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
17,334 8,773
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
14,212 7,375
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
14,204 6,483
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
14,114 8,567
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,677 6,204
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,681 9,779
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
11,689 5,057
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

8
8,462 4,952
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
11,746 7,758
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
6,285 2,855
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

11
7,390 4,500
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

12
7,089 4,383
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

13
7,668 3,196
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

14
5,941 3,257
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

15
5,541 2,774
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
5,071 3,230
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,368 4,011
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,264 2,600
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,561 4,055
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,619 3,897
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,416 3,522
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,948 2,114
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
7,510 2,468
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

24
5,370 3,021
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

25
3,284 2,229
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

26
4,251 2,357
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

27
2,593 1,646
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

28
2,895 2,188
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

29
3,477 1,911
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

30
2,009 1,512
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
4,213 1,804
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

32
4,561 2,202
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

33
3,399 2,172
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

34
2,698 1,821
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

35
4,943 2,463
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

36
5,603 3,138
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

37
3,423 2,042
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

38
2,525 1,822
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

39
3,680 1,570
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

40
1,935 1,576
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
4,662 2,740
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,118 777
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,875 1,600
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,176 1,343
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,744 2,268
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
1,923 962
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,130 1,868
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

48
1,222 1,215
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,683 2,310
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

50
2,867 1,672
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Return specialist