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In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts were criticized for selecting Edgerrin James fourth in the draft when Ricky Williams was still available. That criticism ended as soon as they saw him play. In his first year, James was the NFL’s leading rusher and was a First Team All Pro. He would again win the rushing title in his second season, though…
An earlier entry depicts how L.C. Greenwood could be the tenth member of the Steeler dynasty to receive a bust in Canton.  If it isn’t Greenwood, a case could be made for Donnie Shell, the spectacular Strong Safety who also has four Super Bowl Rings.Shell went undrafted in 1974 but signed on the Pittsburgh Steelers as a Free Agent.  He…
What points do you get for being one of the best players to come out of Vermont?  Okay, not that much, but regardless of what state Steve Wisniewski came from, there was no doubt that he was one of the finest Offensive Linemen of the 1990s.Steve Wisniewski was the de facto leader of the Silver and Black’s O-Line for over…
Mac Speedie played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, but the Detroit Lions drafted him in 1942, a team that he elected not to play with until the end of World War II.  When Speedie decided to play professional ball in 1946, he would join the Cleveland Browns of the upstart All-American Football Conference.  And along with Otto Graham,…
Considered one of the finest Offensive Guards in the history of both the Seattle Seahawks (he was a member of their 35th Anniversary Team) and the Minnesota Vikings (he was named one of the 50 top of their team), Steve Hutchinson was twice named the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year. He would receive additional accolades with seven Pro…

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Jul 26, 2020

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Aug 06, 2020

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Aug 08, 2020

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Sep 05, 2020

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When you think of great San Francisco quarterbacks you would automatically think of Joe Montana and Steve Young.  Prior to them, there was a very good one named John Brodie who put up great numbers without the supporting cast that Montana and Young had.John Brodie was one of the games early gunslingers and most of the time he had to…
Generally you wouldn’t think that a six time Pro Bowl selection would come out of Ouachita Baptist, but that small Arkansas school produced Cliff Harris, one of the best Safeties that the Dallas Cowboys ever had.Harris wasn’t known for interceptions (though he did have 29), but the man dubbed “Captain Crash” was known for bone crushing hits and was exceptionally…
Many Hall of Fame candidates watch their push for the Hall build and build.  This doesn’t seem to be the case for Lester Hayes who was a finalist in his first four years of eligibility but has only been a semi-finalist the last six years.Lester Hayes is best known for two things.  The first was in 1980 where he had…
Usually, Punters don’t have much of a Hall of Fame shot.  It is a good thing for Deron Cherry that he focused on being a Safety.  It is a better thing for the Kansas City Chiefs as Cherry became one of the best at that position.Using his athletic gifts, Deron Cherry emerged as a top defensive star in the NFL.  Once…
Generally, if you are selected to eight Pro Bowls in a decade regardless of your position it stands to reason that you won’t be forgotten.  Somehow, Lemar Parrish managed to slip through the cracks of football consciousness as his legacy just doesn’t seem as big as it should be.You can’t be selected to eight Pro Bowls in eleven years without…
If you have an eleven-year professional football career and you make the Pro Bowl for nine of them, it can be widely assumed that you had a very productive career.  Maxie Baughan did just that, but because he spread those accomplishments across three teams, he is not specifically associated with any franchise, which may have hampered his recognition factor.Baughan first…
Although Warren Sapp received most of the attention of the famed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Strong Safety, John Lynch anchored the secondary and leveled anyone who actually could get past their linemen.
Does longevity mean more than greatness?  We ask this question about Jim Marshall who had a solid twenty-year career but only made the Pro Bowl twice.
Historically speaking, the impact of Duke Slater is complicated to quantify.  A multi-sport star at the University of Iowa, Slater was signed by the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League in 1922, making him one of the few black players of his day.  The Offensive Tackle did not stay there long as the team was looking to go to…
As shown with earlier entries, the 1970s may have delivered some great wide receivers but statistically, they don’t measure up to the huge numbers put out by the current generation.  Drew Pearson was a star in his time, but he is sometimes forgotten due to the time in which he played. In the mid 70’s Drew Pearson was the Cowboy’s…
It may be called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all intents and purposes, it only focuses on accomplishments from the NFL and to a lesser extent the AFL.  This is too bad for Herschel Walker who chalked up monster totals in his first three years of Pro Football but did so as a member of the New Jersey…
If the Football Hall of Fame was based solely on excitement there should be no doubt that Randall Cunningham would have been inducted on the first ballot.  His nickname of the “Human Highlight Reel” was well deserved and he was hands down the most entertaining Quarterback of his era.Randall Cunningham could beat you with his throwing arms or with his…
At 6’ 8, we were not sure how anybody watching Philadelphia Eagles games could ever miss Harold Carmichael, no matter how bad their television was.  Luckily for those same fans, Eagles Quarterbacks didn’t miss him either.Harold Carmichael was a sure handed receiver for over a decade.  He had a magical 1973 campaign where he led the league in receptions and…
In the early 1960s, to say that the Los Angeles Rams were bad would be an understatement.  Things began to change slowly once Roman Gabriel really came into his own as their Quarterback.