sports The Fastest NFL Players of All Time  

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List Rules Best players in NFL history who were known for their elite speed

This list is composed of the fastest NFL players of all time, ranked by overall speed and talent level. The NFL measures straight-line speed at the yearly NFL combine, with John Ross breaking the 40-yard dash record in 2017 with a blazing 4.22-second dash. However, that speed does not always translate to the field. Fans often tell tales of the greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice, who only ran a 4.71 40-yard dash yet displayed elite on-field speed with pads on.

This list is a collection of which players displayed the most jaw-dropping, game-changing speed in NFL history. It's no coincidence that many of these players also find themselves among the greatest NFL players of all time. Typically, the fastest NFL players are running backs, wide receivers, and cornerbacks, although certain anomalies like Michael Vick find themselves among the fastest NFL players due to top-notch speed.

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Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Bo Jackson Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Darrell Green Washington Redskins

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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Randy Moss New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

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Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Bob Hayes Dallas Cowboys

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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Devin Hester Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Hurricanes football

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

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Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chris Johnson New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

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Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chiefs

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DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Barry Sanders Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

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John Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

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Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

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Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Galloway New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ted Ginn, Jr. San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers

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Trindon Holliday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Trindon Holliday Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Houston Texans

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Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Brandin Cooks New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

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Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

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Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

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Jacoby Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jacoby Ford New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Clemson Tigers football

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions

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Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Champ Bailey Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

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Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Willie Gault Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

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Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jim Thorpe Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Walter Payton Chicago Bears

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Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dante Hall Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams

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Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Mike Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

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Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Darrius Heyward-Bey Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

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Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Rod Woodson San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

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DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
DeAngelo Hall Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added A. J. Green Cincinnati Bengals, Georgia Bulldogs football team

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Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Eric Dickerson Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

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C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
C. J. Spiller Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Jim Brown Cleveland Browns, Syracuse Orange football

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Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Todd Gurley

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Florida Gators football

The Absolute Hottest NFL Wives

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Chad Ochocinco New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals

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Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Torry Holt New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jerome Mathis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jerome Mathis Houston Texans, Washington Redskins

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Ron Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ron Brown Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders

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Ike Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers, Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football

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Terence Newman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Terence Newman Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals

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Renaldo Nehemiah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Renaldo Nehemiah San Francisco 49ers