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Home of the New Orleans Saints in the NFL and multiple Division I College Football programs such as the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, the state of Louisiana is a football talent-producing machine.

What’s maybe most impressive about the players who have come out of Louisiana is the diversity. The wide receiver talent is remarkable, but so are the running backs, linemen and defensive backs. There is also a long list of quarterback talent with a whole host of Super Bowl rings.

Current NFL Players from Louisiana

Louisiana has produced an impressive group of NFL players both past and present. Here we look at the best active NFL players from Louisiana currently playing in the 2022 NFL season.

On offense, guys like Dak Prescott, Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark, Jarvis Landry, Ja’Marr Chase, Ceedee Lamb, Justin Jefferson, DeVonta Smith and offensive tackle La’el Collins all came out of the south-eastern state.

Then on defense, the current NFL players you have from Louisiana are Tyrann Mathieu, Devin White, Deion Jones, Derek Stingley Jr, L’Jarius Sneed and Justin Reid.

This Louisiana team would give any other state in the country a run for their money. There’s talent at every position, and a lot of it, with almost 80 players on NFL rosters coming from the boot.

Famous NFL Players from Louisiana

Many of the most famous players to come from Louisiana will feature on today's list, including two brothers who share four Super Bowl titles and now, post-retirement, a game time TV show.

Terry Bradshaw is also one of the most famous names on the list as one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the game and, of course, Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell shot to fame overnight following ‘the catch’ - you know the one - and he’s now one of the most famous celebrity football players of all time. Not only did he grow up in Baton Rouge but stayed home and played college football for the LSU Tigers too.

Ranking the Top 10 All-Time NFL Players from the state of Louisiana

Before we get started, there are a few honorable mentions that deserve a shoutout. The talented football genes run so deep in Louisiana that the list could have gone on forever. So shout out to guys like Mark Duper, Stephen Gostkowski, Warwick Dunn, Alan Faneca and Aeneas Williams, who have all been excellent football players.

As for players still building a legacy, there are so many who could one day feature on this list. Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb and DeVonta Smith are all amongst the best young wide receivers in the NFL right now, each writing their own legacy, while Dak Prescott and Leonard Fournette are also building a career to be remembered.

10. Jarvis Landry | Wide Receiver

Born: November 28, 1992 - Metairie, Louisiana

Years Active: 2014-Present

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints

Awards: 5x Pro Bowl, NFL Receptions Leader (2017)

Jarvis Landry played at LSU alongside teammate and close friend Odell Beckham Jr. The two were reunited for a period of time in Cleveland, before moving on to new teams.

Landry was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, where he would break the team's rookie receptions record, catching 84 passes.

The former LSU wideout holds the record for the most receptions by any player through their first six years in the league. Landry spent four years in Miami, followed by another two in Cleveland, totalling 564 career receptions in those years. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl five times, posted over 7,700 receiving yards so far in his career, and scored 38 total touchdowns.

9. Andrew Whitworth | Offensive Tackle

Born: December 12, 1981 - Monroe, Louisiana

Years Active: 2006-2021

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, LA Rams

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, Walter Payton Man of the Year, 2x First-Team All Pro, 4x Pro Bowl

Andrew Whitworth recently retired after winning the Super Bowl as a member of the LA Rams. It was the perfect way to cap off a 16-year pro career, explaining to his children that he was going to be home with them from now on, as the confetti rained down on the field in the Rams blue and gold.

Whitworth is highly regarded as one of the sturdiest tackles of his generation, an exceptional leader, and a very kind individual. He won the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2021, presented to the player who shows the most commitment to philanthropy and the community.

The 6ft7in offensive tackle played his college football at LSU, and won the National Championship with the team in 2003. He is now a football analyst, featuring on the Thursday Night Football show.

