NFL Top 100 players of all time list – [2021 Updated]

We are starting to prepare for an NFL 2021 season with expectations of records and legends. Who is the greatest NFL player in your heart?

In this article, Scott Fujita will summarize for you the list of the top 100 NFL 100 greatest players. They are players who have made great contributions to NFL history.

Let’s read on to discover!

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Top 100 NFL greatest players of all-time

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Who are The NFL Top 100 Players of All Time?

Below is a summary of the NFL network top 100 players of all time:

1. Jerry Rice

Position: Wide Receiver

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders

Highlight achievement: 

2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 3-time Super Bowl champion, 13-time Pro Bowl, over 20,000 receiving yards in NFL history

2. Tom Brady

Position: QB

Team: New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Highlight achievement: 

6-time Super Bowl champion, 4-time Super Bowl MVP, 3-time First-team All-Pro, 2-time Second-team All-Pro, 2009 Player of the Year.

3. Lawrence Taylor

Position: LB

Team: New York Giants

Highlight achievement: 

2-time Super Bowl champion, 9-time First-Team All-Pro, 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

4. Jim Brown

Position: Running Back

Team: Cleveland Browns

Highlight achievement: 

8-time First-Team All-Pro, Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1962 Second-Team All-Pro, 9-time Pro Bowl.

5. Walter Payton

Position: Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears

Highlight achievement: 

1 Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, Second-team All-Pro in 1986, Second leading rusher in NFL history.

6. Joe Montana

Position: QB

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Highlight achievement: 

Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, 4-time Super Bowl champion, 3-time Super Bowl MVP, 3-time first-team All-Pro, 2-time second-team All-Pro

7. Reggie White

Position: DE

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers

Highlight achievement: 

Super Bowl champion in 1996, Hall of Fame, AP Defensive Player of the Year, 8-time first-team All-Pro

8. Peyton Manning

Position: QB

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Highlight achievement: 

2-time Super Bowl champion, 14-time Pro Bowl, 3-time second-team All-Pro

2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 2nd most passing yards in NFL history.

9. Johnny Unitas

Position: QB

Teams: Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers

Highlight achievement: a Super Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame (1979)

10. Barry Sanders

Position: Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions

Achievements: Pro Football HOF 2004, 10-time pro bowl

11. Joe Greene

Position: Defensive Tackle

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Highlight achievement: 

Pro Football HOF (1987), 4-time Super Bowl champion, 5-time First-team All-Pro, 3-time Second-team All-Pro, and 10-time Pro Bowl

12. Dick Butkus

Position: LB

Team: Chicago Bears

Highlight achievement: 

1979 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 6-time first-team All-Pro

2-time second-team All-Pro, 8-time Pro Bowl, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

13. Ronnie Lott

Position: DB

Teams: Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: 

2000 Hall of Fame, 4-time Super Bowl Champion, First-team All-Pro, 10-time Pro Bowl

14. Anthony Munoz

Position: LT

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1998, First-team All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowl

15. Deacon Jones

Position: DE

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers

Achievements: 

1980 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 3-time second-team All-Pro, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 5-time First-Team All-Pro

16. Deion Sanders

Position: DB

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins

Achievements: 

2011 Hall of Fame, AP Defensive Player of the Year 1994, 2-time Super Bowl Champion, First-team All-Pro

17. Otto Graham

Position: QB

Team: Cleveland Browns

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1965, 3-time NFL Champion, 4-time AAFC champion,  First-team All-Pro

18. John Elway

Position: QB

Team: Denver Broncos

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 2004, two-time Super Bowl champion, 1998 Super Bowl MVP 

19. Emmitt Smith

Position: Running Back

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

Achievements: Pro Football HOF 2010, three-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP  

20. Dan Marino

Position: QB.

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Achievements: 

3-time First-team All-Pro, 4-time second-team All-Pro, NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994), 9-time Pro Bowl 

21. Gale Sayers

Position: Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1977, First-team All-Pro, 4-time Pro Bowl

22. Sammy Baugh

Position: QB

Team: Washington Redskins

Achievements: 2-time NFL champion, 4-time First-team All-Pro

23. Ray Lewis

Position: LB

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Achievements: 2-time Super Bowl champion, AP Defensive Player of the Year 2003, Super Bowl MVP, First-team All-Pro

24. Randy Moss

Position: Wide Receiver

Teams: Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans

Achievements: 4-time First-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl MVP

25. Don Hutson (Green Bay Packers)

Position: E

Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Hall of Fame, 3-time NFL champion, First-team All-Pro

26. Brett Favre

Position: QB

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets

Achievements: 

2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 3-time first-team All-Pro, 3-time second-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion

27. Alan Page

Position: DT

Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears

Achievements: Pro Football HOF, NFL defensive player of the year

28. Bruce Smith

Position: DE

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins

Achievements: 

