Greatest NFL Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Jerry Rice
He owned every major receiving record when he retired, and don't forget that wasn't to long ago. He may be the reason for Joe Montana, Bill Walsh, Steve Young and the 49ers success. You could put Rice up against any cornerback in the history of the NFL and he'd still catch 2 touchdowns in that game.
This guy trained runing up mountains. Jerry Rice is the best WR and best football player of all time. He is a great guy and the best football player of all time. Go Jerry Rice!
YES he is the best WR of all time! noone is better then this guy!
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2Joe Montana
He is that guy you always saw in movies or in books who would make a comeback in the final seconds of the championship, well they were all fake, except Joe Cool. He was so calm, when anyone else was about to run away. Did you ever think he could do what he did against the Bengals in the Super Bowl?
Fo of fo in Super Bowls, 3 MVP SuperBowls, Regualar Season MVP, He did have an outstanding supporting cast unlike Manning, Elway, Marino and perhaps Brady - time will show how many of Brady's teammate will be in hall of fame.
Joe Montana was always the guy who was known for keeping cool and not get all frustrated. That's why he is the number 1 quarterback of all time and called "cool Joe"
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3Tom Brady
He was drafted 199th overall in 2000 and didn't even get two snaps off in his rookie year, and rising up winning two super bowl and league MVP awards. This guy has overcome so much to become great and I believe heis the greatest player to touch a football. And don't even think about guys like young or manning or even Marino being better than he is. Let's talk super bowls. 3 titles. Manning and Young only have one. Brady has more than Marino Young and Manning combined. Sure, so does Montana, but statistics say Brady is the best.
He surely deserves this spot and I have absolutely no idea what you r talking about dude because this guy is legit.
There are tons of qbs that are way better than brady like steve young, joe montana, peyton manning, dan marino, etc. Etc. He is good but not good enough to be #2.

4Walter Payton
This boy is absolutely positively the best. Better than jim brown and brett farve and joe montana and barry sanders and tom brady way, way, way, way better than jerry rice and all these other people. They are good but sweetness is the best.
He was everything you could want in a runningback, he was fast, he could break a tackle, he could catch, he could block. One game when they were facing the Packers the Bear were behind 9-10 with only little time left, they gave the ball to Payton, and Payton did what he did, he hit Brian Noble(which Noble later said was the hardest hit he'd ever felt)got knocked back a few yards and ran it in for the TD.
def way above favre. is any1 else on dis list run with agility and power like no one else, quarterback a few NFL games, block like a fullback, catch like a reciever, kick and punt in college? yeah number 1.
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5Barry Sanders
Watching him run almost brought a tear to your eye it was so beautiful

aman28

He has to make the list. He's been on two Madden Covers, and ran like a maniac. Why Sanders retired is beyond me, he hit 2,000 yards in a single season he's done more than respectable things and I just can't let the guy miss this list.
Don't think he ever got tackled in his career

Jumpman23BrooklynNYC

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6Jim Brown
If the Browns named their team after someone named Brown, it shouldn't've been Paul Brown, it should've been Jim Brown. Tackling him would be more like tackling a freight train, not like tackling a human being. The guy played back when their were just about no rules, and he still did better than just about any runningback could today.
Jim Brown not only did it in lesser games & put up with the days of the 50s & 60s. Defenses designed to stop only him, he was a speaker for people who had no voice! He also quit in his prime.
The best REAL football player of all time...

aman28

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7Lawrence Taylor
He just dominated, he gave huge, fierce hits. He was a defender, and was named NFL MVP in 1986. Nobody has done it since, tell me that isn't something! He was a sack machine. The NFL has never seen a defender like him, and probably never will again.
He broke a leg going in hard

falconrock17


8Brett Favre
he's the greatest... look at all the records and super bowl ring

jwileson

Brett Favre is the best quarterback ever he lead the packers to many super bowls
Brett should be number one. Too bad he might retire.

9Peyton Manning
Why is Peyton Manning only number 9 on this list. A better leader then Randy Moss, Brett Farve, Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.Peyton is a better leader then Brady, but if that's not enough to pass up him on this list then here are some more Manning has a better passer rating then Brady Manning has 65.2% Brady has 63.7%; Manning 1 Brady 0.has 2nd most completions with 450 and the most Brady had in a season was 401;Manning 2 Brady 0.Has 2nd most completions in a single-season playoff with 97 behind his brother 106.Brady Does have more completions in a playoff career with 553, but Manning is the 3rd highest with 481.Manning 3 Brady 1.Manning has more completions in a single game with 33 Brady 32;Manning 4 Brady 1.Brady has just one more touchdowns with 50;Manning 4 Brady 2.Manning has more passing touchdown in a career with 436 Brady has 334;Manning 5 Brady 3.Manning more single-season playoff season with 9 Brady has 8.Manning 6 Brady 2. Brady has more career playoffs touchdowns with 42 Manning has 32.Brady has more passing yards in a season with 5, 235 Manning's high is exactly 4,700; Manning 6 Brady 3.Manning has more yards in a career then Brady with 59,487 yard Brady has 44,807; Manning 7 Brady 3.Manning has more single season playoff yards then Brady with 1, 034 Brady's high is 878;Manning 8 Brady 3.Brdy has more yards then manning in a playoff career with 5, 949 Manning's is 5,679. Manning 8 Brady 4.Brady has more Super Bowls then Manning with 3, and Manning with 1.Manning is better then brady, but not Montana, and Rice.
After hurting his neck he leads Denver to the AFC regular season champions and to the divisional round Peyton isn't done yet
My good team is the colts and manning was from the colts I have his colt card and he joined the broncos which is a good team.
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10Randy Moss
Only shadowing Jerry Rice in the receiver category, Rice himself said that Moss had the most talent out of any receiver to ever play the game.

The Contenders

11Calvin Johnson
Speed, size, strength, catching, and jumping. Not only is this receiver good, he is amazing! Not only is he the best player at wide receiver today, but he is also one of the best players today and ever.
The only or one of the only reasons that the Lions are winning games any more is because they have Calvin Johnson and without him I think they would always be out of the playoff piture.
Calvin should be on top ten

12Steve Young

13Ladanian Tominson
LT IS AWESOME SIMPLY AMAZING HE CAN MAKE ANYONE MISS... IF NORV TURNER WOULD STOP RUNNING HIM INSIDE ALL THE TIME HE'D ALREADY HAVE 1750 YDS THIS SEASON
He's a boss enough said

14Reggie White
He was a machine, he was just unstoppable, he could probably get around anybody, Anthony Munoz, John Hannah anybody. It would be mortifying to see Reggie White looking at you across the line of scrimmage. There would be no use in trying to block the destructive, Reggie White.

15Adrian Peterson
After tearing his ACL he has one of the most historic seasons of all time and wins MVP that is something that will never happen
He should be #6 at least
He tore his mcl and cal but he got MVP second best running back in nfl history broke 10000 yards THIS SHOULD BE NIMBER ONE
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16Larry Fitzgerald
Best Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, and was very good in their Super Bowl match against PittsBurgh. He is definitely one of the greatest players of today, deserves a spot in the top 10.
Definitely should be in the top 10, he always catches the ball and he is an amazing Wide Receiver, he got Arizona through to the Super Bowl!
Larry is such a good wide receiver and will catch anything one of the star players of Arizona
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17Johnny Unitas
Johnny U. Was amazing. If you look at his stats you'd never guess he was though. Pass-interference wasn't invented(my proof, it's called the Mel Blount rule)and very few penalties against the defense was. There were no doubters that Unitas would make the Hall of Fame.

18Dan Marino
He should be in the top 10 for sure. come on man!

19Terrell Owens
He is an a hole. Should not be on a list of top NFL players
Saying a player isn't great because he *Huurs your feelwings* (the typos are meant to imply your whinyness) isn't a logical argument. Its like saying Hitler or Atilla The Hun were bad at leading because they were evil. I wouldn't put Id say he is good in top 20, he couldn't be top ten because he sabotaged every relationship he ever had with team mates which kinda killed his career (he lasted a long time but he was always changing teams)

20Dick Butkus
Roses are red, violets are blue, you better keep Butkus away from you. If you've seen him, you've seen players laying on the ground dead. He was the hardest hitter in the history of the game, period. More players would be in the Medical facility after facing the Bears with Butkus on their team than anywhere else.

21Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis is super good because he might be the best MLB of all time and he might be in the HOF hall of fame he is a big hitter

22Tim Tebow
Tebow has a horrible overall rating how is he even on here
Give the man a break
Tim tebows awesome. If they give him more playing time and he practices his throws ore he could eventually wind up in the hof.

Alpha101


23John Elway
Has anyone seen him play?
Big time underrated...

24Christian Ponder

25Otto Graham

26Deion Sanders

27Aaron Rodgers

28Joe Greene
Joe was a great defensive lineman and is in the HOF he should be top 30

29Eli Manning

30Brian Urlacher

31Alan Page

32Dick Lane

33Terry Bradshaw

34Don Hutson
He was an unbelievable receiver. Said and done.
has more records than any nfl player

35Deacon Jones

36Kurt Warner

37Drew Brees
Seriously, he isn't on here? He should be AT LEAST in the top 15. He broke to records set by some of the best hofers ever!

Alpha101

5000+ yards 50+ TD's can't be beaten

38William Perry

39Marvin Harrison

40Reggie Bush

41Sammy Baugh
The inventer of the quarterback position and the first man to actually use the forward pass well, he was also a hall of fame worthy punter and defensive back He is a top 5 qb and a top 5 punter and a top 40 at least probably higher defensive back, show this guy some love!

42Patrick Willis
The best MLB in the NFL today!

43Robert Griffin III
The fastest the strongest turned a 4-12 teal to a 10-6 team. Qbs don't get much better than this

44Ray Rice

45Joe Namath

46Ryan Grant

47Kyle Orton

48Rob Gronkowski

49Landon Johnson

50Randall Cunningham

51Richard Sherman
HE'S THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT HIM.

52Gale Sayers

53Jared Allen

54Michael Irvin

55Chad Ocho Cinco

56Ed Reed

57Clinton Portis

58Eric Dickerson

59Jim Parker

60Carl Eller

61Troy Polamalu

62Arian Foster
He is only 23 and he has a rushing title top running back award he has a lot of potential

63A.J. Green

64Merlin Olsen

65Roger Staubach

66O.J. Simpson

67Emmitt Smith
Emmitt is the all-time leading rusher. Yet, he is underrated. He carried the ball more than any other runningback in history. That is a big accomplishment. Most players careers would end early if they carried the ball as mush as he did! The most durable player ever!

68Tony Romo
Tony Romo gets blamed for bad things. He is really one of the best, and has really good stats in the second half.

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