The NFL's Greatest Players of All-Time By Position

By Jaclyn Harris

January 6, 2015

Over the years, the NFL has seen some fantastic players pass through its teams. As fans, we watch these NFL greats move through their careers creating memorable plays, untouchable records and carrying their teams to big games. These humble men have personalities worthy of their fans and opponents' admiration, and watching them do what they love inspires us to achieve our own dreams. 

Then, once in their retirement, these NFL stars are granted the greatest honor of all. The recognition of their talent, leadership and character. Of course, I'm speaking of enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

Well, let's highlight these Hall of Famers! Without further ado, I give you the NFL's greatest players of all-time by position!

Pro Football Hall of Famers By Position

Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Cliff Battles (HB) 1932-1937
Sammy Baugh (QB) 1937-1952
Tony Canadeo (HB) 1941-1944, 1946-1952
Earl (Dutch) Clark (QB) 1931-1932, 1934-1938
Jimmy Conzelman (QB) # 1920-1929
John (Paddy) Driscoll (QB) 1920-1929
Bill Dudley (HB) 1942, 1945-1951, 1953
Benny Friedman 1927-1934
Harold (Red) Grange (HB) 1925-1934
Joe Guyon (HB) 1919-1925, 1927
Arnie Herber (QB) 1930-1940, 1944-1945
Clarke Hinkle (FB) 1932-1941
Earl (Curly) Lambeau (HB) # 1919-1929
Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans (HB-FB) 1936-1943
Sid Luckman (QB) 1939-1950
George McAfee (HB) 1940-1941, 1945-1950
John (Blood) McNally (HB) 1925-1938
Bronko Nagurski (FB) 1930-1937, 1943
Ernie Nevers (FB) 1926-1927, 1929-1931
Clarence (Ace) Parker (QB) 1937-141, 1945-1946
Fritz Pollard (HB) 1919-1926
Ken Strong (HB) 1929-1937, 1939, 1944-1947
Jim Thorpe (HB) 1915-1917, 1919-1926, 1928
Steve Van Buren (HB) 1944-1951
Marcus Allen (RB) 1982-1997
Jim Brown (FB) 1957-1965
Earl Campbell (RB) 1978-1985
Larry Csonka (FB) 1968-1979
Eric Dickerson (RB) 1983-1993
Tony Dorsett (RB) 1977-1988
Marshall Faulk (RB) 1994-2005
Frank Gifford (HB-FL) 1952-1960, 1962-1964
Franco Harris (RB) 1972-1984
Paul Hornung (HB) 1957-1962, 1964-1966
John Henry Johnson (FB) 1954-1966
Leroy Kelly (RB) 1964-1973
Floyd Little (RB) 1967-1975
Curtis Martin (RB) 1995-2005
Ollie Matson (HB) 1952, 1954-1966
Hugh McElhenny (HB) 1952-1964
Lenny Moore (HB) 1956-1967
Marion Motley (FB) 1946-1953, 1955
Walter Payton (RB) 1975-1987
Joe Perry (FB) 1948-1963
John Riggins (RB) 1971-1979, 1981-1985
Barry Sanders (RB) 1989-1998
Gale Sayers (HB) 1965-1971
O.J. Simpson (RB) 1969-1979
Emmitt Smith 1990-2004
Jim Taylor (FB) 1958-1967
Thurman Thomas 1988-2000
Charley Trippi (HB) 1947-1955
Doak Walker (HB) 1950-1955
Troy Aikman 1989-2000
George Blanda (Also PK) 1949-1958, 1960-1975
Terry Bradshaw 1970-1983
Len Dawson 1957-1975
John Elway 1983-1998
Dan Fouts 1973-1987
Otto Graham 1946-1955
Bob Griese 1967-1980
Sonny Jurgensen 1957-1974
Jim Kelly 1986-1996
Bobby Layne 1948-1962
Dan Marino 1983-1999
Joe Montana 1979-1994
Warren Moon 1984-2000
Joe Namath 1965-1977
Bart Starr 1956-1971
Roger Staubach 1969-1979
Fran Tarkenton 1961-1978
Y.A. Tittle 1948-1964
Johnny Unitas 1956-1973
Norm Van Brocklin 1949-1960
Bob Waterfield 1945-1952
Steve Young 1985-1999

