Famous Black American Football Players

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 1 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: American Football player, Baseball Player
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 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

 5 Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor
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Famous As: Former American football Outside linebacker
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

 6 Charles Woodson

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

 7 Patrick Mahomes II

Patrick Mahomes II
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Famous As: The Third African-American Quarterback to Win A Super Bowl
Birthdate: September 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States
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.
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 8 Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
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.

 9 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

 10 Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin
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Famous As: Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver
Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 11 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

 12 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.  

 13 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson
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Famous As: American Football Player, Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

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.

 14 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

 15 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

 16 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

 17 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

 18 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

 19 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

 20 Eric Dickerson

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

 21 Julio Jones

Julio Jones
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Foley, Alabama, United States

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.

 22 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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, New Jersey, United States

 26 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

 27 Earl Campbell

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

 28 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

 29 Henry Ruggs

Henry Ruggs
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Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 30 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

 31 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

 32 JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster
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Famous As: American Football Player
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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 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

 36 Ndamukong Suh

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

 37 Bob Sapp

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

 38 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

 39 Josh Gordon

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

 40 Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

 41 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

 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 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

 44 Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas
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Famous As: Demaryius Antwon Thomas
Birthdate: December 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montrose, Georgia, USA

 45 Trevon Diggs

Trevon Diggs
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 46 Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson
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Famous As: Bass-Bariotone Singer
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

 47 Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 48 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

 49 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

 50 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