NFL The Best Football Players Ever  

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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. Would you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman, or 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 NFL players.

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor deserve to be on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, causing chaos on the field, terrorizing opponents, and breaking their fans' hearts. 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 NFL 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.

list ordered by

1
16,935 8,501
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
13,809 6,260
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
13,813 7,143
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
13,787 8,327
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,393 6,021
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,234 9,479
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
8,247 4,796
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
11,290 4,979
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

9
11,432 7,598
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
6,102 2,717
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

11
7,203 4,352
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

12
6,921 4,218
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

13
5,783 3,129
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

14
7,414 3,103
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

15
5,379 2,684
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
4,940 3,102
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,123 3,946
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,150 2,494
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,379 3,938
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,424 3,800
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,244 3,435
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,810 2,028
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
5,246 2,931
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

24
7,287 2,388
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

25
3,210 2,147
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

26
4,153 2,285
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

27
2,824 2,102
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

28
2,500 1,580
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

29
3,376 1,853
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

30
1,903 1,432
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
2,626 1,767
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

32
4,433 2,151
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

33
3,333 2,100
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

34
3,351 1,999
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

35
1,886 1,526
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

36
5,480 3,075
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

37
3,980 1,773
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

38
4,801 2,399
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

39
2,454 1,780
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
3,564 1,545
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

41
4,574 2,698
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,054 737
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,799 1,563
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,674 2,237
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

45
3,105 1,312
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

46
3,067 1,830
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

47
1,871 926
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

48
1,188 1,179
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,621 2,272
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

50
2,817 1,641
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Return specialist