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The Most Likable Active NFL Players 

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Updated November 25, 2019 4.2k votes 289 voters 1.4k views 51 items

List Rules Vote up the players it's impossible to hate.

Are you ready for some (very nice) football! Even though football is a gritty game of tough competitors, the sport is filled with the kind of likable players fans love to have on their teams. 

Players can come off as likable for a litany of reasons: maybe they're on your favorite team, they can do a lot of good off the field with charity work, perhaps they have a goofy personality that keeps you following them on social media, or they may even be killing it on your fantasy team this year. Whatever the reason may be, these likable NFL players have all left their mark in the hearts of football fans everywhere.

Players like Patrick Mahomes and Saquon Barkley are young stars in the league, but they're humble and gracious, always making time for fans, in particular young fans and kids. J.J. Watt is one of th fiercest competitors in the league, but he was also named Walter Payton Man of the Year for his charity and volunteer work.

So while these players are all warriors on the field, they are also some of the nicest NFL players off the field. So vote for the most likable gridiron monsters, and feel free to add any players you don't see who you think belong on the list.

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Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Patrick Mahomes II

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League ...more
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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Wide receiver from Minneapolis

Teams: Arizona Cardinals

Age: 32

Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at ...more
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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Quarterback from Cincinnati

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Age: 30

Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Defensive end from Waukesha

Teams: Houston Texans

Age: 26

Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans with ...more
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Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Saquon Barkley

Teams: New York Giants

Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State for three ...more
6
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Christian McCaffrey

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Juju Smith-Schuster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

John Sherman "JuJu" Smith-Schuster (born November 22, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Tight end from Madison

Teams: San Franscisco 49ers

George Krieger Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more
9
Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Outside Linebacker and Defensive end from Dallas

Teams: Denver Broncos

Age: 29

Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas ...more
10
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Linebacker from Cincinnati

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

Age: 24

Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played all eight seasons of his professional career with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football ...more
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Lamar Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
trjdavey added Lamar Jackson

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville ...more
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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Wide receiver from Foley

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Age: 30

Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more
13
DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Wide receiver from Central

Teams: Arizona Cardinals

Age: 23

DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the first round of ...more
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Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Michael William Thomas Jr. (born March 3, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State ...more
15
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

Age: 24

Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He ...more
16
Deshaun Watson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Quarterback from Gainesville

Teams: Houston Texans

Derrick Deshaun Watson (born September 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and led ...more
17
Teddy Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Theodore Bridgewater Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Louisville, and was ...more
18
Gardner Minshew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at East Carolina, ...more
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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Running back from Coconut Grove

Teams: Buffalo Bills

Age: 32

Franklin Delano "Frank" Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more
20
Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Quarterback from Gilbert

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Age: 33

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. ...more
21
Nick Bosa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Defensive end from Fort Lauderdale

Teams: San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa (born October 23, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.
22
Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Khalil Mack

Teams: Chicago Bears

Age: 27

Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Raiders fifth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Adam Thielen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Wide receiver from Detroit Lakes

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Adam John Thielen (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Minnesota State ...more
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Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Nicholas Jamaal Chubb (born December 27, 1995) is an American football running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was ...more
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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Tight end from Elizabethton

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 36

Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and sports broadcaster. He played college football for ...more