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With over 100 years of talented football players to choose from, the daunting task of picking just a handful of the best players is a monumental feat. The five players featured below encompass the best of the best regardless of teams, position played, or decade. There are many more players who deserve to be recognized, but, for now, these men have risen to the top of the pack and have undoubtedly reserved their spots as football’s greatest. 

Jerry Rice

Some call him the greatest receiver in all of NFL history and since he owns just about every record in the book, it’s well deserved. Throughout the course of his 20-year career, Jerry Rice was a 3-time Super Bowl Champ, Super Bowl MVP, played in 13 pro bowls, and holds the record in all-purpose touchdowns, total receptions, total receiving yards, and touchdown receptions. He holds 36 NFL records and will forever be hailed as one of the best, or the best, players of all time. 

Tom Brady

Despite deflategate, there’s no denying Tom Brady possesses almost unparalleled talent on the field. He’s a 6-time Super Bowl champ, 4-time Super Bowl MVP, 3-time NFL MVP, 14-time Pro Bowl player, and holds a spectacular number of records including most games won by a QB, most completed passes, most passing yards, and Tom Brady is the only QB to have 3 consecutive games with over 300 passing yards, 3 or more touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown had his heyday in the late 50s to mid 60s, but everyone still knows his name. His legacy includes accomplishments such as being a 4-time NFL MVP, 8-time First Team All Pro, 9 Pro Bowl appearances, and holds the record for having the 10th most touchdowns in NFL history. This legend was also the first NFL player to rush for over 10,000 yards and the first player to reach 100 rushing touchdowns. 

Joe Greene

Over his almost two-decade career in the NFL, Joe Greene was a 4-time Super Bowl champ, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 10-time Pro Bowl player, and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Joe is also the only former player to have participated in each of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victories, making him one of the best in the franchise. 

Joe Montana

This former quarterback is remembered for a number of notable achievements including being a 4-time Super Bowl champ, 3-time Super Bowl MVP, 2-time NFL MVP, 8-time Pro Bowl player, and holds the record for passer rating and several Super Bowl records for most throws without an interception.