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List Rules Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

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.

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1
13,006 5,849
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
10,558 4,885
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
10,658 5,619
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
10,397 4,211
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
7,437 4,246
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
8,109 4,071
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

7
11,423 6,791
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

8
6,095 3,301
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
8,740 6,119
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
7,155 3,137
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
5,409 2,933
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

12
5,498 3,199
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
5,725 2,979
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
4,499 1,856
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

15
4,340 2,239
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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16
4,134 1,872
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

17
5,293 2,278
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

18
5,732 2,676
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

19
5,721 3,025
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

20
3,744 2,298
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

21
4,193 2,122
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

22
5,591 1,648
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
3,215 1,723
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
3,258 1,659
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
4,293 2,081
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
2,694 1,378
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
2,433 1,577
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

28
3,282 1,530
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

29
2,577 1,526
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
2,572 1,578
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
2,452 1,058
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

32
3,331 1,694
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

33
3,674 2,097
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

34
2,507 1,405
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

35
2,364 896
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

36
2,993 1,774
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

37
2,404 1,435
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

38
2,161 1,550
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

39
2,906 1,858
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

40
2,216 1,192
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

41
2,017 1,324
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

42
2,209 1,021
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

43
1,732 1,162
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

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44
2,099 1,206
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

45
2,733 1,384
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

46
1,792 1,350
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

47
2,128 1,040
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

48
2,176 1,382
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

49
2,413 1,586
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback

50
1,796 933
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end