Top 100 NFL Players All-Time List

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We are beginning to prepare for the NFL season of 2022, which will be remembered for breaking records and creating legends. Who is the greatest football player in history?
TSC will provide you with a summary of the list of the NFL’s best 100 players of all time in this article. They are players who have made significant contributions to the history of the National Football League.

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Top 100 NFL Players All-Time List 2022

1: Jerry Rice

  • Position: WR
  • Years: 1985-2004
  • Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010); 3-time Super Bowl champ; Super Bowl MVP; NFL MVP; 13 Pro Bowls; Leads the NFL in all-purpose touchdowns (208); Leads the NFL in receiving yards (22,895); Only player in NFL history with more than 20,000 receiving yards; Leads the NFL in total receptions (1,549); Leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (23,546); Leads the NFL in TD receptions (197); leads the NFL in consecutive games with at least one reception (274); holds 36 total NFL records

2: Tom Brady

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 2000-Present
  • Team: New England Patriots

Achievements: 6-time Super Bowl champ; 4-time Super Bowl MVP; 3-time NFL MVP; 3-time First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016); 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010); NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009); Holds NFL record for most Super Bowl wins as a player (6); Holds multiple Super Bowl records including most TD passes (18), most passing yards (2,838), most completed passes (256), most passing attempts (392) and most consecutive competitions in a single SB (16); Holds NFL record for most games won by a QB (207); only QB to have three straight games w/ 300+ passing yards, 3+ TD passes and 0 interceptions; Tied for most Pro Bowl selections (14); Holds NFL record for most postseason games played (40); Holds NFL record for most postseason TD passes (73); Oldest QB to win a Super Bowl (41 years, six months)

3: Lawrence Taylor

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1981-1993
  • Team: New York Giants

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1999); 2-time Super Bowl champ; 10-time Pro Bowl; 9-time first-team All-Pro (1981-1989); second-team All-Pro (1990); NFL MVP (1986); 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986); NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981)

4: Jim Brown

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1957-1965
  • Team: Cleveland Browns

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971); 1964 NFL Champ; 4-time NFL MVP (1957,1958, 1963, 1965); 8-time first-team All-Pro (1957-1961, 1963-1965); All-Pro 2nd-team (1962); 9 Pro Bowls appearances; NFL Rookie of the Year (1957); 1st player to reach 100 rushing touchdowns; 1st NFL player to rush for over 10,000 yards; 10th most touchdowns in NFL history (126); 5th most rushing TDs in NFL history (106); Leads the NFL in average rushing yards per game in a career (104.3)

5: Walter Payton

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1975-1987
  • Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1993); Super Bowl champ; 7-time first-team All-Pro (1976-1980, 1984, 1985); second-team All-Pro (1986); NFL MVP (1977); NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1977); second-leading rusher in NFL history (16,726); 4th most rushing TDs in NFL history (110)

6: Joe Montana

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1979-1994
  • Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2000); 4-time Super Bowl champ; 3-time Super Bowl MVP; 2-time NFL MVP (1989, 1990); 8 Pro Bowls invites; 3-time first-team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1990); 2-time second-team All-Pro (1981, 1984); holds a Super Bowl record passer rating of 127.8;  holds Super Bowl records for most throws without an interception (122)

7: Reggie White

  • Position: DE
  • Years: 1985-2000
  • Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2006; Super Bowl champion (1996); AP Defensive Player of the Year (1987, ‘98); 1st-team All-Pro (1986, ‘87, ‘88, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91, ‘95, 98); 13-time Pro Bowler

8: Peyton Manning

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1998-2015
  • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Achievements: 2-time Super Bowl champ; Super Bowl MVP; 14-time Pro Bowl; 7-time first-team All-Pro (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013); 3-time second-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2006); 5-time NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013); 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013); leads the NFL in career TD passes (539); holds the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season (5,477 in 2013); 2nd most passing yards in NFL history (71,940); 3rd most passes completed in NFL history (6,125)

9: Johnny Unitas

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1956-1971
  • Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1979); Super Bowl champ; 3-time NFL Champ; 3rd longest TD streak in NFL history (47 games)

10: Barry Sanders

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1989-98
  • Team: Detroit Lions

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF 2004; 15,269 rushing yards, 3rd all-time; 10 pro bowls; 6-time All-Pro; the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in his first ten seasons.

Reis Nos. 11-100 in our list of the greatest NFL players of all time:

11: Joe Greene

  • Position: DT
  • Years: 1969-1981
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1987); 4-time Super Bowl champ; 5-time First-team All-Pro (1972-1974, 1977, 1979); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1971, 1975, 1976); 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974); NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1969); 10-time Pro Bowler

12: Dick Butkus

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1965-1973
  • Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1979); 6-time first-team All-Pro (1965, 1967-1970, 1972); 2-time second-team All-Pro (1966, 1971); 8 Pro Bowls; 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1969, 1970)

13: Ronnie Lott

  • Position: DB
  • Years: 1981-94
  • Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2000; 4-time Super Bowl Champion (1982, ‘84, ‘88, ‘89); 1st-team All-Pro (81, ‘86, ‘87, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91); 10-time Pro Bowler

14: Anthony Munoz

  • Position: LT
  • Years: 1980-92
  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1998; 1st-team All-Pro (1981, ‘82, ‘83, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88, ‘89, ‘90); 11-time Pro Bowler; 1991 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year

15: Deacon Jones

  • Position: DE
  • Years: 1961-1974
  • Teams: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1980); 5-time First-Team All-Pro (1965-1969); 3-time second-team All-Pro (1964, 1970, 1972); 8 Pro Bowls; 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1967, 1968); NFL didn’t record sacks an as an official stat until 1982, but it is said Jones had 194.5 during his career

16: Deion Sanders

  • Position: DB
  • Years: 1989-2000, 2004-05
  • Teams: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2011; 2-time Super Bowl Champion (1995, ‘96); 1994 AP Defensive Player of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (‘92, ‘93, ‘94, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98); 8-time Pro Bowler

17:  Otto Graham

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1946-55
  • Team: Cleveland Browns

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1965; 3-time NFL Champion (1950, ‘54, ‘55); 4-time AAFC champion (1946, ‘47, ‘48, ‘49); 3-time NFL UPI MVP (1951, ‘53, ‘55), 1st-team All-Pro (1947, ‘48, ‘49, ‘51, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55); 5-time Pro Bowler

18: John Elway

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1983-98
  • Team: Denver Broncos

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2004; two-time Super Bowl champion (1998, ‘99); 1989 AP MVP; 1998 Super Bowl MVP; 1992 Walter Payton Man of the Year; 9-time Pro Bowler;

19: Emmitt Smith

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1990-2004
  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF 2010; 18,355 rushing yards, No. 1 all-time; 4,409 attempts, No. 1 all-time; 164 rushing TDs, first all-time; started 219 of 226 games; three-time Super Bowl champ; Super Bowl MVP after 1993 season; NFL MVP 1993 season.

20: Dan Marino

  • Position: QB.
  • Years: 1983-1999
  • Teams: Miami Dolphins

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2005); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1984-1986); 4-time second-team All-Pro; NFL MVP (1984); Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (1998); NFL Rookie of the Year (1983); NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994); 9-time Pro Bowler; Held multiple NFL passing records that have since been broke

21: Gale Sayers

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1965-71
  • Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1977; 1st-team All-Pro (1965, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69); 4-time Pro Bowler; four seasons in top 10 of all NFL rushers; career cut short by injuries; as a rookie scored four TDs, including 96-yard kickoff return, against Vikings, and later in season scored six touchdowns against 49ers including an 80-yard pass play, 50-yard run, a 65-yard punt return.

22: Sammy Baugh

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1937-52
  • Team: Washington Redskins

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1963; 2-time NFL champion (1937, ‘42); 1st-team All-Pro (1937, ‘40, ‘42, ‘43); 6-time Pro Bowler

23: Ray Lewis

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1996-2012
  • Team: Baltimore Ravens

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2018; 2-time Super Bowl champion (2001, 2013); 2003 AP Defensive Player of the Year; 2000-01 Super Bowl MVP; ranks second in league history for solo tackles; 1st-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, ‘01, ‘03, ‘04, ‘08, ‘09); 13-time Pro Bowler

24: Randy Moss

  • Position: WR
  • Years: 1998-2012
  • Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2018); 4-time First-team All-Pro (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1998); 6-time Pro Bowler; Pro Bowl MVP (1999); Holds NFL record for most TD receptions in a season (23); Holds NFL record for most TD receptions in a rookie season (17); Only player to catch 90+ touchdown passes, return a punt for a touchdown, and throw two touchdown passes

25: Don Hutson

  • Position: E
  • Years: 1935-45
  • Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1963; 3-time NFL champion (1936, ‘39, ‘44); 2-time NFL MVP (1941, ‘42); 1st-team All-Pro (1938, ‘39, ‘40, ‘41, ‘42, ‘43, ‘44, ‘45); 4-time Pro Bowler

No. 26 Brett Favre

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1991-2010
  • Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016); Super Bowl champ; 3-time first-team All-Pro (1995-1997); 3-time second-team All-Pro (2001, 2002, 2007); 11-time Pro Bowler (1992, 1993, 1995-1997, 2001-2003, 2007-2009); 3-time AP NFL MVP; 2nd in the NFL in career passing yards (71,838); Has the most career starts of any NFL player (298, 322 including the postseason); 1st player to 500 career TD passes; 1st NFL QB to defeat 32 franchises

27: Alan Page

  • Position: DT
  • Years: 1967-81
  • Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF in 1988 in hometown of Canton, Ohio; played in 238 consecutive games, including postseason; NFL MVP for 1971 season; NFL defensive player of the year 1971, 1973; 23 fumble recoveries.

28: Bruce Smith

  • Position: DE
  • Years: 1985-2003
  • Teams: Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2009); 8-time First-team All-Pro (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993-1997); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1989, 1998); 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1996); NFL career sack record (200 sacks)

29: Jack Lambert

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1974-1984
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1990); 4-time Super Bowl champion; 6-time First-team All-Pro (1976, 1979-1983); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1975, 1978); 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1976, 1983); NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1974); 9-time Pro Bowler

30: John Hannah

  • Position: G
  • Years: 1973-85
  • Team: New England Patriots

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1991; 1st-team All-Pro (1976, ‘78, ‘79, ‘80, ‘81, ‘83, ‘85); 9-time Pro Bowler.

31: Bob Lilly

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980; Super Bowl Champion (1972); 1st-team All-Pro (1964, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘71); 11-time Pro Bowler

32: Ed Reed

  • Position: S
  • Years: 2002-2013
  • Teams: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Houston Texans

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2019); Super Bowl Champion; 5-time First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006-2008, 2010); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (2003, 2009, 2011); 9-time Pro Bowler; NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004); Tied for Most Career Playoff Interceptions (9); Longest Interception Return in NFL History (107 yards); Most Career Interception Return Yards (1,590); First player in NFL history to return an interception, punt, blocked punt and fumble for a TD; Holds the record for most multi-interception games in a career (12); Tied for most career blocked punts returned for TD (3)

33: Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane

  • Position: CB
  • Years: 1952-1965
  • Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1974); 7-time first-team All-Pro (1956-1957, 1959-1963); 7 Pro Bowls; 4th most interceptions in NFL history (68); most interceptions in a season in NFL history (14)

34: Drew Brees

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 2001-Present
  • Teams: San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints

Achievements: Super Bowl XLIV champion; 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2011); First-team All-pro (2006); 12 pro bowls

35: Gino Marchetti

  • Position: DE
  • Years: 1952-66
  • Teams: Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1972; 2-time NFL champion (1958, ‘59); 1st-team All-Pro (1957, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘64); 11-time Pro Bowler

36: Tony Gonzalez

  • Position: TE
  • Years: 1997-2013
  • Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2019); 6-time First-team All-Pro (1999-2001, 2003, 2008, 2012); 4-time Second-team All-Pro (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007); 14-time Pro Bowler (tied for most all-time); holds the NFL record for total receiving yards by a TE (15,127); Leads the NFL in career receptions for TEs (1,325); Second in NFL history for receptions behind Jerry Rice; tied for most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards by a TE (4).

37: Rod Woodson

  • Position: DB
  • Years: 1987-2003
  • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2009; 2001 Super Bowl champion; 1993 AP Defensive Player of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1989, ‘90, ‘92, ‘92, ‘94, 2002); 11-time Pro Bowler

38:  Eric Dickerson

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1983-93
  • Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1999; 1986 AP Offensive Player of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1983, ‘84, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88); 6-time Pro Bowler

39:  Mel Blount

  • Position: DB
  • Years: 1970-83
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1989; 4-time Super Bowl champion (1974, ‘75, ‘78, ‘79); 1975 AP Defensive Player of Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1975, ‘81); 5-time Pro Bowler

40: O.J. Simpson

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1969-79
  • Teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1985; 1973 NFL AP  MVP; 1973 Bert Bell Award winner; 1st-team All-Pro (1972, ‘73, ‘74, ‘75, ‘76); 6-time Pro Bowler

41: Aaron Rodgers

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 2005-Present
  • Team: Green Bay Packers.

Achievements: Super Bowl XLV champion; 2x NFL MVP (2011, 2014); Super Bowl XLV MVP; 2-time First-team All-pro (2011, 2014); Second-team All-pro (2012); Seven pro bowls

42: Ray Nitschke

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1958-72
  • Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1978; 3-time NFL champion (1961 ‘62, ‘65); 2-time Super Bowl champion (1966, ‘67); 1st-team All-Pro (1964, ‘65); Pro Bowler

43: Forrest Gregg

  • Position: T
  • Years: 1956-71
  • Teams: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1977); 3-time Super Bowl Champion; 7-time First-team All-pro (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967); nine pro bowls.

44: Chuck Bednarik

  • Position: C/LB
  • Years: 1949-62
  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1967; 2-time NFL champion (1949, ‘60); 1st-team All-Pro (1950, ‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘60); 8-time Pro Bowler

45: Jim Thorpe

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1920-28
  • Teams: Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1963); First-team All-pro (1923)

46: Mike Singletary

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1981-92
  • Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1998); Super Bowl XX Champion; 7-time First-team All-pro (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991); Second-team All-pro (1990); 10 pro bowls

47: Red Grange

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1925-34
  • Teams: Chicago Bears, New York Yankees

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1963); 2-time First-team All-pro (1930, 1931)

48: Roger Staubach

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1969-79
  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF in 1985; NFL MVP 1971, Super Bowl VI MVP; 22,700 passing yards, 153 passing touchdowns, 20 rushing touchdowns, 2,264 rushing yards; lost statistics by delaying entry into NFL for four years because of military commitment after graduating from the Naval Academy.

49: Jim Parker

  • Position: OG/OT
  • Years: 1957-1967
  • Team: Baltimore Colts

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1973); 2-time NFL champion, 9-time First-team All-Pro (1957-1965); Second-team All-Pro (1966); 8-time Pro Bowler

50: Bronko Nagurski

  • Position: FB
  • Years: 1930-43
  • Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1963; 3-time NFL champion (1932, ‘33 ‘43,); 1st-team All-Pro (1932, ‘33, ‘34, ‘36)

51: John Mackey

  • Position: TE
  • Years: 1963-72
  • Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1992); Super Bowl V champion; 3-time First-team All-pro (1966,1967,1968); five pro bowls

52: Terrell Owens

  • Position: WR
  • Years: 1996-2010
  • Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2018); 5-time First-team All-pro (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007); 3rd all-time receiving yards; six pro bowls

53: Merlin Olsen

  • Position: DT
  • Years: 1962-1976
  • Team: Los Angeles Rams

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1982); 5-time First-team All-Pro (1966-1970); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1965, 1973, 1974); NFL Rookie of the Year (1962); 14-time Pro Bowler (this is a career NFL record. Olsen is tied with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Bruce Matthews, and Tony Gonzalez)

54: LaDainian Tomlinson

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 2001-11
  • Teams: San Diego Chargers, New York Jets

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2017); NFL Most Valuable Player (2006); NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2006); 3-time First-team All-pro (2004, 2006, 2007); 2-time Second-team All-pro (2002, 2003); five pro bowls

55: Gene Upshaw

  • Position: G
  • Years: 1967-81
  • Team: Oakland Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1987); 2-time Super Bowl champion; AFL Champion; 5-time First-team All-pro (1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1977); 4- time Second-team All-pro (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976); seven pro bowls

56: Steve Young

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1985-99
  • Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF 2005; two-time NFL MVP (1992, 1994); Super Bowl MVP (1994); 33,124 passing yards, 64.3 completion percentage, 232 touchdowns, 4,239 rushing yards, 43 touchdowns; seven-time Pro Bowler; won six NFL passing titles.

57: Marshall Faulk

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1994-2005
  • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2011); Super Bowl champion; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999-2001); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1994, 1995, 1998); NFL MVP (2000); 3-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1994); 7-time Pro Bowler; one of only 3 NFL players to amass at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards; only player to accumulate 12,000 rushing and 6,000 receiving yards; only NFL RB with 100+ rushing and 30+ receiving TDs; holds NFL career record for most games with a rushing and receiving TD (15).

58:  Raymond Berry

  • Position: Split end
  • Years: 1955-67
  • Team: Baltimore Colts

Achievements: Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973; 2-time NFL champion (1958, ‘59); 1st-team All-Pro (1958, ‘59, 60); 6-time Pro Bowler

59: Earl Campbell

  • Position: RB
  • Years: 1978-85
  • Teams: Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1991; 1979 AP MVP; NFL PFWA MVP (1978, ‘79); AP Offensive Player of the Year (1978, 1979, 1980); 1st-team All-Pro (1978, ‘79, ‘80); 5-time Pro Bowler

60: Junior Seau

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1990-2009
  • Teams: San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2015); 8-time First-team All-Pro (1991-1996, 1998, 2000); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1992); NFL Man of the Year (1994); 12-time Pro Bowler

61: Charles Woodson

  • Position: DB
  • Years: 1998-2015
  • Teams: Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Super Bowl XLV champion; 2009 Defensive Player of the Year; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2009, 2011); Four-time Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2008, 2010, 2015); nine pro bowls; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

62: Lance Alworth

  • Position: WR
  • Years: 1962-72
  • Teams: San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1978); Super Bowl VI champion; AFL Champion (1963); AFL Player of the Year (1963); 6-time First-team All-Pro (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968); Second-team All-Pro (1969); seven pro bowls

63: Bart Starr

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1956-1971
  • Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1977); 2-time Super Bowl champ; 2-time Super Bowl MVP; 5-time NFL champ; 4-time Pro Bowl; first-team All-Pro (1966); 3-time second-team All-Pro (1961, 1962, 1964); NFL MVP (1966); holds the NFL record for the highest postseason passer rating (104.8)

64: J.J. Watt

  • Position: DE
  • Years: 2011-Present
  • Team: Houston Texans

Achievements: 5-time First-team All-Pro (2012-2015, 2018); 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015); Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017); 5-time Pro Bowler; Pro Bowl Defensive MVP (2014); Bert Bell Award (2014); the first player with multiple 20-sack seasons (2012, 2014)

65: Larry Fitzgerald

  • Position: WR
  • Years: 2004-Present
  • Team: Arizona Cardinals

Achievements: 1st-team All-Pro (2008); 2-time 2nd-team All-pro (2009, 2011), 11-time Pro Bowler, Pro-Bowl MVP (2008); Holds NFL record for most seasons with 90+ receptions (8); Most TD receptions in a postseason (7 in 2008); Most receptions in a postseason (30 in 2008); Most receiving yards in a postseason (546 in 2008); Third all-time in career receptions (1,303); Second all-time in career receiving yards (16,279)

66: Mike Webster

  • Position: C
  • Years: 1974-90
  • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1997); 5-time First-team All-pro (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983); Second-team All-Pro (1984); nine pro bowls

67: Jack Ham

  • Position: LB
  • Years: 1971-1982
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1988); 4-time Super Bowl champ; 6-time First-team All-Pro (1974-1979); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1973, 1980); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1975); 8-time Pro Bowler

68: Joe Namath

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1965-77
  • Teams: New York Jets, L.A. Rams (1977)

Achievements: Five pro bowls; Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP; Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1985); first to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season; had 27,663 passing yards 173 TDs for a career.

69: Orlando Pace

  • Position: LT
  • Years: 1997-2009
  • Teams: St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2016); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2001, 2003); Second-team All-Pro (2000); seven pro bowls.

70: Art Shell

  • Position: OT
  • Years: 1968-82.
  • Team: Oakland Raiders (L.A. 1982).

Achievements: Two-time Super Bowl champion. Hall of Fame. Played 207 games. NFL 1970s all-decade team.

71: Ted Hendricks

  • Position: LB.
  • Years: 1969-83
  • Teams: Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, L.A. Raiders.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1990); 4-time Super Bowl champion; 4-time First-team All-Pro (1971, 1974, 1980, 1982); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1976); 8-time Pro Bowler

72: Randy White

  • Position: DT.
  • Years: 1975-88
  • Team: Dallas Cowboys.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1994; 1977 Super Bowl Champion; 1977 Super Bowl MVP; 1st-team All-Pro (1978, ‘79, ‘81, ‘82, ‘83, ‘84, ‘85); 9-time Pro Bowler

73: Bruce Matthews

  • Position: OL.
  • Years: 1983-2001
  • Teams: Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2007; 1st-team All-Pro (1988, ‘89, 90, ‘92, ‘98, ‘99, 2000); 14-time Pro Bowler; started 293 games in a career (second in NFL history).

74: Larry Allen

  • Position: OL.
  • Years: 1994-2007
  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2013; 1995 Super Bowl Champion; 1st-team All-Pro (1996, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, 2000, ‘01); 11-time Pro Bowler

75: Terry Bradshaw

  • Position: QB
  • Years: 1970-83
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1989; 4-time Super Bowl champion (1974, ‘75, ‘78, ‘79); 1978 AP MVP; Super Bowl MVP (1978, ‘79); 1978 Bert Bell Award winner; 1st-team All-Pro (1978); 3-time Pro Bowler

76: Sid Luckman

  • Position: QB.
  • Years: 1939-50
  • Team: Chicago Bears.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1965; 1943 Joe F. Carr MVP Trophy winner; 4-time NFL Champion (1940, ‘41, ‘43, ‘46); 1st-team All-Pro (1941, ‘42, ‘43, ‘44. ‘47); 3-time Pro Bowler

77: Jim Otto

  • Position: Center.
  • Years: 1960-74
  • Team: Oakland Raiders.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980; 1st-team All-Pro selection (1960, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70); 12-time Pro Bowler

78: Michael Strahan

  • Position: DE.
  • Years: 1993-2007
  • Team: New York Giants.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2014); Super Bowl champ; 7 Pro Bowls; 4-time first-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003); 2-time second-team All-Pro (2002, 2005); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001); holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season (22.5); 6th most career sacks in NFL history (141.5)

79: Kellen Winslow Sr.

  • Position: TE.
  • Years: 1979-87
  • Team: San Diego Chargers.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1995); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1980-1982); Second-team All-Pro (1987); 5-time Pro Bowl selection

80: Adrian Peterson

  • Position: RB.
  • Years: 2007-present
  • Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins.

Achievements: NFL Most Valuable Player (2012); NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012); 4-time First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2013); seven pro bowls; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007). Eight on the all-time rushing list coming into the 2019 season.

81: Walter Jones

  • Position: OT.
  • Years: 1997-2008
  • Team: Seattle Seahawks

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2014); 4-time First-team All-Pro (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (2006, 2008); nine pro bowls.

82: Willie Lanier

  • Position: LB.
  • Years: 1967-77
  • Team: Kansas City

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1986); Started 146 of 149 regular-season games. Eight pro bowls (1968-75). Three-time All-Pro (1968, 1971, 1973).

83: Michael Irvin

  • Position: WR.
  • Years: 1988-1999
  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2007); 3-time Super Bowl champ; First-team All-Pro (1991); Two-time Second-team All-pro (1992, 1993); five pro bowls.

84: Jonathan Ogden

  • Position: OT.
  • Years: 1996-2007
  • Team: Baltimore Ravens

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2013); Super Bowl champ; 4-time First-team All-Pro (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003); 5-time Second-team All-Pro (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006); 11 pro bowls.

85: Marvin Harrison

  • Position: WR.
  • Years: 1996-2008
  • Team: Indianapolis Colts

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2016); Super Bowl champ; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006); 5-time Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2001, 2003-2005); 8-time Pro Bowl selection; Holds multiple NFL receiving records including most receptions in a single season (143), most consecutive seasons of 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 10+ TD receptions (8), the first player to record two seasons of 1,600 yards receiving in NFL history, (1999 & 2002); also holds multiple records with Peyton Manning as a QB/WR pair.

86: Derrick Thomas

  • Position: LB.
  • Years: 1989-1999
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2009); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1990-1992); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1993, 1994, 1996); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1989); holds the NFL record for sacks in a single game (7).

87: Troy Polamalu

  • Position: S.
  • Years: 2003-14
  • Team: Pittsburgh

Achievements: Eight pro bowls (2004-08, 2010-11, 2013) and four-time All-Pro (2006, 2008, 2010-11). Twice had seven interceptions in a season. Started 142 regular-season games. NFL defensive player of the Year in 2010 (AP). Super Bowl champ.

88: Aaron Donald

  • Position: DL.
  • Years: 2014-present
  • Teams: St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

Achievements: 2-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (2017, ‘18); 1st-team All-Pro (2015, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18); 5-time Pro Bowler.

89: Rob Gronkowski

  • Position: TE.
  • Years: 2010-18
  • Team: New England Patriots

Achievements: 3-time Super Bowl Champion 2015, ‘17, ‘19); 1st-team All-Pro (2011, ‘14, ‘15, ‘17); 5-time Pro-Bowler; 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year.

90: Tony Dorsett

  • Position: RB.
  • Years: 1977-88
  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1994; 1977 Super Bowl champion; 1st-team All-Pro (1981); 4-time Pro Bowler; 1977 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

91: Lee Roy Selmon

  • Position: DE.
  • Years: 1976-84
  • Team: Tampa Bay

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1995; 1979 AP Defensive Player of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1979); six pro bowls.

92: Fran Tarkenton

  • Position: QB.
  • Years: 1961-78
  • Teams: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1986; 1975 NFL MVP; 1st-team All-Pro (1975); nine pro bowls (1964-65, 1967-70, 1974-76).

93:  Marion Motley

  • Position: FB.
  • Years: 1946-55
  • Teams: Cleveland (AAFC), Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1968. 2nd black player ever inducted); NFL champion; 4-time AAFC champion; Pro Bowl; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1948, 1950); averaged 5.6 YPC (a record that still stands for FBS).

94: Herb Adderley

  • Position: DB.
  • Years: 1961-72
  • Teams: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980; 3-time Super Bowl Champion (1965, ‘66, ‘67); 1st-team All-Pro (1962, ‘63, ‘65, ‘66); 5-time Pro Bowler

95: Adam Vinatieri

  • Position: K.
  • Years: 1996-Present
  • Teams: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts

Achievements: 4-time Super Bowl champ; 3-time First-team all-Pro (2002, 2004, 2014); 3-time Pro Bowl selection; Holds NFL records for most consecutive FGs made (44), most career FGs made (582), and most career points in NFL history (2,600); Only player to score 1,000+ points for two teams.

96:  Darrell Green

  • Position: CB.
  • Years: 1983-2002
  • Team: Washington Redskins

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008; 2-time Super Bowl champion (1987, ‘91); 1996 Walter Payton Man of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1991); 7-time Pro Bowler.

97: Mike Haynes

  • Position: CB.
  • Years: 1976-89
  • Teams: New England Patriots, L.A. Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1997); Super Bowl champ; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1984, 1985); 6-time Second-team All-Pro (1976-1980, 1982); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1976).

98: Willie Brown

  • Position: CB.
  • Years: 1963-78
  • Teams: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1984); 3-time Super Bowl champ; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1971, 1973); AFL champion (1967); 3-time First-team All-AFL (1964, 1968, 1969); 4-time Pro Bowl selection; held the Super Bowl record for longest interception (75 yards) until James Harrison broke it.

99: Franco Harris

  • Position: RB.
  • Years: 1972-84
  • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1990); 4-time Super Bowl champ; Super Bowl MVP; First-team All-Pro (1977); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1975); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1972); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; rushed for 1,000 or more yards in 8 seasons

100: Troy Aikman

  • Position: QB.
  • Years: 1989-2000
  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2006; 3-time Super Bowl champion (1992, ‘93, ‘95); 1992 Super Bowl MVP; 1997 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1993); 6-time Pro Bowl selection

Conclusion

The NFL’s best 100 players of all time, as determined by their remarkable achievements in NFL history, are listed above. TSC will continue updating and maintaining this list as new information becomes available. Please remember to join us throughout the NFL season in 2021 if you are a football fan.