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List of Famous Football Centers

Updated June 14, 2019 26.6k views764 items

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 Butkus1

    Dick Butkus

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Age73

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Richard Marvin Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is an American former football player, sports...  more

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  • Chuck Bednarik2

    Chuck Bednarik

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceBethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age90

    TeamsUniversity of Pennsylvania football

    Charles Philip Bednarik (May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015), nicknamed Concrete Charlie, was a...  more

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    #19 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#11 of 86 The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania

  • Bruce Matthews3

    Bruce Matthews

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Age59

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former American football offensive lineman...  more

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    #8 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time#11 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

  • Mike Webster4

    BirthplaceTomahawk, Wisconsin

    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

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  • Jim Otto5

    Jim Otto

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Age82

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    James Edwin Otto (born January 5, 1938) is an American former professional football player who...  more

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  • Lee Roy Jordan6

    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceExcel, Alabama

    Age79

    Lee Roy Jordan (born April 27, 1941) is a former American football linebacker. After attending...  more
  • Mel Hein7

    Mel Hein

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceRedding, California

    AgeDec. at 83 (1909-1992)

    Melvin Jack Hein (August 22, 1909 – January 31, 1992), sometimes known as "Old...  more
  • Tom Nalen8

    Tom Nalen

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceFoxborough, Massachusetts

    Age49

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for...  more
  • Jesse Sapolu9

    BirthplaceLaie, Hawaii

    Age59

    Manase Jesse Sapolu (born March 10, 1961) is a former football player in the National Football...  more
  • Chris Myers10

    Chris Myers

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Houston Texans

    Christopher Myers Jr. (born September 15, 1981) is a former American football center. He...  more
  • Richie Incognito11

    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey

    Age32

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Richard Dominik Incognito Jr. (born July 5, 1983) is an American football offensive guard for...  more
  • Kevin Mawae12

    Kevin Mawae

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

    Age49

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, LSU Tigers football, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

    Kevin James Mawae (; born January 23, 1971) is a former American football center who played in...  more
  • Olin Kreutz13

    Olin Kreutz

    Center

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Age38

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Washington Huskies football, Chicago Bears

    Olin George Kreutz (; born June 9, 1977) is a former American college and professional...  more
  • Dwight Stephenson14

    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, North Carolina, United States of America

    Dwight Eugene Stephenson (born November 20, 1957) is a former professional American football...  more
  • Matt Birk15

    Matt Birk

    Center

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Age44

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings

    Matthew Robert "Matt" Birk (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football center. He was...  more

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  • Barret Robbins16

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age47

    TeamsTCU Horned Frogs football, Oakland Raiders

    Barret Glenn Robbins (born August 26, 1973) is a former American football center who played...  more
  • Jay Hilgenberg17

    Jay Hilgenberg

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceIowa City, Iowa

    Age56

    Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) is a former American football player in the NFL....  more
  • Nick Mangold18

    Nick Mangold

    Center

    BirthplaceCenterville, Ohio

    Age36

    TeamsNew York Jets, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    Nicholas Allan Mangold (born January 13, 1984) is a former American football center. He played...  more

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  • Todd McClure19

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age43

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    Ryan Todd McClure (born February 16, 1977) is a former American football center who spent his...  more

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  • Jeff Saturday20

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age40

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, North Carolina Tar Heels football, Green Bay Packers

    Jeffrey Bryant Saturday (born June 18, 1975) is a former American football center. He played...  more

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  • Jeremy Newberry21

    Jeremy Newberry

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceAntioch, California

    Age44

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Jeremy David Newberry (born March 23, 1976 in Antioch, California) is a former center in the...  more
  • Peter Konz22

    Peter Konz

    Guard, Center

    BirthplaceNeenah, Wisconsin

    Age31

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    Peter Konz is an American football guard and center for the Atlanta Falcons of the National...  more
  • Bulldog Turner23

    Bulldog Turner

    Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

    BirthplacePlains, Texas

    AgeDied at 79 (1919-1998)

    Clyde Douglas "Bulldog" Turner (March 10, 1919 – October 30, 1998) was an American football...  more
  • Mark Stepnoski24

    Mark Stepnoski

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Age53

    Mark Matthew Stepnoski (born January 20, 1967) is a former American football offensive lineman...  more
  • Dominic Raiola25

    Dominic Raiola

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Age37

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Dominic Raiola (; born December 30, 1978) is a former American football center. He was a...  more