Kendricks

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    PositionTight end

    Age33

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Wisconsin Badgers football

    Lance Ronnie Kendricks (born January 30, 1988) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, where he...  more
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    John Offerdahl

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker

    Age57

    John Arnold Offerdahl (born August 17, 1964) is a restaurateur and former professional American football player. An inside linebacker, he played college football at Western Michigan University,...  more
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    Mark Tauscher

    Marshfield, Wisconsin

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman

    Age44

    Mark Tauscher (; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL...  more
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    Tyrone Braxton

    Madison, Wisconsin

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    Age56

    Tyrone Scott Braxton (born December 17, 1964) is a former American football safety who played for the Denver Broncos for most of his career from 1987 to 1999. Braxton played in four Super Bowls with...  more
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    Fred Thurston

    Altoona, Wisconsin

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard

    Age87

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Valparaiso Crusaders football

    Frederick Charles "Fuzzy" Thurston (December 29, 1933 – December 14, 2014) was an American football player who played offensive guard for the Baltimore Colts and the Green Bay Packers....  more
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    John McNally

    New Richmond, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 82 (1903-1985)

    John McNally may refer to:...  more
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    Bill Butler

    Berlin, Wisconsin

    PositionSafety

    Age84

    William R. Butler (born July 10, 1937 in Berlin, Wisconsin) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers (1959), the Dallas Cowboys (1960), the...  more
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    Trae Waynes (born July 25, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State. He was drafted by...  more
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    Rocky Bleier

    Appleton, Grand Chute

    PositionRunning back, Halfback, Fullback

    Age75

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Robert Patrick "Rocky" Bleier (ˈblaɪər, BLAI-yer, born March 5, 1946) is an American former professional American football player. He was a National Football League (NFL) halfback for the Pittsburgh...  more
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    Arnie Herber

    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDec. at 59 (1910-1969)

    Arnold Charles Herber (April 2, 1910 – October 14, 1969) was a professional quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants. He was inducted to the...  more
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    Jim Flanigan

    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age50

    James Michael Flanigan Jr. (born August 27, 1971 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former American football defensive tackle that played in the National Football League from 1994–2003. Most of his...  more
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    Mike Schneck

    Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionLong snapper

    Age44

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    Michael Louis Schneck (born August 4, 1977) is a former American football long snapper who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the...  more
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    Dave Krieg

    Iola, Wisconsin

    PositionQuarterback

    Age62

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

    David Michael Krieg ( KRAYG; born October 20, 1958) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He attended Milton College and made the Seattle Seahawks as an...  more
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    John Anderson

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker

    Age65

    Roger John Anderson (born February 14, 1956) is a former American football player. A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Anderson played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as a linebacker...  more
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