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    NFL 100: Greatest NFL players ever by jersey number

    To celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, the USA TODAY Sports Network is compiling a variety of lists and stories that look at the league’s history.

    here are the best players in 100 different uniform numbers:

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    00 – jim otto

    team: oakland raiders

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 10-time all-pro

    also considered: ken burrough

    An original raider and one of only three players to play every game for his team in the American Football League’s 10-year history, Otto is considered one of the greatest centers of all time.

    1 – burrow moon

    teams: houston oilers, minnesota vikings, seattle seahawks, kansas city chiefs

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1990 NFL Offensive Player of the Year

    also considered: cam newton

    moon’s skill set was a perfect fit for the oilers’ run-and-gun offense that lit up the scoreboards in the late 1980s and early 1990s. moon said he wasn’t wearing it. 1 because “I always want to remind my teammates that I’m the guy who can do it.”

    2 – matt ryan

    team: atlanta falcons

    professional accolades: 2016 nfl offensive player and mvp of the year, four-time professional bowler

    also considered: charley trippi

    the falcons have made the playoffs six times in ryan’s 11-year career. In the 32 years prior to Ryan’s arrival in Atlanta, the Falcons made the playoffs eight times.

    3 – bronko nagurski

    team: chicago bears

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 3-time NFL Champion, 4-time All-Pro

    also considered: jan stenerud

    nagurski cemented his legendary status when he helped the bears win the 1943 nfl championship after being retired for five years.

    4 – brett favre

    teams: atlanta falcons, green bay packers, new york jets, minnesota vikings

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, super bowl champion, three-time nfl most valuable player

    also considered: tuffy leemans

    The “Gunslinger” played in an NFL record 299 consecutive games and retired as the NFL’s all-time leading passer.

    5 – paul hornung

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time NFL Champion, 1961 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: george mcafee, donovan mcnabb

    Hornung played running back and placekicker for the Packers and set an NFL record with 176 points in 1960 (in a 12-game season), which stood for 46 years until broken by Ladainian Tomlinson in 2006.

    6 – thomas morstead

    team: new orleans saints

    professional accolades: super bowl champion, one time professional bowler

    also considered: jay cutler, johnny hekker

    morstead was vital in the “ambush,” the saints’ bold call to open the second half of super bowl xliv with an onside kick. Morstead pulled it off, with a little help from his teammates, and the Saints continued to beat the Colts.

    7 – juan elway

    team: denver broncos

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion, 1987 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: mel hein, bob waterfield

    He entered NFL history with “The Drive,” leading the Broncos to their first of five Super Bowl appearances during the Elway run.

    John Elway leads the Broncos on "The Drive" during the 1986 AFC Championship Game.

    8 – Steve Young

    teams: tampa bay buccaneers, san francisco 49ers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Three-time Super Bowl Champion, Two-time NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: troy aikman, larry wilson

    threw six touchdown passes during an mvp performance at super bowl xxix.

    9 – drew brees

    Teams: San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints

    professional accolades: super bowl champion, two-time nfl offensive player of the year

    also considered: sonny jurgensen

    Brees, already the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader, needs 20 touchdown passes in 2019 to overtake Peyton Manning at the top of the rushing list.

    10 – fran tarkenton

    Teams: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1975 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: eli manning

    An accomplished scrambler, Tarkenton held most major passing records at the time of his retirement.

    11 – larry fitzgerald

    Team: Arizona Cardinals

    Professional accolades: 11-time professional bowler, 2016 nfl man of the year walter payton

    Also considered: Julio Jones, Norm Van Brocklin

    fitzgerald trails only jerry rice in career receiving yards (and no one could pass rice’s totals).

    12 – tom brady

    Team: New England Patriots

    professional accolades: six-time super bowl champion, three-time nfl mvp

    also considered: terry bradshaw, jim kelly, joe namath, aaron rodgers, roger staubach

    It is very likely that many will consider the no. 199th overall pick in the 2000 nfl draft, the best quarterback in league history.

    13 – marine dan

    team: miami dolphins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1984 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: kurt warner

    A strong arm and a fast pitch helped Marino become one of the most prolific passers in the league. his 1984 record numbers (5,084 yards, 48 ​​tds) took two decades to break.

    14 – don hutson

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Three-time NFL Champion

    also considered: otto graham, dan fouts

    Hutson’s 99 career touchdown receptions stood as an NFL record for decades until Steve Largent broke it in 1989.

    15 – star bart

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Five-time NFL Champion, 1966 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: steve van buren

    mvp of the first two super bowls, starr lost just one postseason game as vince lombardi’s packers won five titles in seven seasons in the 1960s.

    16 – joe montana

    teams: san francisco 49ers, kansas city chiefs

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, four-time super bowl winner, two-time nfl most valuable player

    also considered: len dawson, frank gifford

    “joe cool” was known for his late game comebacks, most notably the 1981 nfc championship which resulted in “the catch” and a 92 yard run to win super bowl xxiii.

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    17 – philip rivers

    Team: san diego/los angeles chargers

    career accolades: eight times professional selection

    also considered: don meredith, harold carmichael

    rivers enters the 2019 season ranked sixth all-time in touchdown passes and eighth in passing yards.

    18 years old – peyton manning

    Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    professional accolades: two-time super bowl champion, five-time nfl mvp

    also considered: charlie joiner

    manning, the only quarterback to lead two different teams to win the super bowl, holds the records for most passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) in a single season.

    19 – johnny unitas

    Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 3-time NFL Champion, 3-time NFL MVP

    also considered: lance alworth

    End-game exploits in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” made Unitas an NFL icon.

    20 – bar sanders

    team: detroit lions

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1997 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: lem barney

    Sanders, one of the slipperiest running backs of all time, a two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 NFL seasons.

    21 – deion sanders

    teams: atlanta falcons, san francisco 49ers, dallas cowboys, washington redskins, baltimore ravens

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: ladainian tomlinson

    with a knack for big plays, “prime time” scored touchdowns on interception returns, punts and kickoff returns, as well as a wide receiver.

    22 – emmitt smith

    Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Three-time Super Bowl Champion, 1993 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: mike haynes, bobby layne

    smith, who led the league in rushing yards four times, is the nfl’s all-time leader in rushing yards.

    23 – devin ester

    Teams: Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks

    professional accolades: four-time professional bowler

    also considered: troy vincent, arian foster

    Hester, arguably the most dangerous return specialist in league history, returned the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown.

    24 – charles woodson

    teams: oakland raiders, green bay packers

    Professional accolades: Super Bowl Champion, Nine-time Pro Bowler, 1998 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: champ bailey, ty law, lenny moore, darrelle revis, willie wood

    Recorded 65 interceptions in his career, good for fifth in NFL history. His 11 pick sixes are tied for second all time.

    25 – fred biletnikoff

    team: oakland raiders

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: richard sherman

    sure-handed biletnikoff was the game’s most valuable player in the raiders’ triumph in super bowl xi.

    26 – woodson rod

    teams: pittsburgh steelers, san francisco 49ers, baltimore ravens, oakland raiders

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion, 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: herb adderley

    woodson was named to the nfl 75th anniversary all-time team when he was only halfway through his playing career.

    27 years old – ken houston

    teams: houston oilers, washington redskins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 12-time professional bowler

    also considered: steve atwater, eddie george

    The best safety of his era, Houston’s 1971 record of five return touchdowns (four interceptions, one fumble) would stand for 35 years until Devin Hester broke it.

    28 – marshall faulk

    Teams: Indianapolis Colts, St. louis rams

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion, 2000 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: darrell green, adrian peterson, curtis martin

    A vital cog in “The Greatest Show on Turf,” Faulk was lethal as both a running back and receiver, becoming only the second player with 1,000+ rushing yards and receiving in the same season.

