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Jerry Rice Voted #1 Greatest NFL Player by NFL Network..Full List Revealed

by Robert Littal | Posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2010
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I personally don’t think a WR can be considered the best ever simply because I think there is a dependence on the quarterback that can not be ignored even for the great Jerry Rice.  Rice would have been a great player regardless, but he wouldn’t have been a legendary player if he was drafted by the Lions (Calvin Johnson just shut down his laptop after reading that).

Any time you have a Top 100 anything, no one is going to totally agree that is what make them interesting to debate.  I think this particular list is pretty faulty, appears to be more of a popularity contest that who were actually the best players.  I could point our several glaring errors (Brett Favre better than John Elway…Ed Reed better than Michael Irvin…Joe Namath being on the list at all), but I’ll save that for twitter.

For the record my top 5 players of all time:

1- Jim Brown

2- Joe Montana

3- Lawrence Taylor

4- Jerry Rice

5- Otto Graham

You can check out the Top 100 as rated by the NFL Network below:

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
1 1 Rice, Jerry WR 49ers 1985 Hall of Famer 18 seasons
Draft vote Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
  • Jerry Rice WR

  • Drafted: 1985, Round 1, Pick 16
  • Career: 20 seasons, 303 games
  • Notes: Arguably the best receiver ever, Rice owns nearly every major receiving record, including most catches (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and TD catches (197). Rice has at least 400 more catches than any other receiver.

49ers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
2 9 Brown, Jim FB Browns 1957 Hall of Famer 9 seasons
Draft vote Jim Brown
Jim Brown
  • Jim Brown FB

  • Drafted: 1957, Round 1, Pick 6
  • Career: 9 seasons, 118 games
  • Notes: The hard-nosed Brown was a star from day one, and when he surprisingly retired after nine years, he had rewritten the record books. Arguably the best runner ever, Brown remains the only rusher to average over 100 YPG.

Browns Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
3 12 Taylor, Lawrence LB Giants 1981 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
  • Lawrence Taylor LB

  • Drafted: 1981, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 13 seasons, 184 games
  • Notes: Taylor was a playmaking linebacker who dominated opponents. He changed the game with his attacking style. In 1986, Taylor had 20.5 sacks and was named NFL MVP, the first defender to earn the award since 1971.

Giants Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
4 2 Montana, Joe QB 49ers 1979 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Joe Montana
Joe Montana
  • Joe Montana QB

  • Drafted: 1979, Round 3, Pick 82
  • Career: 16 seasons, 192 games
  • Notes: Montana turned the 49ers into the team of the ‘80s as he led them to four Super Bowl titles. He was MVP in three of those wins. He directed 31 fourth-quarter comeback wins, including the winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII.

49ers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
5 3 Payton, Walter RB Bears 1975 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Walter Payton
Walter Payton
  • Walter Payton RB

  • Drafted: 1975, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 13 seasons, 190 games
  • Notes: The NFL MVP in 1977 and 1985, Payton was an NFL superstar. He ran for more than 1,000 yards 10 times, including a high of 1,852 yards in 1977, and by the time of his retirement, “Sweetness” had smashed the record books.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
6 14 Unitas, Johnny QB Colts 1955 Hall of Famer seasons
Draft vote Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
  • Johnny Unitas QB

  • Drafted: 1955, Round 9, Pick 102
  • Career: 19 seasons, 211 games
  • Notes: With 40,239 yards and 290 TDs, Unitas was the NFL’s most prolific passer at the time of his retirement. But numbers tell only part of the story. His leadership and poise are what really make him one of the all-time greats.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
7 11 White, Reggie DE Eagles 1984 Hall of Famer seasons
Draft vote Reggie White
Reggie White
  • Reggie White DE

  • Drafted: 1984, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 17 seasons, 232 games
  • Notes: The “Minister of Defense” had 198 sacks (still No. 2 all-time) in 15 NFL seasons. After posting 124 sacks in 121 games with the Eagles, he signed with Green Bay in 1993 and soon helped the Packers win a Super Bowl.

Eagles Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
8 5 Manning, Peyton QB Colts 1998 Active 11 seasons
Draft vote Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
  • Peyton Manning QB

  • Drafted: 1998, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 12 seasons, 192 games
  • Notes: Blessed with a strong arm, intelligence, determination and leadership, Manning has been compared to the NFL’s greats. He has smashed the record books, with more marks destined to fall. He has started 192 straight games.

Colts ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
9 - Hutson, Don WR Packers 1935 Hall of Famer seasons
Draft vote Don Hutson
Don Hutson
  • Don Hutson WR

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 11 seasons, 116 games
  • Notes: The NFL’s first great pass catcher, Hutson’s numbers far exceeded those of his peers. He led the league in receiving eight times in his 11 seasons, and his 99 career TD catches stood 44 years as a league record.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
10 18 Butkus, Dick LB Bears 1965 Hall of Famer 9 seasons
Draft vote Dick Butkus
Dick Butkus
  • Dick Butkus LB

  • Drafted: 1965, Round 1, Pick 3
  • Career: 9 seasons, 119 games
  • Notes: Driven to succeed, Butkus was one of the most feared defenders of his era. He racked up 22 interceptions and a then-record 27 fumble recoveries over his illustrious career.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
11 17 Lott, Ronnie DB 49ers 1981 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Ronnie Lott
Ronnie Lott
  • Ronnie Lott DB

  • Drafted: 1981, Round 1, Pick 8
  • Career: 14 seasons, 192 games
  • Notes: A ferocious tackler, Lott anchored the 49ers’ first four Super Bowl teams and he finished his career with 63 INTs, adding an NFL-record nine more in the playoffs. Lott made 10 Pro Bowls at three positions (CB FS, SS).

49ers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
12 80 Munoz, Anthony T Bengals 1980 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Anthony Munoz
Anthony Munoz
  • Anthony Munoz T

  • Drafted: 1980, Round 1, Pick 3
  • Career: 13 seasons, 185 games
  • Notes: Munoz was a fixture at left tackle for the Bengals for 13 seasons, beginning with his rookie campaign. His 11 Pro Bowls (all consecutive) were the most by an NFL player at the time of Munoz’s retirement (1992).

Bengals Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
13 29 Greene, Joe DT Steelers 1969 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Joe Greene
Joe Greene
  • Joe Greene DT

  • Drafted: 1969, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 13 seasons, 181 games
  • Notes: The leader of the “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s, Greene was a disruptive force who dominated foes. He had strength and determination, and twice he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974).

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
14 74 Baugh, Sammy QB Redskins 1937 Hall of Famer 22 seasons
Draft vote Sammy Baugh
Sammy Baugh
  • Sammy Baugh QB

  • Drafted: 1937, Round 1, Pick 6
  • Career: 16 seasons, 165 games
  • Notes: An accurate thrower, Baugh’s passing ability helped change the game. He won a record six NFL passing titles, while also setting marks as a punter and defensive back. He led the NFL in passing, punting and INTs in 1943.

Redskins Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
15 43 Jones, Deacon DE Rams 1961 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Deacon Jones
Deacon Jones
  • Deacon Jones DE

  • Drafted: 1961, Round 14, Pick 186
  • Career: 14 seasons, 191 games
  • Notes: Jones came out of almost nowhere and blossomed into a dominating pass rusher at defensive end. Jones missed just five games in 14 NFL campaigns and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, including seven in a row.

Rams Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
16 75 Graham, Otto QB Browns 1944 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Otto Graham
Otto Graham
  • Otto Graham QB

  • Drafted: 1944, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 12 seasons, 126 games
  • Notes: The consummate leader, Graham played four years in the AAFC and six in the NFL, and he guided the Browns to the league title game in each of them. He passed for 174 touchdowns and ran for 44.

Browns Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
17 4 Sanders, Barry RB Lions 1989 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Barry Sanders
Barry Sanders
  • Barry Sanders RB

  • Drafted: 1989, Round 1, Pick 3
  • Career: 10 seasons, 153 games
  • Notes: One of the most electrifying runners until his surprise retirement after 10 seasons, Sanders smashed the record books despite being the Lions’ only real weapon. He was the first player to have five 1,500-yard seasons.

Lions Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
18 16 Lewis, Ray LB Ravens 1996 Active 11 seasons
Draft vote Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis
  • Ray Lewis LB

  • Drafted: 1996, Round 1, Pick 26
  • Career: 14 seasons, 194 games
  • Notes: Lewis is an intimidating linebacker with the ability to change a game with his aggressive play. Twice he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2003) and he also took home MVP honors for Super Bowl XXXV.

Ravens ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
19 - Nagurski, Bronko FB Bears 1930 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
  • Bronko Nagurski FB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 14 seasons, 97 games
  • Notes: The legendary Nagurski’s reputation as a bulldozing runner, fierce blocker, and rugged linebacker survives 80 years after he made his NFL debut. A charter member of the Hall of Fame, he helped the Bears win three titles.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
20 6 Favre, Brett QB Packers 1991 Active 17 seasons
Draft vote Brett Favre
Brett Favre
  • Brett Favre QB

  • Drafted: 1991, Round 2, Pick 33
  • Career: 19 seasons, 289 games
  • Notes: The first player to be named MVP three straight years, Favre is the all-time leader in almost every passing category, including yards (69,329) and TDs (497). He broke Jim Marshall’s mark for consecutive starts at any position.

Packers ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
21 20 Brady, Tom QB Patriots 2000 Active 10 seasons
Draft vote Tom Brady
Tom Brady
  • Tom Brady QB

  • Drafted: 2000, Round 6, Pick 199
  • Career: 10 seasons, 129 games
  • Notes: Brady ranks among the best in the NFL ever, having assaulted the record books in his 10 years in the league en route to leading the Pats to three Super Bowl wins in four years and a perfect 2007 regular season.

Patriots ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
22 26 Sayers, Gale RB Bears 1965 Hall of Famer 5 seasons
Draft vote Gale Sayers
Gale Sayers
  • Gale Sayers RB

  • Drafted: 1965, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 7 seasons, 68 games
  • Notes: The Hall’s youngest inductee (34), the “Kansas Comet” burned out far too early due to injury. A dynamic runner and kick returner, Sayers danced through defenders for 9,435 combined net yards in just 68 games.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
23 8 Elway, John QB Broncos 1983 Hall of Famer 16 seasons
Draft vote John Elway
John Elway
  • John Elway QB

  • Drafted: 1983, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 16 seasons, 234 games
  • Notes: Elway’s cannon arm and football savvy produced 51,475 passing yards and a remarkable 47 fourth-quarter comebacks. He capped his 16-year career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories.

Broncos Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
24 - Hannah, John G Patriots 1973 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote John Hannah
John Hannah
  • John Hannah G

  • Drafted: 1973, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 13 seasons, 183 games
  • Notes: Hannah was a top guard in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl status nine times. A fierce blocker, he was the anchor of a talented front line that paved the way for the Pats to pile up a then-record 3,165 yards rushing in 1978.

Patriots Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
25 7 Marino, Dan QB Dolphins 1983 Hall of Famer 16 seasons
Draft vote Dan Marino
Dan Marino
  • Dan Marino QB

  • Drafted: 1983, Round 1, Pick 27
  • Career: 17 seasons, 242 games
  • Notes: The Dolphins got the steal of the 1983 draft when Marino surprisingly fell to them at No. 27. By the time he retired following the 1999 season, the prolific Marino had put his name atop nearly every NFL passing record.

Dolphins Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
26 97 Lilly, Bob DT Cowboys 1961 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Bob Lilly
Bob Lilly
  • Bob Lilly DT

  • Drafted: 1961, Round 1, Pick 13
  • Career: 14 seasons, 196 games
  • Notes: Dallas’ first-ever draft pick and first Hall of Famer, Lilly started out at defensive end but moved to tackle later with impressive results. He was dominant as a pass rusher and run defender, using his quickness to create havoc.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
27 92 Olsen, Merlin DT Rams 1962 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen
  • Merlin Olsen DT

  • Drafted: 1962, Round 1, Pick 3
  • Career: 15 seasons, 208 games
  • Notes: Olsen anchored the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” from his defensive tackle position. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 1962…and every season after that through 1975 for a record 14 all-star nods in a row.

Rams Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
28 10 Smith, Emmitt RB Cowboys 1990 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith
  • Emmitt Smith RB

  • Drafted: 1990, Round 1, Pick 17
  • Career: 15 seasons, 226 games
  • Notes: The all-time rushing leader (18,355), Smith was the heart and soul of Dallas’ 1990s championship teams. In 1993, he was MVP of both the season and Super Bowl XXVIII. He ran for 1,000 yards in a record 11 straight years.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
29 41 Lambert, Jack LB Steelers 1974 Hall of Famer 10 seasons Video
Draft vote Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert
  • Jack Lambert LB

  • Drafted: 1974, Round 2, Pick 46
  • Career: 11 seasons, 146 games
  • Notes: Lambert was a vicious tackler who was recognized as the premier linebacker of his era. He started in the middle as a rookie and remained there. He led Pittsburgh in tackles every season except his last.

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
30 59 Train Lane, Night CB Lions 1952 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Night Train Lane
Night Train Lane
  • Night Train Lane CB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 14 seasons, 157 games
  • Notes: Lane holds one of the NFL’s longest-standing individual records: 14 interceptions in a season. He set the mark as a rookie in 1952, and he went on to pick off 68 passes in his 14-year career.

Lions Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
31 33 Smith, Bruce DE Bills 1985 Hall of Famer 18 seasons
Draft vote Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
  • Bruce Smith DE

  • Drafted: 1985, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 19 seasons, 279 games
  • Notes: The NFL’s sack leader (200) despite constant double-teaming, Smith terrorized offenses with his speed and strength. He was Defensive Player of the Year in ’90 and ’96, and had 10-plus sacks in an NFL-record 13 years.

Bills Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
32 - Parker, Jim T Colts 1957 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Jim Parker
Jim Parker
  • Jim Parker T

  • Drafted: 1957, Round 1, Pick 8
  • Career: 11 seasons, 135 games
  • Notes: The first full-time offensive lineman inducted into the Hall, Parker had been a two-way tackle in college but settled in on the offensive side in the pros. He wound up playing half of his career at tackle and half at guard.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
33 - Luckman, Sid QB Bears 1939 Hall of Famer 17 seasons
Draft vote Sid Luckman
Sid Luckman
  • Sid Luckman QB

  • Drafted: 1939, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 12 seasons, 128 games
  • Notes: The first successful T-formation quarterback in NFL history, Luckman led the Bears to four championships, including one in his MVP season of 1943. Luckman still owns most of the Bears passing records.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
34 19 Sanders, Deion DB Falcons 1989 12 seasons
Draft vote Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders
  • Deion Sanders DB

  • Drafted: 1989, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 17 seasons, 188 games
  • Notes: Sanders was arguably the most feared corner of his era, using his speed and glue-like cover skills to shut down receivers. A return specialist and occasional receiver, Sanders scored 22 TDs, including nine off his 53 INTs.

Falcons

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
35 - Bednarik, Chuck LB Eagles 1949 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Chuck Bednarik
Chuck Bednarik
  • Chuck Bednarik LB

  • Drafted: 1949, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 14 seasons, 169 games
  • Notes: The No. 1 pick in 1949, Bednarik started at both center and linebacker. But while he was a two-way player for a large part of his career, it was his fierce linebacker play that turned heads. He missed just three games in 14 years.

Eagles Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
36 - Berry, Raymond E Colts 1954 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Raymond Berry
Raymond Berry
  • Raymond Berry E

  • Drafted: 1954, Round 20, Pick 232
  • Career: 14 seasons, 154 games
  • Notes: A longshot to make the Colts, Berry tirelessly practiced running precise routes. It worked, as Berry and Johnny Unitas became one of the all-time best pitch-and-catch duos. He had a then-record 631 catches in 13 years.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
37 76 Thorpe, Jim RB Cardinals 1920 Hall of Famer 9 seasons
Draft vote Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe
  • Jim Thorpe RB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 9 seasons, 52 games
  • Notes: Thorpe excelled at every sport he played, and already was the most famous athlete in America when he began playing pro football in 1915. Five years later, he was named the fledgling NFL’s president.

Cardinals Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
38 - Alworth, Lance FL Chargers 1962 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Lance Alworth
Lance Alworth
  • Lance Alworth FL

  • Drafted: 1962, Round 2, Pick 9
  • Career: 11 seasons, 136 games
  • Notes: The first AFL star to enter the Hall, “Bambi” was a graceful receiver who used his blazing speed to average 18.94 yards on 542 catches. He averaged more than 50 catches and 1,000 yards in nine years in San Diego.

Chargers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
39 - Marchetti, Gino DE Colts 1952 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Gino Marchetti
Gino Marchetti
  • Gino Marchetti DE

  • Drafted: 1952, Round 2, Pick 14
  • Career: 15 seasons, 161 games
  • Notes: An 11-time Pro Bowl pick, Marchetti could do it all, but he was especially fearsome as a pass rusher. In 1969, the Pro Football Hall of Fame named him the best defensive end of the NFL’s first 50 years.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
40 44 Simpson, O.J. RB Bills 1969 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson
  • O.J. Simpson RB

  • Drafted: 1969, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 11 seasons, 135 games
  • Notes: The first player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (1973), Simpson is the only one to do it over a 14-game campaign. Simpson won four rushing titles (1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976) and ran for 11,236 yards in his career.

Bills Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
41 23 Woodson, Rod DB Steelers 1987 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Rod Woodson
Rod Woodson
  • Rod Woodson DB

  • Drafted: 1987, Round 1, Pick 10
  • Career: 17 seasons, 238 games
  • Notes: Woodson was the first player to be voted to the Pro Bowl at corner, safety and kick returner. The 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Woodson ranks third all time with 71 INTS, an NFL-record 12 were returned for TDs.

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
42 - Mackey, John TE Colts 1963 Hall of Famer 8 seasons
Draft vote John Mackey
John Mackey
  • John Mackey TE

  • Drafted: 1963, Round 2, Pick 19
  • Career: 10 seasons, 139 games
  • Notes: Mackey revolutionized the tight end position, using his speed to stretch defenses. He averaged 15.8 yards on 331 receptions over his injury-shortened career, with two seasons in which he averaged over 20 yards per catch.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
43 91 Page, Alan DT Vikings 1967 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Alan Page
Alan Page
  • Alan Page DT

  • Drafted: 1967, Round 1, Pick 15
  • Career: 15 seasons, 218 games
  • Notes: Smart and quick, Page was a key member of the “Purple People Eaters” defensive line. In 1971, he became only the second defender to be named NFL MVP. He was also Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1973.

Vikings Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
44 65 Blount, Mel DB Steelers 1970 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Mel Blount
Mel Blount
  • Mel Blount DB

  • Drafted: 1970, Round 3, Pick 53
  • Career: 14 seasons, 200 games
  • Notes: Blount had size, speed and intelligence and was a major reason why the Steelers defense dominated opponents. The NFL Defensive MVP in 1975, Blount’s 57 career interceptions remain a Steelers record.

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
45 45 Gonzalez, Tony TE Chiefs 1997 Active 11 seasons
Draft vote Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez
  • Tony Gonzalez TE

  • Drafted: 1997, Round 1, Pick 13
  • Career: 13 seasons, 206 games
  • Notes: Gonzalez’s career receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns already top the seven tight ends in the Hall of Fame. He has missed just two starts since becoming a starter in 1998 and he enters 2010 one catch shy of 1,000.

Chiefs ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
46 30 Staubach, Roger QB Cowboys 1964 Hall of Famer 8 seasons
Draft vote Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach
  • Roger Staubach QB

  • Drafted: 1964, Round 10, Pick 129
  • Career: 16 seasons, 131 games
  • Notes: Staubach was a playmaker for the Cowboys, leading them to six NFC title games and a pair of Super Bowl triumphs in his nine years at the helm. Along the way, he passed for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
47 67 Nitschke, Ray LB Packers 1958 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Ray Nitschke
Ray Nitschke
  • Ray Nitschke LB

  • Drafted: 1958, Round 3, Pick 36
  • Career: 15 seasons, 190 games
  • Notes: An aggressive, determined competitor, Nitschke was the cornerstone of the great Packers defenses of the 1960s. He had 25 INTs and 20 fumble recoveries while playing on five NFL title teams and two Super Bowl winners.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
48 - Grange, Red RB Bears 1925 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Red Grange
Red Grange
  • Red Grange RB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 10 seasons, 96 games
  • Notes: As the NFL’s first big drawing card, “The Galloping Ghost” helped make pro football financially viable. He joined the Bears in 1925 and immediately went on a 17-game barnstorming tour.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
49 - Haynes, Mike DB Patriots 1976 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Mike Haynes
Mike Haynes
  • Mike Haynes DB

  • Drafted: 1976, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 14 seasons, 177 games
  • Notes: Blessed with speed and quickness, Haynes had a dazzling rookie debut with eight INTs and the Patriots’ first-ever TDs on punt returns. In 14 seasons with the Pats and later the Raiders, he had a career total of 46 INTs.

Patriots Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
50 22 Bradshaw, Terry QB Steelers 1970 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
  • Terry Bradshaw QB

  • Drafted: 1970, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 14 seasons, 168 games
  • Notes: The strong-armed Bradshaw displayed strong leadership in leading the Steelers to an unprecedented four Super Bowl titles in six years (1974-79). He was MVP of Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV.

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
51 36 Starr, Bart QB Packers 1956 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Bart Starr
Bart Starr
  • Bart Starr QB

  • Drafted: 1956, Round 17, Pick 200
  • Career: 16 seasons, 196 games
  • Notes: From 17th-rounder to the Hall of Fame, Starr didn’t blossom into a star and legend until Vince Lombardi arrived. He guided the Pack to five NFL titles and was MVP of the two Super Bowls. He led the NFL in passing three times.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
52 28 Dickerson, Eric RB Rams 1983 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Eric Dickerson
Eric Dickerson
  • Eric Dickerson RB

  • Drafted: 1983, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 11 seasons, 146 games
  • Notes: Dickerson burst onto the scene with a record-setting rookie campaign. The following year (1984), he shattered the season rushing mark with 2,105 yards. Dickerson retired as the second-leading rusher (13,259 yards).

Rams Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
53 - Lanier, Willie LB Chiefs 1967 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Willie Lanier
Willie Lanier
  • Willie Lanier LB

  • Drafted: 1967, Round 2, Pick 50
  • Career: 11 seasons, 149 games
  • Notes: A tenacious defender with fierce tackling ability, Lanier grabbed the starting middle linebacker job as a rookie and never let go. He intercepted at least two passes every year — except for his first and last seasons.

Chiefs Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
54 - Gregg, Forrest T Packers 1956 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Forrest Gregg
Forrest Gregg
  • Forrest Gregg T

  • Drafted: 1956, Round 2, Pick 20
  • Career: 16 seasons, 193 games
  • Notes: Gregg made up for his smallish size at right tackle by watching film to perfect his craft. He ended up playing in a then-record 188 straight games. When needed, he moved to guard and excelled there as well.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
55 35 Campbell, Earl RB Oilers 1978 Hall of Famer 7 seasons
Draft vote Earl Campbell
Earl Campbell
  • Earl Campbell RB

  • Drafted: 1978, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 8 seasons, 115 games
  • Notes: Campbell was a bruising runner whose impact was immediate. He led the NFL in rushing in each of his first three seasons, including a 1,934-yard performance in 1980. In eight years, he rushed for 9,407 yards and 74 TDs.

1970s Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
56 77 Upshaw, Gene G Raiders 1967 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Gene Upshaw
Gene Upshaw
  • Gene Upshaw G

  • Drafted: 1967, Round 1, Pick 17
  • Career: 15 seasons, 217 games
  • Notes: Upshaw entered the NFL with experience at every offensive line position, but he settled in at guard and remained there for the next 15 seasons. He was a team leader and an integral part of a powerful Raiders front.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
58 15 Singletary, Mike LB Bears 1981 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary
  • Mike Singletary LB

  • Drafted: 1981, Round 2, Pick 38
  • Career: 12 seasons, 179 games
  • Notes: An intense, intimidating middle linebacker twice named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1985, 1988), Singletary was the Bears’ first- or second-leading tackler each of his last 11 seasons.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
58 - Van Buren, Steve HB Eagles 1944 Hall of Famer 8 seasons
Draft vote Steve Van Buren
Steve Van Buren
  • Steve Van Buren HB

  • Drafted: 1944, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 8 seasons, 83 games
  • Notes: Van Buren was a tough runner who won four rushing titles, including one in 1945, when he led the NFL in scoring and kickoff returns too. With Van Buren powering the way, the Eagles won NFL titles in 1948 and 1949.

Eagles Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
59 55 Ditka, Mike TE Bears 1961 Hall of Famer 8 seasons
Draft vote Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka
  • Mike Ditka TE

  • Drafted: 1961, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 12 seasons, 158 games
  • Notes: The first tight end to be inducted into the Hall, Ditka was feared as both a receiver and blocker. The rugged tight end didn’t miss a start (84 games) with Chicago and ended his career with 427 catches for 5,812 yards and 43 TDs.

Bears Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
60 70 Ham, Jack LB Steelers 1971 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Jack Ham
Jack Ham
  • Jack Ham LB

  • Drafted: 1971, Round 2, Pick 34
  • Career: 12 seasons, 162 games
  • Notes: A big-play outside linebacker, Ham teamed with DE L.C. Greenwood and DT Joe Greene to give the Steelers an exceptionally strong, hard-hitting left side of the defense during the team’s Super Bowl run.

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
61 31 Tomlinson, LaDainian RB Chargers 2001 Active 8 seasons
Draft vote LaDainian Tomlinson
LaDainian Tomlinson
  • LaDainian Tomlinson RB

  • Drafted: 2001, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 9 seasons, 141 games
  • Notes: One of the greatest runners in history, Tomlinson has rewritten the record books, including setting the NFL mark for most TDs in a season (31). Twice he won rushing titles and he sits eighth in career rushing yards (12,490).

Chargers ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
62 72 White, Randy DT Cowboys 1975 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Randy White
Randy White
  • Randy White DT

  • Drafted: 1975, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 14 seasons, 209 games
  • Notes: White developed into a star after moving from linebacker to defensive tackle, where he earned nine straight Pro Bowl invites. The co-MVP of Super Bowl XII, White missed one game in 14 years and posted 111 career sacks.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
63 - Otto, Jim C Raiders 1960 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Jim Otto
Jim Otto
  • Jim Otto C

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 15 seasons, 210 games
  • Notes: The center on the All-Time AFL Team, Otto played in 12 AFL All-Star Games or AFC-NFC Pro Bowls in his 15 seasons. He was the starting center for each of the first 210 games that the Raiders ever played.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
64 - Adderley, Herb DB Packers 1961 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Herb Adderley
Herb Adderley
  • Herb Adderley DB

  • Drafted: 1961, Round 1, Pick 12
  • Career: 12 seasons, 164 games
  • Notes: Adderley had all the tools to excel at corner — instincts, speed and size. He picked off 48 career passes. First with Green Bay (1961-69) then Dallas (1970-72), he played in four of the first six Super Bowls, winning three.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
65 24 Moss, Randy WR Vikings 1998 Active 11 seasons
Draft vote Randy Moss
Randy Moss
  • Randy Moss WR

  • Drafted: 1998, Round 1, Pick 21
  • Career: 12 seasons, 186 games
  • Notes: The more Moss plays, the more records that fall. In 2009, Moss became the second player (Jerry Rice) to record 10 or more years with 1,000 receiving yards. He also tied Rice for the most career 10-plus TD seasons with nine.

Vikings ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
66 - Brown, Willie CB Raiders 1963 Hall of Famer 16 seasons
Draft vote Willie Brown
Willie Brown
  • Willie Brown CB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 16 seasons, 204 games
  • Notes: Brown intercepted 54 passes and was an all-star nine times in 16 years with the Broncos and Raiders. He made a key play in Oakland’s win over Minnesota in Super Bowl XI when he returned a theft 75 yards for a TD.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
67 69 Winslow, Kellen TE Chargers 1979 Hall of Famer 7 seasons
Draft vote Kellen Winslow
Kellen Winslow
  • Kellen Winslow TE

  • Drafted: 1979, Round 1, Pick 13
  • Career: 9 seasons, 109 games
  • Notes: Hampered by knee injuries much of his career, Winslow still gave defenders fits. He had 89 catches for 1,290 yards in ’80 and twice had seasons of 88 grabs. In nine years, he had 541 catches for 6,741 yards and 45 TDs.

Chargers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
68 - Webster, Mike C Steelers 1974 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Mike Webster
Mike Webster
  • Mike Webster C

  • Drafted: 1974, Round 5, Pick 125
  • Career: 17 seasons, 245 games
  • Notes: Webster anchored one of the strongest lines of his era. He played in 150 straight games, and suited up for more seasons (15) and more games (220) than any other Steeler. He ended his career in Kansas City (1989-90).

Steelers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
69 - Bell, Bobby LB Chiefs 1963 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Bobby Bell
Bobby Bell
  • Bobby Bell LB

  • Drafted: 1963, Round 7, Pick 56
  • Career: 12 seasons, 168 games
  • Notes: The first Chiefs player to be elected to the Hall, Bell began his career as a defensive end but then shifted to outside linebacker. Overall, Bell had 26 INTs, returning six for TDs, adding two more scores on fumble recoveries.

Chiefs Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
70 21 Faulk, Marshall RB Rams 1994 11 seasons
Draft vote Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk
  • Marshall Faulk RB

  • Drafted: 1994, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 12 seasons, 176 games
  • Notes: While Faulk had success as a Colt (1994-98), he was a bigger all-around threat as the catalyst for the Rams’ prolific attack. In ’99, he set a then-record with 2,429 yards from scrimmage and he was the NFL MVP in 2000.

Rams

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
71 - Warfield, Paul WR Browns 1964 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Paul Warfield
Paul Warfield
  • Paul Warfield WR

  • Drafted: 1964, Round 1, Pick 11
  • Career: 14 seasons, 157 games
  • Notes: A long-ball threat whose presence greatly benefited the running game, Warfield’s 52 catches as a rookie was his career high. He excelled in Cleveland for six seasons before his 1970 trade to Miami gave the Dolphins a boost.

Browns Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
72 81 Ogden, Jonathan OL Ravens 1996 12 seasons Video
Draft vote Jonathan Ogden
Jonathan Ogden
  • Jonathan Ogden OL

  • Drafted: 1996, Round 1, Pick 4
  • Career: 12 seasons, 177 games
  • Notes: The first draft pick in Ravens’ history, the hulking lineman made it a great choice. He started at guard as a rookie, then moved to tackle in 1997 and made the Pro Bowl 11 seasons in a row at that position.

Ravens

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
73 88 Newsome, Ozzie TE Browns 1978 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Ozzie Newsome
Ozzie Newsome
  • Ozzie Newsome TE

  • Drafted: 1978, Round 1, Pick 23
  • Career: 13 seasons, 198 games
  • Notes: Named the Browns’ Offensive Player of the Year as a rookie, Newsome wound up becoming a team leader and a fixture at tight end, catching at least one pass in 150 straight games. He left as the leading TE in NFL history.

Browns Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
74 - Motley, Marion FB Browns 1946 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Marion Motley
Marion Motley
  • Marion Motley FB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 10 seasons, 106 games
  • Notes: Motley, who helped break pro football’s color barrier in 1946, was the AAFC’s all-time leading rusher. When the Browns joined the NFL in 1950, he topped that league in rushing in his first year, too.

Browns Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
75 58 Green, Darrell DB Redskins 1983 Hall of Famer 15 seasons Video
Draft vote Darrell Green
Darrell Green
  • Darrell Green DB

  • Drafted: 1983, Round 1, Pick 28
  • Career: 20 seasons, 295 games
  • Notes: With his blazing speed and covering ability, Green developed into a premier corner and remained one over his 20-season career. He had at least one INT in a record 19 straight years, and had a club-record 54 overall.

Redskins Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
76 90 Shell, Art T Raiders 1968 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Art Shell
Art Shell
  • Art Shell T

  • Drafted: 1968, Round 3, Pick 80
  • Career: 15 seasons, 207 games
  • Notes: One of the best Raiders offensive linemen ever, Shell teamed with left guard Gene Upshaw to give the Raiders a dominant front line. Shell excelled at both run blocking and pass protecting.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
77 37 Dorsett, Tony RB Cowboys 1977 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Tony Dorsett
Tony Dorsett
  • Tony Dorsett RB

  • Drafted: 1977, Round 1, Pick 2
  • Career: 12 seasons, 173 games
  • Notes: Dorsett made quite a splash as a rookie, rushing for 1,007 yards and 12 TDs to help lead Dallas to a Super Bowl win. He wound up hitting 1,000 yards rushing in eight of his first nine years and retiring with 12,739 yards.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
78 79 Matthews, Bruce G Titans 1983 Hall of Famer 19 seasons
Draft vote Bruce Matthews
Bruce Matthews
  • Bruce Matthews G

  • Drafted: 1983, Round 1, Pick 9
  • Career: 19 seasons, 296 games
  • Notes: Matthews had tremendous versatility, lining up at every position, with the most starts at guard and center. He was voted to 14 straight Pro Bowls (nine at guard, five at center), tied for the most ever.

Titans Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
79 - Tunnell, Emlen DB Giants 1948 Hall of Famer 14 seasons
Draft vote Emlen Tunnell
Emlen Tunnell
  • Emlen Tunnell DB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 14 seasons, 167 games
  • Notes: Tunnell was called the Giants’ “offense on defense” for his ability to make big plays from his defensive back position. His 79 career interceptions ranks second in NFL history, and his 1,282 yards on those picks ranks fourth.

Giants Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
80 25 Aikman, Troy QB Cowboys 1989 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman
  • Troy Aikman QB

  • Drafted: 1989, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 12 seasons, 165 games
  • Notes: Aikman was thrown to the wolves as a rookie starter, but as he improved, so too did the Cowboys. Aikman was a steady leader of an explosive attack and he directed Dallas to three Super Bowl wins, earning SB XXVII MVP.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
81 13 Young, Steve QB 49ers 1984 Hall of Famer 16 seasons
Draft vote Steve Young
Steve Young
  • Steve Young QB

  • Drafted: 1984, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 16 seasons, 169 games
  • Notes: Young led the NFL in passing a record-tying six times. His signature moment came in Super Bowl XXIX, when he passed for 6 touchdowns and was named the MVP of the 49ers’ rout of the Chargers.

49ers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
82 - Hendricks, Ted LB Raiders 1969 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Ted Hendricks
Ted Hendricks
  • Ted Hendricks LB

  • Drafted: 1969, Round 2, Pick 33
  • Career: 15 seasons, 215 games
  • Notes: Hendricks, a Pro Bowl linebacker in Baltimore, Green Bay, and Oakland, never missed a game in his 15 seasons. His speed and strength helped him block 25 kicks, intercept 26 passes, and recover 16 fumbles.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
83 - Van Brocklin, Norm QB Rams 1949 Hall of Famer 18 seasons
Draft vote Norm Van Brocklin
Norm Van Brocklin
  • Norm Van Brocklin QB

  • Drafted: 1949, Round 4, Pick 37
  • Career: 12 seasons, 140 games
  • Notes: Despite sharing passing duties wih Bob Waterfield, Van Brocklin still topped the NFL in passing in 1950 and ’52, and once again in 1954. After his trade to the Eagles in 1958, Van Brocklin led the team to the NFL title in 1960.

Rams Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
84 - Schmidt, Joe LB Lions 1953 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Joe Schmidt
Joe Schmidt
  • Joe Schmidt LB

  • Drafted: 1953, Round 7, Pick 85
  • Career: 13 seasons, 155 games
  • Notes: Schmidt fell in the draft due to injuries not talent. He quickly became a defensive leader and was voted to 10 straight Pro Bowls. He was a fast, fierce-tackling middle linebacker whose best asset may have been his instincts.

Lions Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
85 32 Allen, Marcus RB Raiders 1982 Hall of Famer 12 seasons
Draft vote Marcus Allen
Marcus Allen
  • Marcus Allen RB

  • Drafted: 1982, Round 1, Pick 10
  • Career: 16 seasons, 222 games
  • Notes: Allen was a versatile back who became the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving. He had a nose for the end zone, retiring with 145 TDs, including a then-record 123 on the ground.

Raiders Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
86 - Davis, Willie DE Packers 1956 Hall of Famer 11 seasons
Draft vote Willie Davis
Willie Davis
  • Willie Davis DE

  • Drafted: 1956, Round 15, Pick 181
  • Career: 14 seasons, 162 games
  • Notes: Davis struggled as an offensive tackle his first two seasons, but a trade to Green Bay changed his position — and his fortunes. Davis developed into a speedy, big-play defensive end who recovered 21 fumbles over his career.

Packers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
87 - Hirsch, Crazylegs WR Rams 1945 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Crazylegs Hirsch
Crazylegs Hirsch
  • Crazylegs Hirsch WR

  • Drafted: 1945, Round 1, Pick 5
  • Career: 13 seasons, 127 games
  • Notes: A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hirsch had one of the best years ever by a wide receiver in 1951. He helped the Rams win the NFL title by leading the league with 66 catches for 1,495 yards and 17 TDs in the 12-game season.

Rams Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
88 46 Reed, Ed DB Ravens 2002 Active 7 seasons
Draft vote Ed Reed
Ed Reed
  • Ed Reed DB

  • Drafted: 2002, Round 1, Pick 24
  • Career: 8 seasons, 118 games
  • Notes: Reed was a sensation almost from the start, making one big play after another. In 2004, he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Reed holds the Ravens record for career picks with 46, six of which were returned for scores.

Ravens ActivePlayer_active_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
89 - Nevers, Ernie FB Cardinals 1926 Hall of Famer 6 seasons
Draft vote Ernie Nevers
Ernie Nevers
  • Ernie Nevers FB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 6 seasons, 54 games
  • Notes: Nevers was an iron man who rarely left the field on offense, defense, or special teams. He holds the NFL’s longest-standing individual record: 40 points in a game against the rival Bears in 1929.

Cardinals Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
90 27 Warner, Kurt QB Rams 1998 12 seasons
Draft vote Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner
  • Kurt Warner QB

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 12 seasons, 125 games
  • Notes: Though undrafted out of Northern Iowa, Warner went on to pass for 32,344 yards and 208 TDs in a stellar career. He was a two-time NFL MVP, including 1999, when he led the Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Rams

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
91 50 Tarkenton, Fran QB Vikings 1961 Hall of Famer 18 seasons
Draft vote Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
  • Fran Tarkenton QB

  • Drafted: 1961, Round 3, Pick 29
  • Career: 18 seasons, 246 games
  • Notes: Tarkenton’s career got off to an exciting start with four TD passes in his first game. By the time he left after stints with the Vikings and Giants, he owned every major passing record, including 47,003 yards passing and 342 TDs.

Vikings Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
92 40 Irvin, Michael WR Cowboys 1988 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin
  • Michael Irvin WR

  • Drafted: 1988, Round 1, Pick 11
  • Career: 12 seasons, 159 games
  • Notes: Irvin’s career didn’t take off until Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith came on board. Irvin then rang up seven 1,000-yard seasons in eight years from 1991-98. He retired with 750 catches for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs.

Cowboys Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
93 - Huff, Sam LB Giants 1956 Hall of Famer 13 seasons
Draft vote Sam Huff
Sam Huff
  • Sam Huff LB

  • Drafted: 1956, Round 3, Pick 30
  • Career: 14 seasons, 168 games
  • Notes: The hard-hitting Huff entered the NFL as a defensive lineman but moved to middle linebacker in the club’s new 4-3 scheme. He went to five Pro Bowls, four with the Giants and one with the Redskins, and had 30 INTs.

Giants Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
94 - Moore, Lenny HB Colts 1956 Hall of Famer 10 seasons
Draft vote Lenny Moore
Lenny Moore
  • Lenny Moore HB

  • Drafted: 1956, Round 1, Pick 9
  • Career: 12 seasons, 143 games
  • Notes: Moore’s main responsibility was to catch passes, forming a dangerous pitch-catch combo with Johnny Unitas. When Moore retired, he had amassed 12,451 combined net yards, 363 pass receptions and 113 TDs.

Colts Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
95 89 Allen, Larry G Cowboys 1994 13 seasons
Draft vote Larry Allen
Larry Allen
  • Larry Allen G

  • Drafted: 1994, Round 2, Pick 46
  • Career: 14 seasons, 203 games
  • Notes: Allen bounced between guard and tackle over his career but was successful at both. An 11-time Pro Bowler, Allen was only the third player in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl spot at more than one offensive line position.

Cowboys

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
96 - Hein, Mel C Giants 1931 Hall of Famer 15 seasons
Draft vote Mel Hein
Mel Hein
  • Mel Hein C

  • Undrafted
  • Career: 15 seasons, 170 games
  • Notes: For 15 years, as a center on offense and a linebacker on defense, Hein rarely left the field. An All-NFL choice eight times, he never missed a game, and helped the Giants win a pair of league titles.

Giants Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
97 66 Brooks, Derrick LB Buccaneers 1995 14 seasons
Draft vote Derrick Brooks
Derrick Brooks
  • Derrick Brooks LB

  • Drafted: 1995, Round 1, Pick 28
  • Career: 14 seasons, 224 games
  • Notes: One of the best players ever to don a Buccaneers uniform, Brooks was the heart and soul of his team’s Tampa 2 defense. He could do it all, and the 11-time Pro Bowler finished with 1,689 tackles, 25 INTs and 13.5 sacks.

Buccaneers

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
98 - Roy Selmon, Lee DE Buccaneers 1976 Hall of Famer 9 seasons
Draft vote Lee Roy Selmon
Lee Roy Selmon
  • Lee Roy Selmon DE

  • Drafted: 1976, Round 1, Pick 1
  • Career: 9 seasons, 121 games
  • Notes: The Bucs’ first-ever draft pick, Selmon quickly established himself as a leader and earned team MVP honors as a rookie. Selmon was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979, the Bucs’ first winning season.

Buccaneers Hall of FamerHof_logo

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
99 47 Strahan, Michael DE Giants 1993 14 seasons
Draft vote Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan
  • Michael Strahan DE

  • Drafted: 1993, Round 2, Pick 40
  • Career: 15 seasons, 216 games
  • Notes: Strahan gave opposing linemen fits, using his speed and strength to record 141.5 career sacks. He set the NFL record for sacks in a season with 22.5 in 2001, and was named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Giants

NFL Rank Rank Name Position Team First Year Status Career Watch
100 42 Namath, Joe QB Jets 1965 Hall of Famer 9 seasons Video
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  1. Jason says:

    Football still a team sport, Jim Brown and Jerry Rice both needed teammates to help them be great. Look at Joe Cool and Steve Young numbers without Jerry Rice? If you think KC level Joe Montana or USFL Steve Young make this same list you on that Kid Cudi. Rice has 20 seasons in the NFL and about 15 of those years he was at the top of the heap, in an industry where careers are ended in the blink of an eye Rice’s longevity has to count for something. I know Jim Brown is one of the most important athletes that every lived, but in his prime he walked away never winning a championship to do movies. So in your opinion the greatest football player that ever lived picked Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch over gridiron immortality.

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