Tom Brady Has Officially Overtaken Peyton Manning as GOAT, According to PFR’s Hall of Fame Monitor Index

One of the main stories after last season’s Super Bowl was Tom Brady’s The undisputed statement is NFLTARGET. Even the recipient of the whole world Jerry Rice give that title to Brady, who won his seventh Super Bowl and his fifth Super Bowl MVP at the age of 43. While Brady’s GOAT spot is still up for debate, his longevity and sustained excellence are truly unparalleled.

While most people would have ceded the GOAT title to Brady, Pro Football Reference didn’t officially award him the title… that is, until the end of the 2021 season. The site has created one. “Honor Screen” in 2019, designed to estimate a player’s chance of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Using the approximate value, Pro Bowls, All advantages, championships and other stats, the site created a point system to determine the pecking order in each position.

Peyton Manning enter the 2021 season as the highest-ranked quarterback in league history with 257.8 points. Brady is 2nd with 250.94 points, followed by Brett Favre (179.96 points), Aaron Rodgers (174.76 points), Johnny Unitas (160.27 points), Joe Montana (154.17 points), Drew Brees (140.58 points), John Elway (138.66 points), Fran Tarkenton (116.55 points), and Dan Marino (117.02 points). Brady has since edged Manning by 259.32 points after leading the NFL this season with 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Three members of NFL’s Halloween 2004 NFL Drafts in the top 20 of PFF’s Hall of Fame Monitor. Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to officially retire at some point this season, finished his career in 13th place on the list with 100.28 points. Roethlisberger is one place behind Matt Ryan, who is the third-highest-ranked active midfielder on the list behind Brady and Rodgers.

Philip Rivers, who retired later Colts‘playoff loss to Buffalo after the 2020 regular season, 14th on Pro Football’s QB Hall of Fame index with 98.06 points. He is only behind Steve Young (111.65 points) and behind Barr Starr (97.93 points).

Eli Manning, the first quarterback selected in Draft ’04, is 20th on the list with 85.01 points. While his total score is far behind the Hall of Fame average, Manning’s ranking is higher than Joe Namath (82.5 points), Bob Griese (73 points), Troy Aikman (64.28 points), ) and Jim Kelly (59.1 points), among others. He also has more points than he currently has Seahawks midfielder Russell Wilson (78.79 points).

While Brady has captured Manning, Rice’s place at the top of the extensive food chain is pretty secure. Second place was Randy Moss (150.12 points) of Rice with 311.99 points more than double. While Moss’ 23 touchdowns in 2007 is still a season record, three round awards, 10 All-Pro picks (compared to four for Moss) and 13 Pro Bowls (Moss is the lucky winner). six-time professional soccer player) has brought him to a level equal to his own.

Below is a list of the top five players in each position, according to the Pro Football Reference’s Hall of Fame Monitor. We’ll also include current players who are close to the total average for the Hall of Fame in their position.


Tom Brady – 259.32 points

Peyton Manning – 258.8 points

Brett Favre – 179.96 points

Aaron Rodgers – 174.76 points

Johnny Unitas – 160.27 points

Tally average scores for HOF quartiles: 100

Current notable players: Matt Ryan (102.6 points), Ben Roethlisberger (100.28 points), Russell Wilson (78.79 points)

Run back

Walter Payton – 214.61 points

Jim Brown – 182.79 points

Barry Sanders – 177.55 points

Emmitt Smith – 176.48 points

LaDainian Tomlinson – 136.5 points

Total average score for HOF running backwards: 107

Current notable players: Adrian Peterson (125.52 points)

Interesting nuggets: Brown has led the NFL in rushing for eight of his nine seasons. His 1,863-yard season in 1963 was the most ever at the time.

Wide receiver

Jerry Rice – 311.99 points

Randy Moss – 150.12 points

Marvin Harrison – 147.18 points

Larry Fitzgerald – 141.09 points

Terrell Owens – 140.53 points

Overall average score for HOF wide receivers: 105

Current notable players: Julio Jones (105.08 points), Antonio Brown (104.48 points)

Interesting nuggets: In just 12 games, Rice had 22 touchdown passes in 1987, a number that stood at a one-season record until Moss caught 23 touchdown passes in 2007.

Tight ending

Tony Gonzalez – 195.43 points

Shannon Sharpe – 114.25

Antonio Gates – 113.63 points

Dave Casper – 111.62 points

Jason Witten – 104.72 points

Total average score for HOF tight end: 98

Current notable players: Rob Gronkowski (98.72 points), Travis Kelce (86.40 points)

Interesting nuggets: Of the top five on this list, only Sharpe and Casper played on Super Bowl-winning teams. Sharpe has won consecutive titles with Broncos; Casper caught a touchdown pass in Raiders‘won against Minnesota in Super Bowl XI.


Bruce Matthews – 155.13 points

Randall McDaniel – 147.53

John Hannah – 144.48 points

Alan Faneca – 134.33 points

Larry Allen – 129.29

Overall average score for HOF defenders: 106

Current notable players: Zack Martin (80.43 points)

Interesting nuggets: Five of Matthews’ 14 Pro Bowl picks are central, as Matthews temporarily switched positions mid-career.


