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[USA TODAY] Top 25 NFL Players in the last 25 yrs.

Discussion in 'Football: NFL, College, High School' started by ryan17wagner, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. ryan17wagner

    ryan17wagner Member

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    Rank Player Story

    1 Joe Montana Montana's Super success raised the bar

    2 Jerry Rice Rice ran away from the field with grace

    3 Walter Payton Payton did sweet work as rushing king

    4 Lawrence Taylor The original L.T. brought QBs to their knees

    5 Reggie White White administered rare level of play

    6 John Elway Elway left NFL as a winner

    7 Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith surpassed all runners

    8 Ronnie Lott Lott made waves with hard-hitting style

    9 Tom Brady Brady climbed fast to Super heights

    10 Barry Sanders Sanders left them wanting more

    11 Dan Marino Marino re-wrote the NFL passing records

    12 Peyton Manning Peyton's place secure in NFL annals

    13 Anthony Munoz Munoz set standard on the O-line

    14 Brett Favre Favre made Green Bay important again

    15 Bruce Smith Smith sacked his way to the top

    16 Deion Sanders Deion played his way into 'Prime Time'

    17 Mike Singletary Singletary renowned for intimidating presence

    18 Ray Lewis The ultimate defender — Ray Lewis

    19 Marshall Faulk Faulk brought double threat to new level

    20 Troy Aikman Aikman rescued 'America's Team'

    21 LaDainian Tomlinson Tomlinson still climbing list of NFL greats

    22 Rod Woodson Woodson set new standard in backfield

    23 Terry Bradshaw Playoff success carried Bradshaw into Hall

    24 Steve Young After wait, Young made lasting run into NFL history

    25 Eric Dickerson Dickerson blazed early path to NFL immortality


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    About this series: A panel of 10 NFL reporters and editors at USA TODAY cast votes in this project. Points were assigned (25 points for the player voted No. 1, 24 points for No. 2, etc.), and the cumulative points determined the rankings.

    • The list covers the past 25 seasons. Instructions to panelists stated that if a player competed in any one of those seasons, then the player's entire career could be considered for the rankings.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-top-25-series.htm
     
  2. Nice Rollin

    Nice Rollin Contributing Member

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    top 2 are 49ers!!!

    lets go niners!
     
  3. ima_drummer2k

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    Um....hello? Earl Campbell???

    He played until 85 and made the Pro Bowl in 83. But I guess he's not as good as Deion Sanders or Steve Young. :rolleyes:
     
  4. codell

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    Not saying it is fair, but Young and Sanders have rings and longevity on their side.
     
  5. Nice Rollin

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    steve young can stay...
     
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    The Real Shady Contributing Member

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    1. Vince Young returns to hometown and punks team that passed him up.
     
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    1. John Elway
     
  8. Nice Rollin

    Nice Rollin Contributing Member

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    not to mention young is a superbowl mvp and all time leader is passer rating. also led the league in passing 7 years. im suprised he's not higher on the list. you can bring down rod woodson if u ask me
     
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    So by their criteria Earl didn't qualify, because of the "25 year rule?"

    (insert roll-eyes somewhere)
     
  10. macalu

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    Ray Lewis? i know he was great, but top 25 great? i don't have his numbers. that just surprises me.
     
  11. ima_drummer2k

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    You're probably right. I tend to fall into that trap of underrating Young because of Joe Montana. Woodson was good, but probably not top 25. And they put Deion Sanders ahead of Mike Singletary???

    I don't see how you can't put Earl in there. He carried those Oiler teams with almost no help at all. A lot of guys on that list had a lot more help than Earl ever did.

    The rules say that if the player played in any of the last 25 years, his whole career should be taken into consideration. That means from 1982 on. Earl played until 1985. He even made the Pro Bowl in 1983.
     
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  12. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    What about Terry Bradshaw??
     
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    ya. i dont agree with deion so much. He was a shut down CB and a great return man. he won everywhere he went...but he's nowhere near the top 25 players of all time. maybe top 50...
     
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    1. vince young
     
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    Aikman and Bradshaw are the pretty questionable selections.
     
  16. tulexan

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    Clearly Terry Bradshaw qualified seeing that he played 1 game in 1983 in which he threw 8 passes. I'm surprised he didn't make the pro bowl that year.
     
  17. DoitDickau

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    they forgot al del greco. greatest player in league history
     
  18. SwoLy-D

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    Can't believe MOON ain't in there. :mad:
     
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    Solid list-remarkable the '49er's had two prolific- brilliant QB's
     
  20. ryan17wagner

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    He's arguably the GREATEST CB of all-time. Heck, teams just ignored him and didn't throw his way. Yeah, he's top 25 all the way. No one was more dangerous when the ball got in his hands.
     

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