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Can you name the top 100 greatest players in NFL history?
Enter a player (last names acceptable) in the box below
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Answers do not have to be guessed in order
* Denotes NFL Hall Of Fame members Source: http://top100.nfl.com/
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WR/49ers, Raiders, Seahawks(1985-2004)
DE/Eagles, Packers, Panthers(1985-1998, 2000)
CB, FS, SS/49ers, Raiders, Jets, Chiefs(1981-1995)
DE/Rams, Chargers, Redskins(1961-1974)
FB, DL, OT/Bears(1930-1937, 1943)
QB/Falcons, Packers, Jets, Vikings(1991-2010)
CB/Rams, Cardinals, Lions(1952-1965)
CB/Falcons, 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins, Ravens(1989-2000, 2004-2005)
RB/Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants, Tampa Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals(1915-1917, 1919-1926, 1928)
CB, FS, SS/Steelers, 49ers, Ravens, Raiders(1987-2003)
RB/Bears, New York Yankees(1925-1927, 1929-1934)
RB/Rams, Colts, Raiders, Falcons(1983-1993)
TE/Bears, Eagles, Cowboys(1961-1972)
WR/Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans, 49ers(1998-Present)
WR/Browns, Dolphins(1964-1974, 1976-1977)
FB/Browns, Steelers(1946-1953, 1955)
OT, OG, C/Oilers-Titans(1983-2001)
OLB/Colts, Packers, Raiders(1969-1983)
WR/Chicago Rockets, Rams(1946-1957)
FB/Duluth Eskimos, Chicago Cardinals(1926-1927, 1929-1931)
QB/Rams, Giants, Cardinals(1998-2009)
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Jan 21st, 2012 at 07:07 GMT
This is a comment on the list and not the quiz itself, but how can Kurt Warner and Joe Namath be on this list and Drew Brees isn't. I know he is still playing, but without any bias I feel comfortable stating Brees was better than both of them. And how is Deion Sanders not on this list. He is the best shutdown corner of all time.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 08:57 GMT
Deion Sanders is #34.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 13:44 GMT
So, Michael Irvin makes it and Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens don't. That alone makes me question whether or not the people who made this list ever watched even a single football game.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 17:45 GMT
Deion Sanders is in the Hall of Fame, so he needs the * by his number.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 20:01 GMT
Not saying that he wasn't a phenomenal player when healthy, but Gale Sayers was only healthy/playing well for about 3.5 years in the NFL, so maybe he shouldn't be so high. And there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to have Joe Namath on a list of the 100 best football players ever.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 22:02 GMT
I agree with the comments about Joe Namath. His career totals are vastly mediocre. He did not play in another playoff game after 1969, and his record is barely above .500. If the Colts beat the Jets in SBIII, nobody cares about him.
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Jan 21st, 2012 at 22:23 GMT
Half the people on this list are on it because they helped make football what it is. Just because they are old doesnt make them a legend. Quit putting them on these lists. If Owens played in the 60's and 70's he would have 20,000 receiving yards. Nobody could cover him back then. Emmitt Smith is the greatest running back ever. He holds every career rushing record. And if people say it is because he played for ever that is a part of being the greatest. Joe Namath is a worse quarterback than mark sanchez. No way does he start in this days NFL.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 23:09 GMT
Dick Schaap used to have what he called the eyeball test, and I'm a big proponent of it. He said Sayers was one of the 5 best players he ever saw. If you've ever watched old footage of Namath, he had the quickest release and threw the prettiest ball until Dan Marino. It's not just Superbowl III with Namath, though that's obviously huge, as it should be.
Jan 21st, 2012 at 23:53 GMT
The problem with the eyeball test is that it values aesthetics over production and effectiveness. Namath might have had the quickest release and threw the prettiest ball, but his completion percentage wavered around 50% for his entire career (he finished with a 50% completion rate). Sayers might have been great when he played (and he was great), but he was only great for 3.5 years. That's simply not as valuable as being great for a long period of time.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 01:04 GMT
Is this based on something, or is it your opinion? I generally don't like the opinion quizzes, but its hard to argue with this list (I mean, we can all argue about any "all-time great" list, but this one is pretty defensible up-and-down).
