Famous Black American Football Players

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Deion Sanders
(Former American Football Player, Coach and Only Athlete to Play in Both 'Super Bowl' and 'World Series')
Deion Sanders
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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.

 

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Michael Strahan
(Former Professional American Football Player and Television Personality)
Michael Strahan
18
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
(Football Player)
Jim Brown
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Birthdate: February 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, United States
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Adrian Peterson
(One of the Greatest Running Backs in American Football History)
Adrian Peterson
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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.

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Aaron Donald
(American football player)
Aaron Donald
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Birthdate: May 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Lawrence Taylor
(Former American football Outside linebacker)
Lawrence Taylor
11
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
 7 
Emmitt Smith
(Former American Professional Football Player Who Played in the Running Back Position)
Emmitt Smith
7
Birthdate: May 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Emmitt Smith is a former American footballer who helped the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League win three Super Bowl championships between 1993 and 1996. He remains NFL's all-time leading rusher and is the only running back to win a Super Bowl. A humanitarian, Smith is credited with founding a nonprofit organization called the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.

 8 
Charles Woodson
(Football player)
Charles Woodson
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Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States
 9 
Patrick Mahomes II
(The Third African-American Quarterback to Win A Super Bowl)
Patrick Mahomes II
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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.
 10 
LaDainian Tomlinson
(American football player)
LaDainian Tomlinson
9
Birthdate: June 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosebud, Texas, United States
 11 
Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)
Michael Irvin
4
Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
 12 
Russell Wilson
(American Football Player Who Plays as a Quarterback)
Russell Wilson
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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.

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Odell Beckham Jr.
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Odell Beckham Jr.
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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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Tony Gonzalez
(American Football Player)
Tony Gonzalez
6
Birthdate: February 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
 15 
Ed Reed
(Football player)
Ed Reed
7
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States
 16 
Bo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player, the Only Professional Athlete in History to be Named an 'All-Star' in Both)
Bo Jackson
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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.

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John David Washington
(Former American Football Player & Actor Known for His Roles in Series 'Ballers' and Films: 'BlacKkKlansman' and 'Tenet')
John David Washington
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Son of famous actor, Denzel Washington, John David Washington is a former professional footballer who played in the NFL Europe and the United Football League (UFL). He co-produced a film, The Book of Eli, and rose to fame as an actor with HBO drama series, Ballers. He later starred in critically acclaimed films, such as BlacKkKlansman and Tenet.

 18 
Kyler Murray
(American football player)
Kyler Murray
6
Birthdate: August 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bedford, Texas, United States
 19 
Derrick Henry
(American football player)
Derrick Henry
9
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yulee, Florida, United States
 20 
Gale Sayers
(American Football Player)
Gale Sayers
6
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: September 23, 2020
 21 
Tyreek Hill
(American football player)
Tyreek Hill
9
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pearson, Georgia, United States
 22 
Eric Dickerson
(American Football Players)
Eric Dickerson
6
Birthdate: September 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sealy, Texas, USA
 23 
Jalen Hurts
(American football player)
Jalen Hurts
10
Birthdate: August 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
 24 
Reggie Bush
(American football player)
Reggie Bush
9
Birthdate: March 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spring Valley, California, United States
 25 
Sean Taylor
(American football player)
Sean Taylor
11
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florida City, Florida, United States
Died: November 27, 2007
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Julio Jones
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Julio Jones
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Birthdate: 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.

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Franco Harris
(American Football Player)
Franco Harris
3
Birthdate: March 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA
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Calvin Johnson
(American football player)
Calvin Johnson
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia, United States
 29 
Steve McNair
(American Football Player)
Steve McNair
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Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, USA
Died: July 4, 2009
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Henry Ruggs
(American football Player)
Henry Ruggs
4
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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Dwayne Haskins
(American football player)
Dwayne Haskins
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Birthdate: May 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, New Jersey, United States
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Herschel Walker
(American football player)
Herschel Walker
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Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wrightsville, Georgia, United States
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Earl Campbell
(American Football Player)
Earl Campbell
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, USA
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Jameis Winston
(American Football Player)
Jameis Winston
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Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
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Justin Fields
(American football player)
Justin Fields
4
Birthdate: March 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
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Dak Prescott
(American Football Quarterback)
Dak Prescott
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Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sulphur, Louisiana, United States
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.
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Trey Lance
(American football player)
Trey Lance
5
Birthdate: May 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marshall, Minnesota, United States
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Todd Gurley
(American football player)
Todd Gurley
10
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Alvin Kamara
(American football player)
Alvin Kamara
5
Birthdate: July 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norcross, Georgia, United States
 40 
JuJu Smith-Schuster
(American Football Wide Receiver)
JuJu Smith-Schuster
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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
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Ndamukong Suh
(American football player)
Ndamukong Suh
11
Birthdate: January 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
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Marvin Harrison
(American Football Player)
Marvin Harrison
8
Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Stefon Diggs
(American football player)
Stefon Diggs
4
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
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Khalil Mack
(American Football Player)
Khalil Mack
10
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
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Trevon Diggs
(American football player)
Trevon Diggs
3
Birthdate: September 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
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Jalen Ramsey
(American football player)
Jalen Ramsey
5
Birthdate: October 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States
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Leonard Fournette
(American football player)
Leonard Fournette
5
Birthdate: January 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Demaryius Thomas
(Demaryius Antwon Thomas)
Demaryius Thomas
3
Birthdate: December 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montrose, Georgia, USA
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Teddy Bridgewater
(American football player)
Teddy Bridgewater
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Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
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Kareem Hunt
(American football Player)
Kareem Hunt
3
Birthdate: August 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States