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NFL Top 10 is a documentary program produced by NFL Films for airing on the NFL Network. The host and narrator is Derrin Horton.

The program counts down 10 items directly related to the players, coaches, and events of the National Football League, with former players, NFL Network personalities, and other members of the media weighing in on the picks. Reruns show on Sunday nights, while new episodes air on Friday nights.


No. Title Original air date
1 "Draft Trades" April 5, 2007 (2007-04-05)
The most memorable trades made on draft day. Example: the FalconsChargers exchange of Michael Vick for LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001, and the Dallas Cowboys' trade for Tony Dorsett 
2 "Draft Steals" April 11, 2007 (2007-04-11)
Players drafted in the later rounds of the draft that were very talented. Examples: Joe Montana, Shannon Sharpe, and Tom Brady 
3 "Draft Classes" April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
The best groups of players selected by one team in one draft. Example: the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1958 Green Bay Packers and the 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 "Draft Busts" April 25, 2007 (2007-04-25)
Players that never lived up to the draft hype. Examples: University of Houston QBs (Andre Ware/David Klingler), Brian Bosworth, Art Schlichter, Tony Mandarich, and Ryan Leaf 
5 "Mobile Quarterbacks" May 23, 2007 (2007-05-23)
The best quarterbacks known for scrambling out of the pocket. Examples: Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick, and Fran Tarkenton 
6 "One Shot Wonders" May 30, 2007 (2007-05-30)
Players that had one good game or season, only to fade into obscurity. Examples: Mike Jones, Icky Woods, Tommy Maddox, and Greg Cook 
7 "Bad Weather Games" June 6, 2007 (2007-06-06)
The most exciting games with bad weather. Example: Freezer Bowl, the Sneakers Game, and the 1967 NFL Championship Game 
8 "Feuds" June 13, 2007 (2007-06-13)
The biggest feuds between players and coaches, coaches and the media, etc. Examples: Jerry Glanville vs. the AFC Central, Joe Montana vs. Steve Young, and the AFL vs. the NFL 
9 "Elusive Runners" June 20, 2007 (2007-06-20)
Players that were hard to tackle because of their quickness. Example: Barry Sanders 
10 "Single Season Performances *" June 27, 2007 (2007-06-27)
The best performances in a single season. Examples: Eric Dickerson's 2,000-yard season in 1984 and Tom Brady's 2007 season 
11 "Linebacking Corps" July 4, 2007 (2007-07-04)
The best groups of linebackers ever to play for the same team. Example: New Orleans' Dome Patrol, Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s and Oakland Raiders of the early 1980s. 
12 "Most Versatile Players" July 11, 2007 (2007-07-11)
The best players that played multiple positions. Examples: Mike Vrabel, Chuck Bednarik and Deion Sanders 
13 "Pass Rushers" July 18, 2007 (2007-07-18)
The best players at rushing the quarterback. Examples: Bruce Smith, Deacon Jones, and Mark Gastineau 
14 "Passing Combinations" July 25, 2007 (2007-07-25)
The best quarterback/receiver combinations in NFL history. Example: Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, Joe Montana / Steve Young to Jerry Rice, and Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison
15 "Foul-Ups" August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
Mistakes made by players, officials, etc. Examples: Jim Marshall's wrong way run, Garo Yepremian's gaffe in Super Bowl VII and Leon Lett in both Super Bowl XXVII and Thanksgiving Day in 1993 
16 "Opening Days" September 8, 2007 (2007-09-08)
The best moments to ever come out of Week 1. Examples: Dan Marino's 1994 victory over the Patriots and Garrison Hearst's touchdown run in overtime in 1998 over the Jets
17 "Nicknames" September 15, 2007 (2007-09-15)
The best team nicknames in NFL history. Example: America's Team, Air Coryell and The Greatest Show On Turf 
18 "Records That Will Never Be Broken *" September 22, 2007 (2007-09-22)
The hardest records to break in the NFL. Examples: Otto Graham's ten consecutive championship runs and Tom Landry's 29 seasons as Dallas Cowboys coach 
19 "Worst Teams" September 29, 2007 (2007-09-29)
The worst teams in NFL history. Examples: 1990 New England Patriots, 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 2008 Detroit Lions
20 "Power Backs" November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
Running backs that used power to break tackles. Examples: Mike Alstott, Christian Okoye and Bo Jackson 
21 "Coaches Who Belonged In College**" April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)
The biggest NFL coaching flops of successful college coaches. Examples: Bobby Petrino, Pete Carroll, Dick MacPherson, and Dennis Erickson 
22 "Football Factories" April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
The top ten colleges to produce NFL talent. Examples: USC, Michigan, and Ohio State 
23 "Team Turnarounds" April 29, 2008 (2008-04-29)
The most incredible single season turnarounds. Examples: 2001 Patriots, 1999 Indianapolis Colts and 1999 Rams 
24 "Clutch Quarterbacks" May 6, 2008 (2008-05-06)
The best quarterbacks in the big game. Examples: Joe Montana, Bart Starr, and Tom Brady 
25 "Things That Changed The Game" May 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)
The biggest innovations in football. Examples: Instant replay, Astroturf, and NFL Films 
26 "Receiving Corps" May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)
The best groups of receivers in NFL history. Example: The "Marks Brothers" (Mark Duper and Mark Clayton) of the Miami Dolphins and "The Posse" (Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders) of the Washington Redskins
27 "Motivational Coaches" May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
The most motivational coaches in NFL history. Examples: Bill Parcells, Dick Vermeil, and Vince Lombardi 
28 "Controversial Calls" June 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)
The most controversial calls in NFL history. Examples: Super Bowl XL, Music City Miracle and the Tuck Rule 
29 "Quarterback Controversies" June 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)
The biggest quarterback controversies in NFL history. Examples: Drew Bledsoe vs. Tom Brady, Drew Brees vs. Philip Rivers and Joe Montana vs. Steve Young 
30 "Tight Ends" June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
The best tight ends in NFL history. Examples: Shannon Sharpe, Tony Gonzalez, John Mackey and Kellen Winslow
31 "Super Bowl Performances" June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24)
The best performances ever in a Super Bowl. Examples: Adam Vinateri's game-winning field goals and Doug Williams' 4 TD passes in Super Bowl XXII second quarter. 
32 "Cornerback Tandems" July 8, 2008 (2008-07-08)
Best pairs of cornerbacks in NFL history. Examples: Deion Sanders and Anyone, Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield, Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes
33 "Characters" July 15, 2008 (2008-07-15)
The most outspoken football personalities. Examples: Brett Favre, Randy Moss and Terell Owens 
34 "Players Not In The Hall Of Fame" July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29)
The best football players who are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Example: Jim Marshall, Cris Carter, Jerry Kramer, Steve Tasker
35 "Most Feared Tacklers" August 5, 2008 (2008-08-05)
The most feared tacklers in NFL history. Examples: Dick Butkus, Night Train Lane, and Deacon Jones 
36 "Home Field Advantages" September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)
The hardest places to play as the visiting team. Examples: Three Rivers Stadium, Veterans Stadium, and Qwest Field 
37 "Biggest Upsets" September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
The most surprising upset wins. Examples: Super Bowl III and the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-27 win over the Denver Broncos in the 1996 Playoffs 
38 "Gutsiest Performances" September 20, 2008 (2008-09-20)
Players who played games through injury. Example: Dan Pastorini playing with cracked ribs in 1978 and Jack Youngblood playing with a broken leg in the Super Bowl
39 "Football Families" September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)
The first families in football. Example: Hasselbeck, Rooney, Manning. It's all in the family. 
40 "Comebacks" October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
The most impressive comeback victories. Examples: 2002 49ers playoff comeback vs. the Giants, Chicago's second half comeback from a 20-point deficit against the Cardinals and Buffalo's 1992 rally against the Oilers 
41 "Rookie Seasons" April 29, 2009 (2009-04-29)
The best seasons rookies have ever had. Examples: Gale Sayers in 1965, Curt Warner in 1983, and Randy Moss in 1998 
42 "Football Myths" May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08)
Myths, true or false, about the NFL and pro football. Example: Establishing the run, not losing a starting job to injury, and punting instead of converting on fourth down 
43 "Follies" May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)
The comedic side of the NFL . Examples: Blown snaps, coaches post-game rants (notably those of Jim E. Mora and Denny Green) and special teams mishaps 
44 "Backfield Tandems" May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22)
The best pairs of running backs ever to play on the same team. Examples: Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack, Alan Ameche and Lenny Moore, Roger Craig and Tom Rathman, and Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung
45 "Dallas Cowboys" May 29, 2009 (2009-05-29)
The ten most famous members of the Cowboys. Examples: Michael Irvin, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Tom Landry 
46 "Games With Names" June 5, 2009 (2009-06-05)
The best games to have been given a nickname. Examples: The Comeback, The Ice Bowl, and The Dolphins-Raiders "Sea Of Hands" Game. 
47 "Innovations" June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)
Changes in game strategy. Examples: The zone blitz, 3–4 defense, run and shoot offense, shotgun formation, no-huddle offense, and West Coast offense
48 "Defenses" June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
The best defenses in NFL history. Examples: The Atlanta Falcons' Grits Blitz, the 1985 Bears, the 2000 Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s 
49 "Return Aces" June 26, 2009 (2009-06-26)
Kick and punt return specialists. Examples: Devin Hester and Gale Sayers 
50 "Coaches Who Never Won a Championship" July 3, 2009 (2009-07-03)
The best coaches who never won a Super Bowl or NFL Championship. Examples: Bud Grant, Jeff Fisher, Marv Levy, Marty Schottenheimer and George Allen 
51 "Gunslingers" July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10)
Quarterbacks who displayed skill in long passes, accurate throws, and improvisation. Examples: Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Warren Moon 
52 "Meltdowns" July 17, 2009 (2009-07-17)
Games or people who have collapsed under pressure. Examples: Brett Favre's playoff failures, the 2006 Cardinals collapse to the Bears and Dennis Green's famous postgame rant, the controversial career of kicker Mike Vanderjagt, and Jim Mora's infamous 2001 postgame rant following a 40-21 loss to the 49ers
53 "Greatest Hands" July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24)
Players who have been the most reliable in catching passes. Examples: Raymond Berry and Jerry Rice
54 "Snakebit Franchises" July 31, 2009 (2009-07-31)
Teams who have been cursed throughout the years. Examples: the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans, the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns
55 "Traditions" September 19, 2009 (2009-09-19)
The best NFL traditions and customs that have stood the test of time. Examples: Tailgating and Super Bowl Sunday. 
56 "Undrafted Players" April 21, 2010 (2010-04-21)
The best players who made the NFL despite not being drafted. Examples: Warren Moon, Adam Vinatieri, and Kurt Warner 
57 "Fans Choice" May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31)
The best Top 10 episodes as voted on by viewers on 
58 "Things We Loved About The 2000s (decade)" September 10, 2010 (2010-09-10)
Ten most fascinating aspects of the 2000s (decade). Examples: Brett Favre's serial indecision on retirement, 74 coaching changes during the decade, the Tom BradyPeyton Manning rivalry, the Patriots dynasty, and flamboyant wide receivers Terrell Owens, Steve Smith, and Chad Johnson 
59 "Overtime Finishes" September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18)
The most famous overtime finishes in NFL history, including the "Ghost to the Post" and the "Greatest Game Ever Played." Examples: Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 NFC Wildcard Playoff Round 
60 "Gutsiest Calls" September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25)
Ten riskiest calls by coaches. Examples: Bill Belichick's 4th and 2 call versus Indianapolis and Red Right 88 
61 "Jersey Numbers" October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02)
The ten most famous and recognizable jersey numbers. Examples: 99 for Mark Gastineau, Warren Sapp and Jason Taylor, 80 for Jerry Rice, and 7 for John Elway, Joe Theismann and Ben Roethlisberger 
62 "Backup Quarterbacks" October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09)
The ten most famous quarterbacks that started as backups. Examples: Trent Dilfer for the Ravens and Kurt Warner for the Rams
63 "Shortest Players" October 16, 2010 (2010-10-16)
The ten most famous NFL players considered short (5'9" or under). Examples: Quarterback Doug Flutie and running back Maurice Jones-Drew
64 "Left-Handed Quarterbacks" October 23, 2010 (2010-10-23)
Famous left-handed signal callers from the NFL. Examples: Michael Vick, Tim Tebow, Ken Stabler, and Steve Young 
65 "Raiders" October 30, 2010 (2010-10-30)
The ten most famous members of the Oakland Raiders. Examples: Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, and Howie Long 
66 "Quarterbacks of the 1980s" November 6, 2010 (2010-11-06)
The best quarterbacks from the 1980s. Examples: Dan Marino, John Elway and Joe Montana
67 "Uniforms" November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12)
Top uniform designs from the NFL. Examples: the 49ers of the 1980s and throwback jerseys. 
