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
17,878 9,061
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,678 7,659
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,669 6,743
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,542 8,844
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
11,023 6,421
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
17,316 10,108
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
12,118 5,143
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,732 5,088
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
12,098 7,932
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
7,632 4,674
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

11
6,516 2,977
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

12
7,966 3,337
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

13
5,760 2,869
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

14
7,285 4,523
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

15
6,175 3,349
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

16
5,255 3,336
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,645 4,093
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,402 2,725
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,874 3,984
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

20
7,752 4,178
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

21
7,611 3,598
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
4,104 2,203
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,747 2,571
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,526 3,113
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
4,405 2,419
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

26
3,417 2,296
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

27
4,486 1,858
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

28
3,635 1,972
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

29
2,712 1,701
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

30
2,140 1,615
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
4,724 2,272
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

32
2,988 2,253
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

33
2,803 1,873
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

34
5,756 3,225
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

35
5,110 2,564
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

36
3,499 2,235
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

37
3,824 1,614
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

38
2,616 1,883
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

39
3,519 2,089
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
2,002 1,636
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
4,797 2,797
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,215 830
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
3,007 1,640
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,283 1,388
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,859 2,301
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
2,012 1,000
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,233 1,910
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
3,777 2,363
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

49
1,281 1,272
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

50
2,835 1,625
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive back, Cornerback