The National Football League (NFL) has grown in popularity all over the world in recent years, and as a result, players from many countries are now playing at the highest level of American football.
So who are some of the Top 10 Foreign Born NFL Players?
While the majority of NFL players are still born in the United States, there have been a number of talented players who have come from other countries and made an impact in the league.
In this article, we will be looking at the top 10 NFL players born outside of the USA, and those who have enhanced the game through their global interest in the sport.
Sebastian Janikowski was born in Poland and went on to become one of the most successful kickers in NFL history. He played for the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks during his career and was known for his incredible leg strength and accuracy.
Lawrence Okoye was born in the United Kingdom and played college football at the University of Missouri before being signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. He played defensive tackle for the team and was known for his incredible athleticism and strength.
Menelik Watson was born in Manchester, England and played college football at Florida State University before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played offensive tackle for the team and was known for his strength and athleticism.
Markus Kuhn was born in Germany and played college football at North Carolina State University before being drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played defensive tackle for the team and was known for his strength and ability to disrupt opposing offenses.
Moritz Böhringer was born in Germany and was the first player to be drafted directly from a European football league. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and played wide receiver for the team.
Efe Obada was born in Nigeria and played college football in London before being signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He played defensive end for the Carolina Panthers and was known for his strength and ability to rush the passer.
Jermaine Eluemunor was born in London and played college football at Texas A&M University before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has played offensive guard and tackle for the Ravens and New England Patriots and is known for his strength and versatility.
Christian Scotland-Williamson was born in England and played rugby before being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program. He has played tight end for the team and is known for his size and athleticism.
Joel Bitonio was born in California but is of Lebanese descent and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Lebanon. He has played offensive guard for the Cleveland Browns since being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Bjoern Werner was born in Germany and played college football at Florida State University before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played defensive end for the team and was known for his ability to rush the passer.
These players have all made significant contributions to the NFL despite coming from outside of the United States. They have proven that talent can come from anywhere in the world and that the NFL truly is a global sport. As the league continues to grow in popularity around the world, we can expect to see more and more players from outside of the USA continue to make their mark on the league.
And no, we didn’t forget about Danish great Morten Anderson, we just need to devote a whole article to him!