Who Are The Greatest NFL Players From 1997 Till Now?



Courtesy of MCTCampus

This is my all time from 1997-2013 with my knowledge of football.

Quarterback- Peyton Manning

I chose Peyton because he has dominated since he came into the league since ‘98. It’s not just his stats, its the way he plays and how humble he is is what help me chose him.

Running Back- Marshall Faulk

He is considered one of the greatest running backs of all time. Not only could he run the ball he could also catch the ball.

Fullback- Mike Alstott

He is is really only one of the only true fullbacks, he wasn’t a big rusher but he could get the few big yards you needed. He also could block.

Wide Receiver- Randy Moss, Torry Holt

Randy Moss had some of the best hands the NFL has ever seen setting single season touchdown record for a rookie and just a wide receiver. Torry Holt was as consistent as anyone could be at the wide receiver position posting several 90+ reception seasons and several 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

Tight End- Tony Gonzalez

Gonzales really paved the way when it came to using the tight end in the passing game before him no one really used tight ends for pass catching.

Left Tackle- Orlando Pace

Orlando could be one of the best offensive linemen of all time and also an “iron man” starting in 165 of 169 career games.

Left Guard- Larry Allen

Allen could also be considered in that race to, he is part of two all-decade teams and a Hall-Of-Famer.

Center- Dermontti Dawson

Dawson was also an iron man starting 181 of his 184 career games and he is also a Hall-Of-Famer as well.

Right Guard- Steve Hutchinson

Steve made his impact on teams throughout his career being very reliable and healthy starting all of his games in his career and also being a seven time pro bowler.

Right Tackle- Jonathan Ogden

Ogden Is a Ring-Of-Famer as well as a Hall-Of-Famer. He is also in the college football hall of fame.

Left Defensive End- Michael Strahan

Strahan was one of the most dominating defensive ends in recent years breaking the single season sack record with 22.5 and being the giants all time sack leader with 141.5 career sacks. He also is a great talk show host.

Defensive Tackle- Warren Sapp

Sapp can be considered one of the greatest defensive linemen of all time being a leader of arguable one of the best defenses of all time in the 2002-2003 season. He also has the second highest career sacks for a defensive tackle and and 35th for defensive linemen with 96.5 career sacks.

Defensive Tackle- John Randle

John Randle had a terrific career beign a seven time pro-bowler and a Hall-of-Famer. Ontop of that Randle is in the 100 sacks club with 137.5 making him seventh all-time.

Right Defensive End- Dwight Freeney

Freeney has had a stellar career winning AFC defensive player of the year in 2005. Freeney is also the colts all-time leader in sacks and he is 21st on the all-time sack list and he has made the transition from defensive end to linebacker fairly well.

Outside Linebacker- Derrick Brooks, Derrick Thomas

Derrick Brooks like Warren Sapp was part of the great defense, Brooks was a eleven time pro-bowler and AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. Derrick Thomas is considered to be one of the greatest linebackers of all time ranking twelfth in the all time sack list with 126.5 for his career tally and is a class of 2009 Hall-of-Famer.

Middle Linebacker-Ray Lewis

Lewis is a two-time super bowl champion and Super Bowl XXXV MVP. Lewis is also a thirteen time pro-bowler and he also has a record for most tackles in a single postseason with 51.

Cornerback- Champ Bailey, Ronde Barber

Champ Bailey is one of the only true shutdown corners, Bailey is a twelve time pro-bowler and has the career record for most interceptions in the pro bowl with four and is 26th on the all-time leading interceptions list(one from tying Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders). Ronde barber is a five time pro-bowler and was part of the defense with Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. Barber is also the Buccaneers career interception leader.

Free Safety – Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins had a good career being a nine time Pro-Bowler and on the NFL’s 2000s all decade team. Dawkins is also only one of nine Eagles players to have their number retired.

Strong Safety- John Lynch

John Lynch was a nine time pro-bowler and a part of the defense with Barber, Sapp and Brooks.

Coach-Jon Gruden

Gruden is one of the best coaches of all time not only because of his record which was 100-85  but because he took two football teams the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that were not considered very good and made them champions.