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
15,496 7,472
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

2
12,552 6,271
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
12,618 7,317
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
12,444 5,396
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
9,312 5,385
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
14,435 8,478
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
7,500 4,189
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
10,375 7,010
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

9
9,982 4,715
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

10
6,383 3,683
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

11
5,474 2,351
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

12
6,563 3,900
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
5,231 2,772
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

14
4,890 2,378
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

15
6,609 2,783
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

16
4,483 2,782
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

17
8,411 3,695
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
3,779 2,171
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

19
6,770 3,603
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

20
6,763 3,518
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

21
6,697 3,186
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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22
4,866 2,637
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

23
6,615 2,126
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

24
3,354 1,779
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

25
2,920 1,932
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

26
3,837 2,060
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

27
2,586 1,840
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

28
2,201 1,399
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

29
3,061 1,898
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

30
5,063 2,759
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

31
1,564 1,120
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

32
4,005 1,950
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

33
3,006 1,699
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
3,070 1,868
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

35
2,369 1,603
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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36
1,706 1,325
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Sammy Baugh Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

37
2,192 1,616
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

38
4,209 2,160
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

39
3,151 1,400
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

40
4,217 2,519
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

41
3,395 1,651
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

42
2,808 1,180
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

43
3,386 2,117
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

44
2,497 1,457
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

45
2,834 1,706
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

46
815 562
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brian Dawkins Safety

47
3,413 2,117
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

48
1,636 823
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Thorpe Running back, Punter, Placekicker

49
2,523 1,464
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

50
2,590 1,331
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver