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. 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.

1
15,534 7,497
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

2
12,579 6,300
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
12,646 7,348
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
12,479 5,412
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
9,347 5,400
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
14,476 8,504
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
7,517 4,209
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
10,405 7,030
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

9
10,009 4,724
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

10
6,399 3,697
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

11
5,491 2,359
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

12
6,576 3,910
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
5,245 2,780
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

14
4,902 2,385
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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15
6,631 2,791
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

16
4,496 2,788
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

17
8,430 3,703
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
3,789 2,177
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

19
6,780 3,610
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

20
6,783 3,525
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

21
6,713 3,192
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

22
4,875 2,641
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

23
6,632 2,132
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

24
3,365 1,785
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

25
2,931 1,935
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

26
3,844 2,068
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

27
2,597 1,845
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

28
2,211 1,402
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

29
3,070 1,903
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

30
5,073 2,767
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

31
1,573 1,125
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

32
4,013 1,955
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

33
3,014 1,705
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
3,077 1,872
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

35
2,371 1,607
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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36
1,709 1,328
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Sammy Baugh Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

37
2,197 1,621
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

38
4,219 2,165
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

39
3,155 1,408
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

40
4,223 2,525
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

41
3,402 1,656
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

42
2,812 1,183
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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43
3,391 2,121
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

44
2,506 1,460
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

45
2,838 1,710
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

46
821 565
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brian Dawkins Safety

47
3,417 2,123
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

48
1,643 825
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Thorpe Running back, Punter, Placekicker

49
2,525 1,468
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

50
2,591 1,336
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver