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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.

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1
12,927 5,807
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
10,608 5,600
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
10,508 4,855
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

4
10,338 4,191
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
7,405 4,217
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
8,692 6,103
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

7
11,344 6,738
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

8
8,061 4,051
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

9
6,061 3,280
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

10
5,466 3,183
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

11
5,380 2,917
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

12
3,727 2,288
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

13
5,694 2,963
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
4,313 2,231
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

15
7,118 3,123
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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16
5,700 3,007
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

17
5,709 2,664
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

18
4,115 1,863
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

19
4,475 1,841
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

20
4,175 2,112
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

21
5,270 2,266
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

22
3,203 1,714
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

23
2,423 1,566
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

24
2,157 1,543
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

25
3,242 1,650
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

26
5,571 1,637
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

27
2,563 1,517
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

28
1,785 1,345
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

29
2,683 1,365
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

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30
2,558 1,569
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
4,276 2,068
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

32
2,897 1,853
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

33
2,010 1,320
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

34
1,722 1,160
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

35
2,495 1,397
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

36
2,980 1,767
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

37
2,398 1,430
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

38
1,499 1,562
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
O. J. Simpson Running back

39
3,662 2,089
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

40
1,394 1,104
Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Sammy Baugh Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

41
3,269 1,517
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

42
862 840
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

43
1,143 800
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

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44
2,168 1,380
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

45
3,309 1,683
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

46
2,409 1,579
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback

47
2,206 1,188
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

48
2,090 1,202
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

49
1,985 1,194
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Mike Ditka Tight end

50
2,437 1,046
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver