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Current Asian NFL Players ( And Past )

The National Football League (NFL) has always been a melting pot of diverse talent, with players from various backgrounds and cultures coming together to compete at the highest level. Among these athletes, a group of remarkable individuals of Asian descent have been steadily making their mark on the gridiron while making considerable amounts of income . Asian NFL players are not only defying stereotypes but also breaking barriers as they excel in one of America’s most popular sports.

Have Asians played in the NFL?

Less than 2% of all in NFL players in history have been of Asian ehtnicity.

List of Asian NFL Players (Currently Active)

Atlanta Falcons
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Younghoe Koo

  • Ethnicity – Korean
  • Birthplace – Seoul , South Korea
  • Year Drafted/Signed – 2017 ( Chargers )
  • NFL Position – Placekicker
Minnesota Vikings
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Camryn Bynum

  • Ethnicity – Filipino American
  • Birthplace – Corona, California
  • Year Drafted/Signed – 2021 (Vikings)
  • NFL Position – Safety
Arizona Cardinals
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Kyler Murray

  • Ethnicity – Korean American
  • Birthplace – Bedford, Texas
  • Year Drafted/Signed – 2019 (Cardinals)
  • NFL Position – Quarterback
Buffalo Bills
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Taylor Rapp

  • Ethnicity – Chinese American
  • Birthplace – Atlanta, GA
  • Year Drafted/Signed – 2019 (Rams)
  • NFL Position – Safety
Las Vegas Raiders
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Josh Jacobs

  • Ethnicity – Filipino American / African American
  • Birthplace – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Year Drafted/Signed – 2019 (Raiders)
  • NFL Position – Runningback

Asian NFL Players All Time

Hines Ward

  • Career Span: 1998–2011
  • Brief Description: Hines Ward is a former wide receiver known for his toughness and versatility. He played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • NFL Position: Wide Receiver
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Teams Played For: Pittsburgh Steelers

Teddy Bruschi

  • Career Span: 1996–2008
  • Brief Description: Teddy Bruschi was a linebacker and defensive end who spent his entire career with the New England Patriots. He was a key part of the Patriots’ defense during their championship years.
  • NFL Position: Linebacker/Defensive End
  • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Teams Played For: New England Patriots

Eugene Chung

  • Career Span: 1992–1997
  • Brief Description: Eugene Chung is a former offensive lineman who became the first Asian American to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
  • NFL Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Birthplace: Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA
  • Teams Played For: New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Chung

  • Career Span: 2009–2020
  • Brief Description: Patrick Chung is a safety known for his versatility and physical play. He spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots.
  • NFL Position: Safety
  • Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Teams Played For: New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles

Dat Nguyen

  • Career Span: 1999–2005
  • Brief Description: Dat Nguyen is a former linebacker who played his entire NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was the first Vietnamese-American to play in the NFL.
  • NFL Position: Linebacker
  • Birthplace: Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, USA
  • Teams Played For: Dallas Cowboys

Roman Gabriel

  • Career Span: 1962–1977
  • Brief Description: Roman Gabriel was a quarterback and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He played for multiple teams during his career.
  • NFL Position: Quarterback
  • Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
  • Teams Played For: Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

Doug Baldwin

  • Career Span: 2011–2018
  • Brief Description: Doug Baldwin was a wide receiver known for his precise route running and clutch performances. He spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks.
  • NFL Position: Wide Receiver
  • Birthplace: Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA
  • Teams Played For: Seattle Seahawks

Will Demps

  • Career Span: 2002–2009
  • Brief Description: Will Demps was a safety who played for several teams during his career, including the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants.
  • NFL Position: Safety
  • Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  • Teams Played For: Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Houston Texans

Kalif Raymond

  • Career Span: 2016–present (as of my last knowledge update in January 2022)
  • Brief Description: Kalif Raymond is a wide receiver and return specialist known for his speed. He has played for multiple teams in the NFL.
  • NFL Position: Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
  • Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
  • Teams Played For: Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions

Scott Fujita

  • Career Span: 2002–2012
  • Brief Description: Scott Fujita was a linebacker known for his leadership on and off the field. He played for several teams during his career.
  • NFL Position: Linebacker
  • Birthplace: Camarillo, California, USA
  • Teams Played For: Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns

Timmy Chang

  • Career Span: 2006 (preseason with Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Brief Description: Timmy Chang was a quarterback who spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason but did not play in regular-season games.
  • NFL Position: Quarterback
  • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Teams Played For: Philadelphia Eagles (preseason)

Darryl Kan

  • Career Span: 1981–1989
  • Brief Description: Darryl Kan was an offensive lineman who played for the San Francisco 49ers during his NFL career.
  • NFL Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Teams Played For: San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Chillar

  • Career Span: 2004–2011
  • Brief Description: Brandon Chillar was a linebacker known for his versatility. He played for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams during his career.
  • NFL Position: Linebacker
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Teams Played For: St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers

Johnnie Morton

  • Career Span: 1994–2005
  • Brief Description: Johnnie Morton was a wide receiver who played for several teams during his NFL career, including the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.
  • NFL Position: Wide Receiver
  • Birthplace: Torrance, California, USA
  • Teams Played For: Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers

Ed Wang

  • Career Span: 2010–2012
  • Brief Description: Ed Wang was an offensive lineman who played for the Buffalo Bills during his NFL career.
  • NFL Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Birthplace: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
  • Teams Played For: Buffalo Bills

John Lee

  • Career Span: 1986 (preseason with St. Louis Cardinals)
  • Brief Description: John Lee was a placekicker who spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals during the preseason but did not play in regular-season games.
  • NFL Position: Placekicker
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Teams Played For: St. Louis Cardinals (preseason)

Ryan Santoso

  • Career Span: 2018–present (as of my last knowledge update in January 2022)
  • Brief Description: Ryan Santoso is a kicker and punter who has played for several teams, including the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
  • NFL Position: Kicker/Punter
  • Birthplace: Pace, Florida, USA
  • Teams Played For: Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers
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Has there been an Asian Quarterback in the NFL?

Historically:

  • Arthur Matsu: In 1928, Matsu became the first Asian-American quarterback in the NFL when he played for the Dayton Triangles.
  • Roman Gabriel:  ( pictured above) Filipino-American Gabriel played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962 to 1973, winning the NFL MVP award in 1969 and becoming the first Asian/Pacific Islander quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.

Presently:

  • Kyler Murray: Currently starting for the Arizona Cardinals, Murray identifies as both Korean American and African American. He was drafted first overall in 2019 and won the Heisman Trophy as a college player.