One of the hardest questions for any football fans is, who is the best football player of all time? Well here is my answer, and it wasn’t easy.
10. Barry Sanders – Sanders finished his career with 15,269 rushing yards, 5.0 yards per carry and 99 rushing touchdowns. He has the most Seasons with 1,500 or More Yards rushing, standing at 5. In 1997, he set an NFL record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 14 consecutive games and became only the third player to reach 2,000 yards in a single season. He had the best foot work of any to ever play the game. He became the master of the spin move and every play he made was an effortless work of art. On January 31, 2004, he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
9. Reggie White – The ‘Sinister of Defence’ is a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 13-time Pro Bowl-er. He holds second place all-time among career sack leaders with 198 only 2 behind Barry Smith. His nine consecutive seasons with at least 10 sacks remain an NFL record. To look across the line of scrimmage and see White staring at you would be like staring at the Grim Reaper, he was an unstoppable machine.
8. John Elway – Elway is a Broncos legend, and is currently the executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the team. He has 51,475 passing yards and a 79.9 passer rating. In his prime he was a dual-threat quarterback, he was very good at running with the ball and escaping the pocket and he was of course an exceptional passer. Elway holds at least 33 Broncos franchise records. He is a 2 time Super Bowl champion and he has 1 Super Bowl MVP award. On August 8, 2004, Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
7. Walter Payton – ‘Sweetness’ has a whopping 16,726 rushing yards and an exceptional 110 rushing touchdowns. The odds are when you think of a running back you think of Walter Payton and so you should. He is a Super Bowl champion with 9 pro bowl selections. His 16,726 rushing yards are second only to Emmitt Smith’s incredible 18,355 yards gained. His stutter steps were sensational and his style was unique. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
6. Joe Montana – The ‘comeback kid’ finished his career with an exceptional completion percentage of 63.2%. He was the called the comeback kid for a reason, because he was lethal in the fourth quarter. He is a four time Super Bowl champion. In those four Super Bowls, Montana completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions, earning him a passer rating of 127.8. And he was the first player to win 3 Super Bowl MVP awards. He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and selected All-Pro six times. He was an outstanding player who’s legacy will always live on.
5. Jim Brown – Brown played his whole career with the Cleveland Browns. His number 32 jersey is deservedly retired by the Browns. In his professional career, Brown carried the ball 2,359 times for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns, which were all records when he retired. He averaged 104.1 rushing yards per game, and is the only player in NFL history to average over 100 rushing yards per game for his career. At the end of his nine-year career, Brown held records for most rushing yards in a game, a season, and a career. In every season he played, Brown was selected to the Pro Bowl. The best full back ever, no question.
4. Peyton Manning – Manning is easily the best regular season quarterback ever. But one of his few criticisms is his playoffs record. Manning has only 14 playoff wins to his name and 2 Super Bowl rings. However, you could argue that these are team statistics and not individual statistics. Manning’s individual statistics speak for themselves. He holds the record for the Most career passing yards at 71,940 yards. He has the record for the Most career touchdown passes at 539. He holds the record for most touchdown passes in a season at 55. Quite frankly the list goes on forever and that is because Peyton Manning was one of the best to ever play the game.
3. Lawrence Taylor – Taylor is the most explosive player of all time and the biggest defensive weapon in the NFL ever. He was too fast and too powerful for those who were supposed to stop him. ‘L.T’ played his entire career for the New York Giants and won 2 Super Bowl championships. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 10 times during his 13 year career. He is the most dominant defender the NFL has ever seen and his aggression and intensity has yet to be matched.
2. Jerry Rice – Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver of all time. Rice rewrote the NFL record books with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, and 207 total touchdowns. He also has the most 1,000 yard seasons by a receiver ever at 14. He is perhaps the greatest attacking threat we have ever witnessed. He could catch any pass thrown to him and was simply impossible to cover at times. In his 20 NFL seasons, Rice missed only 17 regular season games, his dedication to the game has rarely been matched. He may make most peoples number one spot, but at least we can agree he’s the best WR of all time.
1.Tom Brady -Brady spear headed the greatest Super bowl comeback of all time in February of this year. The Falcons once lead 28–3, Brady and The Patriots scored 25 unanswered points before winning in over time. Brady holds the record for the most playoff wins of any player ever, currently at 25. This marked Brady’s 5th Super bowl win and he has 4 Super Bowl MVP awards to add to that list. He has 7 AFC Championships and 2 MVP awards in the regular season. For someone drafted as the 199th overall pick he has been a monumental success and he deserves to be named as the G.O.A.T.