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!
In my opinion it's rice #1, then Barry sanders then Lawrence taylor
[Newest]He is the worst

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?
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"
At the games hardest position, Montana is easily the best.

Tivo

[Newest]Joe Montana is the greatest quarterback of all time without a doubt

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.
[Newest]Clutches player of all time

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.
Really? Tom brady is in front of Payton.
Rice number one, but Payton #3.
Montana is better than Brady. Payton is the best all around player of all-time

shabookie

[Newest]He is the best best best player of all time.

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


6Lawrence 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

Best defensive player no doubt. Shaped how we run defensive plays now.

7Jim Brown
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.
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.
He does things that normal people can't do he runs faster jumps higher and the best head for the game ever
[Newest]Easily greatest football player of all time


8Peyton 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.
So, Peyton does only have 1 "ring". But that is a team accomplishment, if we are talking about individual, then I have another R word... RECORDS. Peyton has more records than any other player, more MVP's, took two different teams to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is good, no doubt, but he is also the recipient of great play from teammates and unbelievable coaching. New England has a system that's second to none. Indianapolis went 2-14 without Manning, New England went 11-5 without Brady. Nothing against Brady, but Manning has done way more from an individual stand point. Also, with the ring talk, that is a dumb argument. Peyton only has one, so does Bernie Kosar. He was Troy Aikman's backup in Dallas when they won it. If rings are all that determine a player's greatness, then Peyton is no better than Bernie Kosar, right? Sorry Bernie, and I'm a Browns fan (WOOF WOOF), but I would take Peyton any day over Kosar. Rings are great, but it determines the greatness of a team, not players.

FONZIEjacket61

He is better than Tom Brady and here is why. Tom Brady may have 3 super bowl rings but that's only because he has played for a great team. Peyton Manning has played for a decent team his whole carrier. It's actually amazing that Peyton even has 1 super bowl ring.

letdot52


9Brett Favre
he's the greatest... look at all the records and super bowl ring

jwileson

Favre is the number 1 gun in a "town" full of gunslingers. Nobody can deny his greatness or talent. 4 forever!
Brett should be number one. Too bad he might retire.

10Calvin 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.
If he keeps doing what he's doing he will be the best we who has ever played
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.
[Newest]Not even in top 5 wide receivers of all time

The Contenders

11Randy 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.
Otto Graham number two!
Give me a brake. ?

12Reggie 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.

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

14Adrian 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

15Steve Young

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

17Ray 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

18Johnny 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.

19Dick 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.
He is awesome, he should be higher in the ranks and he schooled everybody on defense.

20Deion Sanders
Greatest corner ever best athlete

21Terrell Owens
He should be in the top five. Don't be mad at a person for speaking his mind. When he found out he's wrong he have came oout and said it, stop HATE people. Terrell 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)

22Dan Marino
He should be in the top 10 for sure. come on man!

23John Elway
Has anyone seen him play?
Big time underrated...
Big time overrated.. Montana blew him away twice.. Super Bowl and on Monday night Football...
He won a Super Bowl as the Underdogs

24Don Hutson
He was an unbelievable receiver. Said and done.
has more records than any nfl player

25Randall Cunningham

26Tim 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


27Otto Graham
Graham played in 10 Championship games in his 10 years and won seven of them!
Maybe the Best Ever!

28Christian Ponder
How is he on this list he should be in the garbage

29Michael Irvin

30Dick Lane

31Michael Vick

32Aaron Rodgers

33Marvin Harrison

34Drew 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

That's it he should be in the top 15
5000+ yards 50+ TD's can't be beaten

35Deacon Jones

36Brian Urlacher

37Eli Manning
Wow, Eli is one of the worst QBs to win not one but 2 SBs..
He is the qb

38Terry Bradshaw

39Richard Sherman
HE'S THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT HIM.

40Alan Page

41Robert Griffin III
The fastest the strongest turned a 4-12 teal to a 10-6 team. Qbs don't get much better than this

42William Perry

43Reggie Bush

44Sammy 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!

45Patrick Willis
The best MLB in the NFL today!

46Ray Rice

47DeMarcus Ware

48Kurt Warner

49Troy Polamalu

50O.J. Simpson

51Chad Ocho Cinco

52Michael Strahan

53Joe Namath

54Ryan Grant

55Kyle Orton

56Rob Gronkowski

57Landon Johnson

58Shannon Sharpe

59Marion Mötley
Mike Brown commented in a book several years ago that if he were playing today he would be a starter on any team which I believe still stands today!
Greatest full back in NF L history!

60Tony Gonzalez
How is Tebow higher than Tony Gonzalez Gonzalez is the best right end all time

61Art Monk
The guy retired with the the record for most career receptions

62Blaine Gabbert
Solid QB their aren't many with as good of stats as his

63Leon Lett
Solid lineman for the Dallas cowboys helped lead them to superbowls

64Anthony Munoz

65Aaron Curry

66Chris Maragos

67Jerry Rice, Jr

68Bart Starr
Bart Starr won the first 2 Super Bowls by LANDSLIDES
How come he isn't in the top 10
He won the first 2 Super Bowls and CREAMED IN BOTH OF THEM.
HOW COULD HE NOT BE ON THIS LIST BE FORE

69Bo Jackson

70Emmitt 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!
Emmitt smith that low he should be tpo 10

71Gale Sayers

72Jared Allen

73Joe Greene
Joe was a great defensive lineman and is in the HOF he should be top 30

74Ed Reed

75Clinton Portis

76Eric Dickerson

77Jim Parker

78Carl Eller

79Arian Foster
He is only 23 and he has a rushing title top running back award he has a lot of potential

80A.J. Green
Best wideout in the nfl

81Merlin Olsen

82Charles Haley
Has the most sacks in Super Bowl history. Won the Super Bowl five times.

83Tim Brown
Holds all of the Raiders receiving records.

84Ken Stabler
One of the best QB of the 80s.

85John Lynch

86Ken Anderson
Possibly the best QB of the 70s.

87Randy Gradishar
If you had the most touchdowns in history you would want to be inducted right. That is how Randy Gradishar feels.
Has the most tackles in history.

88Will Shields
Played 15 seasons as a Guard for the Cheifs. He never missed a game
Playing 15 seasons and not missing a game. That is awesome.

89Morten Anderson
The best player at his position definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
The best kicker of all time.

90Phil Simms
The best Giants QB ever.

91Boomer Esiason
Replacement for Ken Anderson

92Jerome Bettis
To me the greatest and biggest RB of all time.

93Roger Staubach

94Tony 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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