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.

1
16,549 8,221
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

2
13,481 6,890
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
13,446 6,027
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

4
13,488 8,055
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

5
10,131 5,841
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
15,772 9,203
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
8,050 4,641
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
10,907 4,911
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

9
11,178 7,448
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
5,934 2,616
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Greene Defensive Tackle

11
7,037 4,219
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

12
6,787 4,077
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

13
5,647 3,031
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

14
7,207 3,005
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

15
5,253 2,609
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
4,808 3,013
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

17
4,044 2,402
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

18
8,925 3,888
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

19
7,200 3,844
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

20
7,246 3,719
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

21
7,092 3,373
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

22
3,678 1,959
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

23
5,150 2,838
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

24
7,092 2,315
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

25
3,138 2,089
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deacon Jones Defensive end

26
4,068 2,228
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

27
2,755 2,037
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

28
1,816 1,346
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

29
2,411 1,535
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

30
3,277 1,812
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

31
2,565 1,720
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bruce Smith Defensive end

32
4,320 2,097
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

33
3,263 2,058
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

34
1,840 1,478
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Sammy Baugh Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

35
5,363 2,996
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

36
3,282 1,968
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

37
4,638 2,336
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

38
2,391 1,740
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Mike Singletary Linebacker

39
3,780 1,749
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

40
3,457 1,504
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

41
4,477 2,648
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

42
994 700
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brian Dawkins Safety

43
3,030 1,286
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

44
2,729 1,536
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

45
3,595 2,209
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

46
1,809 903
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Thorpe Running back, Punter, Placekicker

47
3,005 1,810
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

48
1,156 1,151
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,573 2,239
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

50
2,752 1,622
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist