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Top 25 Football Players

So, the CFL is in full swing and the NFL is fast on its heels.

I appreciate both leagues, but as a kid growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, I was big on the NFL. When I chose what sports teams I cheered back in the early ’90s, I purposely picked the decent teams (at the time) that weren’t hugely popular. Ergo, I cheered for the Cincinnati Reds in baseball, the Chicago Blackhawks in hockey and the New Orleans Saints in football. My second team in the NFL was the Kansas City Chiefs.

I was never a fan of soccer. It’s not that I loathed it, it was more like I grew up in a household that didn’t acknowledge it. When it came to summer, baseball was the sport of choice. It seemed to take precedence in my formative years because well, the Blue Jays were World Series champions.

But when it came to the fall, and the days when the Buffalo Bills actually fielded a winning team, NFL was the it thing. That and my dad was (and still is) a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Without further ado, here are my Top 25 NFL football players

25. BB-Top-25-NFL-25 Player: Boomer Esiason, QB
Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals
Years Active: 1984-1997
24. BB-Top-25-NFL-24 Player: Walter Payton, RB
Teams: Chicago Bears
Years Active: 1975-1987
23. BB-Top-25-NFL-23 Player: Eric Dickerson, RB
Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons
Years Active: 1983-1993
22. BB-Top-25-NFL-22 Player: Morten Andersen, K
Teams: New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings
Years Active: 1982-2007
21. BB-Top-25-NFL-21 Player: Lawrence Taylor, LB
Teams: New York Giants
Years Active: 1981-1993
20. BB-Top-25-NFL-20 Player: Ronnie Lott, S
Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs
Years Active: 1981-1995
19. BB-Top-25-NFL-19 Player: Warren Moon, QB
Teams: Edmonton Eskimos (CFL), Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs
Years Active: 1978-2000
18. BB-Top-25-NFL-18 Player: William “The Refrigerator” Perry, DT
Teams: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and London Monarchs (WLAF)
Years Active: 1985-1996
17. BB-Top-25-NFL-17 Player: Brian Bosworth, LB
Teams: Seattle Seahawks
Years Active: 1987-1989
16. BB-Top-25-NFL-16 Player: Rod Woodson, CB/S
Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens
Years Active:
15. BB-Top-25-NFL-15 Player: Reggie White, DE
Teams: Memphis Showboats (USFL), Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers
Years Active: 1984-2000
14. BB-Top-25-NFL-14 Player: Deron Cherry, S
Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
Years Active: 1981-1991
13. BB-Top-25-NFL-13 Player: Bobby Hebert, QB
Teams: Michigan Panthers (USFL), Oakland Invaders (USFL), New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons
Years Active: 1983-1996
12. BB-Top-25-NFL-12 Player: Deuce McAllister, RB
Teams: New Orleans Saints
Years Active: 2001-2009
11. BB-Top-25-NFL-11 Player: Marques Colston, WR
Teams: New Orleans Saints
Years Active: 2006-Present
10. BB-Top-25-NFL-10 Player: Tony Gonzalez, TE
Teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons
Years Active: 1997-2013
9. BB-Top-25-NFL-09 Player: Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, RB
Teams: New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts
Years Active: 1988-1998
8. BB-Top-25-NFL-08 Player: Dan Marino, QB
Teams: Miami Dolphins
Years Active: 1983-1999
7. BB-Top-25-NFL-07 Player: Warren Sapp, DE
Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders
Years Active: 1995-2007
6. BB-Top-25-NFL-06 Player: Derrick Thomas, LB/DE
Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
Years Active: 1989-1999
5. BB-Top-25-NFL-05 Player: Steve Largent, WR
Teams: Seattle Seahawks
Years Active: 1976-1989
4. BB-Top-25-NFL-04 Player: Michael Irvin, WR
Teams: Dallas Cowboys
Years Active: 1988-1999
3. BB-Top-25-NFL-03 Player: Rueben Mayes, RB
Teams: New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks
Years Active: 1986-1993
2. BB-Top-25-NFL-02 Player: Drew Brees, QB
Teams: San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints
Years Active: 2001-Present
1. BB-Top-25-NFL-01 Player: Eric Martin, WR
Teams: New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs
Years Active: 1985-1994

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