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The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin

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.

  • 1

    J. J. Watt

    Waukesha, Wisconsin
    280
    48

    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
  • 2

    Joe Thomas

    Brookfield, Wisconsin
    262
    46

    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
  • 3

    T.J. Watt

    Pewaukee, Wisconsin
    241
    54

    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
  • 4

    Melvin Gordon

    Kenosha, Wisconsin
    217
    74

    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
  • 5

    Travis Frederick

    Sharon, Wisconsin
    169
    52

    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
  • 6
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    137
    56

    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
  • 7

    Mike Webster

    Tomahawk, Wisconsin
    121
    53

    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
  • 8

    Jim Otto

    Wausau, Wisconsin
    96
    47

    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
  • 9

    Jim Leonhard

    Ladysmith, Wisconsin
    79
    50

    PositionPunt returner, Safety

    Age39

    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
  • 10
    Wausau, Wisconsin
    75
    52

    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
  • 11
    Kenosha, Wisconsin
    67
    44

    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
  • 12

    Mark Tauscher

    Marshfield, Wisconsin
    61
    44

    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
  • 13

    Lance Kendricks

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    68
    52

    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
  • 14

    Fred Thurston

    Altoona, Wisconsin
    47
    36

    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
  • 15

    John McNally

    New Richmond, Wisconsin
    51
    43

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 82 (1903-1985)

    John Victor McNally (November 27, 1903 – November 28, 1985), nicknamed Johnny Blood, was an American football player and coach. McNally was named a member of the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team and was  ...more
  • 16

    Rocky Bleier

    Appleton, Grand Chute
    41
    32

    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
  • 17

    Trae Waynes

    Kenosha, Wisconsin
    47
    42

    PositionCornerback

    Age29

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals

    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
  • 18
    Iola, Wisconsin
    50
    47

    PositionQuarterback

    Age63

    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
  • 19
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    36
    31

    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
  • 20

    Paul Gruber

    Madison, Wisconsin
    28
    23

    PositionTackle

    Age56

    Paul Blake Gruber (born February 24, 1965) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth overall in the 1988 NFL  ...more
  • 21

    Jim Flanigan

    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    28
    23

    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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    George Kittle

    Madison, Wisconsin
    10
    1

    PositionTight end

    Age28

    TeamsSan Franscisco 49ers

    George Krieger Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Iowa  ...more
  • 23

    Tim Krumrie

    Menomonie, Wisconsin
    38
    38

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

    Age61

    Timothy Alan Krumrie (born May 20, 1960) is a former American football nose tackle who played his entire National Football League career for the Cincinnati Bengals, from 1983 through 1994.  ...more
  • 24
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    Ryan Ramczyk

    9
    0
    Ryan Ramczyk is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Saints in the  ...more
  • 25

    John Matuszak

    Oak Creek, Wisconsin
    34
    36

    AgeDec. at 38 (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 in the National Football League who later became an actor. He was the first overall pick in the 1973  ...more
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List Rules: Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in Wisconsin