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Oct 21 2010
1 Brock Lesnar, defensive tackle, former WWE superstar, played one presason game with the Vikings and was cut. 36570
2 Bill Goldberg, 7404
3 Kurt Warner, Quarterback, [link] 6099
4 Jerry Rice, Wide receiver, [link], All time receiving leader 5916
5 Deion Sanders, Defensive Back/KR/PR, [link] 5822
6 Pat Tillman, Defensive back, [link] 4883
7 Jim Brown, Fullback, [link], Pro Football HOF 4697
8 Barry Sanders, Running back, [link], 1988 Heisman Trophy Winner, Pro Football HOF 4630
9 Joe Montana, Quarterback, (1979–1994), Pro Football HOF 4310
10 Eric Turner, Cornerback, [link] 3738
11 Herschel Walker, Running back, [link], 1982 Heisman Trophy Winner 3623
12 Dwight Clark, Wide receiver, (1979–1987) 3611
13 Bob Sapp, Guard [link] 3509
14 Glen Coffee, Running Back 3497
15 Tiki Barber, Running back, [link] 3303
16 Emmitt Smith, Running back, [link], All time NFL rushing leader, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP 3185
17 Lawrence Taylor, Linebacker [link], Pro Football HOF 3141
18 Bo Jackson, Running back, (1986–1990) 3085
19 Cris Carter, Wide receiver, (1987–2002) 3047
20 Floyd Little, Running back, (born 1942) 3039
21 Dan Marino, Quarterback, (1983–1999), Pro Football HOF 3020
22 John Elway, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 2922
23 Walter Payton (1954–1999) Running back, Pro Football HOF 2855
24 Jim Thorpe, Halfback, [link], Pro Football HOF 2767
25 Vince Lombardi, (Coach), Pro Football HOF 2752
26 Steve Young, Quarterback, [link], Super Bowl XXIX MVP, College Football HOF, Pro Football HOF 2709
27 Troy Aikman, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 2540
28 Clay Matthews, Linebacker (1978–1996) 2476
29 Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 2476
30 Roger Staubach, Quarterback, [link], 1963 Heisman Trophy Winner, Super Bowl VI MVP, Pro Football HOF 2420
31 Joe Theismann, Quarterback, [link] 2290
32 Joe Namath, Quarterback, Pro Football HOF, American Football League All-Time Team 2269
33 Drew Bledsoe, Quarterback, [link] 2159
34 Mike Ditka, Tight End [link], Pro Football HOF 1957
35 Eric Crouch, Quarterback 1877
36 Michael Irvin, Wide receiver, (1989–1999), Pro Football HOF 1858
37 George Blanda, Quarterback/Kicker, [link], Pro Football HOF, American Football League MVP in 1961, AFL All-Time Team 1857
38 Randall Cunningham, Quarterback, (1986–2002) 1763
39 Ryan Leaf, Quarterback, (1998–2001) 2nd pick of 1998 draft 1718
40 Phil Simms, Quarterback, [link], Super Bowl XXI MVP 1691
41 Doug Flutie, Quarterback 1686
42 Rod Woodson, Safety, [link] 1685
43 Archie Manning, Quarterback 1681
44 Steve Spurrier, Quarterback, [link], 1966 Heisman Trophy Winner 1681
45 Steve McNair, Quarterback (1995–2007, Murdered July 4, 2009 1656
46 Mike Singletary, Linebacker [link], Pro Football HOF 1641
47 Tony Dungy, Defensive Back 1592
48 Reggie White, Defensive Tackle/Defensive end, [link], Pro Football HOF 1574
49 William Perry ("the Refrigerator") 1531
50 Reggie Roby, Punter (1983–1998) 1516
51 Tedy Bruschi, Linebacker, (1996-2008) 1490
52 Warren Moon, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 1486
53 Harold "Red" Grange, Halfback, (1925–1934), Pro Football HOF 1484
54 Desmond Howard, Wide Receiver/KR, (199?-2003) 1479
55 Tom Landry Cornerback, (1950–1955), Pro Football HOF (*As a coach) 1472
56 Lyle Alzado (1949–1992), Defensive Line, [link] 1461
57 Boomer Esiason, Quarterback, [link] 1406
58 Jim Harbaugh, Quarterback, (1987–2000) 1403
59 Jim Kelly, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 1362
60 Marshall Faulk,Running back, 1994–2006 1359
61 Eric Dickerson, Running back, [link], Pro Football HOF, Single season rushing yards record holder. 1357
62 Edgerrin James, Running back, (1999-2009) Not officially retired 1350
63 Brian Bosworth, Linebacker [link] 1347
64 Alan Page, Defensive Tackle, Pro Football HOF 1329
65 Mike Golic, 1324
66 Dick Butkus, Linebacker [link], Pro Football HOF 1311
67 Johnny Unitas, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 1309
68 Rae Carruth, Wide Receiver, 1255
69 Jerome Bettis, Running back, [link] 1253
70 Sterling Sharpe, Wide Receiver [link] 1250
71 Michael Strahan, Defensive End, [link] 1238
72 Ronnie Lott, Safety, (1981–1994), Pro Football HOF 1221
73 Warren Sapp, Defensive tackle [link] 1212
74 Eddie George, Halfback, [link] 1212
75 Gale Sayers, Halfback/KR/PR, [link], Pro Football HOF 1205
76 Jim McMahon, Quarterback 1180
77 Howie Long Defensive Line, (1981–1993), Pro Football HOF 1177
78 Marcus Dupree, Running back, 1990–1991 1159
79 Earl Campbell, Running back, (1978–1985), Pro Football HOF 1145
80 Frank Gifford, Running back, (1952–1964) Pro Football HOF 1145
81 Kordell Stewart, Quarterback, [link] 1107
82 Craig James, Running back, 1081
83 Brian Pillman (1962–1997), Linebacker [link] 1069
84 Merril Hoge, Running Back 1056
85 Fran Tarkenton, Quarterback, [link], Pro Football HOF 1027
86 Shannon Sharpe, Tight End [link] 1007
87 Bart Starr, Quarterback, [link], Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II MVP, Pro Football HOF 1000
88 Robert Smith, Running back, [link] 996
89 Ty Detmer, Quarterback, [link], [link] 987
90 Rich Gannon, Quarterback [link] 980
91 Priest Holmes, Running Back 980
92 Ron Dayne, Running Back 959
93 Darren Drozdov, Defensive Tackle [link] 959
94 Bill Cowher, Defensive Back 951
95 Lynn Swann, Wide receiver, [link], Super Bowl X MVP, Pro Football HOF 948
96 Cris Collinsworth, Wide Receiver 944
97 Keyshawn Johnson, Wide Receiver, (1996-2006) 944
98 Ron Jaworski, Quarterback 943
99 Tim Couch, Quarterback, (1999–2003) 940
100 Marcus Allen, Running back, [link], College Football HOF, Pro Football HOF 932
101 Merlin Olsen, Defensive Line, Pro Football HOF 927
102 Sean Salisbury, Quarterback, [link] 926
103 Mike Tice, Tight End [link], (Coach) 921
104 Alex Karras, Linebacker 920
105 Bill Romanowski, Linebacker 919
106 Jake Plummer, Quarterback 900
107 Jim Plunkett, Quarterback, (1971–1986) 897
108 George Halas, Defensive end, (1920–1929), head coach/owner (1920–1983), Pro Football HOF 875
109 Bruce Matthews, Offensive Tackle, (1983–2002), Pro Football HOF 873
110 Matt Millen, Linebacker 867
111 Joe Greene, Defensive Line, (1969–1981), Pro Football HOF 826
112 Derrick Thomas, Linebacker [link], 2006 Pro Football HOF Finalist 811
113 Brian Piccolo (1943–1970), Running back, 805
114 Elvis Grbac, Quarterback, (1994–2001) 802
115 Danny White, Quarterback, [link] 788
116 Ray Nitschke, Linebacker Pro Football HOF 776
117 Bubba Smith, Defensive Line, [link] 775
118 Jeff Fisher 758
119 Jim Everett, Quarterback 752
120 John Riggins, Running back, Pro Football HOF 747
121 Andre Rison, Wide Receiver 742
122 Tony Dorsett, Running back, [link], Pro Football HOF 741
123 Bob Golic, 739
124 Doug Williams, Quarterback, [link], Super Bowl XXII MVP 713
125 Raghib Ismail, Wide receiver, (1993–2002) 712
126 Franco Harris, Running back, (1972–1984), Pro Football HOF 706
127 Anthony Norris 703
128 Fred Dryer 693
129 Buddy Ryan, [link] 693
