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The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Updated June 2, 2020 14.7k votes 903 voters 7.0k views53 items

List RulesVote 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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    Larry Fitzgerald
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Russell Wilson
    458
    145

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age31

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Patrick Mahomes II
    522
    175

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    PositionQuarterback

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    J. J. Watt
    408
    144

    J. J. Watt

    Houston Texans

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceWaukesha, Wisconsin

    Age31

    Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Juju Smith-Schuster
    355
    138

    Juju Smith-Schuster

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    John Sherman "JuJu" Smith-Schuster (born November 22, 1996) is an American football wide... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Saquon Barkley
    341
    131

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

    Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Christian McCaffrey
    327
    125

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    George Kittle
    347
    137

    George Kittle

    San Franscisco 49ers

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Age26

    George Krieger Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Julio Jones
    271
    95

    Julio Jones

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age31

    Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Luke Kuechly
    275
    104

    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

    Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    DeAndre Hopkins
    232
    101

    DeAndre Hopkins

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceCentral, South Carolina

    Age28

    DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Von Miller
    254
    118

    Von Miller

    Denver Broncos

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age31

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    215
    95

    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGilbert, Arizona

    Age37

    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Aaron Donald
    228
    105

    Aaron Donald

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionDefensive Tackle

    Age29

    Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Deshaun Watson
    207
    107

    Deshaun Watson

    Houston Texans

    PositionQuarterback

    Derrick Deshaun Watson (born September 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Gardner Minshew
    215
    124

    Gardner Minshew

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFlowood, Mississippi, USA

    Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lamar Jackson
    248
    151

    Lamar Jackson

    Baltimore Ravens

    PositionQuarterback

    Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Teddy Bridgewater
    198
    114

    Teddy Bridgewater

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age27

    Theodore Bridgewater Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Frank Gore
    174
    105

    Frank Gore

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age37

    Franklin Delano "Frank" Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Khalil Mack
    157
    98

    Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears

    Age29

    Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Adam Thielen
    144
    97

    Adam Thielen

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit Lakes, Minnesota

    Age30

    Adam John Thielen (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Nick Bosa
    190
    145

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Matthew Stafford
    141
    101

    Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Lions

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Age32

    John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Jason Witten
    132
    95

    Jason Witten

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceElizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

    Age38

    Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Dallas... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Aaron Jones
    118
    84

    Aaron Jones

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

    Aaron LaRae Jones (born December 2, 1994) is an American football running back for the Green... more on Wikipedia