NFL is brutal; in fact, most would go as far as to say that it is not as much a contact sport as it is a collision sport. There are more than 1,600 players in the NFL, but only a handful have managed to hone their skills to the point where they have achieved incredible success.
Some players have dominated throughout their careers, lifting the Super Bowl, while others have missed out on the holy grail of football, but have achieved amazing success regardless. We’ve put together a list of some of the most successful NFL players of all time.
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WR Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
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Julio Jones is one of the few NFL players blessed with size and speed. At 6’3” and 100kg, Jones is a beast at wide out and has no problem running over anyone and anything that stands in his path.
Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, Jones wasted no time making his name known. In 2012, the wide receiver from Alabama won his first Pro Bowl title; he missed the 2013 Pro Bowl, but has taken part every year since 2014.
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In 2015 and 2018 Jones was the overall NFL receiving yards leader as well as the co-leader for receptions. In 2018, Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, accomplishing the feat in 104 games. His career average of 96.7 receiving yards per game is the highest in NFL history
QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
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Aaron Rodgers had some big shoes to fill following the retirement of the Packers’ greatest ever quarterback, Brett Favre. And fill those shoes he did.
Rodgers might have spent a lot of his early career in Favre’s shadow, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t learn a thing or two from the veteran, and when his time came, Rodgers stood up and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
In 2010, Rodgers led the Packers to the Super Bowl title, securing the Super Bowl MVP award in the process. In addition to that, he has won seven Pro Bowl titles and has twice been named the NFL MVP.
Rodgers is the NFL's all-time Career-Passer-Rating leader and is one of two quarterbacks to have a regular season Career-Passer-Rating of over 100, he also has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history, leading to many journalists and players calling him one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
DE J.J. Watt – Houston Texans
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J.J. Watt is big, not only in stature, but also on the field. The 6’5” 134kg defensive end has amassed more than 450 bone-crunching tackles, 92 sacks and even has even run in two touchdowns in his seven-year career.
In 2018, Watt was second only to Aaron Donald in the number of sacks for the season and led the number of forced fumbles for the entire league, earning him his fifth Pro Bowl title as well as his spot on the All-Pro team.
Despite a career plagued by injury, Watt never disappoints on the field. He has the ability to inspire passion and commitment from his teammates while simultaneously using his size to strike fear into the heart of his opponents.
WR Antonio Brown – Oakland Raiders
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Antonio Brown is no stranger to controversy off the field. From arguments with teammates to getting caught going over 100mph in a residential area, but all that aside, Antonio Brown is one of the greatest, and most successful wide receivers of all time.
In a career spanning almost nine years, AB has won everything there is to win except for the coveted Super Bowl title. With more than seven Pro Bowls, four First-Team All Pro seasons and almost 80 career touchdowns to his name. Few would be brave enough to deny Brown his place on this list.
In addition to an average of 12.5 yards per carry, Brown led the NFL in touchdowns in 2018 running the ball into the endzone 15 times.
QB Tom Brady – New England Patriots
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What does success in the NFL look like? Six Super Bowl titles is what it looks like, and that’s just for one player! Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, has more Super Bowl titles to his name than some teams have in their trophy cabinets.
To put it into perspective, the New England Patriots have won a total of six Super Bowl titles. That means Brady has lead his team to every single Super Bowl title in their history.
When Brady eventually decides to call time on his career, there is no doubt that he will immediately be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as not only one of the greatest players of all time, but also as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
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