8-time First-team All-Pro, 2-time Second-team All-Pro, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

29. Jack Lambert

Position: LB

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: 

4-time Super Bowl champion, 6-time First-team All-Pro, 2-time Second-team All-Pro, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

30. John Hannah

Position: G

Team: New England Patriots

Achievements: First-team All-Pro

31. Bob Lilly

Position: DT

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1980, Super Bowl Champion (1972), First-team All-Pro

32. Ed Reed

Position: S

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

Achievements: 

Super Bowl Champion, 5-time First-team All-Pro, 3-time Second-team All-Pro

NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004), Longest Interception Return in NFL History 

33. Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane

Position: CB

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals

Achievements: 

1974 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 7-time Pro Bowl, 7-time first-team All-Pro, most interceptions in a season in NFL history (14)

34. Drew Brees

Position: QB

Teams: San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints

Achievements: Super Bowl champion, 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year,  First-team All-pro

35. Gino Marchetti

Position: Defensive End

Teams: Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1972, seven-time First-Team All-Pro

36. Tony Gonzalez

Position: Tight End

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons

Achievements: 6-time First-team All-Pro, 4-time Second-team All-Pro

37. Rod Woodson

Position: DB

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders

Achievements: 

1993 AP Defensive Player of the Year, 2009 Hall of Fame, 2001 Super Bowl champion, First-team All-Pro

38.  Eric Dickerson

Position: Running Back

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons

Achievements: 1999 Hall of Fame, AP Offensive Player of the Year, 5-time First-team All-Pro

39. Mel Blount

Position: DB

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers 

Achievements: 1989 Hall of Fame, 4-time Super Bowl champion, AP Defensive Player of Year, First-team All-Pro

40. O.J. Simpson

Position: Running Back

Teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: 1985 Hall of Fame, 5-time First-team All-Pro

41. Aaron Rodgers

Position: QB

Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: 

Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, 2-time First-team All-pro,  Second-team All-pro (2012), Seven-time pro bowl

42. Ray Nitschke

Position: LB

Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: 1978 Hall of Fame, 2-time Super Bowl champion, First-team All-Pro

43. Forrest Gregg

Position: T

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Pro Football HOF (1977), 3-time Super Bowl Champion, 7-time First-team All-pro, nine pro bowls.

44. Chuck Bednarik

Position: C/LB

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Achievements: Hall of Fame in 1967, 2-time NFL champion (1949, ‘60), First-team All-Pro, 8-time Pro Bowler

45. Jim Thorpe

Position: RB

Teams: Cleveland Indians, Canton Bulldogs, Oorang Indians, New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals

Achievements: First-team All-pro in 1923

46. Mike Singletary

Position: LB

Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: Super Bowl Champion, 7-time First-team All-pro, Second-team All-pro 1990

47. Red Grange

Position: RB

Teams: Chicago Bears, New York Yankees

Achievements: Pro Football HOF, 2-time First-team All-pro

48. Roger Staubach

Position: QB

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Super Bowl MVP

49. Jim Parker

Position: OG/OT

Team: Baltimore Colts

Achievements: 9-time First-team All-Pro, Second-team All-Pro

50. Bronko Nagurski

Position: FB

Team: Chicago Bears

Achievements: 1963 Hall of Fame, 4-time First-team All-Pro

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Below are 50 great names that remain on the list of the greatest players in NFL history.

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NFL players with many achievements

51. John Mackey

52. Terrell Owens

53. Merlin Olsen

54. LaDainian Tomlinson

55. Gene Upshaw

56. Steve Young

57. Marshall Faulk

58. Raymond Berry

59. Earl Campbell

60. Junior Seau

61. Charles Woodson

62. Lance Alworth

63. Bart Starr

64. J.J. Watt

65. Larry Fitzgerald

66. Mike Webster

67. Jack Ham

68. Joe Namath

69. Orlando Pace

70. Art Shell

71. Ted Hendricks

72. Randy White

73. Bruce Matthews

74. Larry Allen

75. Terry Bradshaw

76. Sid Luckman

77. Jim Otto

78. Michael Strahan

79. Kellen Winslow Sr.

80. Adrian Peterson

81. Walter Jones

82. Willie Lanier

83. Michael Irvin

84. Jonathan Ogden

85. Marvin Harrison

86. Derrick Thomas

87. Troy Polamalu

88. Aaron Donald

89. Rob Gronkowski

90. Tony Dorsett

91. Lee Roy Selmon

92. Fran Tarkenton

93. Marion Motley

94. Herb Adderley

95. Adam Vinatieri

96. Darrell Green

98. Willie Brown

99. Franco Harris

100. Troy Aikman

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Final Thought 

Above are the top 100 players of all time NFL with outstanding achievements in NFL history. Scott Fujita will continue to refresh and update this list. If you are a football enthusiast, don’t forget to join us in this 2021 NFL season.

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