Greatest NFL Players of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 6 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently ...read more.

Think about this for a second... 4 Super Bowl wins, 6 AFC championships, 2 mvp awards, and most playoff wins by any quarterback in NFL history. Plus, he was a very late draft pick that nobody ever thought could make it in the NFL. Joe Montana won super bowls with weapons like Jerry Rice, Jon Taylor, Dwight Clark, Roger Craig, and Brent Jones. Yes Tom Brady did have Randy Moss and Deion Branch, but he's still own a couple of Super Bowls and plenty of games without a lot of good quality receiving targets. Plus, he set a NFL record in 2007 with 50 touchdown passes(which was broken by Peyton Manning who is lower than Brady on this list.) Tom Brady takes the blame for team losses, calls him own plays and audibles, and probably had the best chemistry with an NFL coach with Bill Belichick. All in all, Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history.

Most super bowl rings, 7 afc championships, most superbowl mvps, most playoff wins, 2 mvps, the first ever unanimous mvp, lead the greatest comeback in history, as well as holding most quarter back records, along with playing with garbage most of the time. Say what you want about cheating and montana having less protection, but that is not a strong enough point to discredit his accomplishments, on top of that he is still playing consistently and will most likely keep proving himself to be the best player in NFL history as time goes on. Yeah he may not be undefeated in the superbowl, but he is undefeated against father time, and it's only a matter of time before Brady is recognized as the Greatest player in nfl history.

Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player of all time. 5 Super Bowls, 4 Super Bowl MVPs, 3 NFL MVPs, 13-time Pro Bowl, 66,159 passing yards and counting, 488 passing touchdowns and counting, 63.9 completion percentage, 196-55 career regular season record, 27-10 career playoff record. Tom Brady has all of these stats with no one to throw to.
Joe Montana isn't the G.O.A.T. because he had Jerry Rice and numerous of other weapons on offense and defense. Jerry Rice isn't because he had Joe Montana and Steve Young. Jim Brown isn't because he only has 1 championship and played in the 60s. Lawrence Taylor isn't the greatest because he is a defensive player and they wouldn't name a defensive player the greatest of all time.

After mounting the greatest comeback in postseason history against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Brady claimed his 5th Ring and 4th Super Bowl MVP Award, both more than Joe Montana, the loads of records he has set on his way to get where he is now only continue to bring him higher up in the ranks and strengthen his already bold legacy, so many records that I won't even bother to list them all. He has now cemented himself as the greatest quarterback of all time, better than Montana. His stats don't lie, Tom Brady is the GOAT.

The only stat you've decided to back up was the Super Bowls. I'm not here to bash Brady, but I will say this only once: Super Bowls are a team effort, and are not won or lost by a single player.

2 Jerry Rice Jerry Lee Rice is a former American football wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.

By far the greatest wide receiver of all time. I judge athletes not by team achievements, but by personal achievements and the eyeball test. He has the hardest records to break in the National Football League (NFL). The best defenders in the world could not lay a finger on them. Wide receivers do not last twenty years like this man did. It's almost hard to name a record he did not break.

He owned every major receiving record when he retired, and don't forget that wasn't too 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.

At the end of the day, Jerry Rice is the best because of what matters most: having a good work ethic. Jerry Rice always wanted to be great, and he always worked super hard. Best player ever. (I'm a Pats fan, okay? )

He can always catch forget about Randy Moss or something JERRY RICE IS LEGEND he will always be underrated at times, but look up his stats you will see how good he really is.

3 Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

"The Comeback Kid" -- JOE COOL is the coolest quarterback ever! Just take a look at all of his SUPER BOWL rings; plus all of 'em MVP awards! Yep. All of 'em rings don't lie... agreed? Indeed, Joe was so awesome that throughout his career, he was the most LETHAL quarterback ever, inside of the 4th quarter; especially when his team was down, with only minutes or seconds on the clock... and that's when he would create his "magic"... and score all of 'em legendary game winning touchdown passes, when he was under extreme pressure -- and that's what makes him LEGENDARY... indeed, sometimes it seemed that TIME would stop, just for him... and while everybody was frozen in time, he would take his time and then -- BOOM! Touchdown Baby! "And the Niners win another SuperBowl"... was the typical comment for FOUR of 'em Big Games... just take a look at the highlights of one of his biggest games ever -- Super Bowl 23... it was so memorable... that today, his last play is simply known as... "THE ...more

I believe that Joe Montana was perfect in the superbowl 4-0 win loss record 11 touchdown passes thrown with no interceptions. Also Joe had an insane passer rating of 127.8 in 4 superbowl wins and he ran for 105 yards on 17 carries for an average of over 5 yards a carry. He also ran for 2 touchdowns in superbowl games. The best superbowl qb by far over brady. In Bradys first four superbowl games he was 3-1 fumbled once against the giants and threw 1 interception. Joe never even fumbled once in his 4 superbowl games

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"

4 Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown is a former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1957 through 1965.

