Silverman knows he's basically throwing names on the table to start the arguments about who he left out (Terry Bradshaw) who he overrated (Deion Sanders) and who shouldn't even be here (Terrell Owens), so have fun rewriting the list to make it your own.
With only 60 slots covering the 60 years since World War II that Silverman calls the "Modern Era" in the NFL, there are of course going to be very good, even great players left just off the list, and Silverman includes a chapter listing those who just missed the cut. I'd have included Bradshaw and his four Super Bowl wins and left Brett Favre on the just-missed list, and promoted Don Hudson or Steve Largent over T. EgO.
But Silverman also includes stats defending some of his more surprising choices--Eric Dickerson is tied for the most seasons with 2,000 combined yards from scrimmage, Night Train Lane is fourth in all time interceptions, and Steve Young is the NFL career leader in passer ratings. So make your argument for your favorite players (Darrell Green has to be higher among DBs than Neon, doesn't he?) but make it strong or Silverman will sack you.
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A veteran football writer ranks the top 75 players in NFL history.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 withWho’s Better, Who’s Best in Football?. Taking the analytical methods he developed over his years as a senior editor atPro 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.