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
3
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
7
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
17
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
20
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
21
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