To be considered the greatest in a sport requires a lot more than just talent. One needs to have a desire to compete and a commitment to excellence in order to excel. The competition can be fierce, and the commitment to excellence is the biggest challenge in the NFL. With this in mind, it is no wonder that NFL players are among the best athletes in the world. In this article, we’ll try to determine the greatest NFL players of all time. The criteria will be the numbers and stats of their careers, the impact they made on the game, how influential they were, and how well respected they are today.
#1 – Bill Brown
This is probably the best football player you have ever heard of. For Bill Brown, the name sounds almost like some kind of marketing ploy by Nike. After all, what’s cooler than a “Nike Brown” on the gridiron? But if you check out the stats, Brown was one of the great football stars of all time. If we could bet on him at Canada’s zodiac Casino, we would definitely do so.
Brown was more than just a running back. He was a running back who did not merely run from the center of the field but also carried the football, threw it, caught it, and ran it up the middle or out of the end zone. In his rookie season of 1933, Brown was the first NFL player to gain 1,000 yards. He then followed that up in the years 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1943, where he was named the NFL MVP three times. During the time Brown played from 1933 to 1949, he appeared in eight Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1940s. Brown set a record of 22.7 yards per return as a return man in 1942 and played in five NFL title games. He remains the last player to be named a member of the NFL All-Century Team.
#2 – Walter Jones
Walter Jones played 13 seasons in the NFL, from 1985 to 1999, all with the Washington Redskins. He played in four Super Bowls, two with the Washington Redskins, and two with the Atlanta Falcons. His greatest moment came in Super Bowl XXII when he blocked a 27-yard FG by Joe Pisarcik to force overtime and later blocked for Michael Dean Garrett on the two-point conversion. Jones was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1990s, but it was his play in the 1994 NFC Championship game, where he played with a torn pectoral muscle, that he’ll be remembered for.
#3 – Joe Washington
A running back in the NFL from 1927 to 1930, Washington was also a star at Stanford University. It was there that he made his presence known, being selected as an All-American in 1927 and 1928. In his pro career, Washington had his best years in the ’20s and ’30s when he was among the NFL’s leading scorers. With Washington at the helm, the Giants went to the NFL title game four times in the 1930s.