Great Football Players

Great Offensive Football Players

Joe Namath
Quarterback Joe Namath was
inducted into the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1985.

In football, there's no substitute for great offensive players who can tear apart a defense. Players like Red Grange and Clarke Hinkle did just that. These pioneers blazed the trail in the 1920s and '30s by driving their respective offensive attacks with precision and a passion for the game.

A few decades later, it was the famous footwork of Hugh McElhenny and rushing sensation Steve Van Buren that led football to become America’s favorite sport (the smash-and-tackle game surpassed baseball as America's favorite for the first time in 1972).

To learn more about these offensive football greats, check out the links below. You'll find all of the legendary players who helped define their respective positions, from wide receiver Lance Alworth to quarterback Joe Montana to tight end Kellen Winslow.

Lance Alworth Sammy Baugh Chuck Bednarik Raymond Berry
Terry Bradshaw Jim Brown Roosevelt Brown Earl Campbell
Len DawsonEric DickersonMike DitkaTony Dorsett
Turk EdwardsTom FearsDan FoutsOtto Graham
Red GrangeForrest GreggJohn HannahFranco Harris
Mel HeinClarke HinkleElroy HirschCal Hubbard
Don HutsonSonny JurgensenSteve Largent Dante Lavelli
Sid LuckmanJohn MackeyDan MarinoDon Maynard
Hugh McElhennyJoe MontanaMarion MotleyAnthony Munoz
Bronko Nagurski Joe NamathErnie NeversLeo Nomellini
Jim ParkerWalter PaytonJerry RiceBarry Sanders
Gale Sayers O. J. SimpsonEmmitt SmithRoger Staubach
Jim TaylorJim ThorpeY. A. TittleJohnny Unitas
Gene UpshawNorm Van BrocklinSteve Van BurenDoak Walker
Paul WarfieldBob WaterfieldKellen WinslowRod Woodson

Continue on to the next page to find out about some of the greatest defensive players of all time.