American Football is a sport almost exclusive to the United States, but the organization behind the league, the NFL, is known in all the continents of the world. Also, there are several football leagues in Europe, Mexico and other parts of the world that from time to time send players to schools in the US.

Since 1920 there are reports of foreigners playing in the NFL, among them are the Nesser brothers of German origin (John Nesser and Phil Nesser). A player from a famous island, Cuba, played in the NFL during 1927, his name was Ignacio Saturnino "Lou" Molinet.

The only continent that has not sent players to the NFL is Antarctica, it would be crazy for a player to come from such a desolate place where there is supposedly no life, according to the governments of the world.

How many foreign players are active in the NFL right now?

89 international players are active for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, most of them were born in another country but have lived most of their lives in the United States, while others are already U.S Citizens.

Most of the foreign players are really good at what they do since traveling from their countries to play in the NFL requires talent, but there is the other factor that they were influenced by college football in the country.

Birthplace Nationality Player Position Debut Current team
 American Samoa  USA Penei Sewell OT 2021 Detroit Lions
 Australia  Australia Michael Dickson P 2018 Seahawks
 Australia  Australia Jordan Berry P 2015 Vikings
 Australia  Australia Daniel Faalele OT 2022 Ravens
 Australia  Australia Cameron Johnston P 2017 Texans
 Australia  Australia Arryn Siposs P 2020 Eagles
 Australia  Australia Mitch Wishnowsky P 2019 SF 49ers
 Australia  Australia Matt Leo DE 2020 Eagles
 Australia  Australia Jordan Mailata OT 2018 Eagles
 Austria  Austria Sandro Platzgummer RB 2021 NY Giants
 Austria  Austria Bernhard Raimann OT 2022 Colts
 Austria  Austria Bernhard Seikovits TE 2021 Cardinals
 Bahamas  Bahamas Michael Strachan WR 2021 Colts
 Belgium  USA Corliss Waitman P 2020 Broncos
 Belize  Belize Rakeem Nuñez-Roches DE 2015 Buccaneers
 Brazil  Brazil Cairo Santos K 2014 Bears
 Cameroon  Cameroon Arnold Ebiketie DE 2022 Falcons
 Canada  Canada Eli Ankou NT 2017 Buffalo Bills
 Canada  Canada Tevaughn Campbell CB 2019 Chargers
 Canada  Canada Chase Claypool WR 2020 Steelers
 Canada  Canada Christian Covington DT 2015 Chargers
 Canada  Canada Drew Desjarlais G 2022 Patriots
 Canada  Canada Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OG 2014 Free agent
 Canada  Canada Neville Gallimore DE 2020 Cowboys
 Canada  Canada Michael Hoecht DE 2020 LA Rams
 Canada  Canada Jevon Holland FS 2021 Dolphins
 Canada  Canada Chuba Hubbard RB 2021 Panthers
 Canada  Canada Ryan Hunter G 2018 Chargers
 Canada  Canada Brett Jones C 2015 Free Agent
 Canada  Canada Nikola Kalinic FB/TE 2022 Colts
 Canada  Canada Brayden Lenius WR 2022 Falcons
 Canada  Canada Jesse Luketa OLB 2022 Cardinals
 Canada  Canada John Metchie III WR 2022 Texans
 Canada  Canada J.J. Molson K 2020 Packers
 Canada  Canada Josh Palmer WR 2021 Chargers
 Canada  Canada Nathan Shepherd DE 2018 New York Jets
 Canada  Canada Benjamin St-Juste CB 2021 Commanders
 Canada Saint Vincent N'Keal Harry WR 2019 Patriots
 Canada  USA Alaric Jackson OT 2021 LA Rams
 Chile  Chile Sammis Reyes TE 2021 Commanders
 Congo  Canada Jonathan Kongbo DE 2022 Broncos
 Denmark  Denmark Hjalte Froholdt OG 2019 Browns
 England  Nigeria Julian Okwara DE 2020 Detroit Lions
 Germany  Germany David Bada DT 2020 Commanders
 Germany  Germany Marcel Dabo DB 2022 Colts
 Germany  Germany Aaron Donkor OLB 2021 Seahawks
 Germany  Germany Dominik Eberle K 2020 Packers
 Germany  Germany Jakob Johnson FB 2019 Raiders
 Germany  USA Vyncint Smith WR 2018 Buccaneers
 Ghana  USA Brian Asamoah LB 2022 Vikings
 Greece  Greece George Karlaftis DE 2022 Chiefs
 Greece  USA Kyle Hamilton SS 2022 Ravens
 Guinea  Liberia/USA Kwity Paye DE 2021 Colts
 Haiti  Haiti Lewis Cine S 2022 Vikings
 Italy  Italy Max Pircher OT 2021 LA Rams
 Jamaica  Jamaica Corey Ballentine CB 2019 Falcons
 Jamaica  Jamaica Danielle Hunter DE 2015 Vikings
 Jamaica  Jamaica Matt Peart OT 2020 NY Giants
 Japan  USA DaeSean Hamilton WR 2018 Texans
 Kosovo  Canada Lirim Hajrullahu K 2020 Panthers
 Liberia  Liberia Kelvin Harmon WR 2019 Commanders
 Mexico  Mexico Isaac Alarcón OT 2020 Cowboys
 Mexico  Mexico Alfredo Gutierrez G 2021 SF 49ers
 Netherlands  Netherlands Thomas Odukoya TE 2022 Titans
 Nigeria  Nigeria/USA Nelson Agholor WR 2015 Patriots
 Nigeria  Nigeria Jeremiah Attaochu OLB 2014 Bears
 Nigeria  Nigeria Ben Banogu DE 2019 Colts
 Nigeria  UK Efe Obada DE 2015 Commanders
 Nigeria  Nigeria Emmanuel Ogbah OLB 2016 Dolphins
 Nigeria  Canada Amen Ogbongbemiga OLB 2021 Chargers
 Nigeria  Nigeria/ UK David Ojabo OLB 2022 Ravens
 Nigeria  Nigeria Chukwuma Okorafor OT 2018 Steelers
 Nigeria  Nigeria Romeo Okwara DE 2016 Detroit Lions
 Nigeria  Nigeria/Canada David Onyemata DT 2016 NO Saints
 Nigeria  Nigeria Joseph Ossai DE 2021 Bengals
 Scotland  UK/USA Graham Gano K 2009 NY Giants
 Scotland  UK Jamie Gillan P 2019 NY Giants
 South Africa  South Africa Greg Joseph K 2018 Vikings
 South Korea  South Korea Younghoe Koo K 2017 Falcons
 Spain  Spain J. J. Arcega-Whiteside WR 2019 Eagles
 Tonga  Tonga Star Lotulelei DT 2013 Free agent
 Tonga  Tonga Netane Muti OG 2020 Broncos
 Trinidad Tobago  Trinidad Tobago Javon Kinlaw DT 2020 SF 49ers
 Turkey  Turkey/USA Chris Conley WR 2015 Texans
 USA  Canada/USA Brett Rypien QB 2019 Broncos
 USA  Germany/USA Amon-Ra St. Brown WR 2021 Detroit Lions
 USA  Germany/USA Equanimeous St. Brown WR 2018 Bears
 USA  Nigeria/USA Foyesade Oluokun LB 2018 Jaguars
 Venezuela  Venezuela José Borregales K 2021 Buccaneers