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The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Updated June 2, 2020 20.5k votes 1.5k voters 12.5k views53 items

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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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    Arizona Cardinals
    936
    168

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Age38

    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 Pittsburgh,  ...more
  • 2
    Houston Texans
    623
    216

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceWaukesha, Wisconsin

    Age32

    Justin James "J.J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of  ...more
  • 3
    Washington Football Team
    430
    139

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGilbert, Arizona

    Age38

    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by  ...more
  • 4
    Seattle Seahawks
    644
    255

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age32

    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 University of  ...more
  • 5
    Kansas City Chiefs
    740
    303

    PositionQuarterback

    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 Baseball  ...more
  • 6
    San Franscisco 49ers
    523
    199

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Age28

    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 Iowa  ...more
  • 7
    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football
    405
    144

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age30

    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 League  ...more
  • 8
    Carolina Panthers
    479
    181

    PositionRunning back

    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 football  ...more
  • 9
    Tennessee Titans
    405
    156

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age32

    Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama,  ...more
  • 10
    New York Giants
    448
    188

    PositionRunning back

    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 seasons,  ...more
  • 11
    Los Angeles Rams
    330
    147

    PositionDefensive Tackle

    Age30

    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 played  ...more
  • 12
    Buffalo Bills
    287
    126

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCoconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

    Age38

    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 University of  ...more
  • 13
    Arizona Cardinals
    324
    161

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceCentral, South Carolina

    Age29

    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 the  ...more
  • 14
    Denver Broncos
    337
    176

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age32

    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 A&M,  ...more
  • 15
    Los Angeles Rams
    241
    118

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Age33

    John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was raised in Dallas, Texas, and went to Highland  ...more
  • 16
    Philadelphia Eagles
    292
    167

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFlowood, Mississippi, USA

    Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at East Carolina, before  ...more
  • 17
    New Orleans Saints
    264
    158

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age28

    Theodore Bridgewater Jr. is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Louisville, and was drafted  ...more
  • 18
    Chicago Bears
    215
    122

    PositionOutside linebacker

    BirthplaceFort Pierce, Florida

    Age30

    Khalil Delshon Mack (born February 22, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University at  ...more
  • 19
    Minnesota Vikings
    210
    121

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit Lakes, Minnesota

    Age31

    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
  • 20
    trjdavey addedBaltimore Ravens
    311
    221

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

    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 and  ...more
  • 21
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    402
    302

    PositionWide receiver

    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 football at USC  ...more
  • 22
    San Francisco 49ers
    238
    167

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    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.  ...more
  • 23
    Houston Texans
    279
    206

    PositionQuarterback

    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 the  ...more
  • 24
    Buffalo Bills
    170
    116

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceGaithersburg, Maryland

    Age27

    Stefon Mar'sean Diggs (born November 29, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of  ...more
  • 25
    Cleveland Browns
    152
    101

    PositionRunning Back

    Age26

    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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