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NFL Network Names Jerry Rice All-Time Best; Jim Brown No. 2

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NFL Network has been counting down the Top 100 players in NFL history over the past couple of months, creating plenty of water-cooler conversation about where players such as Tom Brady, John Elway and Joe Namath have placed.  Tonight, NFLN finally got down to who they chose as the Greatest Player in NFL History.

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The winner?  WR Jerry Rice.  Browns legend Jim Brown finished 2nd.

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That debate will likely rage on for days, but it is really hard to argue with Rice - owner of every receiving record imaginable, many that will likely never get broken.  Rice played 18 years - Brown retired after nine seasons - and Rice has a handful of Super Bowl rings to boot.  If Brown was going to finish second to any player, Jerry Rice is as good as it gets.

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One current player made the top 10, with Peyton Manning coming in 8th. The top 10 includes seven offensive players and three defensive players.

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The rest of the top 10? 

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1.  Jerry Rice - WR(SF)
2.  Jim Brown - RB(CLE)
3.  Lawrence Taylor - LB(NYG)
4.  Joe Montant - QB(SF)
5.  Walter Payton - RB(CHI)
6.  Johnny Unitas - QB(BAL)
7.  Reggie White - DE(PHI, GB)
8.  Peyton Manning - QB(IND)
9.  Don Hutson - WR(GB)
10.  Dick Butkus - LB(CHI)

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.