Professional football has seen a lot of great talent come and go. Some of them stay long enough to surprise the world with video-game-like stats while others retire early due to one reason or another. Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut way to measure a player’s performance, and that leaves their fate in the fan’s hands. That said, here are the most celebrated NFL players that would easily get into any all-timers list.
Jim Brown has got to be the best football player of all time. At 6-foot-2 and weighing 230 pounds, this man was bigger, faster, and stronger than his competition. Brown got nine rushing titles in his career that lasted nine seasons as he was too fast for the linebackers and too strong for the defence – talk about a match made in heaven. However, most of his records have been broken by several quarters over the years. His 104.3 yards per game record, however, still stands strong.
Tom Brady is a living legend. He has played in nine Super Bowls winning six of them and is one of two quarterbacks that won their first sessions as a starter. The quarter is also the oldest player to win the Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP awards, earning him a spot in the all-timers list. That also means he has been in the Super Bowl almost half of the time he played in the NFL.
Jerry Rice’s stats are nothing short of breathtaking. He did 1,549 receptions, 205 touchdowns, and 22,466 receiving yards. Most of these happened while he was playing as a wide receiver for the San Fransisco 49ers, where he cemented his title as the greatest receiver in NFL history. In summary, Rice holds over 100 NFL records, was selected for the pro bowl 13 times, and named All-pro 12 times in his career.