Best Non QBs in NFL Since 1975

Ned964
On any NFL greatest players list, QBs dominate. I thought it just that a list be generated to focus on all the other positions, and seeing my viewing experience began, in earnest, in 1975, I thought I'd make that the start of the timeline, given I saw these players live. It was very difficult to whittle it down to 10 players, so additions are welcome.

The Top Ten

1 Jerry Rice 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.

In the end, there is just no denying the monster numbers he put up. Fluid and incredible concentration, who practiced as hard as he played. The model of the Niners practice warriors of the 80's and early 90's - Ned964

2 Lawrence Taylor Lawrence Taylor

Nobody I can think of changed the game defensively the way Taylor did. Unblockable for much of his career, offenses had to account for him on every play, it was either that, or risk losing your QB. Many teams just started running all their plays away from Taylor - Ned964

Best defensive player ever besides maybe Mean Joe Greene - 2storm

3 Barry Sanders 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.

An amazing 10 year career that saw him often times single handedly beat defenses geared solely to stop him. I don't think there's any point of anyone trying to emulate him, he was truly one of a kind. - Ned964

4 Anthony Munoz

Controlled and dominated every player lined up against him. Gave the Bengals the incredible luxury of taking the left side for granted. A great run blocker as well. - Ned964

5 Reggie White Reggie White

If it wasn't for his years spent in the WFL, hed be higher on this list. Could dominate a game from the DE position. Powerful, with plenty of set up moves to make him nearly unblockable. - Ned964

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

Electric! Blazing speed with great hands. Had defenses devised specifically just to take him away. - Ned964

7 Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith Emmitt James Smith III is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s.

He played behind some of the greatest offensive lines ever, but his numbers alone make his iinclusion a must. Great balance and strength - Ned964

8 Walter Payton 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.

Payton is the best. By far my favorite player ever - 2storm

Sweetness. Smooth, strong and agile, the complete package. RIP Walter - Ned964

9 Sean Taylor Sean Taylor

It's true he didn't play long, we tragically lost this once in a lifetime player. But I've never seen anyone hit offensive players that hard, not Ronnie Lott, not Jack Tatum, no one. I love defenders, and this guy showed me what a supreme athlete with heart could do. RIP Sean - Ned964

10 Bruce Smith

The Contenders

11 J.J. Watt J.J. Watt Justin James "J. J." Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

If this cat can stay off the I.R., he's gonna break the all time sack record. - Ned964

12 Jim Brown Jim Brown

Would definitely be included, but he was long since retired in 1975... - Ned964

13 LaDainian Tomlinson LaDainian Tomlinson

My boy LT - 2storm

14 Deion Sanders 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.
15 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Adrian Lewis Peterson is an American football running back who originally played for the Minnesota Vikings and currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.
16 Warren Sapp
17 Frank Gore Frank Gore Franklin Delano Gore is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
18 Odell Beckham Jr. Odell Beckham Jr. Odell Beckham Jr. is a NFL wide receiver, playing for the New York Giants. He is most-known for making an incredible one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys. Beckham was drafted 12th overall to the New York Giants.
19 Terrell Owens 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.
20 Clay Matthews Clay Matthews William Clay Matthews III is an American football outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
21 Antonio Brown Antonio Brown Antonio Brown is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He is often regarded as one of the best Wide Receivers in today's game in the NFL. Brown was selected 195th overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round.
22 Joe Greene Joe Greene
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