    29 – eric dickerson

    teams: los angeles rams, indianapolis colts, los angeles raiders, atlanta falcons

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1986 NFL Offensive Player of the Year

    also considered: earl thomas

    dickerson led the nfl in rushing yards in three of his first four seasons, including a record 2,105 yards in 1984.

    30 – terrell davis

    team: denver broncos

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion, 1998 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: bill willis, clarke hinkle

    following the three-touchdown mvp performance in super bowl xxxii with a 2,000-yard rushing season in 1998.

    31 – jim taylor

    teams: green bay packers, new orleans saints

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time NFL Champion, 1962 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: donnie shell

    Taylor led the NFL in rushing yards (1,474) in 1962, the only season Jim Brown did not lead the league in rushing yards during his nine-year career.

    32 – jim brown

    team: cleveland browns

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, nfl champion, three-time nfl most valuable player

    also considered: marcus allen, franco harris, o.j. simpsons

    Among the best players in league history, Brown is the only player to finish his career averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game.

    33 – sammy baugh

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    team: washington redskins

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: tony dorsett, roger craig

    In addition to being a transcendent passing talent, Baugh was also one of the best kickers and defensive backs of his era.

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    34 – Walter Payton

    team: chicago bears

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Super Bowl Champion, 1977 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: earl campbell, thurman thomas

    “sweetness” retired as the nfl’s all-time leader in rushing yards with 16,726.

    35 – aeneas williams

    Teams: Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, St. louis rams

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Eight-time professional bowler

    also considered: john henry johnson, pete pihos

    one of the best cornerbacks in league history was a walk-on at college south.

    36 – Jerome Bettis

    teams: los angeles/st. louis rams, pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: leroy butler

    “the bus” capped off his career by helping the steelers win super bowl xl in his hometown of detroit.

    37 – doak walker

    team: detroit lions

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: jimmy johnson, lester hayes

    The Lions won three NFL titles in the 1950s and Walker was a major contributor to two of those winning teams.

    38 – arnie herber

    Teams: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Four-time NFL Champion

    also considered: george rogers

    herber teamed up with don hutson to form a dynamic passing duo for coach curly lambeau’s mighty 1930s packer teams.

    39 – larry csonka

    Teams: Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: hugh mcelhenny

    csonka rushed for a career-high 1,117 yards during the Dolphins’ 17-0 1972 season.

    40 – hurricane force winds

    team: chicago bears

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, five-time all-pro

    also considered: pat tillman, elroy “crazy legs” hirsch

    sayers has one of the best sizzling reels of any running back in nfl history.

    41 – matt snell

    team: new york jets

    professional accolades: super bowl champion, three-time professional bowler

    also considered: alvin kamara, eugene robinson

    Snell rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ impressive victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

    42 – ronnie lott

    teams: san francisco 49ers, los angeles raiders, new york jets

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: sid luckman, charley taylor, paul warfield

    lott, a feared hitter who also had 63 interceptions in his career, had the tip of his finger amputated so he could continue playing.

    43 – troy polamalu

    team: pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Two-time Super Bowl Champion, 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: cliff harris

    Polamalu, one of the best safeties of his era, was named to the NFL Team of the 2000s.

    44 – john riggins

    Teams: New York Jets, Washington Redskins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: leroy kelly, dick lebeau

    The “Diesel” is famous for a fourth-and-1 touchdown run against the Dolphins that propelled the Redskins to their first Super Bowl victory.

    45 – emlen tunnel

    Teams: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: kenny easley

    Tunell, one of the great defensive backs in NFL history, ranks second on the all-time list with 79 interceptions.

    46 – tod christensen

    Teams: New York Giants, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

    professional accolades: two-time super bowl champion, five-time professional bowler

    also considered: tim mcdonald

    Christensen, one of the best tight ends of his era, led the NFL in receptions twice and recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards three times.

