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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?"
  • Deion Sanders1

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, United States of America


    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

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    #997 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#132 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • Ronnie Lott2

    Ronnie Lott

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America


    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

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    #2 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time#3 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

  • Charles Woodson3

    Charles Woodson

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceSebring, Ohio, United States of America


    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

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

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    #7 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#1 of 87 The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

  • Champ Bailey4

    Champ Bailey


    BirthplaceFort Campbell, Kentucky


    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

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    #2 of 44 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time#15 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

  • Dick Lane5

    Dick Lane


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    AgeDied at 75 (1927-2002)

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

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    #1 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#3 of 119 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

  • Darrelle Revis6

    Darrelle Revis


    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania


    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

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    #70 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time#7 of 106 The Best New York Jets of All Time

  • Mel Blount7

    Mel Blount

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceVidalia, Georgia


    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

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

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

  • Darrell Green8

    Darrell Green


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas


    TeamsWashington Redskins

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

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    #1 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#2 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

  • Lem Barney9

    Lem Barney

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi


    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native...  more
  • Mel Renfro10

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America


    Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback...  more
  • Nnamdi Asomugha11

    Nnamdi Asomugha


    BirthplaceLafayette, Louisiana, United States of America


    TeamsOakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

    Nnamdi Asomugha ( NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a Nigerian-American actor,...  more
  • Willie Brown12

    Willie Brown


    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi


    William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former...  more
  • Herb Adderley13

    Herb Adderley

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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    #24 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#34 of 86 The Best NFL Players From Pennsylvania

  • Mike Haynes14

    Mike Haynes


    BirthplaceDenison, Texas


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

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    #421 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#189 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Ty Law15

    Ty Law

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America


    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

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    #9 of 37 The Best Kansas City Chiefs Cornerbacks Of All Time#1 of 43 The Best New England Patriots Cornerbacks Of All Time

  • Ronde Barber16

    Ronde Barber

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceBlacksburg, Virginia, United States of America


    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

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

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    #1 of 80 Twins in Sports#64 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Troy Brown17

    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina


    TeamsNew England Patriots, Marshall Thundering Herd football

    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
  • Cortland Finnegan18

    Cortland Finnegan

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida


    TeamsSamford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

    Cortland Temujin Finnegan (born February 2, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He...  more
  • Everson Walls19

    Everson Walls

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas


    TeamsCleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

    Everson Collins Walls (born December 28, 1959) is a former American football defensive back...  more
  • Frank Gifford20

    Frank Gifford

    Running back, Cornerback

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America


    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New York Giants

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

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    #88 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#95 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • Tom Landry21

    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

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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

  • George Atkinson22

    George Atkinson

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia


    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

    George "Butch" Henry Atkinson Jr. (born January 4, 1947) is a former professional American...  more
  • Antrel Rolle23

    Antrel Rolle

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHomestead, Florida


    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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

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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

  • Merton Hanks24

    Merton Hanks

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas


    Merton Edward Hanks (born March 12, 1968) is a former American football player who was a...  more
  • Morris Claiborne25

    Morris Claiborne


    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana


    TeamsLSU Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

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