There's a few you can argue are the GOATs - Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Peyton Manning, Barry Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith but I went with Jim Brown. So far ahead of his time and like Barry Sanders (who I really think it's a tie with Brown and Sanders) he retired in his prime, he could've continued to add to his legacy. Jim Brown is the man

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 is arguably the best running back of all time and I say he is, definitely is the best Browns player of all time and always will but on an unrelated note Tom Brady is good but not that good.

Tom Brady. The guy who won 4 SBs. The guy who was drafted with the 199th pick in the sixth round. The guy who has more playoff wins than most NFL franchises. The guy that had receivers nobody can name. Who is Aaron Dobson? The guy that had over 50,000 passing yards in his career. The guy that Peyton Manning struggled to beat. And he's not a good quarterback? #Really?

I can't believe anyone other than casual, uneducated fans could vote for anyone else. I've been a fan of the game, a serious fan, since 1968, I didn't get to see him live but its not even close.

5 Lawrence Taylor

Without a doubt the best Defensive player ever. He was insane! Quarter backs feared him, literally people would get interviewed before the game they were playing against taylor the players would say "he is the scariest player I've played against"

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.

Revolutionized the game of Football. Was the most feared player on a weekly basis for nearly a decade. Last defensive player to win MVP better at his position than Rice, Brown, Sanders, Brady, Montana, etc. to me that makes him the Greatest Player of all Time

I'm picking Taylor first if I'm starting my All Time Team. This guy was the premier defensive player in the league's history. He defended against some of the all time greats and came away from those battles as a champion.

6 Barry Sanders Barry Sanders is a former American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

BARRY SANDERS was unbelievable... he was amazing... he was incredible... and his flawless plays were BREATHTAKING... like a musical piece... every single play was a work of art -- a MASTERPIECE! Indeed, I was NOT a Lions fan... I was NEVER a Lions fan (I'm a lifelong 49ers fan)... but nonetheless, me and my friends would always get together, turn on the T.V. and 'em speakers, fire up the grill, and enjoy a few beers with the BBQ... all of this, while watching the GREAT ONE do his thing! Yep. We would only get together to WATCH Barry Sanders play! NOT the Lions -- Barry Sanders! That's it! And we would NEVER miss a game! It was like watching a Michael Jordan not on the basketball courts, but instead on the green NFL fields... indeed, Barry Sanders was untouchable, unstoppable... just like Michael Jordan... LEGENDARY... and he would create moves that just do NOT exist, because they are NOT humanly possible! He would still make these unforgettable plays... he was so damn fast and so damn ...more

I'm saying this flat out he was bad ass he was he played for a premier NFL team he was one of the fastest players ever pair him up with a good quarter back Detroit got them a super bowl ring Barry was excellent catcher he was remarkable for his athletic ability on the field.

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.

To me he is number 6 but 3 is cool with me. If he didn't retire so early he might catch number 2. He had magnificent runs an footwork. Only negative part is that he never did a touchdown dance.

7 Walter Payton Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons.

Walter was the most complete player the game has ever seen. He could run, catch, block, pass and even punt. Sanders and Sayers were both better pure runners and Jim Brown was an absolute beast but none of them could catch and block like Walter. He is the GOAT.

Payton gets overlooked because of the Bears great defense. But for those of us that had the privilege of watching Walter Payton in the mid 70's & early 80's -- Trust me - the Bears did not have a great defense until the end of his career. In 1982 the NFL went on strike -- Payton would have rushed for over 1,000 yards 10 consecutive seasons if the strike did not happen -- (Barry Sanders rushed for 1,000 yards 10 consecutive seasons) -- Another fact many do not get is Walter Payton played 3 of his NFL seasons when the NFL only played 14 games -- He rushed for 1,852 yards in 1977 - a 14 game season - imagine if he had 2 more games like today's players have? At the pace he had in 1977 (132 yds per game) he would have had 2,117 yds in a 16 game season -- Yes, Emmitt Smith broke his all time rushing record -- Only because Smith played 15 seasons (Payton Played 13 Seasons) and Smith carried the ball 4,409 times - Payton 3,838 times -- Payton is the best football player/running back I have ...more

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.

Sweetness was by far the best of the best. He was small in stature but trained harder than anyone. He could run, jump, block, etc. Most of all, he had heart. I have 3 young sons who talk about him. He's a hero for all generations.

8 Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

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.

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.

Tom Brady is ten times as better as Peyton Manning without a doubt. Tom Brady has 3 super bowl rings and how many does Peyton Manning have? Oh yeah, one

After hurting his neck he leads Denver to the AFC regular season champions and to the divisional round Peyton isn't done yet

9 Randy Moss Randy Gene Moss is a former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.

Randy Moss is not even top 50. My top 10: 10. Darrell Greene. 9. Deacon Jones. 8. Ronnie Lott. 7. Reggie White. 6. Barry Sanders. 5. Tony Gonzalez. 4. Walter Payton. 3 Joe Montana. 2 Ray Lewis. 1 Jerry Rice. Jerry Rice is a no brainier. I barely chose Ray Lewis in front of Montana.

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.

Moss carried the Vikings, and they should have won multiple championships.

Randy moss is a great WR and he is one of the best he should be ranked higher then 11? You KRA KRA and why you got Tim tebow number 26! What? He sucks?

10 Brett Favre Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Let's see his records... Longest pass in super bowl history (99 yards) Super Bowl MVP. Oldest quarterback ever in his 40s and was running until 2014

Favre is the number 1 gun in a "town" full of gunslingers. Nobody can deny his greatness or talent. 4 forever!

Brett Favre is the best quarterback ever he lead the packers to many super bowls

Favre should be number one because he's the best quarterback of all time baby

The Contenders

11 Reggie 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.

Reggie White should be number 7. He should at least make the top Ten. Also, where are Ray Lewis and Tony Gonzalez? For me Lewis is 2 and Gonzalez is 5.

He was number one in the national football league

His nickname is the sinister of defense

12 Johnny Unitas John Constantine Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U", or "The Golden Arm", was an American professional football player from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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.

John Mackey got his records with Johnny U as his qb

THE GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME.

13 Adrian Peterson Adrian Lewis Peterson is an American football running back who originally played for the Minnesota Vikings and currently plays for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

Everyone one gives him crap cause he abused his child but this guy deserves top 10

Could be top 3 in hbs when he retires I think he is the best ever in pure running ability

Child abuse has nothing to do with his stats, he is the best RB ever, possibly.

Guys, he used child abuse. It's just stupid.

14 Deion Sanders Deion Luywnn Sanders, Sr. is a former American football and former American baseball player, who works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

He's a very good corner back no doubt but I think Richard Sherman should be above him not only did he play the NFC championship with excruciating pain in his hand he actually played well. He made an unbelievable clutch interception against san fran he has that really cool swag and athleticism that just can't be taught. Richard Sherman is better look at the numbers even he said that

Dion was the fastest NFL player ever! He has to be in the top ten! Actually, I think joe Haden can be like that some day

The other teams quarterbacks must have thought he was their wide receivers

Best cornerback ever (even though I live in Arlington Texas

15 Drew Brees Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He is the only player to have back to back to back 5,000 yards in three seasons straight. Brees also has the all time best completion percentage with 66.95%.

Think about this for a sec, Drew broke Tom Brady’s record for the most consecutive touchdown passes by 52. Plus, he has and 5000+ season average, and was considered the most accurate quarterback of all time. This one is a no-brainer and should obviously be higher on the list.

One of the most accurate of all time! He's not my favorite, but is one of the best at his position.

It's funny that he's been playing less than Tom Brady but yet he is way, way better in my mind.

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!

16 Ray Lewis Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

he is a goat honestly they got lamar jackson even though lamar can't get the ball to Ray because of the interceptions but that dose not matter I thinks the ravens can get to a super bowl

Not only do I think that he is the best LB of all time but I think he is the 2nd best player EVER behind Jerry Rice. He was awesome. Huge impact on the game.

Best heart of all time. Greatest leader of all-time. Best defensive player of all time. Ray Lewis. 2 time champion.

Should be the star of "How to get away with murder" Wouldn't even need to research the role. An autobiography.

Murder how do you know that he even did it you're just assuming something.

17 Aaron Rodgers Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

He is easily the most dangerous QB of all time.
Brady, Montana, and Rice all have rings because it's a team game, he has also been practically carrying the packers, including a super bowl victory. A person I can compare him to is Dan Marino but with more mobility.

No one can throw the deep ball like my boy Aaron Rodgers! He is definitely gonna go down as one of the best! Number 26? Are you kidding me?! More like top 10 material we are working with here. At least better than Brett Favre. We don't see Rodgers leading the league in INTs. Go Pack Go!

Arron Rodgers pfff this guy is a baby. And cries to his mommy every time he gets sacked by Harrison and timmons

To me he is the best because he can throw the ball really far and he is really cool.

18 Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson Jr. is a retired American football wide receiver who played his entire career for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He is often called the nickname ''Megatron'' for his rare combination of size, speed, and leaping ability on the field.

Calvin Johnson Jr. is a retired American football wide receiver who played his entire career for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He is often called the nickname ''Megatron'' for his rare combination of size, speed, and leaping ability on the field. He should be #1

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.

He is unguardable with his hands, strength, and speed, he was breaking records left and right with Matthew Stafford! So, it all balances out like this: GOAT.

19 Dick 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.

The best defender of his time, memorable personality, if you saw him live or on T.V. in the day, no question.

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

The funniest name in NFL history

20 J. J. Watt Justin James "J. J." Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Texans with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and played college football at Wisconsin. ...read more.

I'm not a Texans fan but he is an awesome player should be in the top 10 or 15

How is JJ Watt 84? He's literally one of the best players I've ever seen.

He's awesome he should be at least 20

Watt should be at least top 20

21 Larry Fitzgerald Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Fitzgerald was drafted 3rd overall to the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, he is considered to be one of the best players of his position to never win a Super Bowl.

Most consistent hands ever, tall, extremely athletic, was blazing fast in his prime, and played the game like no other. When Larry Fitzgerald changed positions into more of an inside receiver instead of a wing player because of his age and the decrease of speed, he still remained as on of the best receivers in the league. The only thing that he lacks (as well as the Cardinals) is a super bowl ring.

He is perhaps the best player of all time knowing what he’s put up with what supporting cast he’s had for his career in Arizona! Remember it’s a team game & yet he’s made every post season count

Higher he is my favorite player and 19! that's all at lest in the top ten come on! he is amazing on the field and will never stop until he gets a super bowl ring. his hands can catch anything everything this is probably my longest complaint here make Larry 2 behind Jerry Rice of course.

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.

22 Steve Young Jon Steven Young is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League and is best known for his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Steve Young started his NFL career too late otherwise he might have been the greatest player of all time. his 7 year span from 1992-1998 was incredible. Such a fun player to watch. He was basically as accurate as any quarterback there had even been and then you add in that he was one of the best running quarterbacks as well. Amazing!

When joe montana left, steve young replaced him and dominated one of the best 49ers

One of the best QBs of all time.

Heez a preetty cool mormon maybe I should be a mormon so I can be great and have a better chance of making the nfl

23 Michael Irvin

Just because he was on your favorite team doesn't mean that team is the greatest team of all time and the player is also the greatest. Jim Brown was arguably the greatest running back of all time and he played on a crappy team.

Totally overrated. Way to high. Should not be top 50.

He is one of the best player of all time because he was on the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys are the best team of all time

3 best receiver of all time

24 Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

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)

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

Biggest ass ever but he was great

25 Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick ...read more.

My favorite QB of all time (From a Packers fan). People hate on him for his history with dog-fighting but everyone makes mistakes, and he lived up to his and spent his time. There are people in the NFL who repeatedly abuse drugs or their girlfriends, and Vick still gets more hate. Anyways, playing-wise, he is the best rushing QB of all time and had one of the greatest arms. Also the greatest player in the history of Madden because of his stats in Madden 2004.

He might have a had some good years with atlanta, some good games with eagles, and then for the jets and steelers he hasnt done anything. also he might as well say goodbye to his chance at making the Hall of fame. Because with his prison record I highly doubt he will make the hall of fame

Vick is a has-been, he was good for a couple years with the Eagles, then he played for the jets and the steelers and hasnt done anything, he is not good anymore.

Despite his "incident" he is the most athletic QB of All time

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