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
16,607 8,272
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
13,511 6,072
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
13,529 6,939
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
13,541 8,104
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,184 5,867
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
15,863 9,256
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
8,082 4,677
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
10,988 4,920
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

9
11,228 7,472
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
5,958 2,636
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

11
7,064 4,240
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

12
6,807 4,102
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

13
5,666 3,048
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

14
7,247 3,025
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

15
5,272 2,626
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
4,829 3,032
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
4,062 2,419
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

18
8,964 3,894
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

19
7,237 3,862
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,276 3,733
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,124 3,383
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,700 1,972
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
5,172 2,858
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

24
7,129 2,331
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

25
3,147 2,101
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

26
4,084 2,239
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

27
2,769 2,050
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

28
2,428 1,544
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

29
1,831 1,358
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

30
3,294 1,819
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

31
2,576 1,728
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

32
4,336 2,106
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

33
3,277 2,065
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

34
5,384 3,009
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

35
1,847 1,491
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

36
3,290 1,976
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

37
4,666 2,344
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

38
2,400 1,747
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

39
3,822 1,751
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

40
3,476 1,514
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

41
4,493 2,659
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,004 709
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
3,045 1,290
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

44
3,613 2,211
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

45
2,739 1,542
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

46
1,823 908
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,016 1,814
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
1,161 1,158
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,582 2,246
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

50
2,763 1,626
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Return specialist