NFL: The Best Offensive Players I've Seen by Position

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NFL: The Best Offensive Players I've Seen by Position
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A friend of mine recently navigated through the pages of Bleacher Report and noticed how many slide shows focus on the greatest players of a given franchise, position or whatever the flavor of the day is.

He wasn't shocked by the ideas behind the slideshows, but rather the athletes who popped up on some of the lists.

Most notably, he pointed out how often someone in their teens, 20's or 30's talks about a player from the turn of the century as if they are familiar with the athlete. He suggested some of the people on here start stop talking about the Ed Delhanty's of the world and start creating lists that focus on current players.

It certainly adds credibility to the piece and the last time I checked, credibility is the most important thing you can have on your side.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect.

News broke Monday morning that Terrell Owens recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. Immediately following the report everyone began to wonder if his career was over and if he was worthy of being in the Hall of Fame.

Instead of wondering where T.O. fit into the pantheon of the greatest receivers, I wondered how he stacked up against the best receivers I saw and if he would be on a roster that included the best players I ever watched.

To give some background information about myself, I was born in 1982 and my first memories of football came around 1988 thanks to the Fog Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.

With a limited window, players like Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown can't be on the list because I obviously wasn't alive to see them play.

Players like Anthony Munoz, and Joe Montana were still playing, but I never witnessed the greatness of their entire career and what I witnessed does not do them justice.

Note: on the offensive line, I put players where they either played most of their career or made the biggest impact when they played.

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