Greatest NFL Players of All Time
The Top Ten
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 man is beyond compare to cris carter, randy moss, Michael irvin and any other receiver great. It doesn't matter even if deion sanders or ronnie lott covered him, unstoppable
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 is GodV 78 Comments
"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
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?
To the moron that stated that Montana shouldn't even be in the top 100- he's the greatest quarterback ever at the hardest position to play in sports-Brady is a close 2.. So how is he not in you're top 100? Let alone top 5.. You are a moron
He 's a wonderful quaterback never loss in super blowV 36 Comments
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.
If you think about a guy who got barely got any practice all year then this guy drafted 199th overall comes out and backs up a pretty good franchise quarterback and takes his team to the Superbowl. Another point though that has to be considered is that his team can play well without him unlike the colts who were horrible without Peyton Manning the patriots went 11-5 without Brady an important aspect to consider when your ranking Brady. But Brady is obviously the key player on the pats
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. - DH5435
He is not actually that good, there are definitely QBs better than him. - lionsforlifeV 96 Comments
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
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.
He was the most talented football player of all time. He was better at his position than any other football player, from any position, was at their position.V 27 Comments
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
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.
This Guy is history, he is honestly amazing. Too bad he’s not playing anymore, though.V 29 Comments
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.
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" - RPD6478
Best defensive player no doubt. Shaped how we run defensive plays now.
Best lb of all time and best defensive player everV 16 Comments
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.
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? - Danmarino4
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.
So dominant that he would be the greatest regardless of era.V 18 Comments
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 ...more
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
He's just good! - ChurroKidd_YTV 50 Comments
he's the greatest... look at all the records and super bowl ring - jwileson
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
Brett should be number one. Too bad he might retire.
#number1V 17 Comments
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
Reggie White was the best on the Eagles!V 3 Comments
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
Moss carried the Vikings, and they should have won multiple championships. - CDShark
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.
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.
hell yeahV 13 Comments
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
Guys, he used child abuse. It's just stupid. - funnysoccerdude11
He is the largest of them all
He is greatV 15 Comments
Best heart of all time. Greatest leader of all-time. Best defensive player of all time. Ray Lewis. 2 time champion.
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.
Greatest defensive end of all time, an absolute monster all around.
This man is unstoppableV 7 Comments
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
Best cornerback ever (even though I live in Arlington Texas
Greatest corner ever best athlete
I was watching a football life on this guy a my mom said deion sanders primetime and she said she went to collage with himV 4 Comments
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.
The funniest name in NFL history
For me he is around number 36.V 2 Comments
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. - RPD6478
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
Totally overrated. Way to high. Should not be top 50.
your wrongV 1 Comment
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.
He's got the works. Quickness agility everything. Let's go MEGATRON
Hell no what Lott Rodger Craig Calvin all you young kids
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 - lionsforlifeV 17 Comments
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.
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!
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.V 18 Comments
Biggest ass ever but he was great
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
T.O can't be stoped even by Reggie whiteV 6 Comments
I love Aaron Rodgers so so so so so so so so so so so much he is my favorite player of all time! I am his number 1 fan
He should be top 20 he's better than brett favre
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!
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. - johnsox2004
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!
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
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 SEASONV 2 Comments
Really, number 27. All time leading in rushing touchdowns and yards, got more carries than any other running back, and has 3 rings. He is better than Jerry Rice, no kidding. I know I am a cowboys fan, but he still is number 1.
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!
He is the best I have to say. He played for my team! I am only 13 years old but, I like him. Him and dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are the best!
Should be number 6V 5 Comments
How many passing yards? Marino is the best QB not to win the big game.
So sad that Dan the Man never won a Super Bowl - RPD6478
He should be in the top 10 for sure. come on man!
Carried the team without any other HOF playersV 4 Comments
This guy is the best player on the Steelers dominant seventies defense. He should easily be in the top ten.
How is this monster not ahead of Alan Page. Top 20 for sure.
Joe was a great defensive lineman and is in the HOF he should be top 30
25? For me he is number 13.V 2 Comments
Big time underrated he was amazing is needs to be in the top ten GO BRONCOS!
Vote for the player who had countless numbers of cheaters on their team
Has anyone seen him play?
Big time underrated...
He was better than Dan Marino.V 6 Comments
For me he is in the high 90s.
I like the picture of Richard Sherman crying after Malcolm Butler did his magic in the Super Bowl. It really shows you the type of guy he is.
What do you mean it shows the type of guy he is? I'm sure you would cry if you lost the biggest game in america off of one play... - RPD6478
He is not better than anyone in the top ten
Boy he is not even in the top 200V 9 Comments
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.
Best scrambler ever plus I love how you can beat your kid senseless, beat your wife unconcious, and potentially murder someone and get off with a suspension but he fights dogs and bam federal prison and his polarizing career was ruined
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. - RPD6478
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 - RPD6478V 4 Comments
He is my favorite running back of all time and he played for my favorite team, the Seahawks. He is Beast Mode
How is Chris Carter worse than Marshawn Lynch he sucks this season.
He used to be beast mode but not this year
Beast modeV 6 Comments
One of the most accurate of all time! He's not my favorite, but is one of the best at his position.
Once Brees held me in his hands. I will always remember that moment! - PokemonRPGbro
5000+ yards 50+ TD's can't be beaten
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. - PokemonRPGbroV 5 Comments
He's awesome he should be at least 20
Watt should be at least top 20
He should be number 1
Sorry JJ Watt is not top 100 yet.V 6 Comments
He gave Lynn Swann a chance to be awesome.
Should be much higher than tom bratty
Should be higher then Tom Brady
No dip, Sherlock HomesV 3 Comments
He won 10 championships. He can throw and run. He should be in the top ten. If he's not then this list is not right at all
Graham played in 10 Championship games in his 10 years and won seven of them!
One of the best QBs to ever play the game, and one of the most historic.V 3 Comments
Everybody this guy should be number 1 because he is way better than Jerry Rice
Whoever thinks he is this good should be shot overrated garbage never even broke 1000 in a season
The idiot who said he's better than rice should watch some rice highlights
A 1000+ season average isn’t that high... - PokemonRPGbroV 10 Comments
He was an unbelievable receiver. Said and done.
Don Hutson is to football like Wilt Chamberlain is to basketball
Teams started passing because of him.
has more records than any nfl player
First of all, Odell is not overrated. He is not only relevant because of one catch. Oh god no. Before you start talking about that look at his actual stats. He was probably the best rookie the NFL had seen maybe ever. He has had three record breaking seasons so far. Getting lots of yards and touchdowns. And to top it off he can catch unlike anyone has ever caught before. But that's just the cherry on the sundae. The best player ever.
Odell is very overrated. After getting one lucky catch against the Cowboys, he's been treated like the superstar of the NFL. The only reason he could catch like that later on, was because he began to practice like that. It's pretty ridiculous what people like him would do for the audience. Why not play it safe, catch with 2 hands, and gain more yardage. Not some show-off who only knows how to catch with one hand and fall.
GOAT! And his stats prove it! People say "oh he only got lucky with one catch" but no, that's note even why he's good. He has broken like every rookie record and many more. In his first three years he has broken more records than anyone in the LEAGUE has they're entire career!
I wouldn't say that he's overrated but he's undeserving of the position he is in. His one handed catch did give him a lot of attention, but he still was an on-the-rise receiver in the NFL at the time. It's not too hard to gain yards on short 5-10 yard slant routes. Basically, OBJ is running routes that would be featured in the old 49ers West Coast offense. His speed allows him to beat defenders on short routes which allows for such a high YAC average. But, if you put him up against a good corner that can lock him down, he gets hot headed and frustrated. He can be made a non-factor if he faces the right corner. I would be Julio Jones above OBJ. - DWHutchIIV 22 Comments
One of the only 3 people to win the super bowl as a player and a coach, he is hilarious in the movie kicking and screaming (the one with will ferrell) - RPD6478
3rd most receptions ever.
His stats were amazing but he did kill his wife.
He is great besides being an insane killer
He is a very bad person
Too good for youV 2 Comments
Who is this bish
Let's just throw Ryan Leaf on here and call it a day.
How is he on this list he should be in the garbageV 1 Comment
7 words leader of the greatest show on turf.
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