    47 – mel blount

    team: pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion, 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: john lynch

    The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Blount, the first cornerback to be named defensive player of the year, was the best cornerback of his era.

    48 – daryl johnston

    team: dallas cowboys

    Professional accolades: Three-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: stephen davis

    the “moose” helped pave the way for the nfl’s greatest running back of all time, emmitt smith.

    49 – bobby mitchell

    teams: cleveland browns, washington redskins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time professional bowler

    also considered: dennis smith

    He played running back while with the Browns and wide receiver when he was a member of the Redskins.

    50 – single mike

    team: chicago bears

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion, Two-time Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: alex wojciechowicz

    singletary was the Bears’ first or second leading tackler in each of his 11 seasons.

    Mike Singletary was an intense presence for the Bears defense in the 1980s.

    51 – Dick Butkus

    team: chicago bears

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Eight-time professional bowler

    also considered: sam mills

    butkus was a devastating presence at middle linebacker.

    52 – lewis ray

    team: baltimore ravens

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: mike webster, patrick willis

    Lewis was the MVP in the Ravens’ victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

    53 – harry carson

    Team: New York Giants

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion, Nine-time Pro Bowler

    also considered: mick tingelhoff, randy gradishar

    when carson joined lawrence taylor and carl banks, the giants boasted the best trio of linebackers in the nfl.

    54 – horny white

    team: dallas cowboys

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: brian urlacher

    Dallas doomsday star, Blanco was nicknamed “the manster” (half man, half monster).

    55 – junior seau

    Teams: San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 12-time Pro Bowler

    also considered: derrick brooks

    seau played a vital role in leading the chargers to the only super bowl appearance in franchise history.

    56 – lorenzo taylor

    Team: New York Giants

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion, 1986 NFL Most Valuable Player

    also considered: chris doleman

    taylor remains the last defensive player to win the league mvp award.

    57 – dwight stephenson

    team: miami dolphins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Five-time professional bowler

    also considered: rickey jackson

    stephenson is considered the best center of his time.

    58 – jack lambert

    team: pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion, 1976 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: derrick thomas

    Fierce presence for the Steelers’ “curtain-stealing” defense, Lambert was also selected to the Pro Bowl in nine of his 11 NFL seasons.

    59 – ham

    team: pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion, Eight-time Pro Bowler

    also considered: luke kuechly

    ham is among the best outside linebackers in league history.

    60 – bednarik mandrel

    Team: Philadelphia Eagles

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: tommy nobis

    “concrete charlie” played both ways in the eagles’ win in the 1960 nfl championship game.

    61 – bill george

    teams: chicago bears, los angeles rams

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Former NFL Champion

    also considered: guilty curley

    george is often credited as the first middle linebacker for the big bears (a tradition continued by dick butkus, mike singletary and brian urlacher).

    62 – jim langer

    team: miami dolphins

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: charley trippi

    Langer played every down during the Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season.

    63 – willie lanier

    team: kansas city bosses

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: gene upshaw, lee roy selmon

    Lanier was a pioneer, as the first African-American to excel at the demanding middle linebacker position.

    64 – jerry kramer

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Five-time NFL Champion

    also considered: randall mcdaniel

    Kramer, a vital piece in Vince Lombardi’s famous sweeping game, also made one of the most famous blocks in league history, paving the way for Bart Starr’s game-winning touchdown run in the ice bowl.

    65 – gary zimmerman

    Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: elvin bethea

    Zimmerman’s last NFL game was the Broncos’ victory over the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.

    66 – nitschke ray

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Five-time NFL Champion

    also considered: clyde “bulldog” turner

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    Nitschke was the game’s MVP in the Packers’ win over the Giants in the 1962 NFL Championship, a win that capped arguably the Packers’ best season under Vince Lombardi.

