Rank 'Em: NFL Any Era players

January 27, 2012

Which NFL players would have success in any era?

ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine sought a list of the 20 current players who 20 Hall of Famers (and one Hall of Fame writer) believe exhibit a timeless approach to the game. Which players would Mike Ditka want lining up next to or across from him? Which running backs does Jim Brown think are tougher than tough? Check out the panel's Top 20 vote-getters below and click on the photos to rank them!

NFL Any Era players

Jared Allen

Jared Allen

"The mentality and relentlessness that he approaches the game with is second to none." - Mike Singletary

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

"He makes you good. And he makes good players great." - Mike Ditka

Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney

"He gets to the quarterback like Lawrence Taylor did and he does it from the outside." - John Randle

James Harrison

James Harrison

"He plays the game the way it should be played, and that's physically." - Jerry Rice

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

"For years when offenses set up, the first thing they say is, "Find out where Ray Lewis is." - John Randle

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

"He gives you the throwback to when you didn't need coaches telling you what plays to call in your ear all the time." - James Lofton

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

"He delivers the blow as opposed to taking the blows as an offensive player." - Warren Moon

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

"He could be a great running back. He could play wide receiver. He could play corner. He could play safety." - James Lofton

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

"The quarterback looks out there and goes, "Well, my No. 1 is down. Let's look to my No. 2." - John Randle

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

"You look at Rice run, and he is the combination of Tony Dorsett and guys like him from that era." - Rayfield Wright

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

"Aaron Rodgers is the epitome of tough, mentally and physically." - Mike Ditka

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

"He's like something from a movie, or like those Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons: He gets smashed and bam -- he comes right back." - John Randle

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

"I love Ndamukong Suh. I would take him and mold him and create a Frankenstein monster." - Jim Brown

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

"He might not be the greatest quarterback, but he could play at any position you want him to play at." - Floyd Little

Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher

"I think he would have been playing outside linebacker with Dick Butkus, no question." - Mike Ditka

DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware

"He exemplifies how I feel about the great defensive ends and all they have to face." - Darrell Green

Hines Ward

Hines Ward

"Is there another receiver in the past 12 years who has a tougher reputation than Hines?" - Lynn Swann

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

"When he gets to the ball, there's going to be trouble. That's Patrick Willis." - James Lofton

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu

"Troy Polamalu sticks his nose in there and knocks himself cold to make a play." - Larry Csonka

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

"He's not defined by the corners today who think their only responsibility is to cover wide receivers." - Marcus Allen

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