The NFL has put out a list of the 100 greatest NFL players ever. This list is considered to be the very best of all time and is an attempt to compile the greatest of the best. The list has been compiling for a number of years, but it is only now, with the new list, that the full depth of the game is revealed. The NFL has always been about big hits and memorable plays, so this list will show just how important those are to the game.
The Top 100: NFL’s Best Players has been a long ten-part television special that began to figure out the top 100 best NFL players of all-time. It was first presented by the NFL Network late in 2021. Coverage included an entire week’s worth of matches including the Super Bowl. The special was followed by a feature documentary detailing some of the great careers of some of the greatest names in the league’s history. The entire season was dedicated to looking back at some of the great teams and players who changed the way the game was viewed and played. The NFL Network also released a number of special feature reports throughout the season, bringing fans in on some behind the scenes stories and giving fans a look into what it takes to be a successful football player.
The List: Of the many great players to come along in the passing decade, none ranks higher than Peyton Manning. Not only was he a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Chargers, but his overall statistical presence was second to none. Manning never had a season that was close to Manning’s, and there were few other players to surpass his legacy in either passing or running attack. He is the complete running backs of all-time, and his statistical dominance was the driving factor behind the Chargers’ rise to glory in the 1990’s. The dynasty that was San Diego Chargers was led by one of the best players ever to lace up a pair of boots.
The Story: Of all the great players to grace the NFL, few have achieved as much success and as memorable a career as Michael Vick. The overall statistics may not be all that remarkable, but that is certainly beside the point. He has been able to do what very few others in this league have been able to do, ride the wave of a great career into retirement. No doubt that Michael Vick will be selected into the Hall of Fame in the next few years, and he deserves it.
Some Other Players Of Note
In terms of individual greatness, there are many candidates to make this list. Some names on this year’s list are worthy of more in depth scrutiny. For example, perhaps the most decorated offensive player of this era, Terry Bradshaw, ranks just ahead of Tom Brady in terms of total yards gained. As for the defensive players of this league, no player has more All-Pro caliber defensive players than Dickerson, Irvin Painter, Emmitt Smith, James Harrison, and Elvis Carpenter. But, the two defensive players who currently sport the best overall statistics (amonteri, Wallace) also happen to be the two lowest sack leaders in the entire league. That certainly says a lot about the game’s durability and reliability.
A Few Other Players of Note: Another player who deserves mention on this year’s list is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. His play has been so impressive, he might be given the chance to be the Cowboys’ permanent quarterback down the road. While no one is expecting Romo to duplicate his brilliant debut as a starter, he is on the right track to become one of the best passers in the NFL. Even if he were to suddenly take a back seat to some new signal caller, we would still be gushing about his contributions to the team and his leadership qualities. Let’s face it, no matter how experienced a coach or executive is, they will need to groom young stars like Romo in the future, or else they risk losing their job.
So, there you have it. If you want to put your feet up and feel good about the current state of the NFL, then this is the book for you. Not only does the NFL present to us the best regular season and postseason game each year, but it also provides us with the great cover stories and legendary players who have impacted our television viewing over the decades.
In addition to this, Michael Vick is coming off of one of the greatest regular seasons in history, yet he will never have the opportunity to enjoy the postseason success that Brett Favre or Tom Brady has enjoyed. As great as those two are, they will always be regarded as the “seventh great” quarterback in the NFL’s history. They may join Tom Brady, Marion Barber, and Joe Montana as the only players in NFL history to ever win a Super Bowl in consecutive seasons. The fact is that the current crop of eligible players on this year’s list of the 100 Greatest NFL Players Are All Hall Of Fame locks.