Reggie White ranked No. 7 all time

Former Eagles defensive end Reggie White was selected as the seventh-best player in NFL history by the NFL Network. The finale of the network's Top 100 countdown aired last night.

White, who had a franchise-record 124 sacks in 121 games with the Eagles, was one of three defensive players in the Top 10. The others were Dick Butkus at No. 10 and Lawrence Taylor at No. 3.

The player rankings were determined by a blue-ribbon panel of football minds including current and former NFL coaches, players and front office personnel, as well as noted NFL media members, Hall of Fame voters and league historians. More than 250 players were considered.

White was presented by Mike Holmgrem, who would become his head coach with the Green Bay Packers after White left the Eagles as a free agent after the 1992 season.

"It didn't make me long to figure out that if I am game-planning against that defense, I will take my chances with everybody else," said Holmgren, who was the Niners' offensive coordinator before going to Green Bay. "We had to double Reggie White every single snap otherwise he could single-handedly take over the game -- one man who changed your offensive thinking for the entire game."

"He was a special player, one of the greatest players of all time," Holmgren concluded.

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99. Michael Strahan Jon Runyan

98. Lee Roy Selmon Ron Wolf

97. Derrick Brooks Jon Gruden

96. Mel Hein Steve Hirdt

95. Larry Allen John Randle

94. Lenny Moore Bobby Mitchell

93. Sam Huff Sonny Jurgensen

92. Michael Irvin Troy Aikman

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89. Ernie Nevers Steve Hirdt

88. Ed Reed Hines Ward

87. Crazylegs Hirsch Michael MacCambridge

86. Willie Davis Bobby Mitchell

85. Marcus Allen Matt Millen

84. Joe Schmidt Jerry Glanville

83. Norm Van Brocklin Sonny Jurgensen

82. Ted Hendricks Howie Long

81. Steve Young Mike Holmgren


80. Troy Aikman Drew Brees

79. Emlen Tunnell Michael MacCambridge

78. Bruce Matthews Warren Moon

77. Tony Dorsett Roger Staubach

76. Art Shell Ron Wolf

75. Darrell Green Carl Lewis

74. Marion Motley Mike Brown

73. Ozzie Newsome Bob Trumpy

72. Jonathan Ogden Michael Strahan

71. Paul Warfield Mercury Morris


70. Marshall Faulk Kurt Warner

69. Bobby Bell Michael MacCambridge

68. Mike Webster Joe Greene

67. Kellen Winslow Joe Gibbs

66. Willie Brown Mercury Morris

65. Randy Moss Brian Billick

64. Herb Adderly Mel Renfro

63. Jim Otto Bill Bergey

62. Randy White Mark May

61. LaDainian Tomlinson Reggie Bush


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59. Mike Ditka Roger Staubach

58. Steve Van Buren Ray Didinger

57. Mike Singletary Joe Theismann

56. Gene Upshaw Phil Villapiano

55. Earl Campbell Jerome Bettis

54. Forrest Gregg Deacon Jones

53. Willie Lanier Floyd Little

52. Eric Dickerson Marcus Allen

51. Bart Starr Bill Curry


50. Terry Bradshaw Dennis Miller

49. Mike Haynes Matt Millen

48. Red Grange Steve Hirdt

47. Ray Nitschke Jerry Kramer

46. Roger Staubach Chuck Klosterman

45. Tony Gonzalez Trent Green

44. Mel Blount Bob Trumpy

43. Alan Page Steve Rushin

42. John Mackey Ernie Accorsi

41. Rod Woodson Boomer Esiason


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39. Gino Marchetti Ernie Accorsi

38. Lance Alworth Jerry Jones

37. Jim Thorpe Sally Jenkins

36. Raymond Berry Frank Deford

35. Chuck Bednarik Ray Didinger

34. Deion Sanders Michael Irvin

33. Sid Luckman Marv Levy

32. Jim Parker Raymond Berry

31. Bruce Smith Luke Russert


30. Night Train Lane Jerry Glanville

29. Jack Lambert Chuck Klosterman

28. Emmitt Smith Moose Johnston

27. Merlin Olsen Jerry Kramer

26. Bob Lilly Dan Reeves

25. Dan Marino Alex Rodriguez

24. John Hannah Joe Klecko

23. John Elway Marty Schottenheimer

22. Gale Sayers Billy Dee Williams

21. Tom Brady Derek Jeter


20. Brett Favre Steve Mariucci

19. Bronko Nagurski Jim Dent

18. Ray Lewis Marvin Lewis

17. Barry Sanders Wynton Marsalis

16. Otto Graham Don Shula

15. Deacon Jones Jennifer Allen

14. Sammy Baugh Bill Belichick

13. Joe Greene Dennis Miller

12. Anthony Munoz Bob Trumpy

11. Ronnie Lott Marcus Allen

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9. Don Hutson Peter King

8. Peyton Manning Ray Lewis

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5. Walter Payton Jim Brown

4. Joe Montana Jerry Rice

3. Lawrence Taylor Bill Parcells

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