On Wednesday, USA Today published an article in which they named the 100 greatest players in the history of the NFL. They had 19 current and former USA Today sports reporters come up with 60 players ranked in order, and all the lists were put together in order to create a top 100.

Here are some of the biggest snubs from that list. As mentioned by USA Today, the reporters came up with 170 names altogether, so many players below were most likely brought up by at least one of the reporters.



  • George Blanda

Not just a quarterback, Blanda also handled the placekicking duties.

His 340 games played are the fifth-most all-time.

  • Dan Fouts

Spending his entire 15-year career with the Chargers, Fouts was named to six Pro Bowls and led the NFL in passing yards four times.

  • Jim Kelly

Kelly helped guide the Bills to four straight Super Bowls and finished his career with a 101-59 record as the starting quarterback.

  • Warren Moon

Starting his career as a CFL legend, Moon threw for nearly 50,000 yards and threw 291 touchdown passes in his NFL tenure.

  • Y.A. Tittle

In 17 seasons, Tittle was named to seven Pro Bowls and was named a First Team All-Pro three times.

Running back

  • Marcus Allen

For his career, Allen ranks 14th all-time in rushing yards (12,243) and third in rushing touchdowns (123).

Still a productive player at the age of 36, Gore’s 15,136 career rushing yards place him just 134 away from surpassing Barry Sanders for the third-most in league history.

  • Curtis Martin

Martin places fifth all-time with his 14,101 rushing yards, and he ran for at least 1,094 yards in each of his first 10 seasons.

  • Thurman Thomas

Also, a member of the Bills’ teams that made four straight Super Bowls, Thomas rushed for over 1,000 yards in every season from 1989-1996.

Wide receiver

  • Tim Brown

Brown currently sits seventh in both career receptions (1,094) and receiving yards (14,934) and is tied for ninth all-time with 100 touchdown catches.

  • Cris Carter

Carter’s 130 touchdown receptions are the fourth-most in league history, 65 of which came in five years from 1995-1999.

  • Calvin Johnson

While he played just nine seasons before abruptly retiring, Johnson was always seen as one of the best at his position.

His 1,964 receiving yards in 2012 are the most-ever in a single season.

  • Steve Largent

When he played, offenses weren’t as pass-happy as they are now, but Largent still had seven seasons with 1,000+ yards receiving and found the end zone 100 times via catches.

  • Don Maynard

Maynard was a member of the Jets’ Super Bowl III-winning team and recorded five seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards.

Tight end

  • Mike Ditka

The first tight end ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, Ditka was a Pro Bowler in each of his first five seasons and was named a First Team All-Pro twice.

  • Ozzie Newsome

Probably the best pass-catching tight end of his era, Newsome twice went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark.

  • Shannon Sharpe

Sharpe won three Super Bowls (two with the Broncos, one with the Ravens) and compiled over 10,000 receiving yards in his career.

Offensive line

  • Willie Roaf

Spending the majority of his career at left tackle, Roaf was named to 11 Pro Bowls as well as being named a First-Team All-Pro four times in his 13 seasons.

  • Will Shields

In each of his last 12 seasons, Shields was honored with a Pro Bowl nod while manning right guard for the Chiefs.

  • Jackie Slater

Slater started 211 games (all with the Rams) mostly at right tackle and earned six straight Pro Bowl appearances from the 1985-1990 seasons.

  • Joe Thomas

Don’t blame Thomas as a cause behind being on some terrible Browns teams as the left tackle made the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons.


Defensive line

  • Richard Dent

Dent was a major part of some dominant defenses for the Bears, and his 137.5 career sacks place him tied for ninth-most in league history.

  • Chris Doleman

Coming in at fifth on the all-time sacks list with 150.5, Doleman had eight seasons of double-digit sacks, including a career-best of 21 in 1989.

  • Kevin Greene

Greene finished two seasons as the league-leader in sacks and finished with 160 in his career (third-most all-time).

  • Cortez Kennedy

In his 11 seasons, Kennedy was named to eight Pro Bowls while sacking the quarterback 58 times as a defensive tackle.

  • Julius Peppers

A lengthy 17-year career saw Peppers sack the quarterback 159.5 times (fourth-most all-time) and accumulate ten seasons of at least 10.5 sacks.

  • John Randle

One of the more-feared pass rushers of any generation, Randle was named a First Team All-Pro for six straight seasons spanning from 1993-1998.

  • Warren Sapp

Equally talented at both rushing the passer and stopping a run game, Sapp won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1999.

  • DeMarcus Ware

Ware was quite a handful for opposing offensive linemen and had a five-season stretch from 2007-2011 in which he recorded 80 sacks.

  • Jack Youngblood

Unfortunately, sacks weren’t an official stat until Youngblood’s third-to-last season, but a New York Times article from 2006 mentions that he unofficially tallied 151.5 in his career.

  • Jason Taylor

The 2006 Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor rushed the passer as very few others have and ended his remarkable career with a robust 139.5 sacks.

  • Buck Buchanan

In a 13-year career all spent with the Chiefs, Buchanan made eight straight Pro Bowls from 1964-1971 and was named a First-Team All-Pro each season from 1966-1969.


  • Derrick Brooks

The 2002 Defensive Player of the Year, Brooks’ decorates career spent entirely with the Buccaneers included 11 Pro Bowls, five First Team All-Pro nods, and a Super Bowl ring.

  • Brian Urlacher

Playing all 13 of his seasons with the Bears, Urlacher had nine seasons of at least 100 tackles and was the 2005 Defensive Player of the Year.


  • Champ Bailey

Bailey was known as a shutdown corner throughout his career as he intercepted 52 passes and made 12 Pro Bowls in his 15 seasons.

  • Brian Dawkins

A hard-hitting, ball-hawking safety, Dawkins picked off at least one pass in each of his first 15 seasons.

  • Mel Renfro

Renfro was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first ten seasons in the league and finished his career having intercepted 52 passes.

  • Aeneas Williams

In 14 seasons, Williams intercepted 55 passes and returned nine of them for scores.

  • Darrelle Revis

Known for blanketing the opposition’s top receiver, Revis is credited for 139 passes defended in his 11-year career and was named to eight Pro Bowls.

  • Paul Krause

Look at the all-time interceptions list, and at the top is Krause’s name with 81 in his career.