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With 63 biographies, American Football Players are the 83rd most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Pilots, Mafiosos, and Snookers.


Pantheon has 63 people classified as american football players born between 1903 and 1997. Of these 63, 53 (84.13%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living american football players include Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Dan Marino. The most famous deceased american football players include O. J. Simpson, Jim Brown, and Dick Butkus. As of April 2024, 4 new american football players have been added to Pantheon including Travis Kelce, Joe Flacco, and Joe Burrow.

Living American Football Players

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Deceased American Football Players

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Newly Added American Football Players (2024)

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Most american football players were born in United States (61), Philippines (1), and South Korea (1). By city, the most common birth places were Pittsburgh (2), New Orleans (2), and San Francisco (1).The most common death places of american football players were United States (10). By city, these were Las Vegas (1), Los Angeles (1), and Malibu, California (1).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as american football players in Pantheon are Johnny Unitas, Aldo Donelli, and Red Grange.  The concentration of american football players was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier american football players are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which American Football Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 10 most globally memorable American Football Players since 1700.