'Best Ever' NFL Team - Where Tom Brady and Others Rank

Andy Hart
August 22, 2019 - 6:22 am

As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, it only makes timely sense to look back at the last century of players that have come through the league.

Certainly no one in Boston would argue against Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T. – Greatest of All Time – at the quarterback position.

But when ESPN released its team of NFL talent it determined to be the “greatest ever at each position,” Brady was actually one of four members from New England.

Beyond Brady getting the nod over his boyhood hero Joe Montana and others at quarterback, the Patriots also placed guard John Hannah, kicker Adam Vinatieri and head coach Bill Belichick on the list.

In picking Brady, ESPN writes, “This is, unsurprisingly, the most difficult position to pick just one player. But Brady is a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and a six-time Super Bowl winner on teams that will feature far fewer Hall of Famers than those of many of the other marquee quarterbacks.”

A couple other guys who spent portions of their Hall of Fame careers with the Patriots – cornerback Mike Haynes and wide receiver Randy Moss – didn’t make the final cut, but were noted as possible arguments at their respective positions.

Brady and Vinatieri were the only active players to be named to the team. Other active players who were mentioned in the "start the argument with" section included J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald.

The rest of the list had few surprises. Jerry Rice was one of the wide receivers selected, alongside Don Huston of the 1930s and 40s Packers teams, while Jim Brown and Walter Payton were the running backs.

On defense, Reggie White and Deacon Jones were selected as defensive ends, while "Mean" Joe Greene and Merlin Olsen rounded out the interior line.

The defense also featured Lawrence Taylor at linebacker, as well as Dick Butkus, and had a secondary consisting of Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson.