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
19,865 10,555
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver
2
16,469 8,971
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
3
16,545 8,027
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
4
16,118 10,396
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
5
12,553 7,449
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback
6
20,297 11,425
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
7
13,868 5,630
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker
8
9,811 5,786
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
9
13,497 8,759
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
10
9,303 4,011
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver
11
7,457 3,526
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle
12
6,529 3,387
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
13
8,611 5,437
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
14
7,039 3,824
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center
15
8,112 5,120
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
16
5,997 3,813
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
17
10,856 4,490
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner
18
4,958 3,280
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
19
8,587 4,754
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
20
4,763 2,660
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
21
8,848 4,498
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker
22
8,397 4,051
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
23
6,129 3,576
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
24
8,687 3,071
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
25
5,448 2,192
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback