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Top 10 Greatest NFL players of all time

In this article, take a look at the top 10 greatest NFL players of all time. The NFL is a professional American football league that consists of 32 teams.

Last updated: 09.05.2022
Greatest NFL players of all time

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NFL legend Willie Gault is one of the fastest players in NFL history and was also a member of the U.S. After his retirement from the NFL Willie returned to the track and competed in Master athletics where he set a number of world records and was inducted into the USATF Master Hall of Fame.

NFL icon Tom Brady has announced his retirement  from the NFL after 22 seasons. It's the end of one of the greatest careers  of any athlete in the history of sports, as Brady, widely considered the greatest football player ever, steps away after more than two decades of sustained success. Brady, 44, spent 20 years with the Patriots, turning one of the NFL`s historically unsuccessful franchises into a six-time champion and perennial powerhouse. A 6th-round pick in 2000, Brady replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady won Super Bowl LVI in his first season in Tampa, and he led the league in both passing yards and TDs in his age-44 season. A 3-time MVP, Brady retires as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and passing TDs, plus unmatched marks across the board in the playoffs. Great quarterbacks will come and go in this league, but there may never be another winner and persona close to the level of Tom Brady.

Josh Allen has been voted in by his NFL peers as the 87th best player in the Top 100 players of 2020.  Josh Allen has made Buffalo an attractive spot for free agents.


Legend football coach and sportscaster John Madden was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and host from the Madden NFL series. Madden led the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) to a championship in Super Bowl XI (1977).


Patrick Mahomes has been an electrifying playmaker ever since his first start and has produced some very big numbers for the Kansas City Offense. This month, he played above and beyond and is continuing to do the unthinkable. Mahomes became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 800 yards without an interception in the first two games. Mahomes is the 3rd quarterback of African-American descent to win a Super Bowl. He can now add Super Bowl MVP and Super Bowl title to his resume.

Mike Shanahan is one of seven HCs in NFL history with 175 wins and two Super Bowl titles. He is known as one of the greatest coaches in Broncos history and was elected to the Broncos Ring of Fame. Shanahan coached for the Broncos from 1995 to 2008 winning a total of146 games, a Broncos record, and 2 Super Bowl.


Legendary NFL Hall of Famer running back Emmitt Smith, three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys and the NFLs all-time leading rusher.


Jim Brown, born James Nathaniel Brown in St. Simons Island, Georgia, to Swinton Brown, a professional boxer, and his wife, Theresa. He is considered to be among the greatest football players of all time. He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons, and by the time he retired, he had shattered a vast majority NFL rushing records. Brown also made a Big Splash in Hollywood, appearing in over 40 films in his 54 years as an actor. The activist Jim Brown has been a great supporter of African-American causes. In the 1960`s , he threw his support behind black-owned business by helping to create the Negro Industrial Economic Union.

Lee Roy Selmon endured several seasons of disappointment while establishing himself as a rising star, being named the team`s Rookie of the Year and MVP  in his first year. By 1979, Selmon was disrupting offenses across the league en route to his first first-team All-Pro, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. That same year, the Buccaneers made their first playoff appearance on the back of their defense, led by Selmon. While his career was cut relatively short due to injury, Selmon remains one of the greatest players in Buc`s history for his effort in turning them into division champions.


Legendary NFL player Curtis Martin enjoyed great success playing for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

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