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List of Famous Football Cornerbacks

Updated June 14, 2019 22.9k views1.4k items

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

    Cornerback, Punt returner
    Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. (; born August 9, 1967), nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion", is...  more

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    Ronnie Lott

    Cornerback, Safety
    Ronald Mandel Lott (born May 8, 1959) is an American former professional football player who...  more

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    Charles Woodson

    Cornerback, Return specialist
    Charles Cameron Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is a former American football player. He played...  more

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    Champ Bailey

    Cornerback
    Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the...  more
  • 5

    Dick Lane

    Cornerback
    Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick "Night Train" Lane,...  more
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    Darrelle Revis

    Cornerback
    Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985) is a former American football cornerback who spent...  more
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    Mel Blount

    Cornerback, Defensive back
    Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is a former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback,...  more
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    Darrell Green

    Cornerback
    Darrell Ray Green (born February 15, 1960) is a former American football cornerback in the...  more
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    Lem Barney

    Cornerback, Return specialist
    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native...  more
  • 10

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety
    Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback...  more
  • 11

    Nnamdi Asomugha

    Cornerback
    Nnamdi Asomugha ( NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a Nigerian-American actor,...  more
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    Willie Brown

    Cornerback
    William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former...  more
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    Herb Adderley

    Cornerback, Return specialist
    Herbert Anthony Adderley (born June 8, 1939) is a former American football cornerback who...  more
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    Mike Haynes

    Cornerback
    Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953) is a former American football player in the National...  more

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    Ty Law

    Cornerback, Safety
    Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who...  more
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    Ronde Barber

    Cornerback, Safety
    Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (born April 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive back...  more

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    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist
    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
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    Cortland Finnegan

    Cornerback, Defensive back
    Cortland Temujin Finnegan (born February 2, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He...  more
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    Everson Walls

    Cornerback, Safety
    Everson Collins Walls (born December 28, 1959) is a former American football defensive back...  more
  • 20

    Frank Gifford

    Running back, Cornerback
    Francis Newton Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player,...  more
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    Tom Landry

    Cornerback, Kickoff returner
    Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player...  more

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    George Atkinson

    Cornerback, Safety
    George "Butch" Henry Atkinson Jr. (born January 4, 1947) is a former professional American...  more
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    Antrel Rolle

    Cornerback, Safety
    Antrel Rocelious Rolle (born December 16, 1982) is a former American football safety of the...  more

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    Merton Hanks

    Cornerback, Safety
    Merton Edward Hanks (born March 12, 1968) is a former American football player who was a...  more
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    Morris Claiborne

    Cornerback
    Morris Lee Claiborne is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National...  more