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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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This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest cornerback of all time?" and "Who are the best cornerbacks of all time?"
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    Deion Sanders

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, USA

    Age53

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons

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

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    #129 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#29 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

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    Ronnie Lott

    Ronnie Lott

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Age61

    TeamsUSC 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... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time#80 of 173 The Best Oakland Raiders Of All Time

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    Charles Woodson

    Charles Woodson

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceSebring, Ohio, United States of America

    Age43

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

    Charles Cameron Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is a former American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia
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    Champ Bailey

    Champ Bailey

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceFort Campbell, Kentucky

    Age42

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team

    Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Dick Lane

    Dick Lane

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    AgeDied at 75 (1927-2002)

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

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    Darrelle Revis

    Darrelle Revis

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Panthers football, New York Jets

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

    Mel Blount

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceVidalia, Georgia

    Age72

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

    Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is a former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback,... more on Wikipedia

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    #6 of 127 The Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time#4 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Georgia

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    Darrell Green

    Darrell Green

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age60

    TeamsWashington Redskins

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

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    #5 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time#1 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time

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    Lem Barney

    Lem Barney

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi

    Age75

    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Mel Renfro

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age78

    Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback... more on Wikipedia
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    Nnamdi Asomugha

    Nnamdi Asomugha

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceLafayette, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsOakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

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

    Willie Brown

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi

    Age79

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

    Herb Adderley

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age81

    Herbert Anthony Adderley (born June 8, 1939) is a former American football cornerback who... more on Wikipedia

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    #26 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#19 of 286 The Best Green Bay Packers Of All Time

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    Mike Haynes

    Mike Haynes

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas

    Age67

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

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    #473 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#198 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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    Ty Law

    Ty Law

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age46

    TeamsDenver 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... more on Wikipedia
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    Ronde Barber

    Ronde Barber

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceBlacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

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

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    Troy Brown

    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina

    Age49

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Marshall Thundering Herd football

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

    Cortland Finnegan

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida

    Age36

    TeamsSamford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

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

    Everson Walls

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age60

    TeamsCleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

    Everson Collins Walls (born December 28, 1959) is a former American football defensive back... more on Wikipedia
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    Frank Gifford

    Frank Gifford

    Running back, Cornerback

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Age90

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New York Giants

    Francis Newton Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player,... more on Wikipedia

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    #88 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#83 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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    Tom Landry

    Tom Landry

    Cornerback, Kickoff returner

    BirthplaceMission, Texas

    AgeDied at 76 (1924-2000)

    TeamsNew York Yankees, Texas Longhorns football, New York Giants

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

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    #7 of 61 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time#14 of 63 The Best NFL Head Coaches to Have a Beer With

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    George Atkinson

    George Atkinson

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

    Age73

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

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

    Antrel Rolle

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHomestead, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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

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    #21 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#36 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time

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    Merton Hanks

    Merton Hanks

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age52

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

    Morris Claiborne

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana

    Age30

    TeamsLSU Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

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