Ends, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Morris (Red) Badgro 1927, 1930-1936
Guy Chamberlin # 1919-1928
Ray Flaherty # 1926-1929, 1931-1935
George Halas # 1920-1928
Bill Hewitt 1932-1939, 1943
Don Hutson 1935-1945
Wayne Millner 1936-1941, 1945
Lance Alworth 1962-1972
Raymond Berry 1955-1967
Fred Biletnikoff 1965-1978
Cris Carter 1987-2002
Tom Fears 1948-1956
Bob Hayes 1965-1975
Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch (also HB) 1946-1956
Michael Irvin 1988-1999
Charlie Joiner 1969-1986
Steve Largent 1976-1989
Dante Lavelli 1946-1956
James Lofton 1978-1993
Don Maynard 1958, 1960-1973
Tommy McDonald 1957-1968
Bobby Mitchell (also HB) 1958-1968
Art Monk 1980-1995
Pete Pihos 1947-1955
Andre Reed 1985-2000
Jerry Rice 1985-2000
John Stallworth 1974-1987
Lynn Swann 1974-1982
Charley Taylor (also HB) 1964-1975, 1977
Paul Warfield 1964-1977
Dave Casper 1974-1984
Mike Ditka 1961-1972
John Mackey 1963-1972
Ozzie Newsome 1978-1990
Charlie Sanders 1968-1977
Shannon Sharpe 1990-2003
Jackie Smith 1963-1978
Kellen Winslow 1979-1987

Linemen

Albert Glen (Turk) Edwards (T) 1932-1940
Dan Fortmann (G) 1936-1943
Ed Healey (T) 1920-1927
Mel Hein (C) 1931-1945
Wilbur (Pete) Henry (T) 1920-1928
Robert (Cal) Hubbard (T) 1927-1933, 1935-1936
Walt Kiesling (G) 1926-1938
Frank (Bruiser) Kinard (T) 1938-1947
William Roy (Link) Lyman (T) '22-28, 30-31, 33-34
Mike Michalske (G) 1926-1935, 1937
George Musso (T-G) 1933-1944
Steve Owen (T) # 1924-1931, 1933
Joe Stydahar (T) 1936-1942, 1945-46
George Trafton (C) 1920-1921, 1923-1932
Clyde (Bulldog) Turner (C) 1940-1952
Alex Wojciechowicz (C) 1938-1950
Larry Allen 1994-2007
Chuck Bednarik (C-LB) 1949-1962
Bob (Boomer) Brown (T) 1964-1973
Roosevelt Brown (T) 1953-1965
Lou Creekmur (T-G) 1950-1959
Dermontti Dawson (C) 1988-2000
Joe DeLamielleure (G) 1973-1985
Dan Dierdorf (T) 1971-1983
Frank Gatski (C) 1946-1957
Forrest Gregg (T-G) 1956, 1958-1971
Russ Grimm (G) 1981-1991
Lou Groza (T) (Also PK) 1946-1959, 1961-1967
John Hannah (G) 1973-1985
Gene Hickerson 1958-1973
Stan Jones (T-G, also DT) 1954-1966
Walter Jones 1997-2008
Jim Langer (C) 1970-1981
Larry Little (G) 1967-1980
Tom Mack (G) 1966-1978
Bruce Matthews (G, T, C) 1983-2001
Mike McCormack (T) 1951, 1954-1962
Randall McDaniel 1988-2001
Ron Mix (T) 1960-1969, 1971
Mike Munchak (G) 1982-1993
Anthony Muñoz (T) 1980-1992
Jonathan Ogden 1996-2007
Jim Otto (C) 1960-1974
Jim Parker (G-T) 1957-1967
Jim Ringo (C) 1953-1967
Willie Roaf (T) 1993-2005
Billy Shaw (G) 1961-1969
Art Shell (T) 1968-1982
Jackie Slater (T) 1976-1995
Bob St. Clair (T) 1953-1963
Dwight Stephenson (C) 1980-1987
Gene Upshaw (G) 1967-1981
Mike Webster (C) 1974-1990
Rayfield Wright 1967-1979
Ron Yary (T) 1968-1982
Gary Zimmerman (T) 1986-1997
Doug Atkins (DE) 1953-1969
Elvin Bethea (DE) 1968-1983
Junious (Buck) Buchanan (DT) 1963-1975
Curley Culp 1968-1981
Willie Davis (DE) 1958-1969
Fred Dean (DE) 1975-1985
Richard Dent 1983-1997
Chris Doleman (DE, LB) 1985-1999
Art Donovan (DT) 1950-1961
Carl Eller (DE) 1964-1979
Len Ford (DE) 1948-1958
Joe Greene (DT) 1969-1981
Dan Hampton (DT-DE) 1979-1990
Claude Humphrey 1968-1981
David (Deacon) Jones (DE) 1961-1974
Henry Jordan (DT) 1957-1969
Cortez Kennedy (DT) 1990-2000
Bob Lilly (DT) 1961-1974
Howie Long (DE) 1981-1993
Gino Marchetti (DE) 1952-1964, 1966
Leo Nomellini (DT) 1950-1963
Merlin Olsen (DT) 1962-1976
Alan Page (DT) 1967-1981
John Randle 1990-2003
Andy Robustelli (DE) 1951-1964
Warren Sapp 1995-2007
Lee Roy Selmon (DE) 1976-1984
Bruce Smith 1985-2003
Ernie Stautner (DT) 1950-1963
Michael Strahan 1993-2007
Arnie Weinmeister (DT) 1948-1953
Randy White (DT) 1975-1988
Reggie White (DT-DE) 1985-1998, 2000
Bill Willis (MG) 1946-1953
Jack Youngblood (DE) 1971-1984