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 01:45 GMT
Terrible list. Aikman was #80?? Namath #100??? honestly this would be a good quiz if it wasnt such a messed up list
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 02:02 GMT
How are Warren Moon, Cris Carter, and Tim Brown not on this quiz?
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 05:43 GMT
Thw list was compiled for 10 shows on the NFL, network by a "Blue Ribbon Panel". I dug around a little, couldn't find who was on the panel. To follow up on previous posts: Sayers is rated higher than the all time rushing leader Emmitt Smith, because of the wow factor, clearly. There are many players who played at very high levels for a long time who dont make this list at all (Jackie Slater, Art Monk, Kevin Greene, the aforementioned Warren Moon). Several all time rushing leaders were merely very good for a long time (Curtis Martin, Jamal Lewis, Jerome Bettis, Fred Taylor, Tiki Barber). Earl Cambell does not make the top 25 in rushing yards, but in his prime, my God, he was the best player in the league for about...4 years. Its the Sandy Koufax argument, to throw in another sport. Clearly there's an attempt to weigh comet-like greatness with longevity, but longevity should not outweigh the aesthetic jaw dropping wow factor automatically. By this list, the NFL Network agrees.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 15:36 GMT
Joe Greene was a DT, not DE.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 19:30 GMT
This quiz has been done before. Enjoyed it regardless.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 20:25 GMT
no testaverde, really
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 20:49 GMT
what did jerry rice do that was jaw dropping. I remember growing up wanting to make catches like cris carter on the sidelines falling down and catching it at the same time. Jerry rice was in a west coast offense and ran drag patterns. Just like wes welker. would you put welker on this list. I need a better argument as to how gails sayers is better than emmitt smith. And shouldnt dwight clark be on here then for wow factor.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 23:14 GMT
Where on this list would everyone have Billy Cundiff?
Jan 23rd, 2012 at 01:00 GMT
If you think Dwight Clark has "wow factor", then I must have been missing something. He had a nice career highlighted by ONE memorable catch. While Sayers career was short, you would understand the meaning of wow. Just look up his six TD game, for example.
Jan 23rd, 2012 at 06:31 GMT
@darth_shrimper: Cundiff wouldn't even make the Top 100 Kickers of all time list after that miss.
Jan 24th, 2012 at 02:29 GMT
agree completely with @hobbit, Jerry rice was a very good player, and probably should be on the list - but FIRST? Catching all those balls from Montana and Young, running drag patterns in the west coast offense, must have been really tough.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 10:42 GMT
irvin makes it but no cris carter or marvin harrison or even though i hate to say it, terrell owens?
Jan 27th, 2012 at 01:00 GMT
There is a problem...Jim Brown isn't number 1...this isn't acceptable.
Jan 27th, 2012 at 01:53 GMT
For all those kids complaining about Brees, harrison, Owens, etc not making the list: One thing you can blame are all the rules the NFL has put in place regarding protecting the QB, making it easier for the WR's by protecting them over the middle,etc, has kind of cheapened the passing and receiving stats. I mean, if Joe Namath could have had it where he KNEW he wasn't going to clobbered every time by Ben Davidson or Buck Buchanan, AND knowing that guys like Don Maynard and George Sauer were able to go downfield or over the middle w/o being touched, he would thrown for 500 yards EVERY game! Put TO in a game in 1975, and see hwo long he would last againt Mel Blount or any of the old Raider DB's like Dr Death or The Assassin, and see how longhe would last! OK - geezer rant over!
Jan 28th, 2012 at 03:18 GMT
you list seems pretty out of whack to me. also if brady should win next week i hope you plan on moving him to number one or at least the top 5
Feb 2nd, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
Hopefully we all know it's an NFL Network list by now, and we can all agree it's flawed, but above all, I say no Bart Starr kills this entire thing. He won 5 championships, went 9-1 in the playoffs just by themselves, he had a rating of 102.1 in a year where the average was 64.2 (1966), and I could continue on.
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