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The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin  

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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
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Justin James "J. J." Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin and ...more
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Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Joseph Hayden Thomas is a former American football offensive tackle who played his entire 11-season career for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Melvin Gordon Kenosha, Wisconsin
Melvin Gordon III (born April 13, 1993) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was ...more
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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
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 ...more
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Travis Frederick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Sharon, Wisconsin
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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau was founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional football team. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago ...more
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Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Michael Lewis "Mike" Webster was an American football player who played as a center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City ...more
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Jim Otto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Wausau, Wisconsin
James Edwin Otto is a former Professional Football center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League.
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Elroy Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Wausau, Wisconsin, United States of America
Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch was an American football running back and receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Rockets, nicknamed for his unusual running style.
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Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Lino Dante "Alan" Ameche, nicknamed "The Iron Horse", or simply "The Horse", was an American football player who played six seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the ...more
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John McNally is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
New Richmond, Wisconsin
John Victor "Blood" McNally was an American football player and coach. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1963.
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Lance Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lance Kendricks is an American football tight end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. Kendricks played college football for the University of Wisconsin, and was recognized as ...more
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Fred Thurston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Altoona, Wisconsin
Frederick Charles "Fuzzy" Thurston was an American football guard in the National Football League who played for the Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers. Thurston played collegiate ...more
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Jim Leonhard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
James Andrew "Jim" Leonhard is a former American football safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent ...more
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Mark Tauscher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Mark Tauscher is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Iola, Wisconsin
David Michael Krieg is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He attended Milton College and made the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. In his 19-year ...more
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John Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Roger John Anderson is a former American football player. A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Anderson played 12 seasons in the National Football League as a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers ...more
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John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States of America
John Daniel "Tooz" Matuszak was an American football defensive end in the National Football League who later became an actor. He was the first draft pick of 1973 and played most of his ...more
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Doug Free is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Doug Free is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at Northern Illinois University and high school for Lincoln ...more
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Gale Gillingham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Gale Herbert Gillingham was an American guard who spent his entire ten-year professional football career in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, ...more
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Arnie Herber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Arnold "Arnie" Charles Herber was a professional quarterback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of ...more
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Tyrone Braxton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Tyrone Scott Braxton 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 the Broncos, and won ...more
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Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Trae Waynes is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State. He was drafted by the Vikings in the ...more
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George Sauer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
George Sauer, Jr. Sheboygan, Wisconsin
George Henry Sauer, Jr. was an American football wide receiver who played six seasons for the American Football League's New York Jets. He led the AFL in receptions in the 1967 season. In 1968, ...more
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Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin
Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Robert Patrick "Rocky" Bleier is a former National Football League halfback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980.