Anthony Munoz – 155.53 points

Forrest Gregg – 133.25 points

Jim Parker – 116.95 points

Willie Roaf – 114.43 points

Joe Thomas – 112.48

Average total score for HOF attack: 95

Current notable players: Jason Peters (86.65 points), Tyron Smith (72.68 points), Andrew Whitworth (58.83 points)

Interesting nuggets: Gregg, a key member of Packers‘The 1960s dynasty, actually trained Munoz in Cincinnati from 1980-1983. The duo helped Bengali hit their first Super Bowl in 1981.


Dermontti Dawson – 123.5 points

Jim Otto – 116.43 points

Mike Webster – 111.20 points

Dwight Stephenson – 107.58 points

Kevin Mawae – 98.53 points

Total average score for HOF centers: 103

Current notable players: Alex Mack (68.93 points), Jason Kelce (62.40 points)

Interesting nuggets: Dawson succeeded Webster in Pittsburgh after Webster departed for Kansas City in 1989. Over a period of 25 years, Steelsmith have the top five centers of all time driving their offensive line.

Defensive settlement

Alan Page – 169.88 points

Bob Lilly – 159.35 points

Randy White – 143.68 points

Joe Greene – 137.65 points

Aaron Donald – 137.1 points

Total average score for HOF defensive phases: 116 points

Current notable players: Donald, Ndamukong Suh (84.73 points), Geno Atkins (76.33 points), Fletcher Cox (74.85 points)

Interesting nuggets: Page became the first defensive player to win the league’s MVP in 1971. While he never won the tournament’s MVP, Greene succeeded Page as Defensive Player of the Year in 1972. He won the honor for the second time in 1974, and won the first of four six-year Super Bowls.

Defense is over

Reggie White – 239.73 points

Bruce Smith – 213.75 points

Jack Youngblood – 133.03 points

Deacon Jones – 128.88 points

JJ Watt – 126 points

Average total score for HOF defensive finishes: 105

Current notable players: Watt, Calais Campbell (78 points), Cameron Jordan (74.2 points), Chandler Jones (66.98 points)

Interesting nuggets: NFL’s first major free agent White helped deliver Green Bay’s first title in 29 years with his three-bag effort in the Packers’ win over Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.

Inside the pavement

Ray Lewis – 197.35 points

Mike Singletary – 171.28 points

Jack Lambert – 158.8 points

Dick Butkus – 128.05 points

Luke Kuechly – 118.45 points

Total average score for HOF inside liners: 114

Current notable players: Bobby Wagner (101.03 points)

Interesting nuggets: Butkus and Kuechly were not penalized for having relatively short careers. Butkus retired after nine seasons and 119 career games. Kuechly played eight seasons and 118 regular games during the regular season before retiring after the 2019 season.


Lawrence Taylor – 222.55 points

Derrick Brooks – 164.5 points

Jack Ham – 141.68 points

Ted Hendricks – 136.2 points

Junior Seau – 121.98 points

Average total score for external advertisers: 106

Current notable players: Khalil Mack (84.75 points)

Interesting nuggets: Taylor joined Page as the NFL’s only defensive league MVP in 1986. He led the NFL with 20.5 bags that season while also taking the lead. Giant to their first Super Bowl title.

Defense is back

Rod Woodson – 117.63 points

Deion Sanders – 171.03 points

Ronnie Lott – 165.98 points

Ed Reed – 148.53 points

Charles Woodson – 125.45

Average total score for Hall of Fame defensive linebackers: 100

Current notable players: Patrick Peterson (83.35 points), Richard Sherman (83.13 points), Chris Harris Jr. (61.38 points), Stephen Gilmore (58.03 points), Tyrann Mathieu (58.90 points)

Interesting nuggets: In 1995, Woodson made NFL history when he became the first professional athlete to return from knee reconstruction surgery in the same season. Woodson played in Super Bowl XXX after tearing the ACL in Week 1.


Morten Anderson – 97.45 points

Adam Vinatieri – 92.7 points

Gary Anderson – 65.9 points

Nick Lowery – 57.63 points

Jan Stenerud – 56.53 points

Average total score for Hall of Fame kickers: 77

Notable players: Justin Tucker (51.8 points1

Interesting nuggets: While Vinatieri’s two winning game goals are part of NFL lore, Morten Anderson’s overtime winner in the 1998 NFC Championship Game gave Eagle an inevitable victory Vikings and Gary Anderson, who missed a crucial 38-yard goal earlier in the game.


Shane Lechler – 63.68 points

Ray Guy – 52.33 points

Sean Landeta – 47.23 points

Don Chandler – 37.45 points

Johnny Hekker – 31.03 points

Average total score for Hall of Fame punters: 52

Current notable players: Hekker, Andy Lee (23.85 points), Dustin Colquitt (16.95 points)

Interesting nuggets: The first ballplayer introduced in Canton, Guy was selected to seven Pro Bowls during his time with the Raiders. He was the starter for each of the three Super Bowl championship teams of the Raid. Tom Brady Has Officially Overtaken Peyton Manning as GOAT, According to PFR’s Hall of Fame Monitor Index

Huynh Nguyen

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