Football Players, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or area code – you always notice players wanting to rep their home area.
Fans tend to do the same thing. It’s always more fun to pull for a player when they’re from your home state (or even your hometown), especially when that player also happens to be playing on your favorite team.
With all that in mind, we went through NFL.com and pulled the home states (or, in a few cases, countries) of every player on the 53-man active rosters for each team.
We found 9 players from the state of Arkansas.
NFL Players from Arkansas
Here are all 9 guys on NFL Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town they’re from and what team they play for.
|Pierre Strong||Little Rock||Arkansas||Cleveland Browns|
|Deuce Vaughn||Fayetteville||Arkansas||Dallas Cowboys|
|Montaric Brown||Ashdown||Arkansas||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Gregory Junior||Crossett||Arkansas||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Nick Mullens||Little Rock||Arkansas||Minnesota Vikings|
|BJ Thompson||England||Arkansas||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brandon Allen||Fayetteville||Arkansas||San Francisco 49ers|
|Dre Greenlaw||Conway||Arkansas||San Francisco 49ers|
|Hunter Henry||Little Rock||Arkansas||New England Patriots|
Here is a closer look at a few of the standout players from the state of Arkansas:
Hunter Henry, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, grew up in a city known for its historical significance and vibrant culture. Henry attended Pulaski Academy in his hometown, where he excelled as a tight end and became one of the top recruits in the nation.
His high school career was highlighted by impressive statistics and several state championships. Choosing to stay close to home, Henry played college football at the University of Arkansas, where he continued to showcase his exceptional skills as a tight end.
His remarkable college career, marked by numerous accolades including the Mackey Award, led to his selection in the NFL Draft. Henry’s Arkansas roots are evident in his playing style, which combines physicality with technical prowess.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nick Mullens began his football journey at Spain Park High School in Alabama. In high school, Mullens demonstrated his potential as a skilled quarterback, setting several school records.
He then attended Southern Mississippi University, where he broke numerous school records, including most passing yards and touchdowns, previously held by NFL legend Brett Favre.
Mullens’ progression from a high school star in Alabama to a record-setting college quarterback and then to the NFL highlights his deep understanding of the game and his ability to adapt to different levels of competition.
Brandon Allen was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a city with a rich cultural scene and a strong sense of community. He attended Fayetteville High School, where he led the football team to a state championship and earned recognition as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country.
Allen stayed in his hometown for college, playing for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. During his college career, he was known for his strong arm and leadership qualities, setting several school records.
His transition to the NFL from Fayetteville represents not just a step up in his athletic career but also the fulfillment of a lifelong dream that began in the fields of Arkansas.
Hall of Fame Players from Arkansas
In addition to the current players from Arkansas, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the NFL Hall of Fame:
|Willie Roaf||Pine Bluff||2012|
|Bobby Mitchell||Hot Springs||1983|
|Lamar Hunt||El Dorado||1972|
|Don Hutson||Pine Bluff||1963|