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Best NFL players to ever live

"Heroes are remembered, but legends never die." ~Babe Ruth. This list shows not only the great NFL players, but the top ten best to ever touch a football. These football legends will forever be some of the best football players to ever live.

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10. JJ Watt

10. JJ Watt

Defensive end for the Houston Texans. JJ Watt is a giant man, who demolishes anyone who comes his way. He is so strong and fast that no one can get by him. He is very athletic, he occasionally comes in on offense to catch a touchdown or run the ball. He is a true defense legend.

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1. Joe Montana

1. Joe Montana

Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He led his team to Superbowls, he set many records, and he was by far the smartest player on the field. After graduating from Notre Dame, Montana perused an amazing carrier as an outstanding passer. His team was not the best, but he made them so good because of his outstanding play.

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2. Tom Brady

2. Tom Brady

Quarterback for the New England Patriots. Brady has four Super Bowl wins and he has three MVP awards. He is not the most mobile passer, but his throwing ability's are superb. There is very few, if any, defenses that can stop Brady and his offence. He can pass to any of his receivers and no one can stop him.

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3. Lawrence Taylor

3. Lawrence Taylor

Defensive end for the New York Giants. Taylor was the beginning of an unstoppable defensive time period, being very fast and very strong. He rushed the quarterback with tremendous strength and speed. Taylor could even track down some of the fastest running backs or even wide receivers. He is also known for injuring Joe Theisman and ending his football career.

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4. Barry Sanders

4. Barry Sanders

Running Back for the Detroit Lions. Sanders was one of the quickest backs to ever play the game. He had a few juke moves that would shake off his defenders and let him run for hundreds of yards. He was also a powerful runner, trucking over people in between him and the enzone.

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5. Walter Payton

5. Walter Payton

Running back for the Chicago Bears. He was a very very powerful running back and led his team to a super bowl. When he played, many people called the Bears a one man team because Payton led his team to victory. No one on the field could stop his powerful running and quick moves.

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6. Jerry Rice

6. Jerry Rice

Wide Receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. He was an exceptional player, and he was also an underdog. Most people wrote him off as another second string football body, but he went down as one of the best receivers ever. He was Montana's top target to throw to, and he had many huge catches, even one catch to win the Super Bowl.

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7. Peyton Manning

7. Peyton Manning

Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning is a very smart pocket passer that flourished throughout his whole career. He was the quarterback for the winning team of Super Bowl 50, beating the Carolina Panthers. Manning could pass like no one else, and he will forever be one of the best.

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8. Bo Jackson

8. Bo Jackson

Running back for the Oakland Raiders. Bo Jackson is known for his power running. He could make very good moves, but he went right through his defenders without hesitation. he also played professional baseball, which shows how much of an athlete he is.

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9. Drew Brees

9. Drew Brees

Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Brees set records on the most passing yards in a season and he is the reason for his teams success. The New Orleans Saints are not the best team in the league, but he makes them great. He led them to a Super Bowl by his amazing passes and outstanding game awareness.