The Best NFL Players of All Time


There are so many different ways to measure which player is ‘best’. You will find many different articles on the subject, all with a different 10 ten.

Today, we are looking at the NFL players who hold the most impressive NFL career records – including yards rushed, career wins, and most touchdowns scored.

Most touchdowns – Jerry Rice Sr

Jerry Rice Sr has a vast array of career and seasonal records. The one that we think is the most impressive is his ‘most touchdowns scored in career’ record.

Rice Sr scored a total of 208 touchdowns in his career. A stat that is yet to be matched or bested. Rice Sr has also scored more points than any other non-kicker in NFL history.

He also holds the records for most career receptions (1549) and most career yards received (22,895).

Rice is a 3-time Super Bowl winner and was named on the NFL 100th Anniversary Team.

Most points scored – Adam Vinatieri

Vinatieri holds a total of 5 NFL career records.

In our opinion, the most impressive is that he is the NFL’s all-time highest points scorer. Over his career, Vinatieri scored 2673 points.

Vinatieri made 715 attempts at kicking goals (an NFL record) and scored 599 of them (also an NFL record). He also holds the record for the most season and postseason games played (397). He also scored 44 consecutive field goals (another NFL record).

Vinatieri is a 4-time Super Bowl champion and was also named on the NFL 100th Anniversary Team. He is a 6-time AFC champion too.

Most Rush Yards – Emmitt Smith

Smith is a 3-time Super Bowl champion who was named in the 100th NFL Anni team. He has 3 NFL career records to his name and many more seasonal records.

Smith is most famous for holding the all-time yards rushing record. Smith made a total of 18,355 rushing yards throughout his career. He also holds the record for most career rushing touchdowns (164). Smith has the record for most career rushing attempts as well (4,409).

It’s hard to believe that recruiting expert Max Emfinger once said this about Smith, “Emmitt Smith is a lugger, not a runner. He’s not fast. He can’t get around the corner. When he falls flat on his face, remember where you heard it first.”

Most Tackles made – Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis is a 2-time Super Bowl champion and was once a Super Bowl MVP (one of the rare times the award did not go to a Quarterback). He was also named in the NFL’s 100th Anniversary team. He spent his whole career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Ray Lewis holds 2 career records – most solo tackles and most combined tackles. Throughout his career, he made 1,568 solo tackles and 2059 combined tackles. He also holds the record for most solo tackles in one season – 156.

The highest percentage of Pro-Bowl invites – Jim Brown

Jim Brown was named in the 50th, 75th, and 100th NFL Anniversary teams. Brown is the only player in NFL history to be invited to the Pro-Bowl in every single season that he played.  Not only was Brown one of the best in his own time, but there are not many who have come close to him since.

Brown is also the only player in NFL history to average over 100 rushing yards per game. Over the course of his career, Brown played 118 games, and his career average is 104.3 yards.

Most Career wins, most Super Bowl Championships, and many more records  – Tom Brady 

Tom Brady is a 7-time Super Bowl winner, 5-time Super Bowl MVP, 3-time NFL MVP, and was named in the NFL’s 100th Anniversary team.

Yes, Brady has won more Super Bowl championships than any other player in NFL history but he also has a number of career records to his name (despite not having retired yet).

Brady holds the record for most career wins (230 – 78% wins), but notably not the record for most career games. He also holds the record longest touchdown pass (99 yards). He holds the record for most pass attempts (10,598) and most touchdown passes (581).

Think Brady is going to break another record next season? Be on it at

Faheem Haydar
Faheem Haydar
Faheem is the lead editor for The Tiger News. Faheem Haydar is a serial entrepreneur, investor, author, and digital marketing expert who has founded multiple successful businesses in the fields of digital marketing, software development, e-commerce, content marketing, and more.


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