The NFL Top 100 All Time Team Roster: Detailed List

In 2019, a big event took place to celebrate the National Football League 100th Anniversary. A panel of league staff, former players and members of the media came together to select the top NFL 100 all time team.

The names on the list have had admirable achievements and irreplaceable roles with the NFL. Are you curious who those are? Let’s find out with Scott Fujita!

Process Of Selection

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NFL 100 all-time team

Voting took place over a two-month period, from April to June 2018. The number of members on the panel was impressive, at 26 people. They include important figures such as coaches, directors, former players and the media.

In mid-May, the council decided to shorten the list to 160 people. Their consideration is the “Golden Generation” players recommended by the Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden.

After much debate, the council made a final decision on June 15, 2018. The NFL all time team list is based on playing position and is not in any order. 

NFL Top 100 All Time Team Roster

Without making you wait any longer, we will announce the NFL 100 all time team roster below. Let’s find out which names will appear here.

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List of NFL 100 all time team

1. Running Back

The NFL all 100 team of players in the running back position includes:

Jim Brown (1957 – 1965)

  • Team: Cleveland Browns
  • Highlight Achievements: Three-time NFL MVP (1957, 1958 and 1965), Nine-time Pro Bowl team, Eight-time All Pro team, One NFL championship.
  • Hall of Fame (1971).

Earl Campbell (1978 – 1985)

  • Team: Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.
  • Highlight Achievements: NFL MVP in 1979, Five-team Pro Bowl team, Three-time All Pro team.
  • Hall of Fame (1991).

Earl “Dutch” Clark (1931 – 1938)

  • Team: Portsmouth Spartans and Detroit Lions.
  • Highlight Achievements: Six-time All Pro team and One NFL Champion.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1963).

Eric Dickerson (1983 – 1993)

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, and Atlanta Falcons.
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team, Six-team Pro Bowl team.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1999).

Lenny Moore (1956 – 1967)

  • Team: Baltimore Colts.
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team, Seven-time Pro Bowl team and Two NFL Champions.
  • Football Hall of Famer (1975).

Marion Motley (1946 – 1955)

  • Team: Cleveland Browns (AAFC/NFL) and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Highlight Achievements: Two-time All Pro team, One-time Pro Bowl team, One NFL Champion and Four AAFC Champions.
  • Football Hall of Famer (1968).

Walter Payton (1975 – 1987)

  • Team: Chicago Bears.

Barry Sanders (1989 – 1998)

  • Team: Detroit Lions.

Gray Sayers (1965 – 1971)

  • Team: Chicago Bears.

O.J. Simpson (1969 – 1979)

  • Team: Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.

Emmittt Smith (1990 – 2004)

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Steve Van Burren (1944 – 1951)

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles.

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NFL 100 all time linebackers

2. Linebacker

Here is a list of the most prominent linebackers of the past 100 years:

Chuck Bednarick (1949 – 1962)

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Highlight Achievements: Six-time All Pro team, Eight-time Pro Bowl team, Two NFL Champions.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 1967.

Bobby Bell (1963 – 1974)

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Highlight Achievements: Six-time All Pro team, Nine-time Pro Bowl team and One Super Bowl Champion.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 1983.

Derrick Brooks (1995 – 2008) 

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team, Eleven-time Pro Bowl team and One Super Bowl Champion.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 2014.

Dick Butkus (1965 – 1973)

  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team and Eight-time Pro Bowl team.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 1979.

Jack Ham (1971 – 1982)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Highlight Achievements: Six-time All Pro team, Eight-time Pro Bowl team and Four-time Super Bowl Champion.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 1988.

Ted Hendricks (1969 – 1983)

  • Team: Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
  • Highlight Achievements: Four-time All Pro team, Eight-time Pro Bowl team and Four-time Super Bowl Champion.
  • Becoming the Football Hall of Famer in 1990.

Jack Lambert (1974 – 1984)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Willie Lanier (1967 – 1977)

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs.

Ray Lewis (1996 – 2012)

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens.

Joe Schmidt (1953 – 1965)

  • Team: Detroit Lions.

Junior Seau (1990 – 2009)

  • Team: San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.

Lawrence Taylor (1981 – 1993)

  • Team: New York Giants.

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NFL 100 all time defensive end

3. Defensive End 

Check out the outstanding defensive end player list in this part.

Doug Atkins (1953 – 1969)

  • Team: Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints.
  • Highlight Achievements: One-time All Pro team, Eight-time Pro Bowl team and Two NFL Champions.
  • Selected into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Bill Hewitt (1932 – 1943)

  • Team: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and Phil-Pitt Steagles.
  • Highlight Achievements: Four-time All Pro team and Two NFL Champions.
  • Selected into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

Deacon Jones (1961 – 1974)

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins.
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team and Eight-time Pro Bowl team.
  • Selected into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Gino Marchetti (1952 – 1966)

  • Team: Dallas Texans and Baltimore Colts.
  • Highlight Achievements: Seven-time All Pro team, Eleven-time Pro Bowl team and Two NFL Champions.
  • Selected into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Lee Roy Selmon (1976 – 1984)

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bruce Smith (1985 – 2003)

  • Team: Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

Reggie White (1985 – 2000)

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers.

