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
17,310 8,751
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,182 7,359
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,180 6,461
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,093 8,552
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,661 6,188
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,651 9,757
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
11,663 5,049
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,445 4,941
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
11,720 7,743
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
6,270 2,840
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

11
7,375 4,487
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

12
7,077 4,368
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

13
7,652 3,184
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

14
5,929 3,246
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

15
5,527 2,765
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
5,062 3,220
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,345 4,007
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,258 2,591
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,550 4,045
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,604 3,890
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,399 3,514
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,940 2,102
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,492 2,460
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,359 3,010
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
3,276 2,223
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

26
4,244 2,350
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

27
2,588 1,637
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

28
2,889 2,180
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

29
3,469 1,905
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

30
1,999 1,503
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
4,193 1,800
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

32
4,550 2,198
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

33
3,394 2,165
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

34
2,694 1,815
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

35
4,930 2,456
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

36
3,418 2,038
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

37
5,590 3,133
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

38
2,519 1,817
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

39
1,932 1,570
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

40
3,666 1,568
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

41
4,651 2,737
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,111 773
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,868 1,595
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,170 1,339
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,736 2,266
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
1,920 957
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,124 1,866
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
1,218 1,212
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,677 2,307
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

50
2,864 1,669
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Return specialist