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The Most Likable Active NFL Players 

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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
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
Arizona Cardinals
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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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Houston Texans
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) 4 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Saquon Barkley
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
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Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Christian McCaffrey
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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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Seattle Seahawks
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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Juju Smith-Schuster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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
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
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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Atlanta Falcons
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
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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football
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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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Los Angeles Rams
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
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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Denver Broncos
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
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Lamar Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
trjdavey added Lamar Jackson
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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DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Houston Texans
DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992), nicknamed "Nuk", is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the ...more
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Deshaun Watson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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
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Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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
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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Buffalo Bills
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
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Nick Bosa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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.
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Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
San Francisco 49ers
Marquise Derell Goodwin (born November 19, 1990) is an American football wide receiver and kick returner for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former Olympian ...more
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Teddy Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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
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Gardner Minshew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Dallas Cowboys
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
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Nick Chubb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
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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Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Detroit Lions
John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was raised in Dallas, Texas, and went to ...more
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Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likable Active NFL Players
Khalil Mack
Chicago Bears
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