8. Tyrann Mathieu | Safety

Born: May 13, 1992 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Active: 2013-Present

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, 3x First Team All-Pro, 3x Pro Bowl

Tyrann Mathieu’s talent during his time with the LSU Tigers was undeniable. As a sophomore, he had won the Chuck Bednarik award, presented to the best defensive player in college football. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and a consensus All-American. The following season, he was dismissed. Mathieu had violated team rules resulting in his dismissal, and turned his attention to the NFL Draft. His talent was undeniable, but teams had their reservations. It was with the support of Cardinals star Patrick Peterson that Mathieu landed in Arizona.

Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, openly talking about his past and his journey to turning things around. Mathieu is now a three-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First Team All-Pro safety and a Super Bowl Champion with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mathieu signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2022, returning to play in his hometown. ‘The Honey Badger’ is one of the league's most diverse and skilled safeties.

7. Odell Beckham Jr | Wide Receiver

Born: November 5, 1992 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Years Active: 2014-Present

Teams: New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, 3x Pro Bowl

OBJ was looking like a promising rookie, but it was that Sunday Night Football catch, on primetime, in front of the whole football world, that sent Odell into NFL stardom overnight. The catch was on the front page of every paper, sports outlet and TV show the following morning, and the league had itself a new superstar.

Beckham Jr is incredibly talented at the position, often displaying impressive one-handed catches and a burst of speed that will put him out of sight in a hurry. Odell became Eli Manning's favorite target in New York for multiple seasons before his retirement, including the wide receivers rookie year. OBJ became the first player in NFL history to record 75 receptions, 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie, and he broke the NFL record for the most rookie receiving yards per game.

A couple of years later, Odell had become the fastest player in league history to both 200 receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl in all three of his first three seasons in New York.

Following a couple of years in Cleveland, Odell moved to the LA Rams, where he would play a pivotal role in the team’s playoff run. OBJ caught a touchdown in the Super Bowl before tearing his ACL and exiting the game. He will forever have one of the league's greatest ever moments, and now has a Super Bowl ring to go with it.

6. Reggie Wayne | Wide Receiver

Born: November 17, 1978 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Active: 14

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, First Team All Pro, 6x Pro Bowl, NFL Receiving Yards Leader (2007)

Reggie Wayne spent all 14 seasons of his pro career with the Indianapolis Colts. He was a first-round draft pick in 2001, having played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.

Wayne would team up with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, and by his third season became an integral part of the offense. In year four, Reggie Wayne posted his first 1,000-yard season with a career high 12 touchdown catches. He would go on to record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his career, with an eighth in 2012.

The Colts star receiver was part of the Super Bowl-winning team of the 2006 NFL season. Wayne caught a 53-yard touchdown in the game, and the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17. Reggie Wayne ranks 10th all time in receiving yards and receptions, retiring with 1,070 receptions, 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.

5. Eli Manning | Quarterback

Born: January 3, 1981 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Active: 2004-2019

Teams: New York Giants

Awards: 2x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, 4x Pro Bowl, most passing yards in a single postseason

Eli Manning famously beat Tom Brady twice to win his two Super Bowls, leading the New York Giants to NFL titles in the 2007 and 2011 seasons. He played in 210 consecutive games for the Giants, never missing a single game through injury between 2004 and 2017. He holds the third-longest streak of any NFL quarterback.

Manning played college football at Ole Miss, winning both the Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards, before being controversially drafted by the San Diego Chargers, a team he had expressed before the draft he would not play for. He was subsequently traded to the New York Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers, and that’s where Manning would spend his entire 16-year career.

Eli Manning holds the New York Giants franchise record for passing yards, touchdown passes and completions. He is eighth all time in NFL passing yards and ninth in touchdowns, having thrown for 57,023 passing yards and 366 touchdowns in his playing career.

4. Terry Bradshaw | Quarterback

Born: September 2, 1948 - Shreveport, Louisiana

Years Active: 1970-1983

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Awards: 4x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, First Team All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL Passing Touchdown Leader, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Terry Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty that saw tremendous success in the 1970s. With Bradshaw's leadership and arm talent, the Steelers won the Super Bowl four times in a six-year span (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1978). Bradshaw was the Super Bowl MVP in two of those four games.

The Steelers' legendary quarterback played 14 seasons in Pittsburgh, where he had been drafted with the No. 1 pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. He was named the MVP of the league in 1978, and is one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the league.

Bradshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

3. Marshall Faulk | Running Back

Born: February 26, 1973 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Active: 1994-2006

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 3x NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, 3x First Team All Pro, 7x Pro Bowl, NFL Rushing Touchdowns Leader (2000), 2x NFL Scoring Leader, Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk was selected second overall in 1994 by the Indianapolis Colts. Faulk quickly became an NFL sensation, rushing for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons in Indianapolis. Faulk had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his five years with the Colts, before being traded to the St. Louis Rams.

Faulk picked up where he left off after arriving in St. Louis, with three straight seasons of 1,300 yards rushing and a total of 37 rushing touchdowns across those three years. His contributions on the ground made up a large portion of the St. Louis Rams offense known as the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’, led by quarterback Kurt Warner. Faulk won the NFL MVP in 2000 as a part of that offense, as well as being named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year for three seasons in a row.

Faulk is ranked 12th all time on the NFL rushing leaderboard, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

2. Ed Reed | Safety

Born: September 11, 1978 - St Rose, Louisiana

Years Active: 2002-2013

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New York Jets

Awards: Super Bowl Champion, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 5x First Team All Pro, 9x Pro Bowl, 3x NFL Interceptions Leader, most career interceptions return yards, longest interception return (108 yards), tied most career postseason interceptions (9), most seasons leading league in interceptions, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ed Reed played college football for the Miami Hurricanes, and was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 24th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

The Ravens safety would go on to be one of the most decorated defensive players in the league’s history, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens in the 2012 season. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and still holds various records which will take some beating. Reed led the NFL in interceptions on three separate occasions, and holds the record for the most interception return yards, with a whopping 1,590 yards recorded.

A true ball hawk, Ed Reed is regularly praised by quarterbacks who played against him, including Tom Brady and his head coach Bill Belichick, who have noted that you always needed to account for Ed Reed. Reed was excellent at disguising his next move, and roamed free in the secondary for the majority of his career. His 64 career interceptions lands him sixth all time, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

1. Peyton Manning | Quarterback

Born: March 24, 1976 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Years Active: 1998-2015

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Awards: 2x Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, 5x NFL MVP, 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, 7x First Team All-Pro, 14x Pro Bowl, 3x NFL Passing Yards Leader, 4x NFL Passing Touchdown Leader, 2x NFL Completion Percentage Leader, most passing touchdowns in a season (55), most passing yards in a season record (5,477), tied most touchdown passes in a game (7), Pro Football Hall of Fame

The whole paragraph of awards and records held by Peyton Manning almost writes the segment itself. Manning is perhaps the greatest college football prospect to enter the NFL, having been a standout performer for the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Indianapolis Colts drafted Manning with the first overall pick in 1998. He immediately hit the record books, starting all 16 games as a rookie and setting both Colts and NFL records for rookie completions, passing attempts, yards and touchdowns.

He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Colts, having fought from behind to beat the Patriots in their playoff run and advance to the big game. Manning and the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, with the help of fellow Louisiana native Reggie Wayne.

Manning had to sit out the 2011 season with a severe neck injury that required surgery. He returned as a free agent, and landed with the Denver Broncos. At one point, his return to the football field had been in serious doubt, but in 2012 Manning returned as good as ever during his first season in Denver, and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

It was during his second season with the Broncos that he set career high numbers. Manning threw for 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns, both totals setting new NFL records in their respective categories. He would win his second Super Bowl in his final season before retiring.

Manning was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection across 18 NFL seasons. He had broken numerous NFL records by the time he retired, three of which he still holds, including the all-time game-winning drives record that Manning set at 54.

The former Colts and Broncos star’s five NFL MVP awards is the NFL record, ahead of Aaron Rodgers who has won four. Manning will always be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, with a highly decorated and remarkable career.

Parameters for Rankings

The top 10 Louisiana native players on this list have been ranked based on their individual achievements as football players. All of their individual accolades have been taken into consideration, including statistics, awards, records and championship titles.