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The Most Likable Active NFL Players

Updated June 2, 2020 17.4k votes 1.2k voters 9.4k 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 Fitzgerald1
    769
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    Larry Fitzgerald

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Age32

    Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for...  more
  • J. J. Watt2
    526
    170

    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
  • Patrick Mahomes II3
    642
    235

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    PositionQuarterback

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Russell Wilson4
    562
    203

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age27

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Christian McCaffrey5
    394
    154

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionRunning back, Return specialist

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and...  more
  • George Kittle6
    423
    170

    George Kittle

    San Franscisco 49ers

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    George Krieger Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San...  more
  • Luke Kuechly7
    328
    119

    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age24

    Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played...  more
  • Julio Jones8
    332
    122

    Julio Jones

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age26

    Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver...  more
  • Saquon Barkley9
    388
    157

    Saquon Barkley

    New York Giants

    PositionRunning back

    Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York...  more
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick10
    295
    113

    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGilbert, Arizona

    Age33

    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football...  more
  • DeAndre Hopkins11
    279
    126

    DeAndre Hopkins

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceCentral, South Carolina

    Age23

    DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the...  more
  • Deshaun Watson12
    265
    123

    Deshaun Watson

    Houston Texans

    PositionQuarterback

    Derrick Deshaun Watson (born September 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Von Miller13
    295
    149

    Von Miller

    Denver Broncos

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age26

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more
  • Aaron Donald14
    265
    132

    Aaron Donald

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionDefensive Tackle

    Age24

    Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the...  more
  • Juju Smith-Schuster15
    394
    232

    Juju Smith-Schuster

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionWide receiver

    John Sherman "JuJu" Smith-Schuster (born November 22, 1996) is an American football wide...  more
  • Frank Gore16
    220
    117

    Frank Gore

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceCoconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

    Age32

    Franklin Delano "Frank" Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the...  more
  • Gardner Minshew17
    244
    143

    Gardner Minshew

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionQuarterback

    Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Teddy Bridgewater18
    223
    133

    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
  • Lamar Jackson19
    293
    191

    Lamar Jackson

    Baltimore Ravens

    PositionQuarterback

    Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for...  more
  • Khalil Mack20
    181
    109

    Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears
    Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National...  more
  • Matthew Stafford21
    175
    109

    Matthew Stafford

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Age27

    John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Los...  more
  • Adam Thielen22
    169
    106

    Adam Thielen

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit Lakes, Minnesota

    Adam John Thielen (born August 22, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the...  more
  • Nick Bosa23
    212
    161

    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
  • Nick Foles24
    147
    106

    Nick Foles

    Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    Age26

    Nicholas Edward Foles (born January 20, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the...  more
  • Jason Witten25
    148
    108

    Jason Witten

    Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders

    PositionTight end

    BirthplaceElizabethton, Tennessee, USA

    Age38

    Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is a retired American football tight end. He...  more