68 "Revenge Games" November 20, 2010 (2010-11-20)
The ten most disputed and heated revenge games. Examples: Joe Montana against the 49ers, Brett Favre against the Green Bay Packers in 2009. 
69 "Steelers" December 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)
The ten most famous members of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Examples: Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, and Terry Bradshaw
70 "Super Bowls" February 3, 2011 (2011-02-03)
The ten best Super Bowls of all time. Examples: Super Bowl III, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Super Bowl XLII
71 "Teams That Never Won the Super Bowl" February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)
Top teams that either lost the Super Bowl or never made it there. Examples: 2007 Patriots 1998 Minnesota Vikings and the 2001 St. Louis Rams 
72 "Worst Free Agent Signings" April 28, 2011 (2011-04-28)
Free agent signings that turn out to make things worse than better. Examples: Jeff Garcia to the Browns, Bruce Smith, Dana Stubblefield to Redskins, David Boston signing with the Chargers, and Emmitt Smith signing with the Arizona Cardinals
73 "Things We Miss About Football" July 31, 2011 (2011-07-31)
Cherished items and memories of the NFL's past. Examples: player nicknames, coaches who wear suits and ties (ex: Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi), playing on natural grass instead of Astroturf or Field Turf, and the presence of at least one NFL team in Los Angeles
74 "Football Divas" August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01)
Players and others in the NFL who have been flashy or have caused controversy for strong portions of their careers. Examples: Tom Brady, Joe Namath, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss
75 "End Zone Celebrations" September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10)
Some of the wackiest and most recognizeable TD celebrations. Examples: Celebrations from Icky Woods or Terrell Owens 
76 "Green Bay Packers" September 17, 2011 (2011-09-17)
The most famous Packer players. Examples: Brett Favre, Bart Starr 
77 "Things We Love About the Giants - Eagles Rivalry" September 24, 2011 (2011-09-24)
Most memorable moments of the rivalry. Examples: Miracle at the Meadowlands 1 and 2
78 "Toughest Acts to Follow" October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
The most difficult jobs to pull off, coming right after a legend. Examples: Bill Cowher coming in after Chuck Noll, Aaron Rodgers replacing Brett Favre 
79 "Quarterbacks of the 1990s" October 8, 2011 (2011-10-08)
The most famous QBs of the 1990s. Examples: Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Aikman, and Steve Young 
80 "Football Moves" October 15, 2011 (2011-10-15)
The greatest moves any NFL player can make. Examples: the Stiff Arm, Pump Fake, the Cut Block, and the Play Action Pass. 
81 "Brett Favre Games" October 22, 2011 (2011-10-22)
The most memorable moments and games of Brett Favre's career. Examples: His first game as a Packer, the 2009 NFC Championship, his Super Bowl victory, and the 2003 game against the Oakland Raiders
82 "Game Voices" November 5, 2011 (2011-11-05)
The most memorable game and TV commentators. Examples: Howard Cosell, Al Michaels, Bill King, Verne Lundquist, and Myron Cope
83 "Thanksgiving Moments" November 24, 2011 (2011-11-24)
The most memorable moments about Thanksgiving games. Examples: The Bounty Bowl in 1989 and the Leon Lett blunder in 1993. 
