Favorite NFL Players of All Time

Favorite NFL Players of All Time

There is one subject we will never get tired of talking about: Football. The happiest day is the start of the season. We are not even talking about the first official game; we love preseason too!  There is no end to the conversations tossed back and forth like the ole pigskin. Eventually, the talk turns to favorite NFL players. It is a blast reminiscing about players from the past and comparing them to those running up and down the fields today. Who are your favorite NFL players of all time?

We have a few of our own, so let’s get this conversation started! (P.S. these are in no particular order)

Jerry Rice (Wide Receiver)

Jerry Rice celebrating after a touchdownJerry Rice is considered to be one of the best wide receivers of all time. Nicknamed the “San Fransisco Treat,” he worked hard to take the 49ers to three Super Bowl championships. From the start, he was a shining star and was awarded the NFC Rookie of the year in 1985. Some of Rice’s accomplishments include smashing the NFL record books for 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, and 208 total touchdowns. Ever the athlete, his off-season workouts would intimidate even the strongest player during peak season conditioning.

Alan Page (Defensive Tackle)

Alan Page in action against the PackersPart of the legendary Minnesota Vikings “Purple People Eater” defense. In 1971, he became only the second defensive player to receive the NFL MVP award. He also won the NFL’s Defensive Player Of The year Award, twice. Page earned All-Pro honors six times and voted to nine straight Pro Bowls. He was named to an all-conference team ten times. An intelligent and hard working man, once he retired from pro football, we went to law school, became a lawyer and later elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Johnny Unitas (Quarterback)
Football: AFC Playoffs. Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas (19) calling signals at line of scrimmage before snap during game vs Oakland Raiders. Baltimore, MD 1/3/1971 MANDATORY CREDIT: John D. Hanlon/Sports Illustrated SetNumber: X15510 TK1

Football: AFC Playoffs. Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas (19) calling signals at line of scrimmage before snap during game vs Oakland Raiders.
Baltimore, MD 1/3/1971
MANDATORY CREDIT: John D. Hanlon/Sports Illustrated
SetNumber: X15510 TK1

The legend of Johnny U is unparalleled in football history. We love this man’s story, plus he is a bit of a Hometown Hero. First playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, his career in the Iron City was short. He ended up working construction for a year and was picked up by the Baltimore Colts. The next year he went on to lead a dynasty. Nicknamed “The Golden Arm,” Unitas was the first QB to throw for more than 40,000 yards. A five-time All-Pro and a three-time NFL MVP, he helped the Colts to three NFL titles. Credited with kicking off American’s obsession with football, in 1958, as he led the Colts to victory in “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

Tom Brady (Quarterback)
Tom Brady in action against the Chiefs

Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) motions on the line during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We know, we know; this one is a bit controversial. But Deflate Gate aside, this guy can play football. On his way to becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, he has led his team to six Super Bowls and possesses four Super Bowl rings. He has won Super Bowl MVP three times, two NFL MVPs and won an NFL record 18 postseason games, including a record 10 straight. In addition, he has played in the NFL Pro Bowl ten times of which two of those times he was first team all-pro. Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Tom Brady has done over all these years.


 Peyton Manning (Quarterback)

Peyton Manning in action against the PatriotsKnown for his goofy nature and amazing leadership on the field, Peyton Manning is arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Celebrity endorsements aside, this man’s accomplishments are no laughing matter. Named “The Sheriff” for his commanding on-field nature, he played for 18 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. Coming from a football family, he won countless fans. Finally retiring at age 40, this man set many records for his personal career, within his franchises and the NFL. There are too many to list here.

Reggie White (Defensive End)

Reggie White in action against the PatriotsStarting his NFL career in 1985, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reggie White became the Eagles all-time sack leader. ESPN voted him the best player of all-time in Eagles franchise history. In 1993, White signed on with the Green Bay Packers and played for another six years. During that time he became the Packers then all-time sack leader with 68.5 sacks. White helped the Packers to a Super Bowl Championship. The NFL named him Defensive Player of the Year two times. He was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame, posthumously on February 4, 2006.

Jerome Bettis (Running Back)

Jerome Bettis against Brian Urlacher's BearsNicknamed “The Bus” you could not find a nicer guy in the NFL. A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Bettis played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished his NFL career in 2006, after 13 seasons, after he helped his Steelers to a Super Bowl championship. Bettis ranks 6th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards. Selected to the Pro Bowl six times, including his rookie season. His positive attitude and love of the game inspired his fellow players and fans alike.

Brett Favre (Quarterback)

Brett Favre in action against the BearsDuring Brett Favre’s 20-year career in the NFL, he broke records, won fans, and broke hearts. He started his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, but spent the majority of his career playing for the Green Bay Packers. After a controversial exit, he went on to play with the New York Jets, and finally the Minnesota Vikings. Favre was the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 500 touchdowns and throw for over 70,000 yards. Whether you love or hate him, his gracious Football Hall of Fame speech would make even the toughest man shed a tear.

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Did we forget your favorite player? Love to dispute one on our list? Wanna know our personal favorite NFL Players of All Time? Well, come on into Stan and Joe’s. We’ll pour you a pint, and let’s have a discussion. We love football, and this is stuff we could chat about for hours.


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