Rank 'Em: NFL Players of the Decade

Created: June 18, 2009, 1:19 PM

Is Kurt Warner the best player to hit the field in the past decade?

When you think of the best NFL players over the past decade, Super Bowl MVPs such as Kurt Warner, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are sure to come to mind. On the opposite side of the ball, defensive leaders like Ray Lewis and Michael Strahan can't be forgotten.

Our ESPN.com NFL experts have come up with these five names and 20 more to represent the best athletes to walk onto the gridiron in the past 10 years. Some prove their worth on the field even though it doesn't show up on the stat sheets, while others fill up the record books with their unmatched ability and determination.

Study the list and then rank your top NFL players of the past decade!

Scroll over the players' images for career stats since 2000.
 

 
  • Running back
    Rushing yards: 9,453
    Rushing touchdowns: 100
    Receiving yards: 1,520
    Receiving touchdowns: 12
  • Defensive back
    Tackles: 547
    Interceptions: 38
  • Quarterback
    Completions: 2,301
    Touchdowns: 202
    Average QB rating: 92.9
  • Linebacker
    Tackles: 895
    Interceptions: 17
    Sacks: 9
  • Quarterback
    Completions: 3,061
    Touchdowns: 231
    Average QB rating: 84.5
  • Tight end
    Receptions: 748
    Receiving yards: 9,102
    Touchdowns: 61
  • Wide receiver
    Receptions: 791
    Receiving yards: 10,439
    Touchdowns: 95
  • Wide receiver
    Receptions: 817
    Receiving yards: 11,872
    Touchdowns: 68
  • Offensive guard
    Pro Bowls: 6
    Started all 116 career games.
  • Offensive tackle
    Pro Bowls: 8
    Started 136 out of 180 career games since 2000.
  • Linebacker
    Tackles: 911
    Interceptions: 21
    Sacks: 20.5
  • Quarterback
    Completions: 3,182
    Touchdowns: 296
    Average QB rating: 98.4
  • Wide receiver
    Receptions: 694
    Receiving yards: 10,475
    Touchdowns: 107
  • Offensive tackle/guard
    Pro Bowls: 8
    Started 112 out of 116 career games since 2000.
  • Wide receiver
    Receptions: 729
    Receiving yards: 10,815
    Touchdowns: 109
  • Offensive tackle
    Pro Bowls: 6
    Started 116 career games since 2000.
  • Defensive back
    Tackles: 432
    Interceptions: 17
  • Safety
    Tackles: 408
    Interceptions: 43
  • Quarterback
    Completions: 1,189
    Touchdowns: 111
    Average QB rating: 89.4
  • Defensive end
    Tackles: 223
    Interceptions: 2
    Sacks: 39
  • Defensive end
    Sacks: 89
    Tackles: 429
  • Defensive end
    Sacks: 104
    Tackles: 482
    Interceptions: 6
  • Running back
    Rushing yards: 11,760
    Receiving yards: 3,801
    Rushing touchdowns: 126
    Receiving touchdowns: 15
  • Linebacker
    Tackles: 931
    Interceptions: 17
    Sacks: 37.5
  • Quarterback
    Completions: 1,998
    Touchdowns: 143
    Average QB rating: 87.6