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
19,651 10,403
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver
2
16,349 7,907
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
3
16,272 8,829
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
4
15,946 10,257
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
5
12,388 7,347
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback
6
20,019 11,282
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
7
13,676 5,575
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker
8
9,692 5,709
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
9
13,336 8,686
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
10
9,153 3,926
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver
11
8,514 5,352
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
12
7,358 3,460
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle
13
6,437 3,321
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
14
6,941 3,777
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center
15
8,008 5,059
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
16
5,906 3,770
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
17
10,718 4,444
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner
18
4,898 3,212
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
19
8,746 4,437
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker
20
8,493 4,691
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
21
8,303 4,000
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
22
4,682 2,594
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
23
8,580 2,999
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back
24
6,059 3,517
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback
25
5,342 2,158
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback