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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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
11Rice, JerryWR49ers1985Hall of Famer18 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
29Brown, JimFBBrowns1957Hall of Famer9 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
312Taylor, LawrenceLBGiants1981Hall of Famer13 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
42Montana, JoeQB49ers1979Hall of Famer12 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
53Payton, WalterRBBears1975Hall of Famer13 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
614Unitas, JohnnyQBColts1955Hall of Famerseasons
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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
711White, ReggieDEEagles1984Hall of Famerseasons
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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
85Manning, PeytonQBColts1998Active11 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
9-Hutson, DonWRPackers1935Hall of Famerseasons
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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1018Butkus, DickLBBears1965Hall of Famer9 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1117Lott, RonnieDB49ers1981Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1280Munoz, AnthonyTBengals1980Hall of Famer12 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1329Greene, JoeDTSteelers1969Hall of Famer12 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1474Baugh, SammyQBRedskins1937Hall of Famer22 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1543Jones, DeaconDERams1961Hall of Famer13 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1675Graham, OttoQBBrowns1944Hall of Famer12 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
174Sanders, BarryRBLions1989Hall of Famer10 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
1816Lewis, RayLBRavens1996Active11 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
19-Nagurski, BronkoFBBears1930Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
206Favre, BrettQBPackers1991Active17 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2120Brady, TomQBPatriots2000Active10 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2226Sayers, GaleRBBears1965Hall of Famer5 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
238Elway, JohnQBBroncos1983Hall of Famer16 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
24-Hannah, JohnGPatriots1973Hall of Famer13 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
257Marino, DanQBDolphins1983Hall of Famer16 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2697Lilly, BobDTCowboys1961Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2792Olsen, MerlinDTRams1962Hall of Famer15 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2810Smith, EmmittRBCowboys1990Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
2941Lambert, JackLBSteelers1974Hall of Famer10 seasonsVideo
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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
3059Train Lane, NightCBLions1952Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
3133Smith, BruceDEBills1985Hall of Famer18 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
32-Parker, JimTColts1957Hall of Famer10 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
33-Luckman, SidQBBears1939Hall of Famer17 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
3419Sanders, DeionDBFalcons198912 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
35-Bednarik, ChuckLBEagles1949Hall of Famer14 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
36-Berry, RaymondEColts1954Hall of Famer13 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 RankRankNamePositionTeamFirst YearStatusCareerWatch
3776Thorpe, JimRBCardinals1920Hall of Famer9 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

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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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