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The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin

Updated March 1, 2021 4.6k votes 426 voters 10.1k views54 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.

  • J. J. Watt1
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    J. J. Watt

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive end

    Age31

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

    Justin James "J.J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the...  more
  • Joe Thomas2
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    Joe Thomas

    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Age35

    TeamsWisconsin Badgers football, Cleveland Browns

    Joseph Hayden Thomas (born December 4, 1984) is a retired American football offensive tackle...  more
  • T.J. Watt3
    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh...  more
  • Melvin Gordon4
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    Melvin Gordon

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    TeamsLos Angeles Chargers

    Melvin Gordon III (born April 13, 1993) is an American football running back for the Los...  more
  • Travis Frederick5
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    51

    Travis Frederick

    Sharon, Wisconsin

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age24

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Travis Frederick is an American football center for the Dallas Cowboys of the National...  more
  • Curly Lambeau6
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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...  more
  • Mike Webster7
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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...  more
  • Jim Otto8
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    46

    Jim Otto

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker, Center

    Age82

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    James Edwin Otto (born January 5, 1938) is an American former professional football player who...  more
  • Jim Leonhard9
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    51

    Jim Leonhard

    Ladysmith, Wisconsin

    PositionPunt returner, Safety

    Age37

    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...  more
  • Alan Ameche10
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    43

    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...  more
  • Elroy Hirsch11
    73
    54

    Elroy Hirsch

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back, Wide receiver

    AgeDec. at 81 (1923-2004)

    Elroy Leon "Crazylegs" Hirsch (June 17, 1923 – January 28, 2004) was an American football...  more
  • Lance Kendricks12
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    50

    Lance Kendricks

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    PositionTight end

    Age32

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Wisconsin Badgers football

    Lance Ronnie Kendricks (born January 30, 1988) is an American football tight end for the New...  more
  • Mark Tauscher13
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    45

    Mark Tauscher

    Marshfield, Wisconsin

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman

    Age43

    Mark Tauscher (; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the...  more
  • Fred Thurston14
    47
    34

    Fred Thurston

    Altoona, Wisconsin

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Guard

    Age86

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Valparaiso Crusaders football

    Frederick Charles "Fuzzy" Thurston (December 29, 1933 – December 14, 2014) was an American...  more
  • John McNally15
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    John McNally

    New Richmond, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 82 (1903-1985)

    John McNally may refer to:...  more
  • Rocky Bleier16
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    32

    Rocky Bleier

    Appleton, Grand Chute

    PositionRunning back, Halfback, Fullback

    Age69

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Robert Patrick "Rocky" Bleier (ˈblaɪər, BLAI-yer, born March 5, 1946) is an American former...  more
  • Trae Waynes17
    Trae Waynes is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National...  more
  • Dave Krieg18
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    Dave Krieg

    Iola, Wisconsin

    PositionQuarterback

    Age61

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

    David Michael Krieg ( KRAYG; born October 20, 1958) is a former American football quarterback...  more
  • Jim Flanigan19
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    21

    Jim Flanigan

    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age49

    James Michael Flanigan Jr. (born August 27, 1971 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former American...  more
  • Arnie Herber20
    36
    34

    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...  more
  • Tim Krumrie21
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    37

    Tim Krumrie

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

    Age60

    Timothy Alan Krumrie (born May 20, 1960) is a former American football nose tackle who played...  more
  • Casey Rabach22
    24
    21

    Casey Rabach

    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionCenter

    Age43

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    Casey Edward Rabach (; born September 24, 1977) is a former American football center. He was...  more
  • John Anderson23
    30
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    John Anderson

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker

    Age64

    Roger John Anderson (born February 14, 1956) is a former American football player. A native of...  more
  • John Matuszak24
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    John Matuszak

    Oak Creek, Wisconsin

    AgeDied at 39 (1950-1989)

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs

    John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 – June 17, 1989) was an American football defensive end...  more
  • George Sauer, Jr.25
    25
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    George Sauer, Jr.

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin

    PositionWide receiver

    AgeDied at 70 (1943-2013)

    George Henry Sauer Jr. (November 10, 1943 – May 7, 2013) was an American football wide...  more