    67 – bob kuechenberg

    team: miami dolphins

    professional accolades: two-time super bowl champion, six-time professional bowler

    also considered: kent helmet

    kuechenberg appeared in four super bowls during his career with the dolphins.

    68 – shields of will

    team: kansas city bosses

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 12-time Pro Bowler

    also considered: russ grimm, kevin mawae

    made 223 starts in 224 games (both chiefs franchise records) during a 14-year career.

    69 – jared allen

    Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

    professional accolades: five-time professional bowler

    also considered: jon runyan, tim krumrie

    allen posted double-digit sack seasons eight times, including a career-high 22 in 2011.

    70 – sam huff

    Teams: New York Giants, Washington Redskins

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, nfl champion

    also considered: ernie stautner, art donovan

    An elite defender, Huff emerged as a star on and off the field in New York and graced the cover of “Time” magazine, a big deal for a professional football player at the time.

    71 – walter jones

    team: seattle seahawks

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Nine-time professional bowler

    also considered: george connor

    With Jones and Steve Hutchinson, the Seahawks had the best left side of the offensive line in the NFL.

    72 – dan dierdorf

    team: st. louis cardinals

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Six-time professional bowler

    also considered: ed “too tall” jones

    Before spending nearly three decades as a broadcaster, Dierdorf was one of the best offensive linemen of his era.

    73 – john hannah

    Team: New England Patriots

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Nine-time professional bowler

    also considered: larry allen, joe thomas

    hannah, the best guard of her era, was named to the nfl all-decade teams in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the nfl 75th anniversary all-time team.

    74 – bob lilly

    team: dallas cowboys

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion, 11-time Pro Bowler

    also considered: merlin olsen, bruce matthews

    Lilly was the first draft pick in Cowboys history and also the first inductee into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

    75 – joe greene “bad”

    team: pittsburgh steelers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion, Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    Also considered: Deacon Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Howie Long, Forrest Gregg

    Greene was an intimidating force on the Steelers’ famed “iron curtain” defensive line.

    76 – marion motley

    teams: cleveland browns, pittsburgh steelers

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, nfl champion, four-time aafc champion

    also considered: orlando pace

    A year before Jackie Robinson made his baseball debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Motley and Bill Willis played for the AAFC Browns, and Kenny Washington and Woody Strode played for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

    77 – red barn

    teams: chicago bears, new york yankees

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: willie roaf

    The Bears’ signing of the “Galloping Ghost” helped bring professional football to national prominence.

    78 – anthony muñoz

    Team: Cincinnati Bengals

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 11-time professional bowler

    also considered: bruce smith, bobby bell, art shell

    Muñoz, arguably the best offensive lineman in league history, was a professional first-team selection in nine of his 13 NFL seasons.

    79 – roosevelt brown “rosey”

    Team: New York Giants

    professional accolades: pro football hall of famer, nfl champion

    also considered: bob st. clear

    Brown, a 27th-round draft pick, earned the starting job in his rookie season and was a stalwart as the Giants emerged as an NFL powerhouse.

    80 – rice jerry

    teams: san francisco 49ers, oakland raiders, seattle seahawks

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 3-time Super Bowl Champion, 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year

    also considered: steve largent, kellen winslow

    Over the course of a 20-year career, rice set records that may never be broken.

    Jerry Rice is more than 6,000 yards ahead of the next-nearest player on the all-time career receiving yardage list.

    81 – Dick “Night Train” Lane

    teams: los angeles rams, chicago cardinals, detroit lions

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Seven-time professional bowler

    also considered: doug atkins, torry holt, calvin johnson, terrell owens

    Lane’s 14 interceptions during his rookie season remain the NFL record, and he set that mark in a 12-game regular season.

    82 – raymond berry

    team: baltimore colts

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: ozzie newsome

    berry and johnny unitas formed one of the greatest passing combinations of all time, one that was instrumental in the Colts’ victory in overtime in “the greatest game ever played”.

