Famous American Football Players

Find out more about the greatest American Football Players, including Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, O. J. Simpson, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Tom Brady

Tom Brady.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Mateo, California

A record six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady is regarded by many as the greatest quarterback ever. At the age of 41, he became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Thanks to his good looks, he has also appeared in some television programs and commercial campaigns.

 2 O. J. Simpson

O. J. Simpson.
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Famous As: Former American Football Player
Birthdate: July 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
O J Simpson created a record breaking football career with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. He pursued a successful acting career and became a football broadcaster. However, the star footballer’s life took a dark turn when he was charged with the murders of his ex-wife and her friend and was later convicted in a kidnapping and armed robbery case.

 3 Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut
Died: April 19, 2017
Aaron Hernandez was a New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight-end. In 2013, he was convicted of Odin Llyod’s murder and sentenced to life without parole. He was also tried for a separate double homicide but was acquitted. He later committed suicide inside his cell and was posthumously diagnosed with CTE.

 4 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers.
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Famous As: American football quarterback
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chico, California, United States

Aaron Rodgers, who has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in the history of the National Football League (NFL), is regarded by many as one of the greatest football quarterbacks ever. Also known for his humanitarian and charitable efforts, Aaron Rodgers is an ardent supporter of the MACC Fund, which is a fund-raising organization.

 5 Patrick Mahomes II

Patrick Mahomes II.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: September 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas
NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, son of former MLB player Pat Mahomes, led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl win in 2019. He also became the second African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP award. His $503 million contract extension was the most expensive in sporting history.

 6 Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

 7 Rob Gronkowski

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amherst, New York, United States

Widely regarded as the greatest tight end of all time, Rob Gronkowski is also considered one of the best American football players of his generation. Also one of the most popular players, thanks to his larger-than-life personality, Rob Gronkowski has set many National Football League (NFL) records as a tight end.

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 8 Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

An American professional football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick began playing for 49ers’ as a backup quarterback and later played a pivotal role in them reaching the 2013 NFL championship. Also a civil rights activist, he attracted a lot praise and criticism when in 2016, he refused to stand for the US national anthem as a form of protest against racial injustice.

 9 Michael Oher

Michael Oher.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis

Former American football player, Michael Oher had been associated with the Baltimore Ravens for the major part of his career. He also played for the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers for a while. He had a very tough childhood and sought solace in playing sports. After years of struggle, he finally emerged as a successful sportsman.

 10 Cam Newton

Cam Newton.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

American football quarterback for New England Patriots, Cam Newton shot to fame when he led Auburn Tigers to the 2010 BCS National Championship, won the Heisman Trophy and was selected by Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft. In the subsequent nine seasons with the Panthers, he emerged as star player and even bagged NFL’s top player spot in 2016.

 11 Drew Brees

Drew Brees.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

After 5 years with the San Diego Chargers, NFL quarterback Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints. In 2010, he was the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and the co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Drew is considered one of the best passers in NFL.

 12 Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

American footballer, Russell Wilson, plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and is considered one of the best players ever. In NFL history, he is one of two quarterbacks with a career passer rating over 100. In October 2020, he was inducted in an exclusive group, the Madden 99 club of the popular ‘Madden 21’ video game.

 13 Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick
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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 14 Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown.
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Famous As: American football wide receiver
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Antonio Brown is an American football player and one of the most popular wide receivers in the history of the National Football League (NFL). Controversy's favorite child, Brown is a testimony to the fact that one's personal behavior can have a major impact on their professional life; his off-the-field controversies have marred his otherwise illustrious playing career.

 15 LaVar Ball

LaVar Ball.
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
LaVar Ball, father of basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball, once played professional American football. He has appeared on the reality show Ball in the Family and owns the clothing company Big Baller Brand. He once had an infamous feud with Donald Trump over LiAngelo’s arrest in China.

 16 Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States

Known to his fans as the “Big Ben,” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had captained his high-school basketball, baseball, and football teams. The multitalented 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year stunned everyone when he became the youngest starting quarterback to score a Super Bowl victory in 2006.

 17 Tony Romo

Tony Romo.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: April 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Tony Romo is a former American football player. Romo played as a quarterback and represented the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for 14 seasons. After his retirement, which was caused mainly by a back injury, Tony Romo became the lead color analyst for CBS Sports' NFL telecasts.

 18 Eli Manning

Eli Manning.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, brother of Peyton Manning, is one of only five players to have won multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He initially played for the University of Mississippi and eventually led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. He is known for his match-winning Helmet Catch.

 19 Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr..
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Famous As: American Football Wide Receiver
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

 20 Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa, United States

 21 JJ Watt

JJ Watt.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin

JJ Watt is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He also plays defensive tackle in some situations. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Besides sports, he co-hosts the Fox game show, Ultimate Tag.

 22 Brett Favre

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Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi

Brett Favre is a former American football player who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers. Apart from being a retired player with several achievements and records under his belt, Favre is also a philanthropist; in 1996, he set up the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, which has donated over $2 million to charities.

 23 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders.
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 24 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw.
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Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.

 25 Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States

 26 Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: April 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Football running back Marshawn Lynch, also known as Beast Mode, initially played for UCB and was then drafted by the Buffalo Bills. He was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won Super Bowl XLVIII. He retired twice, only to get back to playing both the times.

 27 Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA

 28 Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Dimas, California, United States

Alex Morgan is an American soccer player who helped her national team win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups. Thanks to her popularity, Morgan has appeared in several magazines and TV shows. Her numerous endorsement deals have made her one of the highest-paid American sportswomen. In 2019, she was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 29 Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, Illinois

 30 Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redwood City, California, United States

 31 Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan.
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Famous As: American Football Player, Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Michael Strahan is a journalist, television personality, and former professional American football player. Strahan helped the New York Giants, where he spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career, win the Super Bowl XLII. After retiring from football, Michael Strahan co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, for which he received a couple of Daytime Emmy Awards.

 32 Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States

 33 Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sulphur, Louisiana
An injury to starter Tony Romo made Dak Prescott fill in as a starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, and his performance earned him the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. This former Mississippi player became one of three rookies to be included in the 2016-17 Pro Bowl.

 34 Randy Moss

Randy Moss.
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Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rand, West Virginia
NFL wide receiver Randy Moss set a record for the highest number of receiving touchdowns in a season. The Minnesota Vikings player became the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and retired after playing with the San Francisco 49ers. He gave rise to the term “getting mossed.”

 35 Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

 36 Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States

 37 Terry Crews

Terry Crews.
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Famous As: Actor, American Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flint

Terrence Crews is an actor, comedian, activist and a body-builder. He’s also a former professional football player. He has starred in sitcoms like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Plus, he has acted in many movies including the Expendables series. In 2017, Crews talked about a sexual assault on him by a Hollywood executive. He fiercely advocates for women's rights.

 38 Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield
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Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: April 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

 39 Joe Montana

Joe Montana.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: June 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Eagle
Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana, nicknamed Joe Cool, mostly played for the San Francisco 49ers, winning four Super Bowls with them. ESPN’s 25th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century, Montana was the first player to be Super Bowl MVP thrice and was part of the Pro Bowl eight times.

 40 Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

 41 Joe Namath

Joe Namath.
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: May 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beaver Falls

Joe Namath is a former football player who was named on The Sporting News' 100 Greatest Football Players list in 1999. He established himself as a sports icon and a pop culture icon after guaranteeing a victory to his team, New York Jets, over the favorites, Baltimore Colts, and then helping his team win Super Bowl III against the Colts.

 42 Andy Reid

Andy Reid
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Famous As: Coaches
Birthdate: March 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 43 Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Covina, California, United States

 44 Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palestine, Texas, United States

Adrian Peterson is an American football player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League (NFL), Peterson became the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards in 2013. He is currently playing for the Detroit Lions.

 45 DK Metcalf

DK Metcalf
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi, United States

 46 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson.
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Famous As: Former Baseball & Football Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.

Former professional baseball and football player Bo Jackson has the distinction of being the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both the sports. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, he pursued his other interests following his retirement from sports in the 1990s. He has acted in a few TV shows, playing minor characters.

 47 Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz helped his team top the NFC Playoffs, which led to their first Super Bowl win. He was the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards with no WR over 500 yards. His AO1 Foundation works for underprivileged people. He also loves hunting. 

 48 Nick Saban

Nick Saban
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia

 49 Alex Smith

Alex Smith.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington, United States
NFL quarterback Alex Smith led the Utah Utes to the national top five, during his college days. He was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and played with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. He returned to the ground in 2020, after recovering from a life-threatening injury.

 50 Jim Brown

Jim Brown
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, United States