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The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players

Players Ranking #21-30 among All-Time Greats Unveiled This Thursday at 9:00 PM ET Exclusively on NFL Network


The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players Reaches Top 20

Players Ranking #21-30 among All-Time Greats Unveiled This Thursday at 9:00 PM ET Exclusively on NFL Network. Top 20 Countdown Begins Thursday, October 28 at 9:00 PM ET. Special Recap Roundtable with NFL Films President Steve Sabol & Blue Ribbon Panelists Airs Immediately Following Final Episode Thursday, November 4. Complete List of Players Ranked #31-100 on

After seven weeks, 70 players have been revealed on NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players including Hall of Famers Joe Namath, Roger Staubach and Jim Thorpe, as well as current players Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez and LaDainian Tomlinson.

With three episodes left, the NFL's top 30 will be named on NFL Network:

·         Thursday, October 21 at 9:00 PM ET (#21-30)

·         Thursday, October 28 at 9:00 PM ET (#11-20)

·         Thursday, November 4 at 9:00 PM ET (#1-10)

Immediately following the series finale of The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, NFL Films President Steve Sabol hosts a one-hour special roundtable Thursday, November 4 at 10:00 PM ET featuring blue ribbon panelists Michael Lombardi (NFL Network analyst, former NFL front office executive), Ernie Accorsi (former Giants GM), Peter King (NBC analyst, Sports Illustrated senior writer) and Jarrett Bell (USA Today pro football writer) to dissect and analyze the entire countdown.

Among the 10 players to be named this Thursday are three quarterbacks, including the youngest quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP honors, the last two of the Cowboys' eight players on the list and a defensive icon who was as widely regarded for his work on the small screen as his accolades on the gridiron.

Tomorrow's episode also features New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez who serve as presenters for two of the three quarterbacks unveiled. To preview the segment featuring Jeter, please visit:

Produced by NFL Films, The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, in 10 one-hour episodes, reveals the greatest players of all-time, counting down from 100 to 1. The player rankings were determined by a blue-ribbon panel of football minds including current and former NFL coaches, players and front office personnel, as well as noted NFL media members, Hall of Fame voters and league historians.

More than 250 players from the modern and pre-modern era, including current NFL players, were under consideration by the blue-ribbon panel for selection. The Top 100 will answer for the first time the question of who makes the list and where they rank.

The Top 100 members not only contributed to the lasting legacy of the game, but have also shaped the lives of football fans from a variety of backgrounds, age groups and eras through memories and 'remember when' moments. It is these unique and personal recollections that set this series apart as notable individuals from the world of sports and entertainment serve as 'presenters' for each featured player.

Below are the player rankings (and presenters) which have been revealed to date. For an updated list each week and to see where the fans ranked each player, visit

Player                                     Presenter

100.     Joe Namath                            Spike Lee

99.       Michael Strahan                      Jon Runyan

98.       Lee Roy Selmon                     Ron Wolf

97.       Derrick Brooks                        Jon Gruden

96.       Mel Hein                                  Steve Hirdt

95.       Larry Allen                               John Randle

94.       Lenny Moore                           Bobby Mitchell

93.       Sam Huff                                Sonny Jurgensen

92.       Michael Irvin                           Troy Aikman

91.       Fran Tarkenton                       Sen. Amy Klobuchar

90.       Kurt Warner                            Nick Bakay

89.       Ernie Nevers                           Steve Hirdt

88.       Ed Reed                                  Hines Ward

87.       Crazylegs Hirsch                    Michael MacCambridge

86.       Willie Davis                             Bobby Mitchell

85.       Marcus Allen                           Matt Millen

84.       Joe Schmidt                            Jerry Glanville

83.       Norm Van Brocklin                 Sonny Jurgensen

82.       Ted Hendricks                        Howie Long

81.       Steve Young                           Mike Holmgren

80.       Troy Aikman                           Drew Brees

79.       Emlen Tunnell                         Michael MacCambridge

78.       Bruce Matthews                      Warren Moon

77.       Tony Dorsett                           Roger Staubach

76.       Art Shell                                  Ron Wolf

75.       Darrell Green                          Carl Lewis

74.       Marion Motley                         Mike Brown

73.       Ozzie Newsome                     Bob Trumpy

72.       Jonathan Ogden                     Michael Strahan

71.       Paul Warfield                          Mercury Morris

70.       Marshall Faulk                        Kurt Warner

69.       Bobby Bell                               Michael MacCambridge

68.       Mike Webster                          Joe Greene

67.       Kellen Winslow                        Joe Gibbs

66.       Willie Brown                            Mercury Morris

65.       Randy Moss                            Brian Billick

64.       Herb Adderly                           Mel Renfro

63.       Jim Otto                                  Bill Bergey

62.       Randy White                           Mark May

61.       LaDainian Tomlinson              Reggie Bush

60.       Jack Ham                               Dennis Miller

59.       Mike Ditka                               Roger Staubach

58.       Steve Van Buren                    Ray Didinger

57.       Mike Singletary                       Joe Theismann

56.       Gene Upshaw                         Phil Villapiano

55.       Earl Campbell                         Jerome Bettis

54.       Forrest Gregg                         Deacon Jones

53.       Willie Lanier                             Floyd Little

52.       Eric Dickerson                        Marcus Allen

51.       Bart Starr                                Bill Curry

50.       Terry Bradshaw                      Dennis Miller

49.       Mike Haynes                           Matt Millen

48.       Red Grange                            Steve Hirdt

47.       Ray Nitschke                          Jerry Kramer

46.       Roger Staubach                      Chuck Klosterman

45.       Tony Gonzalez                        Trent Green

44.       Mel Blount                               Bob Trumpy

43.       Alan Page                               Steve Rushin

42.       John Mackey                          Ernie Accorsi

41.       Rod Woodson                         Boomer Esiason

40.       OJ Simpson                            Chuck Klosterman

39.       Gino Marchetti                        Ernie Accorsi

38.       Lance Alworth                         Jerry Jones

37.       Jim Thorpe                              Sally Jenkins

36.       Raymond Berry                      Frank Deford

35.       Chuck Bednarik                      Ray Didinger

34.       Deion Sanders                        Michael Irvin

33.       Sid Luckman                           Marv Levy

32.       Jim Parker                              Raymond Berry

31.       Bruce Smith                            Luke Russert

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