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
17,053 8,579
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

2
13,931 7,212
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

3
13,925 6,322
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

4
13,885 8,402
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

5
10,471 6,077
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Fullback

6
16,368 9,567
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

7
8,310 4,844
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

8
11,420 5,000
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

9
11,523 7,644
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

10
6,149 2,761
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive Tackle

11
7,258 4,394
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

12
6,965 4,272
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

13
5,831 3,165
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker, Center

14
7,490 3,125
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

15
5,421 2,706
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

16
4,975 3,136
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

17
9,196 3,964
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
4,183 2,525
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

19
7,436 3,970
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

20
7,478 3,827
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

21
7,289 3,462
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

22
3,851 2,055
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

23
5,287 2,956
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

24
7,352 2,414
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

25
3,229 2,175
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

26
4,184 2,304
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

27
2,529 1,596
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback

28
2,847 2,123
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

29
3,409 1,869
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

30
1,936 1,454
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

31
3,357 2,117
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

32
4,466 2,167
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

33
2,645 1,783
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

34
4,059 1,780
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

35
3,374 2,012
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

36
5,516 3,092
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Defensive end

37
1,902 1,538
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

38
4,844 2,413
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

39
2,477 1,792
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Linebacker

40
3,604 1,550
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Wide receiver

41
4,594 2,712
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back

42
1,071 752
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Safety

43
2,819 1,570
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Free Safety

44
3,123 1,319
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

45
3,693 2,252
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tight end

46
3,088 1,840
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

47
1,888 936
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Punter, Placekicker

48
1,200 1,189
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
End, Safety, Wide receiver

49
3,641 2,281
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Quarterback

50
2,831 1,650
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Running back, Return specialist