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Top 10 NFL Players of All-Time

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Top 10 NFL Players of All-Time

Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Lawrence Taylor top our list of the 10 greatest NFL players of all time!

1: Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice is a three-time Super Bowl champion and holds the NFL records in all-purpose touchdowns (208), total receptions (1,549), total receiving yards (23,546) and touchdown receptions (197).

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

Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL MVP and holds a plethora of Super Bowl records.

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 3 consecutive 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, 6 months).

3: Lawrence Taylor 

Lawrence Taylor is a two-time Super Bowl champion, a nine-time First Team All-Pro selection, the NFL MVP (1986) and a 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986).

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

Jim Brown is a four-time NFL MVP, an eight-time First Team All-Pro, was the first player in league history to reach 100 rushing touchdowns and still holds the record for average rushing yards per game in a career (104.3).

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 career (104.3).

5: Walter Payton

Walter Payton is a Super Bowl champion, the NFL MVP (1997) and the second leading rusher in NFL history.

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

Joe Montana is a four-time Super Bowl champion, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time NFL MVP and holds several Super Bowl passing records.

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 Bowl 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

Reggie White was a Super Bowl champion, a two-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a 13-time Pro Bowler.

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

Peyton Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time NFL MVP, 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year and holds several major NFL passing records.

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

Johnny Unitas won a Super Bowl, was a three-time NFL champ and holds the third longest passing TD streak in NFL history (47 games).

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

Barry Sanders ranks third all-time in rushing yards, was named a Pro Bowler 10 times and was the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in his first 10 seasons.

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; first player to rush for 1,000 yards in his first 10 seasons.


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