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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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1
12,053 5,344
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
9,901 4,412
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
10,027 5,185
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
9,719 3,893
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
6,937 3,889
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
10,318 6,240
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
7,506 3,832
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

8
5,671 3,054
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
8,215 5,847
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
6,737 2,963
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
5,110 2,712
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

12
5,164 3,028
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
5,349 2,797
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
4,190 1,725
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

15
3,908 1,752
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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16
4,093 2,116
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

17
4,935 2,147
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

18
5,425 2,559
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

19
5,403 2,882
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

20
3,544 2,175
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

21
4,006 1,969
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

22
5,276 1,535
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
3,028 1,627
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
3,065 1,570
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
4,034 1,879
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
2,506 1,280
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
2,324 1,467
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

28
3,065 1,420
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

29
2,453 1,426
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
2,451 1,487
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
3,486 1,976
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

32
2,249 961
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

33
2,394 1,324
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
2,216 821
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

35
2,073 1,477
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

36
2,853 1,695
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

37
3,042 1,595
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

38
2,287 1,359
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

39
1,940 1,251
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

40
2,123 1,125
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

41
2,760 1,791
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

42
2,107 940
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

43
1,632 1,101
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

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44
1,713 1,268
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

45
1,988 1,148
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

46
2,549 1,321
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

47
1,991 968
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

48
2,087 1,323
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

49
1,736 818
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
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50
2,318 1,507
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback