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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
+ - 11,847 5,193
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
+ - 9,745 4,270
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
+ - 9,884 5,040
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
+ - 9,559 3,781
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
+ - 6,798 3,776
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
+ - 7,378 3,751
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

7
+ - 10,028 6,105
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

8
+ - 5,582 2,972
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
+ - 8,091 5,762
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
+ - 6,639 2,904
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
+ - 5,046 2,649
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

12
+ - 5,085 2,984
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
+ - 5,268 2,740
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
+ - 4,113 1,685
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

15
+ - 4,041 2,070
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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16
+ - 3,849 1,714
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

17
+ - 4,847 2,108
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

18
+ - 5,349 2,520
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

19
+ - 3,507 2,131
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

20
+ - 5,326 2,846
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

21
+ - 3,967 1,919
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

22
+ - 5,193 1,495
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
+ - 2,985 1,595
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
+ - 3,029 1,534
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
+ - 3,956 1,830
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
+ - 2,457 1,253
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
+ - 2,290 1,437
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

28
+ - 3,015 1,386
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

29
+ - 2,416 1,390
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
+ - 2,411 1,459
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
+ - 3,441 1,937
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

32
+ - 2,199 927
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

33
+ - 2,167 793
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

34
+ - 2,355 1,298
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

35
+ - 2,047 1,449
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

36
+ - 1,911 1,222
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

37
+ - 2,967 1,553
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

38
+ - 2,094 1,100
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

39
+ - 2,817 1,671
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

40
+ - 2,721 1,767
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

41
+ - 2,254 1,339
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

42
+ - 1,601 1,081
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

43
+ - 1,683 1,248
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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44
+ - 2,074 912
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

45
+ - 1,955 1,129
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

46
+ - 1,958 945
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

47
+ - 2,496 1,302
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

48
+ - 2,062 1,302
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

49
+ - 1,686 781
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

50
+ - 1,674 862
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end