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
17,805 9,008
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,621 7,608
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,612 6,698
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,474 8,799
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,976 6,388
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
17,153 10,068
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
12,064 5,128
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,693 5,071
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
12,059 7,899
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
7,605 4,646
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

11
6,483 2,962
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

12
7,939 3,313
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

13
7,261 4,502
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

14
5,735 2,856
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

15
6,141 3,337
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

16
5,230 3,322
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,617 4,079
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,384 2,711
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,839 3,972
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

20
7,727 4,164
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

21
7,585 3,588
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
4,087 2,188
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,716 2,556
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,508 3,099
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
4,387 2,407
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

26
3,398 2,290
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

27
4,452 1,846
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

28
3,620 1,962
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

29
2,694 1,695
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

30
2,125 1,600
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
4,703 2,260
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

32
2,973 2,247
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

33
2,787 1,864
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

34
5,731 3,214
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

35
5,080 2,552
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

36
3,485 2,226
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

37
3,800 1,607
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

38
2,603 1,874
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

39
3,502 2,085
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
1,991 1,631
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
4,778 2,791
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,199 824
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,988 1,635
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,266 1,382
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,845 2,297
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
2,000 998
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,219 1,908
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
3,763 2,356
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

49
2,826 1,618
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive back, Cornerback

50
1,273 1,265
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver