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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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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 Joseph Kalil (born March 29, 1985) is a former American football center who spent his entire 12-year career for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...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