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
17,408 8,805
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,280 7,411
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,268 6,511
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,175 8,601
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,727 6,236
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,755 9,826
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
11,754 5,066
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,504 4,966
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
11,797 7,785
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
7,435 4,515
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

11
6,319 2,869
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

12
7,722 3,205
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

13
7,119 4,398
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

14
5,574 2,782
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

15
5,973 3,271
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

16
5,095 3,246
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,413 4,018
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,288 2,610
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,587 4,075
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,659 3,906
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,453 3,529
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,979 2,119
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,544 2,478
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,396 3,029
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
4,276 2,361
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

26
3,299 2,236
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

27
3,500 1,917
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

28
2,034 1,519
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

29
2,608 1,654
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

30
4,256 1,812
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

31
4,587 2,206
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

32
2,905 2,198
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

33
2,717 1,824
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

34
3,417 2,178
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

35
5,628 3,147
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

36
4,967 2,477
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

37
2,540 1,825
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

38
3,699 1,575
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

39
3,434 2,049
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
1,945 1,586
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
4,687 2,742
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,134 782
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,895 1,602
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,196 1,344
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,765 2,268
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
3,147 1,871
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

47
1,928 971
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

48
3,698 2,313
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

49
1,229 1,222
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

50
2,767 1,590
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive back, Cornerback