Famous Black American Football Players

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 1 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.

 

 2 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.

 3 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

 4 Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson.
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States

 5 LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson.
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosebud, Texas, United States

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 Ed Reed

Ed Reed
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States

 9 Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 10 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

Michael Vick is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons during which he represented successful teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets. Michael Vick is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he has established a couple of nonprofit organizations namely The Vick Foundation and Michael Vick Foundation.  

 11 Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: September 23, 2020

 12 Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yulee, Florida, United States

 13 Eric Dickerson

Eric Dickerson
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Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: September 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sealy, Texas, USA

 14 Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bedford, Texas, United States

 15 Julio Jones

Julio Jones.
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Foley, Alabama

American football player Julio Jones has been an important member of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL since 2011. Renowned for his leaping and catching ability, Jones is considered one of the greatest receivers ever and the best wide receiver of the current generation. He became the fastest to reach 10,000 receiving yards in the history of NFL in 2018.

 16 Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florida City, Florida, United States
Died: November 27, 2007

 17 Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spring Valley, California, United States

 18 Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 19 Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 20 Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia, United States

 21 Earl Campbell

Earl Campbell
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, USA

 22 Le’Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
NFL running back Le'Veon Bell currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. He is a three-time Pro Bowl and a two-time First-team All-Pro. He later experimented with music, under the pseudonym “Juice” and released an album.

 23 Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wrightsville, Georgia, United States

 24 Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Compton, California

Richard Sherman is an American football player who currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Prior to his association with the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman represented the Seattle Seahawks and helped them win their first Super Bowl. Richard Sherman is widely considered one of the greatest cornerbacks in the history of the National Football League.

 25 Steve McNair

Steve McNair
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, USA
Died: July 4, 2009

 26 Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norcross, Georgia, United States

 27 Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

 28 JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster.
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Famous As: American Football Wide Receiver
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster became the youngest player to score 2,500 career receiving yards and the first NFL player to score five touchdowns before 21. He was a Rose Bowl champion at USC. He is immensely popular on social-media platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok

 29 Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston

 30 Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

 31 Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

 32 Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pearson, Georgia, United States

 33 Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 34 Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy.
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Famous As: Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan

Former American football player and coach, Tony Dungy, currently works as an advisor for the professional football team, The Houston Texans. An evangelical Christian, Dungy has been an integral part of several community service organizations over the years. Also a writer, Dungy claims that his memoir Quiet Strength has touched the lives of many.

 35 Bob Sapp

Bob Sapp
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

 36 Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Salem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: May 18, 1963
Footballer Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. The Syracuse University player was later drafted by the NFL team Cleveland Browns. However, he died of leukemia at 23, without playing a single professional game. His story inspired the movie The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

 37 Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams
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Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: May 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 38 Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Brandon Marshall is a retired American football legend, who is nicknamed ‘The Beast’ for his ability to handle tackles as a wide receiver. Although his career in the National Football League spanned over 13 years and 179 matches, he never played in a playoff. His association with the sport continued as appears on the television as an analyst.

 

 39 Trey Lance

Trey Lance
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marshall, Minnesota, United States

 40 Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt
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Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: August 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States

 41 Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 42 Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 43 Tim Howard

Tim Howard
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, United States

 44 Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Pierce, Florida, USA

 45 Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States

 46 James Harrison

James Harrison
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

 47 Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: February 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 48 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

 49 Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 50 JaMarcus Russell

JaMarcus Russell.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
NFL quarterback JaMarcus Russell gained fame since his LSU days, having won the MVP there. He was then drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was released after 2 years, due to his inconsistency and alleged lack of work ethics, thus becoming the biggest disappointment of the team.