Who's Better, Who's Best in Football?: Setting the Record Straight on the Top 60 NFL Players of the Past 60 Years

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Who are the best quarterbacks in NFL history? How about running backs? Wide receivers? How can we objectively rate the performance of individual defensive players? And how can we make reasonable judgments about players at different positions and from different eras? Who is the greatest football player of all time? Jerry Rice? Lawrence Taylor? Jim Brown?

Such are the questions pondered by pro football writer Steve Silverman late at night (and during the day). As statistician ...

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Overview

Who are the best quarterbacks in NFL history? How about running backs? Wide receivers? How can we objectively rate the performance of individual defensive players? And how can we make reasonable judgments about players at different positions and from different eras? Who is the greatest football player of all time? Jerry Rice? Lawrence Taylor? Jim Brown?

Such are the questions pondered by pro football writer Steve Silverman late at night (and during the day). As statistician Elliott Kalb did with baseball, basketball, and golf, Silverman now takes the next step with Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football?. Taking the analytical methods he developed over his years as a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, he applies them to an evaluation of players going back to the earliest days of the NFL. The result is a fascinating ranking of the best of the gridiron, from legendary old-timers like Sammy Baugh to present-day superstars like Peyton Manning.

Throughout, Silverman discusses the many considerations that must be made when comparing modern players with players of past eras and players at different positions. Including biographical essays on those top 75 players and detailed statistics for their playing careers, Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football? is a must have for anyone who considers football to be more than just a game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396883
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 827,781
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the NFL in print and on radio and television since 1981. Silverman was a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly from 1986 through 1996, and his writing was recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America on three different occasions. Since then he has written about the NFL and college football for Playboy, ESPN The Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, NFL.com, Football Digest, and American Football Monthly. Silverman has also been a fixture as a football analyst on Chicago sports radio since 1992.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

The Pioneers: The Best 20 NFL Players from 1920 to 1959 xvi

1 Joe Montana 1

2 Jim Brown 8

3 Jerry Rice 12

4 Dick Butkus 17

5 Lawrence Taylor 21

6 Walter Payton 25

7 Johnny Unitas 29

8 Deacon Jones 33

9 Peyton Manning 37

10 Reggie White 42

11 Barry Sanders 47

12 Tom Brady 52

13 Ronnie Lott 57

14 Bob Lilly 61

15 Anthony Munoz 65

16 Joe Greene 69

17 John Elway 73

18 Earl Campbell 77

19 Gale Sayers 81

20 Dan Marino 85

21 John Hannah 90

22 LaDainian Tomlinson 94

23 Otto Graham 99

24 Mel Blount 103

25 Jim Parker 106

26 Deion Sanders 110

27 Bruce Smith 114

28 Ken Houston 119

29 Forrest Gregg 123

30 Merlin Olsen 127

31 Kellen Winslow 131

32 Willie Davis 135

33 Randy Moss 138

34 Emmitt Smith 143

35 Marshall Faulk 148

36 Darrell Green 152

37 Ray Lewis 156

38 Junior Seau 160

39 Roger Staubach 163

40 O.J. Simpson 167

41 Eric Dickerson 171

42 Thurman Thomas 175

43 Chuck Bednarik 178

44 Bart Starr 182

45 Gene Upshaw 187

46 Jack Lambert 190

47 Fran Tarkenton 193

48 Rod Woodson 197

49 Mike Ditka and John Mackey 201

50 Brett Favre 204

51 Dick "Night Train" Lane 207

52 Dwight Stephenson 211

53 Tony Dorsett 214

54 Lance Alworth 218

55 Jonathan Ogden 222

56 Terrell Owens 226

57 Marcus Allen 229

58 Ted Hendricks 233

59 Cris Carter 237

60 Steve Young 241

Positional Rankings 246

Just Missed 248

Acknowledgments 251

Index 254

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    TO:poor football people

    Yea! i agree!
    You cant rate football players!
    Who has that dumb job?

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    Posted December 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Poor football people

    I dont know how they could rate football players cause they all play wht dont we rate presadents see wich ones are better than anther but we dont so thats why i dont like this book because it compares people its is so mean to rate people cause ther diffrent from you or better than you so please dqqont rate people so rhink befor you rate people cause the football players could get aafended by what people say about them so thank you for reading this paragraph thing why i dont like this book agine who rates people better and the bad.


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