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The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Updated June 2, 2020 19.4k votes 1.4k voters 11.2k 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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    Larry Fitzgerald

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Age37

    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
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    J. J. Watt

    Houston Texans

    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
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    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    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
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    609
    245

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    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
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    375
    129

    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Washington Football Team

    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
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    188

    George Kittle

    San Franscisco 49ers

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Age27

    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
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    174

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    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
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    140

    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    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
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    145

    Julio Jones

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age32

    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 at Alabama,...  more
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    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    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
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    145

    DeAndre Hopkins

    Arizona Cardinals

    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
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    144

    Aaron Donald

    Los Angeles Rams

    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
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    Frank Gore

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    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
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    Von Miller

    Denver Broncos

    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
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    Matthew Stafford

    Los Angeles Rams

    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
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    Gardner Minshew

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFlowood, Mississippi, USA

    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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    Teddy Bridgewater

    New Orleans Saints

    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
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    Adam Thielen

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit Lakes, Minnesota

    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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    Juju Smith-Schuster

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    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
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    Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears

    Age30

    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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    Deshaun Watson

    Houston Texans

    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
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    Lamar Jackson

    Baltimore Ravens

    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
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    Nick Bosa

    San Francisco 49ers

    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
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    Jason Witten

    Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceElizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

    Age39

    Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is a retired American football tight end. He played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and 1 season for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football...  more
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    Stefon Diggs

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceGaithersburg, Maryland

    Age27

    Stefon Mar'sean Diggs (born November 29, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round...  more
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