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.

list ordered by

1
13,790 6,303
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
11,253 6,102
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
11,126 5,299
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

4
10,978 4,589
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
7,916 4,630
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
12,529 7,272
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
8,629 4,272
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

8
6,514 3,520
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
9,190 6,347
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
7,507 3,305
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
5,790 3,388
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

12
5,662 3,121
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

13
6,031 3,171
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
5,670 2,397
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

15
6,011 2,803
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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16
4,766 1,972
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

17
4,567 2,376
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

18
4,329 1,984
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

19
6,013 3,142
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

20
3,920 2,422
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

21
4,382 2,263
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

22
5,876 1,759
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
3,354 1,815
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
3,409 1,754
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
4,506 2,257
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
2,857 1,474
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
3,487 1,623
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

28
2,552 1,664
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

29
2,690 1,626
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
2,650 1,143
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

31
2,701 1,657
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

32
3,573 1,813
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

33
2,646 1,466
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
3,829 2,217
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

35
2,507 969
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

36
3,039 1,917
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

37
3,118 1,860
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

38
2,522 1,500
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

39
2,920 1,441
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

40
2,248 1,620
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

41
2,099 1,395
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

42
2,332 1,091
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

43
2,207 1,267
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

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44
2,285 1,269
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

45
1,814 1,229
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

46
1,894 1,415
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

47
2,254 1,114
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

48
2,122 1,039
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
coolmiles added Rob Gronkowski Tight end

49
2,277 1,445
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

50
1,869 995
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end