As the NFL turns 100 years old, we look back at the most famous football player from every state.
Small towns across America have produced some exceptional football talent, including Eatonville, Florida (Deacon Jones); Castle Rock, Colorado (Christian McCaffrey); and Rand, West Virginia (Randy Moss).
From Tom Brady’s record number of Super Bowl wins to Brett Favre’s record number of career pass completions, these are some of the most talented players in NFL history.
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In its 100 years, the NFL has seen some record-breaking, mind-boggling talent.
Among the stand-out players is Tom Brady, who announced March 17 that he’s leaving the New England Patriots after a record-breaking, 20-season career.
Brady is likely the best-known player from California in NFL history — but every state has produced accomplished players. We determined the best-known football players from across the country based upon a number of factors, including records broken, stand-out game moments, presence in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and pop culture infamy. We’ve named the most talented past and present football players born in every state — rather than those who have played for a certain state — for our ultimate list of the most famous athletes throughout the history of the game.
From Rob Gronkowski’s record-smashing triumphs to Brady’s sixth Super Bowl trophy, these players were responsible for some truly memorable moments you may have been fortunate enough to witness. Keep reading to see the most famous football player from your state … and whether or not you agree.
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ALABAMA: Terrell Owens
The former wide receiver, who was born in Alexander City, Alabama, smashed numerous records during his 15-season career, amassed 15,934 yards for five teams, and was selected to six Pro Bowls. T.O. was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018 — but famously skipped the ceremony because of what he saw as a two-year delay in voting him in.
ALASKA: Mark Schlereth
The offensive lineman was the first Alaskan to win a Super Bowl when the Washington Redskins won in 1992. He won the Lombardi Trophy twice more — with the Denver Broncos in 1998 and 1999. Born in Anchorage, Schlereth was nicknamed “Stink” after “stinkhead,” an Alaskan dish of fermented fish heads — and his penchant for emptying his bladder while still in uniform didn’t help. He’s now an analyst for Fox Sports.
ARIZONA: Randall McDaniel
McDaniel, who was born in Phoenix, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1988 draft and remained there until 1999, before finishing his career with the Buccaneers. He played 202 consecutive starts and was elected to 12 straight Pro Bowls. Considered one of the finest offensive linemen in NFL history, McDaniel was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
ARKANSAS: Willie Roaf
Roaf, who was born in Pine Bluff, played 13 seasons in the NFL (for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs), 11 Pro Bowls, and was named a member of the NFL’s …read more
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