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One-Team NFL Players

Can you name these players who played their entire NFL career with just one team?
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Last updated: July 10, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 23, 2011
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Team
Years
Player
Ravens
1996–2012
Ray Lewis
Cardinals
2004–2020
Larry Fitzgerald
Lions
1989–1998
Barry Sanders
2007–2015
Calvin Johnson
Broncos
1983–1998
John Elway
Giants
2004–2019
Eli Manning
1993–2007
Michael Strahan
1981–1993
Lawrence Taylor
1979–1993
Phil Simms
Bears
1975–1987
Walter Payton
Dolphins
1983–1999
Dan Marino
Team
Years
Player
Colts
1996–2008
Marvin Harrison
Panthers
2012–2019
Luke Kuechly
Steelers
2004–2021
Ben Roethlisberger
2003–2014
Troy Polamalu
1970–1983
Terry Bradshaw
Cowboys
1989–2000
Troy Aikman
1988–1999
Michael Irvin
1969–1979
Roger Staubach
Seahawks
1976–1989
Steve Largent
Bills
1986–1996
Jim Kelly
Browns
1957–1965
Jim Brown
35 Comments
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Level 13
Jan 3, 2012
quizmaster, this list could be a lil longer, for instance darrell green played 20 years with only the redskins. joe theisamnn also played all his nfl games with the redskins, even though the dolphins drafted him he technically wasnt with them for any games and his time in the canadian league shouldnt count
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Level 20
Jan 11, 2017
Agreed
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Level 34
Apr 27, 2012
good quiz
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2012
Any chance of taking Sims (one S) for Simms?
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Level 78
Mar 9, 2022
Why?
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Level 29
Apr 20, 2014
no gale sayers?
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2014
Richard Dent, Red Grange, Bart Starr, Fran Tarkenton, Marcus Allen.
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Level 44
May 24, 2014
Marcus Allen played for the Raiders and Chiefs.
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Level 63
Jul 23, 2014
Tarkenton played for the Giants and the Vikings
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Level 63
Jul 23, 2014
And Richard Dent played for the Bears and 49ers, as well as a couple of other teams
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Level 51
May 10, 2017
Why would you name five players if three of them played for other teams? Check yourself before Johnny Wishbone wrecks yourself.
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2015
What about Mean Joe Green?
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Level 76
Dec 30, 2017
threw that kid the towel. emotional.
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Level 44
Apr 28, 2015
derrick brooks- buccaneers

brian urlacher- bears

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Level 87
Oct 22, 2016
Omitted Hall of Famers that fit:

Gale Sayers, Anthony Munoz, Ozzie Newsome, Randy White, Bart Starr, Raymond Berry, Jackie Slater, John Hannah, Andre Tippett, Harry Carson, Fred Biletnikoff, Ray Guy, Gene Upshaw, Chuck Bednarik, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Bruce Matthews, Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, Russ Grimm

I'd say Sayers, Newsome, Starr, Guy, Greene, Fouts, and Baugh could be added without making the quiz any harder...

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Level 76
Jun 18, 2018
Derrick Thomas.
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Level 84
Mar 28, 2017
John Brodie, QB, San Francisco 49ers (17 seasons)

Ken Anderson, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (16 seasons)

Merlin Olsen, DT, Los Angeles Rams. (15 seasons)

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Level 68
Jun 19, 2017
Jim Kelly played American Football for another team, the Houston Gamblers in the USFL, from 1983-1985. I'm also not sure if this counts, but John Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, and was then traded.
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Level 23
Oct 25, 2017
Elway was drafted indy
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2017
Actually it was the Baltimore Colts at the time--Irsay had not moved the team yet.
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Level 63
Dec 30, 2017
Earl Campbell and also some players, like Billy Joe Dupree, that played for the Cowboys can be added to the list.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2018
Love this quiz but would love to see a much longer list.
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Level 75
Nov 16, 2018
Maybe add position, that would make the quiz a lot easier, plus, there could be two players who only played for the Browns between 1957 and 1965
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Level 59
Jun 15, 2023
otto graham?
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Level 27
Feb 12, 2019
Brian Urlacher?
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Level 69
Dec 31, 2022
Donald Driver retired in 2012; always a Packer.
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Level 91
Jul 10, 2023
Disappointed to see how few people are guessing the Seahawk here. No doubt a generational thing. He pulled off one of the best plays I've ever seen, in a game against the Broncos. The safety blatantly interfered with him and picked the pass. This guy gets up, goes to the ref, screams at him for not calling interference, then runs downfield, hits the safety so hard he causes a fumble, and recovers the fumble. The kind of play that only a certain kind of player could make.
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Level 63
Jul 13, 2023
Agreed. Unfortunate how unrecognized Largent is now.
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Level 56
Sep 14, 2023
But almost as many named him as Phil Simms. I don't understand how phil simms scored less than half the amount scored by Eli Manning (unless, of course, people were drafting his brother as the Colts player forgetting that superbowl drubbing that the Seahawks gave him).
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Level 78
Jul 10, 2023
Thanks for the break on some of the spellings.
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Level 64
Jul 11, 2023
Let's include Joe Thomas who didn't miss a game his first 10 years with the Browns, making the Pro Bowl every year.
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Level 75
Jul 13, 2023
love you added Megatron as a type-in!
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Level 63
Sep 13, 2023
If we don’t count those 4 snaps, Aaron Rodgers still qualifies.
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Level 57
Sep 13, 2023
Wowwww, too soon. This made me laugh.
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Level 90
Sep 13, 2023
Funny but maybe too soon.