Best NFL Players from Virginia University
One of the hottest topics of debate among NFL fans has always been who the best players are and why they’re considered the best. I personally have my favorites, and most of them are Virginia homegrown players. If you’re a connoisseur of the sport, you’ll know where the recruiting hotbeds lie, and that Virginia is regarded as a football state.
Virginia produces the seventh-most players in the league, not counting the out-of-state kids who play college ball in Virginia. So I’ve taken the time to put together my top 8 picks for best NFL players from Virginia.
1. Ronde Barber (born 1975)
Jamael Orondé “Rondé” Barber is a retired NFL player who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 16 years. In the third round of the 1997 NFL draft, he was selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 66th overall pick. During his career, Barber was chosen for five Pro Bowls, acquired three first-team All-Pro picks, and was selected into the 2000s National Football League All-Decade Team.
2. Henry Jordan (1935-1977)
Henry Wendell Jordan was a player with a defensive tackle. He played for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns during his thirteen years NFL career. Jordan was picked in the 5th round of the NFL draft in 1957 by the Cleveland Browns. Two years later, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers for a fourth-round draft pick. While he was at Green Bay, he was selected to four Pro Bowls between 1960 and 1966, and he was the MVP in the 1961 Pro Bowl. He retired at 35 years old after receiving several injuries in the 1969 season.
3. William McGarvey “Bullet Bill” Dudley (1921-2010)
Bill Dudley was a professional football player in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. He was selected into the 1972 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the 1966 Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the only player touchdown reception, rushing touchdown, an interception return for touchdown, fumble return for a touchdown, kickoff return for touchdown, punt return for touchdown, and a touchdown pass. He was born in Bluefield, Virginia and died at the age of 88 years old.
4. Herman Moore (born in 1969)
Herman Joseph Moore is a former college and professional American football player. In the NFL he was a wide receiver for twelve seasons. In 1991, he was the Detroit Lions’ first-round draft pick and went on to break practically all of Detroit’s receiver records. Between 1991 to 2001 (11 seasons) he played in 145 games and was a four-time Pro Bowler.