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
17,394 8,796
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,269 7,402
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,259 6,504
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,163 8,592
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,717 6,230
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,739 9,819
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
11,745 5,063
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,497 4,963
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
11,787 7,779
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
7,426 4,511
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

11
6,315 2,865
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

12
7,713 3,203
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

13
7,114 4,394
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

14
5,570 2,780
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

15
5,967 3,266
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

16
5,090 3,241
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,402 4,016
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,287 2,605
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,582 4,071
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,652 3,903
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,447 3,525
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,972 2,118
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,537 2,474
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,389 3,027
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
4,269 2,360
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

26
3,294 2,235
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

27
3,498 1,914
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

28
2,028 1,518
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

29
2,606 1,651
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

30
4,246 1,809
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

31
4,581 2,204
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

32
2,901 2,195
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

33
2,713 1,823
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

34
3,413 2,175
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

35
5,623 3,145
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

36
4,961 2,473
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

37
2,536 1,824
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

38
3,696 1,572
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

39
3,434 2,045
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
1,945 1,581
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
4,681 2,741
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,132 781
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,891 1,601
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,190 1,344
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,760 2,268
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
1,927 968
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,143 1,871
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
3,697 2,312
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

49
1,228 1,220
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

50
2,765 1,590
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive back, Cornerback