130 Don Shula, Defensive back, [link], Pro Football HOF*As a coach 690
131 Jason Sehorn, Defensive back, [link] 689
132 Mark Schlereth, Offensive Lineman, [link] 685
133 Larry Csonka, Running back, (1968–1979), Pro Football HOF 684
134 Jack Kemp, Quarterback, (born 1936) American Football League MVPunter 1965 683
135 Tom Dempsey, Kicker, (1969–1979) 681
136 Kevin Greene, Defensive End/Linebacker [link] 673
137 Archie Griffin, Running back/Two-time Heisman Trophy winner, 655
138 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Defensive Line, (1974–1989) 652
139 Jack Lambert, Linebacker (1974–1984), Pro Football HOF 649
140 Darrell Green, Cornerback, (1983–2002) 647
141 Mark Gastineau, Defensive Line 647
142 Chuck Cecil, Defensive Back 634
143 Tommy Maddox, Quarterback, [link] 630
144 Danny Wuerffel, Quarterback, [link], 1996 Heisman Trophy Winner 620
145 John Lynch, Free Safety, [link] 618
146 Irving Fryar, Wide receiver, (1984–2000) 606
147 Thurman Thomas, Running back, [link], 2006 Pro Football HOF Finalist 586
148 Bernie Kosar, Quarterback 579
149 Paul Hornung, Running back, (1957–1966), Pro Football HOF 576
150 Rodney Harrison, Safety (1994–2008) 573
151 Bronko Nagurski, Fullback, Pro Football HOF 564
152 Michael Westbrook, Wide receiver, [link] 555
153 Heath Shuler, Quarterback 554
154 Christian Okoye 554
155 Billy Sims, Running back, [link] 546
156 Deacon Jones, Defensive Line, (1961–1974), Pro Football HOF 545
157 Tony Siragusa, Nose Tackle [link] 541
158 Bernie Casey, Wide Receiver 540
159 Pat Summerall, Kicker, [link] 536
160 Marty Schottenheimer, Linebacker [link] 528
161 Tim Brown, Wide receiver, [link] 525
162 Jack Tatum, Safety, [link] 524
163 Lamar Hunt, Pro Football HOF 522
164 Bruce B. Smith, Defensive end, [link], All time NFL sack leader 517
165 Mercury Morris, Running back, 516
166 Mel Blount, Defensive back, [link], Pro Football HOF 514
167 Steve Largent, Wide receiver, (1976–1989), Pro Football HOF 513
168 Herman Edwards, Cornerback 509
169 Rashaan Salaam, Running back, [link], 1994 Heisman Trophy Winner 490
170 Otto Graham, Quarterback, (1946–1955), Pro Football HOF 485
171 Bob Griese, Quarterback, (1967–1980), Pro Football HOF 483
172 Sammy Baugh, Quarterback/Punter [link], Pro Football HOF 480
173 Deuce McAllister, Running Back, (2001-2008) 475
174 Jack Ham, Linebacker (1971–1982), Pro Football HOF 474
175 Muhsin Muhammad, Wide Receiver, [link] 474
176 Dat Nguyen, Linebacker [link] 470
177 Zach Thomas, Linebacker, (1996-2008) 468
178 Mark Chmura, Tight End 468
179 Marv Levy, (Coach), (1978–1997), Pro Football HOF 467
180 Ed Marinaro 462
181 Todd Marinovich, Quarterback 461
182 Norm Bulaich, Running back, 461
183 Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver, [link] 458
184 Rodney Peete, Quarterback, (1989–2004) 457
185 Esera Tuaolo, Offensive Lineman, [link] 455
186 Randy White, Defensive Line, [link], Super Bowl XII MVP (with Harvey Martin), Pro Football HOF 454
187 Don Meredith 453
188 Cade McNown, Quarterback, (1999–2003) 453
189 John Randle, Defensive Line [link] 443
190 Dan Fouts, Quarterback, (1973–1987) Pro Football HOF 441
191 Chuck Bednarik, Linebacker/Center, [link], Pro Football HOF 440
192 Chuck Noll, Linebacker/Offensive Lineman, Pro Football HOF *As a coach 440
193 Dan Rooney, Pro Football HOF 438
194 Quincy Carter, Quarterback 434
195 Dan Devine 426
196 Don Hutson, Wide receiver, (1935–1945), Pro Football HOF 425
197 Ricky Watters, Running back, [link] 424

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