    83 – ted hendricks

    Teams: Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Four-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: andre reed

    Standing at 6 feet 7 inches tall, “the crazy stork” was a menacing figure on defense.

    84 – horny moss

    teams: minnesota vikings, oakland raiders, new england patriots, tennessee titans, san francisco 49ers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Six-time professional bowler

    also considered: antonio brown, shannon sharpe, sterling sharpe

    Moss led the league in touchdown receptions five times in his career, including a record 23 touchdown receptions in 2007.

    85 – young blood jack

    team: los angeles rams

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Seven-time professional bowler

    also considered: nick buoniconti, antonio gates, chad “ochocinco” johnson

    Speaking of tough, Youngblood played with a fractured left fibula during the playoffs when the Rams reached Super Bowl XIV.

    86 – dollar buchanan

    team: kansas city bosses

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: hines ward

    Buchanan helped the Chiefs defeat the heavily favored Vikings in the Super Bowl IV upset.

    87 – rob gronkowski

    Team: New England Patriots

    professional accolades: three-time super bowl champion, five-time professional bowler

    also considered: willie davis

    You could make a strong argument that Gronkowski is the best tight end in NFL history.

    88 – alan’s page

    Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: tony gonzalez, john mackey, lynn swann

    member of the famous Vikings “purple people eaters” page, who participated in 238 consecutive games (including four super bowls).

    89 – mike ditka

    Teams: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

    Professional Accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Two-time NFL Champion

    also considered: gino marchetti

    Won the 1963 NFL Championship with the Bears, Super Bowl VI with the Cowboys, then coached the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.

    90 – julius peppers

    teams: carolina panthers, chicago bears, green bay packers

    Professional Accolades: Nine-time professional bowler

    also considered: neil smith

    Peppers has posted 10 double-digit sack seasons during his 17-year career.

    91 – kevin greene

    teams: los angeles rams, pittsburgh steelers, carolina panthers, san francisco 49ers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Five-time professional bowler

    also considered: leslie o’neal, cameron wake

    With 160 career sacks, Greene trails only Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198) on the NFL’s all-time list.

    92 – reggie white

    teams: philadelphia eagles, green bay packers, carolina panthers

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl Champion, Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: michael strahan

    “The Minister of Defense” was the NFL’s first elite free agent, and his signing with the Packers was a watershed moment for professional football.

    Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

    93 – John Randle

    teams: minnesota vikings, seattle seahawks

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Seven-time professional bowler

    also considered: dwight freeney

    Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, Randle posted eight straight seasons of double-digit sacks.

    94 – charles haley

    teams: san francisco 49ers, dallas cowboys

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Five-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: demarcus pottery

    Haley won two Super Bowls with the 49ers and three more with the Cowboys, becoming the first player to win five Super Bowls (Tom Brady has since won six Super Bowls).

    95 – richard dent

    teams: chicago bears, san francisco 49ers, indianapolis colts, philadelphia eagles

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Two-time Super Bowl Champion

    also considered: greg lloyd

    dent’s dominant performance at super bowl xx earned him game mvp honors.

    96 – cortez kennedy

    team: seattle seahawks

    Professional accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: clyde simmons

    kennedy earned defensive player of the year honors while on a seahawks team that won four games in 1992.

    97 – young bryan

    team: san francisco 49ers

    professional accolades: super bowl champion, four-time professional bowler

    also considered: cornelius bennett, simeon rice, la’roi glover

    bryant won the super bowl in his rookie season and became one of the best defensive linemen in the nfl.

    98 – roberto mathis

    team: indianapolis colts

    professional accolades: super bowl champion, five-time professional bowler

    also considered: jessie armstead

    mathis is the nfl’s all-time leader in forced fumbles.

    99 – j. J. watt

    team: houston texans

    Professional accolades: Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    also considered: warren sapp, jason taylor

    watt and lawrence taylor are the only three-time winners of the nfl’s top defensive honor.

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