The Lonestar State is an absolute hotbed of young football talent, and this has translated to a massive number of Texans in the NFL. At the start of 2021, Texas trailed only Florida in producing NFL players at 189.
We know there’s a ton of talent coming from where the stars at night shine big and bright, but who are the five who currently lead the charge?
Top 5 NFL Players From Texas
5: Trent Williams (OT, San Francisco 49ers – Longview, TX)
Let’s hear it for the hog mollies! Trent Williams’s NFL career has been nothing short of impressive. The giant man from Longview, Texas, has been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl eight times and was named Second Team All-Pro in 2015.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle is currently the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, making just over $23 million per year. Although Williams battled injuries on and off, he has largely been a pillar of consistency and helped anchor the offensive lines in Washington and San Francisco over his stellar career.
4: Patrick Mahomes (QB, Kansas City Chiefs – Whitehouse, TX)
Patrick Mahomas isn’t having the best statistical year of his career, but the Chiefs’ quarterback is an absolute football icon after racking up a regular season MVP award in 2018, a Super Bowl win, and a Super Bowl MVP award.
Mahomes is arguably THE face of the currently NFL, and he has Kansas City primed for another playoff run as it presently sits at 9-4 and in first place in the AFC West.
3: Matt Stafford (QB, Los Angeles Rams – Dallas, TX)
One might argue that Matt Stafford is not actually from Texas; the veteran quarterback was actually born in Florida and also lived in Georgia growing up. However, Stafford played his high school ball in Dallas, which makes him a Texas football product for all intents and purposes.
Stafford has been an outstanding passer in the NFL for more than a decade, and his recent move from Detroit to the LA Rams has given his career and hopes of a Super Bowl new life. The Rams’ gunslinger has already passed for more than 3,600 yards and 30 touchdowns this year, and he has his team contending for a playoff spot.
2: Myles Garrett (DE, Cleveland Browns – Arlington, TX)
Garrett is a contender for NFL Defensive Player of the Year this season after already accumulating 15 sacks, which currently ranks second only to T.J. Watt (16). The 6-4, 272-pound defensive end is an absolute physical specimen, and he has all the tools to be a dominant player for years to come.
Much of the Browns’ success this year has stemmed from the physical, relentless play of their defense, led by Garrett, who is simply a joy to watch rush off the edge.
1: Kyler Murray (QB, Arizona Cardinals – Allen, TX)
The Cardinals’ signal caller may be diminutive (5-foot-10, 206 pounds), but what he lacks in size, he makes up for with intelligence, athleticism, and arm strength.
Murray currently ranks No. 1 in the NFL in passer rating among quarterbacks at 112.2, and he has Arizona primed for a deep playoff run. The Cardinals sit in first place in the NFC West, and Murray’s leadership and performance have been impressive, to say the least.