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Joe Greene

4. Defensive Tackle

You can check out the list of incredible defensive tackle players of all time here:

Junious “Buck” Buchanan (1963 – 1975)

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Highlight Achievements: Four-time All Pro team, Eight-time Pro Bowl team and One Super Bowl Champion.
  • Inducted into HOF in 1990.

Joe Greene (1969 – 1981)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Highlight Achievements: Seven-time All Pro team, Ten-time Pro Bowl team and Four-time Super Bowl Champion.
  • Inducted into HOF in 1987.

Bob Lilly (1961 – 1974)

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys.
  • Highlight Achievements: Seven-time All Pro team, Eleven-time Pro Bowl team and One Super Bowl Champion.
  • Inducted into HOF in 1980.

Merlin Olsen (1962 – 1976)

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams.
  • Highlight Achievements: 5x All Pro team and 14x Pro Bowl team.
  • Inducted into HOF in 1982.

Alan Page (1967 – 1981)

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. 

John Randle (1990 – 2003)

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. 

Randy White (1975 – 1988)

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys.

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Mel Blount

5. Cornerback

Check out the cornerback players list here:

Mel Blount (1970 – 1983)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Highlight Achievements: Two-time All Pro team, Five-time Pro Bowl team and Four-time Super Bowl Champion.
  • Selected into the Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Willie Brown (1963 – 1978)

  • Team: Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
  • Highlight Achievements: Five-time All Pro team, Nine-time Pro Bowl team and One Super Bowl Champion.
  • Selected into the Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

Darrell Green (1983 – 2002)

  • Team: Washington Redskins.
  • Highlight Achievements: 1x All Pro team, 7x Pro Bowl team, 2x Super Bowl Champion.
  • Selected into the Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mike Haynes (1976 – 1989)

  • Team: New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 2x All Pro team, 9x Pro Bowl team, 1x Super Bowl Champion.
  • Selected into the Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Dick “Night Train” Lane (1952 – 1965)

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals, and Detroit Lions. 

Deion Sanders (1989 – 2005)

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens. 

Rod Woodson (1987 – 2003)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Oakland Raiders.

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Jack Christiansen

6. Safety

We introduce you to the top safety players of all time here.

Jack Christiansen (1951 – 1958)

  • Team: Detroit Lions.
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro team, 5x Pro Bowl team, 3x NFL Champion.
  • HOF in 1970.

Ken Houston (1967 – 1980)

  • Team: Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins.
  • Highlight Achievements: 2x All Pro team, 12x Pro Bowl team.
  • HOF in 1986.

Ronnie Lott (1981 – 1994)

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, and New York Jets.
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro team, 10x Pro Bowl team, 4x Super Bowl.
  • HOF in 2000.

Ed Reed (2002 – 2013)

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and New York Jets. 

Emlen Tunnell (1948 – 1961)

  • Team: New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

Larry Wilson (1960 – 1972)

  • Team: St. Louis Cardinals. 

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Jan Stenerud

7. Kicker

The kicker list includes 2 players:

Jan Stenerud (1967 – 1985)

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.
  • Highlight Achievements: 1x All Pro, 6x Pro Bowl, Super Bowl Champion 1x, AFL Champion 1x.
  • HOF in 1991.

Adam Vinatieri (1996 – Present)

  • Team: New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.
  • Highlight Achievements: 3x All Pro team, 3x Pro Bowl team, 4x Super Bowl.
  • HOF in 1991.

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Ray Guy

8. Punter

The punter list includes 2 players:

Ray Guy (1973 – 1986)

  • Team: Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
  • Highlight Achievements: 3x All Pro team, 7x Pro Bowl team, 3x Super Bowl.
  • HOF in 2014.

Shane Lecler (2000 – 2017)

  • Team: Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans.
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro team, 7x Pro Bowl team.

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Devin Hester

9. Returner

The punter list includes 2 players:

Devin Hester (2006 – 2016)

  • Team: Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 3x All Pro, 4x Pro Bowl.

Billy Johnson (1974 – 1988)

  • Team: Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons, and Washington Redskins. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 1x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl.

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Tony Gonzalez

10. Tight End

This list includes 5 players.

Mike Ditka (1961 -1972)

  • Team: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 2x All Pro, 5x Pro Bowl, 1x Super Bowl, 2x NFL Champ.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1988).

Tony Gonzalez (1997 – 2013)

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro, 14x Pro Bowl.
  • Football Hall of Fame (2019).

Rob Gronkowski (2010 – 2018)

  • Team: New England Patriots.
  • Highlight Achievements: 4x All Pro, 5x Pro Bowl, 3x Super Bowl.

John Mackey (1963 – 1972) 

  • Team: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers.

Kellen Winslow (1979 – 1987)

  • Team: San Diego Chargers.

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Roosevelt Brown

11. Offensive Tackle

This list includes 7 players.

Roosevelt Brown (1953 – 1965)

  • Team:  New York Giants. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro, 9x Pro Bowl, 1x NFL Champ.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1975).

Forrest Gregg (1965 – 1971)

  • Team:  Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 7x All Pro, 9x Pro Bowl, 6x NFL Champ, 3x Super Bowl.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1977).

Cal Hubbard (1927 – 1936)

  • Team:  New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Highlight Achievements: 4x All Pro, 4x NFL Champ.
  • Football Hall of Fame (1963).

Walter Jones (1997 – 2008)

  • Team:  Seattle Seahawks. 

Anthony Munoz (1980 – 1992)

  • Team:  Cincinnati Bengals.

Jonathan Ogden (1996 – 2007)

  • Team:  Baltimore Ravens.

Art Shell (1968 – 1982)

  • Team:  Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

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Larry Allen

12. Guard

This list includes 7 players.

Larry Allen (1994- 2007)

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers.
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro, 11x Pro Bowl, 1x Super Bowl.
  • HOF (2013).

Dan Fortmann (1936-1943)

  • Team: Chicago Bears.
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, 3x Super Bowl.
  • HOF (1965).

John Hannah (1973-1985)

  • Team: New England Patriots.
  • Highlight Achievements: 7x All Pro, 9x Pro Bowl.
  • HOF (1991).

Bruce Matthews (1983-2001)

  • Team: Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

Randall Mcdaniel (1988-2001)

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jim Parker (1957-1967)

  • Team: Baltimore Colts.

Gene Upshaw (1967-1981)

  • Team: Oakland Raiders. 

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Mel Hein

13. Center

This list includes 4 players.

Mel Hein (1931 – 1945)

  • Team: New York Giants.
  • Highlight Achievements: 5x All Pro, 4x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL Champ.
  • HOF (1963).

Jim Otto (1960 – 1974)

  • Team: Oakland Raiders.
  • Highlight Achievements: 10x All Pro, 12x Pro Bowl.
  • HOF (1980).

Dwight Stephenson (1980 – 1987)

  • Team: Miami Dolphins. 

Mike Webster (1974 – 1990)

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs.

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Larry Fitzgerald

14. Wide Receiver

This NFL 100 wide receivers list includes 10 players.

Lance Alworth (1962 – 1972)

  • Team: San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 6x All Pro, 7x Pro Bowl, 1x Super Bowl, 1x AFLC.
  • HOF (1978).

Raymond Berry (1955 – 1967)

  • Team: Baltimore Colts. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 3x All Pro, 6x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL.
  • HOF (1973).

Larry Fitzgerald (2004 – Present)

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals. 
  • Highlight Achievements: 1x All Pro, 11x Pro Bowl.

Marvin Harrison (1996 – 2008)

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts.

Elroy Hirsch (1946 – 1957)

  • Team: Chicago Rockets (AAFC), Los Angeles Rams.

Don Hutson (1935 – 1945)

  • Team: Green Bay Packers.

Steve Largent (1976 – 1989)

  • Team: Seattle Seahawks.

Randy Moss (1998 – 2012)

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and San Francisco 49ers. 

Jerry Rice (1985 – 2004)

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks. 

Paul Warfield (1964 – 1977)

  • Team: Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins.

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Tom Brady

15. Quarterback

Do you know NFL all time team quarterbacks? This NFL 100 quarterbacks list includes 10 players. Let’s check it out!

Sammy Baugh (1937 – 1952)

  • Team: Washington Redskins.
  • Highlight Achievements: 4x All Pro, 6x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL.
  • HOF (1963).

Tom Brady (2000 – Present)

  • Team: New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Highlight Achievements: 3x All Pro, 14x Pro Bowl, 6x Super Bowl, 3x NFL MVP, 4x Super Bowl MVP.
  • HOF (1989).

John Elway (1983 -1998)

  • Team: Denver Broncos.

Brett Favre (1991 – 2010)

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings. 

Otto Graham (1946 – 1955)

  • Team: Cleveland Browns.

Peyton Manning (1998 – 2015)

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos.

Dan Marino (1983 – 1999)

  • Team: Miami Dolphins.

Joe Montana (1979 – 1994)

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs.

Roger Staubach (1969 – 1979)

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys. 

Johnny Unitas (1956 – 1973)

  • Team: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers.

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Bill Belichick

16. Coach

Here are the greatest coaches of all time:

  • Bill Belichick (1991 – Present)
  • Paul Brown (1946 – 1975)
  • Joe Gibbs (1981 – 2007)
  • George Halas (1920 – 1967)
  • Curly Lambeau (1921 – 1953)
  • Tom Landry (1960 – 1988)
  • Vince Lombardi (1959-1969)
  • Chuck Noll (1969 – 1991)
  • Don Shula (1963 – 1995)
  • Bill Walsh (1979 – 1988)

Final Thoughts

And that’s the NFL 100 all-time team roster. Who is your favorite player among them? Please share with us. Thank you for reading!

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