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The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin

Updated March 28, 2020 4.1k votes 370 voters 9.2k views52 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    J. J. Watt

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    PositionDefensive end

    Age31

    TeamsHouston 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 on Wikipedia
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    Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Travis Frederick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Travis Frederick

    Sharon, Wisconsin

    PositionGuard, Center

    Age29

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Travis Frederick is an American football center for the Dallas Cowboys of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jim Otto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Jim Leonhard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Elroy Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Lance Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mark Tauscher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Mark Tauscher

    Marshfield, Wisconsin

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman

    Age43

    Mark Tauscher (; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Fred Thurston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    John McNally is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    John McNally

    New Richmond, Wisconsin

    PositionRunning back

    AgeDec. at 82 (1903-1985)

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    Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
    Trae Waynes is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Arnie Herber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Tim Krumrie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Rocky Bleier

    Appleton, Grand Chute

    PositionRunning back, Halfback, Fullback

    Age74

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Robert Patrick "Rocky" Bleier (ˈblaɪər, BLAI-yer, born March 5, 1946) is an American former... more on Wikipedia
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    John Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Doug Free is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Doug Free

    Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    PositionTackle

    Age36

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Douglas Free (born January 16, 1984) is a former offensive tackle in the National Football... more on Wikipedia
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    Nick Bellore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Nick Bellore

    Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

    PositionLinebacker

    Age31

    TeamsNew York Jets

    Nicholas Lalonde Bellore is an American football linebacker and special teamer for the San... more on Wikipedia
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    Matt Turk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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    Matt Turk

    Greenfield, Wisconsin

    PositionPunter

    Age52

    TeamsHouston Texans

    Matthew Edward "Matt" Turk (born June 16, 1968) is a former American football punter. He was... more on Wikipedia
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    John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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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 on Wikipedia
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