Wednesday, April 22, 2015

                      NFL’S GREATEST PLAYERS BY POSITION

The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players was compiled in 2010 by the NFL Network. The list is ranked in order based on the opinions of a panel of former players, historians, scouts, team executives and writers. (Full list – NFL.com)
I try not to editorialize in the body of these posts - I’ll leave that to joeseddit in the comment section – so I won’t get into the reasons why it’s ridiculous to submit a wide receiver (Jerry Rice) as the all-time best player. But I will point out that the “apples to oranges” cliché comes into play here. It’s difficult and excessively subjective to compare say, a cornerback to an offensive lineman, when trying to determine the better football player. So what I’m gonna do here is sort the list by position and leave the various positions up for debate. I’m also excluding the players that didn’t play in the past 50 years.

OFFENSE
DEFENSE
OVERALL RANK
O-LINE
OVERALL RANK
D-LINE
12
Anthony Munoz
LT
7
Reggie White
DE
24
John Hannah
G
13
Joe Greene
DT
32
Jim Parker
LT
15
Deacon Jones
DE
54
Forrest Gregg
OT
26
Bob Lilly
DT
56
Gene Upshaw
OL
27
Merlin Olsen
DT
63
Jim Otto
C
31
Bruce Smith
DE
68
Mike Webster
C
39
Gino Marchetti
DE
72
Jonathan Ogden
OT
43
Alan Page
DT
76
Art Shell
OL
62
Randy White
DT
78
Bruce Matthews
OL
86
Willie Davis
DE
95
Larry Allen
OL
98
Lee Roy Selmon
DE
99
Michael Strahan
DE
OVERALL RANK
TIGHT END
42
John Mackey
TE
OVERALL RANK
LINEBACKER
45
Tony Gonzalez
TE
3
Lawrence Taylor
LB
59
Mike Ditka
TE
10
Dick Butkus
LB
67
Kellen Winslow
TE
18
Ray Lewis
LB
73
Ozzie Newsome
TE
29
Jack Lambert
LB
47
Ray Nitschke
LB
OVERALL RANK
WIDE RECEIVER
53
Willie Lanier
LB
1
Jerry Rice
WR
57
Mike Singletary
LB
36
Raymond Berry
WR
60
Jack Ham
LB
38
Lance Alworth
WR
69
Bobby Bell
LB
65
Randy Moss
WR
82
Ted Hendricks
LB
71
Paul Warfield
WR
93
Sam Huff
LB
92
Michael Irvin
WR
97
Derrick Brooks
LB
OVERALL RANK
QUARTERBACK
OVERALL RANK
DEFENSIVE BACK
4
Joe Montana
QB
11
Ronnie Lott
S
6
Johnny Unitas
QB
34
Deion Sanders
CB
8
Peyton Manning
QB
41
Rod Woodson
CB
20
Brett Favre
QB
44
Mel Blount
CB
21
Tom Brady
QB
49
Mike Haynes
CB
23
John Elway
QB
64
Herb Adderley
CB
25
Dan Marino
QB
66
Willie Brown
CB
46
Roger Staubach
QB
75
Darrell Green
CB
50
Terry Bradshaw
QB
88
Ed Reed
S
51
Bart Starr
QB
80
Troy Aikman
QB
81
Steve Young
QB
83
Norm Van Brocklin
QB
90
Kurt Warner
QB
91
Fran Tarkenton
QB
100
Joe Namath
QB
OVERALL RANK
RUNNING BACK
2
Jim Brown
RB
5
Walter Payton
RB
17
Barry Sanders
RB
22
Gale Sayers
RB
28
Emmitt Smith
RB
40
O.J. Simpson
RB
52
Eric Dickerson
RB
55
Earl Campbell
RB
61
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
70
Marshall Faulk
RB
77
Tony Dorsett
RB
85
Marcus Allen
RB
94
Lenny Moore
RB




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