84 "Passing Seasons" December 3, 2011 (2011-12-03)
The most successful passing seasons by NFL QBs. Examples: Bert Jones in 1976 Tom Brady in 2007, Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper in 2004, Y. A. Tittle in 1963, and Dan Marino in 1984
85 "Quarterback Duels" December 31, 2011 (2011-12-31)
The best and high scoring games with the focus on the quarterbacks involved. Examples: Matthew Stafford vs Brady Quinn in 2009, Aaron Rodgers vs Kurt Warner in the 2009 playoffs, and Dan Marino vs. Drew Bledsoe in 1994 and Ken O'Brien in 1986
86 "Players that Never Played in a Super Bowl" January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30)
The best players that never played in a Super Bowl. Examples: Sterling Sharpe, Cris Carter, or Randall Cunningham
87 "Heisman Winners in the NFL" April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23)
The best Heisman Trophy winners that played and achieved in the NFL. Examples: Barry Sanders, Tim Tebow, or Marcus Allen
88 "Things We Loved About The 80s (decade)" September 7, 2012 (2012-09-07)
Ten most fascinating aspects of the 1980s (decade). Examples: The various games with names, West Coast Offense, etc.. 
89 "Things We Love About Tebow" September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14)
A list of aspects that people love about Tim Tebow. Examples: Tebowing, his ability to run the Read Option and his status as an underdog. 
90 "Collapses" September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)
A list of teams that collapsed during an NFL season missing the playoffs after a great start. Examples: 2008 Dallas Cowboys, 2003 Minnesota Vikings and 1994 Philadelphia Eagles
91 "Trick Plays" September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28)
A list of most common and successful trick plays in the game. Examples: Reverses, fake field-goals and fake spikes
92 "Running-Backs of the 1980s" October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05)
The most famous RBs of the 1980s. Examples: Marcus Allen, John Riggins and Walter Payton
93 "Joe Montana Games" October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19)
The most memorable Joe Montana games. Examples: The Catch game, his game against the 49ers as a Kansas City Chief and the comeback against the Saints in the 1980 season
94 "Quarterbacks of the 1970s" November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)
The best quarterbacks from the 1970s. Examples: Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler and Ken Anderson
95 "Underrated Players" November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
Most underrated players in NFL history. Examples: Len Dawson, Brian Westbrook and Ken Anderson
96 "Rivalries" November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
A list of the biggest rivalries between NFL clubs. Examples: Packers - Bears, 49ers - Cowboys, and Colts - Patriots
97 "Things We Loved About The 80's (decade)" December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07)
Ten most fascinating aspects of the 1980s (decade). Examples: The 1985 Da Bears championship team, Ronald Reagan calling the locker room after the Super Bowl, and NFL scab players. 
  • Note: "Worst Teams" was aired before the 2007 season; it originally ended with the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing 26 games over two seasons before the team's first win during the 1977 season. In 2009, it was updated and revised; the 2001 Panthers segment was eliminated and the Detroit Lions becoming the first team to finish 0–16 in a season became the segment's top choice. The 1-15 2007 Miami Dolphins season received mention in the show's "Best Of The Rest" segment.
  • Note: "Players Not in the Hall of Fame" was updated in 2011 with the Shannon Sharpe segment being replaced with Jerome Bettis.
  • Note: "Left Handed Quarterbacks" was updated in 2012 with the Field segment being replaced with Tim Tebow.
  • Note: The Pete Carroll segment of "Coaches Who Belonged In College" was updated in 2011 noting Carroll's return to the NFL with the Seahawks with comments from longtime Seahawks beat writer Clare Farnsworth and football writer Andy Benoit
  • Note: "Records That Will Never Be Broken" was aired in 2011 and includes Johnny Unitas' 47 consecutive games with a touchdown, a record that was broken in 2012
  • Note: "Rookie Seasons" was updated in 2012 with the Best of the Rest segment featuring Cam Newton's 2011 season.


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