Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Top 25 Football Players

of the last 25 years:

To commemorate USA TODAY's 25th anniversary, a panel of USA TODAY's NFL reporters and editors produced an anthology of the 25 best NFL players of the past 25 years.
Player Story
Joe Montana Montana's Super success raised the bar
Rice ran away from the field with grace
Walter Payton Payton did sweet work as rushing king
Lawrence Taylor The original L.T. brought QBs to their knees
Reggie White White administered rare level of play
John Elway Elway left NFL as a winner
Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith surpassed all runners
Ronnie Lott Lott made waves with hard-hitting style
Tom Brady Brady climbed fast to Super heights
Barry Sanders Sanders left them wanting more
Dan Marino Marino re-wrote the NFL passing records
Peyton Manning Peyton's place secure in NFL annals
Anthony Munoz Munoz set standard on the O-line
Brett Favre Favre made Green Bay important again
Bruce Smith Smith sacked his way to the top
Deion Sanders Deion played his way into 'Prime Time'
Mike Singletary Singletary renowned for intimidating presence
Ray Lewis The ultimate defender — Ray Lewis
Marshall Faulk Faulk brought double threat to new level
Rod Woodson Woodson set new standard in backfield
Steve Young After wait, Young made lasting run into NFL history
Eric Dickerson Dickerson blazed early path to NFL immortality