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List of Famous Football Guards

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

List is made up of many different items, including Vince Lombardi and John Hannah.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest guard of all time?" and "Who are the best guards of all time?"
  • 1
    Nick Buoniconti

    Nick Buoniconti

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America


    Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti (December 15, 1940 – July 30, 2019) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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    #107 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#39 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 2
    John Hannah

    BirthplaceCanton, Georgia


    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

    John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left... more on Wikipedia

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    #17 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#9 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

  • 3
    Bruce Matthews

    Bruce Matthews

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina


    TeamsTennessee Titans

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

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    #120 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#8 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time

  • 4
    Steve Hutchinson

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America


    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Michigan Wolverines football, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings

    Steven J. Hutchinson (born November 1, 1977) is a former American football guard who played... more on Wikipedia

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    #5 of 87 The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time#30 of 135 The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time

  • 5
    Larry Allen

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America


    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Sonoma State Seawolves football, Dallas Cowboys

    Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who... more on Wikipedia

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    #18 of 51 The Best NFL Players From California#2 of 139 The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

  • 6
    Jim Parker

    Jim Parker

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    AgeDied at 71 (1934-2005)

    James Thomas Parker (April 3, 1934 – July 18, 2005) was an American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia

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    #57 of 83 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time#57 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Georgia

  • 7
    Gene Upshaw

    BirthplaceRobstown, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 63 (1945-2008)

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Eugene Josiah Upshaw Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008), also known as "Uptown Gene" and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Mark Schlereth

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska, United States of America


    TeamsIdaho Vandals football, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos

    Mark Frederick Schlereth (; born January 25, 1966) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #26 of 67 The Best Sports Personalities on ESPN#49 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time

  • 9
    Jerry Kramer

    Jerry Kramer

    Guard, Placekicker

    BirthplaceJordan, Montana


    TeamsIdaho Vandals football, Green Bay Packers

    Gerald Louis Kramer (born January 23, 1936) is a former professional American football player,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Conrad Dobler

    Conrad Dobler


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois


    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals

    Conrad Francis Dobler (born October 1, 1950) is a retired American football offensive guard in... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Will Shields

    Will Shields


    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas


    Will Herthie Shields (born September 15, 1971) is a former college and professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Russ Grimm

    BirthplaceScottdale, Pennsylvania


    Russell Scott "Russ" Grimm (born May 2, 1959) is a former American football guard for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Chris Myers

    Chris Myers

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America


    TeamsDenver Broncos, Houston Texans

    Christopher Myers Jr. (born September 15, 1981) is a former American football center. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Richie Incognito

    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey


    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Richard Dominik Incognito Jr. (born July 5, 1983) is an American football offensive guard for... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Forrest Gregg

    Forrest Gregg

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceBirthright, Texas, Texas


    Alvis Forrest Gregg (October 18, 1933 – April 12, 2019) was an American football player and... more on Wikipedia

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    #50 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#17 of 286 The Best Green Bay Packers Of All Time

  • 16
    Steve Wisniewski

    Steve Wisniewski

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceRutland City, Vermont


    Steve Wisniewski (born April 7, 1967), nicknamed "The Wiz", is a former offensive guard who... more on Wikipedia

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    #20 of 94 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time#34 of 173 The Best Oakland Raiders Of All Time

  • 17
    Aaron Taylor

    Aaron Taylor

    Offensive Lineman, Guard



    Aaron Matthew Taylor (born November 14, 1972) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #30 of 82 The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time#26 of 69 The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time

  • 18
    Tommy Nobis

    Tommy Nobis

    Guard, Linebacker

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas


    TeamsTexas Longhorns football

    Thomas Henry Nobis Jr. (September 20, 1943 – December 13, 2017) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Barrett Jones

    BirthplaceCollierville, Tennessee


    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, St. Louis Rams

    Barrett Jones (born May 25, 1990) is a former American football guard. He played college... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Ed Sprinkle

    Ed Sprinkle

    Defensive end, Guard


    AgeDec. at 91 (1923-2014)

    Edward Alexander Sprinkle (September 3, 1923 – July 28, 2014) was an American football player.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Robert Gallery

    Robert Gallery

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceManchester, Iowa


    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeyes football

    Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is a former American football offensive guard who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Chester Pitts

    Chester Pitts

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California


    TeamsHouston Texans

    Chester Morise Pitts II (born June 26, 1979) is a former American football offensive lineman... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Randall McDaniel

    Randall McDaniel

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona


    Randall Cornell McDaniel (born December 19, 1964) is an American former football player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Joe DeLamielleure

    Joe DeLamielleure

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan


    Joseph Michael DeLamielleure ( də-LAH-mə-LOR; born March 16, 1951) is a former American... more on Wikipedia

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    #35 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#14 of 162 The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

  • 25
    Chris Snee

    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey


    TeamsNew York Giants

    Christopher Snee (born January 18, 1982) is a former American football guard who played his... more on Wikipedia