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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
12,344 5,483
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
10,103 4,560
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
10,217 5,337
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
9,918 3,991
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
7,083 4,010
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
10,647 6,410
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

7
7,688 3,915
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

8
5,803 3,136
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
8,385 5,942
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
6,860 3,020
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
5,203 2,783
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

12
5,267 3,080
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
5,457 2,856
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
4,294 1,757
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

15
5,044 2,179
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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16
3,981 1,788
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

17
4,166 2,153
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

18
5,524 2,590
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

19
5,500 2,927
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

20
3,607 2,209
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

21
4,068 2,014
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

22
5,378 1,566
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
3,092 1,655
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
3,121 1,596
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
4,108 1,934
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
2,556 1,310
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
2,361 1,496
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

28
3,131 1,445
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

29
2,487 1,454
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
2,496 1,506
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
3,544 2,009
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

32
2,298 989
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

33
2,428 1,345
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
2,262 843
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

35
2,099 1,497
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

36
3,124 1,622
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

37
2,887 1,719
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

38
2,328 1,383
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

39
1,968 1,271
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

40
2,154 1,143
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

41
2,799 1,810
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

42
1,663 1,119
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

43
2,138 969
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

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44
1,732 1,295
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

45
2,021 1,164
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

46
2,600 1,342
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

47
2,031 990
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

48
2,113 1,338
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

49
1,791 852
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
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50
2,345 1,535
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback