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List of Famous Football Cornerbacks

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List of the most famous (American) football cornerbacks in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary cornerbacks 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 cornerbacks 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 cornerbacks may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top cornerbacks in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Punt returner from Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Florida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, + more

Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. (; born August 9, 1967), nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion", is a retired American football player, baseball player and sports analyst who ...more

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs

Ronald Mandel Lott (born May 8, 1959) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen ...more

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Return specialist from Sebring, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 39

Teams: Michigan Wolverines football, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

Charles Cameron Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is a former American football player. He played college football for Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a share of the national championship ...more

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Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Age: 37

Teams: Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team

Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia, where he earned ...more

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Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Austin, Texas

Age: Died at 75 (1927-2002)

Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick "Night Train" Lane, was an American football player. A native of Austin, Texas, he played professional football ...more

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Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Panthers football, New York Jets

Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985) is a former American football cornerback who spent the majority of his career with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Defensive back from Vidalia, Georgia

Age: 67

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is a former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, five-time Pro Bowler and a 1989 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.Blount is considered one of the best ...more

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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Houston, Texas

Age: 55

Teams: Washington Redskins

Darrell Ray Green (born February 15, 1960) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. He is widely ...more

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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Return specialist from Gulfport, Mississippi

Age: 73

Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he played college football at Jackson State from 1964 to 1966. He was ...more
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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Houston, Texas, United States of America

Age: 74

Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback who spent his entire 14-year career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Dallas Cowboys. ...more
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Nnamdi Asomugha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Lafayette, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 34

Teams: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

Nnamdi Asomugha ( NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a Nigerian-American actor, producer and former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of ...more
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Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Yazoo City, Mississippi

Age: 75

William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the ...more
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Herb Adderley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Return specialist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 76

Herbert Anthony Adderley (born June 8, 1939) is a former American football cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL), and is a ...more

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Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback from Denison, Texas

Age: 65

Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953) is a former American football player in the National Football League who played as a cornerback for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. ...more

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Teams: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs

Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the ...more

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Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (born April 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive back and current sports broadcaster. Barber spent his entire 16-year ...more

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Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Troy Brown Cornerback and Return specialist from Barnwell, South Carolina

Age: 47

Teams: New England Patriots, Marshall Thundering Herd football

Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the ...more

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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cortland Finnegan Cornerback and Defensive back from Daytona Beach, Florida

Age: 35

Teams: Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

Cortland Temujin Finnegan (born February 2, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Samford, and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of ...more
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Everson Walls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Everson Walls Cornerback and Safety from Dallas, Texas

Age: 56

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Everson Collins Walls (born December 28, 1959) is a former American football defensive back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York ...more
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Frank Gifford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Running back and Cornerback from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 88

Teams: USC Trojans football, New York Giants

Francis Newton Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player, actor, and television sports commentator. After a 12-year playing career as a halfback and flanker for ...more

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Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Kickoff returner from Mission, Texas

Age: Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

Teams: New York Yankees, Texas Longhorns football, New York Giants

Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He was the original head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL), ...more

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George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Savannah, Georgia

Age: 68

Teams: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

George "Butch" Henry Atkinson Jr. (born January 4, 1947) is a former professional American football player. He played football collegiately at Morris Brown, where he was a safety and a ...more

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Antrel Rolle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Homestead, Florida

Age: 33

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

Antrel Rocelious Rolle (born December 16, 1982) is a former American football safety of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami, where he was ...more

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Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Cornerback and Safety from Dallas, Texas

Age: 47

Merton Edward Hanks (born March 12, 1968) is a former American football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1990s. He is currently a Senior ...more
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Morris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Cornerbacks
Morris Claiborne Cornerback from Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 25

Teams: LSU Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

Morris Lee Claiborne is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Louisiana State University and was recognized as an ...more

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