Football List of Famous Football Centers

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List of the most famous (American) football centers in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary centers in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best centers to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing centers may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top centers in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

List items include Gerald Ford, Dick Butkus and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest center of all time?" and "Who are the best centers of all time?"

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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus is a former American football linebacker who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely ...more

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Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Charles Philip "Chuck" Bednarik, or Concrete Charlie, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last ...more

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Bruce Matthews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Tackle, Guard, Center Bruce Rankin Matthews is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard and center in the National Football League for nineteen seasons during the 1980s, ...more

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Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center 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) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center James Edwin Otto is a former Professional Football center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League.

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Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Lee Roy Jordan is a retired American football linebacker. After attending the University of Alabama, playing under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, he spent 14 years in the National ...more

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Mel Hein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Melvin Jack Hein was an American football player for the New York Giants. Hein played fifteen seasons for the Giants and never missed a down due to injury. He is the first player and only ...more

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Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Thomas Andrew Nalen is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was born and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Manase Jesse Sapolu is a former football player in the National Football League. Sapolu played both center and offensive guard, and spent his entire career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform. ...more

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Chris Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Center Christopher Myers Jr. is an American football center who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Miami, and was drafted by the ...more

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Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard Richard Dominik Incognito Jr. is a former American football offensive guard. He played college football for the University of Nebraska and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of ...more

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Kevin Mawae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Kevin James Mawae is a retired American football center who played in the National Football League for sixteen seasons. He played college football for Louisiana State University, where he was a ...more

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Olin Kreutz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Olin George Kreutz is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League for fourteen seasons. He played college football for University ...more

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Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Dwight Eugene Stephenson is a former American football player and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 1998. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 until 1987, when his left ...more

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Matt Birk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Matthew Robert Birk is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played ...more

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Barret Robbins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Barrett Glen Robbins is a former American football center who played nine seasons for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. After playing college football for Texas Christian ...more

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Jay Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Jay Walter Hilgenberg is a former American football player in the NFL. He played center for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1993.

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Nick Mangold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Nicholas Allan Mangold is a former American football center. He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Mangold was ...more

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Todd McClure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Todd Michael McClure is a former American football center who spent his entire 13-year career playing with the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in ...more

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Jeff Saturday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Jeffrey Bryant Saturday is a retired American football center who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for the ...more

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Jeremy Newberry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Tackle, Guard, Center Jeremy David Newberry is a former center in the National Football League . He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Peter Konz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Peter Konz is an American football guard and center for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Konz played ...more

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Bulldog Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Linebacker, Center Clyde Douglas "Bulldog" Turner was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears.

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Mark Stepnoski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Mark Matthew Stepnoski is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He attended Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania, and went on to star at the ...more

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Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Dominic Raiola is an American football center who is currently a free agent. Raiola most recently played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for the ...more

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Al Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Al Joseph Johnson is a former American football center in the National Football League. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson also played for ...more

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Don Mosebar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Donald Howard Mosebar is a former American college and professional football player who was an Center in the National Football League for thirteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played ...more

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Dermontti Dawson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Dermontti Farra Dawson is a former American football center. He played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of ...more

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Jim Langer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center James John Langer is a former American football center who played for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He is considered one of the greatest NFL centers of all ...more

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Jeff Van Note is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Jeffrey Aloysius Van Note is a former American football center who played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He played college football ...more

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Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Frank "Gunner" Gatski was an American football center who played for the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League in the 1940s and ...more

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Bart Oates is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Bart Steven Oates is a former American football player in the National Football League for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. He played center for the Giants from 1985–93 and with the ...more

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Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Jeffrey Kalei Faine is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 21st overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. Faine, a Pro Bowl ...more

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Dave Rimington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center David Brian Rimington is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1980s. Rimington played college ...more

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Nick Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Nicholas Adam Hardwick is retired American football center who played for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chargers in the third round of the 2004 ...more

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John Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center John Sullivan is an American football center for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Sullivan played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He was drafted by the ...more

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Dave Dalby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center David Merle Dalby was an American football center.

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Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center James Kent Hull was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League and United States Football League, more precisely a center for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and ...more

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Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Center Robert Douglas Johnson is a former American football center who played 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, first in the American Football League, and then in the National Football League.

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Jerry Groom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Linebacker Jerome Paul "Boomer" Groom was sn American football player. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines. He played college football for ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Linebacker, Center Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

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Jamey Richard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman Jameson Tyler "Jamey" Richard is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He ...more

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LeCharles Bentley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Center LeCharles Vernon Bentley is an American former college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League for six seasons. He played college football for Ohio ...more

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David Baas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center David Andrew Baas is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Michigan, and was recognized as a consensus All-American and the ...more

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Ryan Kalil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman, Center Ryan Kalil is an American football center for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Uche Nwaneri is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Uchechukwu Eberechukwu "Uche" Nwaneri is an American football guard. Uche was born in Dallas, Texas to Nigerian parents. He played college football for Purdue University after ...more

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Eugene Amano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Eugene Philip Amano is a former American football offensive lineman. Playing for the Tennessee Titans from 2004 to 2013, he replaced eight-time All-Pro selection Kevin Mawae as starting center ...more

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Andre Gurode is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Offensive Lineman Andre Bernard Gurode is an American football center and guard who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Colorado, earning ...more

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Leroy Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Leroy Harris Jr. is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He was picked in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He started 3 games prior to ...more

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Jeremy Zuttah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Centers
Guard, Center Jeremy Kwasi Zuttah is an American football offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2008 ...more