Linebackers

Chuck Bednarik (C-LB) 1949-1962
Bobby Bell (also DE) 1963-1974
Derrick Brooks 1995-2008
Nick Buoniconti 1962-1974, 1976
Dick Butkus 1965-1973
Harry Carson 1976-1988
George Connor (also DT, OT) 1948-1955
Chris Doleman (DE, LB) 1985-1999
Bill George 1952-1966
Jack Ham 1971-1982
Chris Hanburger 1965-1978
Ted Hendricks 1969-1983
Sam Huff 1956-1967, 1969
Rickey Jackson LB (also DE) 1981-1995
Jack Lambert 1974-1984
Willie Lanier 1967-1977
Ray Nitschke 1958-1972
Les Richter 1954-1962
Dave Robinson 1963-1974
Joe Schmidt 1953-1965
Mike Singletary 1981-1992
Lawrence Taylor 1981-1993
Derrick Thomas 1989-1999
Andre Tippett 1982-1993
Dave Wilcox 1964-1974

Defensive Backs

Herb Adderley (CB) 1961-1972
Lem Barney (CB) 1967-1977
Mel Blount (CB) 1970-1983
Willie Brown (CB) 1963-1978
Jack Butler (CB) 1951-59
Jack Christiansen (S) 1951-1958
Darrell Green (CB) 1983-2002
Mike Haynes (CB) 1976-1989
Ken Houston (S) 1967-1980
Jimmy Johnson (CB) 1961-1976
Paul Krause (S) 1964-1979
Dick (Night Train) Lane (CB) 1952-1965
Yale Lary (S) 1952-1953, 1956-1964
Dick LeBeau (CB) 1959-1972
Ronnie Lott (CB-S) 1981-1994
Mel Renfro (S-CB) 1964-1977
Deion Sanders (CB-KR-PR) 1989-2000, 2004-2005
Emmitt Thomas (CB) 1966-1978
Emlen Tunnell (S) 1948-1961
Roger Wehrli 1969-1982
Aeneas Williams (CB/S) 1991-2004
Larry Wilson (S) 1960-1972
Willie Wood (S) 1960-1971
Rod Woodson 1987-2003

Placekickers

George Blanda (Also QB) 1949-1958, 1960-1975
Lou Groza (Also T) 1946-1959, 1961-1967
Jan Stenerud 1967-1985

Punters

Ray Guy 1973-1986 

Coaches

George Allen 1966-1977
Paul Brown 1946-1962
Guy Chamberlin # 1922-1927
Jimmy Conzelman # 1921-30, 1940-42, 1946-48
Weeb Ewbank 1954-1973
Ray Flaherty # 1936-1949
Joe Gibbs 1981-1992
Sid Gillman 1955-1969, 1971-1974
Bud Grant 1967-1983, 1985
George Halas # 1920-29, 1933-42, 1946-67
Earl (Curly) Lambeau # 1919-1953
Tom Landry 1960-1988
Marv Levy 1978-1982, 1986-1997
Vince Lombardi 1959-1967, 1969
John Madden 1969-1978
Earle (Greasy) Neale 1941-1950
Chuck Noll 1969-1991
Steve Owen # 1930-1953
Bill Parcells 1983-1990, 1993-99, 2003-06
Don Shula 1963-1995
Hank Stram 1960-1974, 1976-1977
Bill Walsh 1979-1988

List provided by the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.

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