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Marshall Goldberg was a major star at the University of Pittsburgh, and he would ply his trade well for the Chicago Cardinals.  Goldberg did it all in the early 1940s, especially in the 1941 season where he rushed for 427 Yards, received passes for 313 Yards and was the top finisher in Kick Return Yards (290), earning him the league…
A member of the NFL 1960’s All-Decade Team, Del Shofner was an elite receiver for a six-year stretch (1958-63) and was named a First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in all of those years except for 1960. 
The Cardinals franchise may have a long and storied history of great players.  Jay Novacek may have played five seasons there, but it was not until he hit “Big D” did he become a star and was used to the best of his ability.
The 1944 2nd Overall Draft Pick from Wisconsin, Pat Harder lived up to the hype, and he would help the Chicago Cardinals win the 1947 NFL Championship and went on a three-year streak of First Team All-Pro Selections.  
Considered a shutdown Cornerback before there was such a term, Louis Wright would play his entire career with the Denver Broncos.  Drafted in the 1st Round (17th Overall) from San Jose State, Wright paid immediate dividends by being named to the First Team All-Rookie squad.  Denver was developing a reputation for their Orange Crush Defense, but if anyone got past…
The hard-luck Cincinnati Bengals have yet to win a Super Bowl, but it was Boomer Esiason who brought them closer than anyone else had when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers on a last minute drive in Super Bowl XXIII.  Fortunately for Esiason, his career did not need a Super Bowl Ring to be considered great.Replacing the productive Ken…
Selected in the 2nd Round out of the University of Arkansas in 1938, Jim Benton would go onto be one of the first great receivers in the history of the Rams franchise.  Benton led the NFL in Yards per Reception as a rookie and was named to the Pro Bowl in his second season.  He took 1941 off and returned…
Chuck Foreman was called the “Spin Doctor”, but it was not due to his ability to spin his words.  It was due to the way that he could spin his body around would be tacklers.
From the University of Mississippi, Larry Grantham was a second round pick by the New York Titans in 1960 (he was a 15th rounder in the NFL) and a member of the original team. 
A member of the NFL All-Decade 1930's Team, Ox Emerson began his pro career in 1931 with the Portsmouth Spartans, and in his second season, he would be selected to his first of five straight First Team All-Pros.  The Spartans would relocate to Detroit, and the team was renamed the Lions.  Emerson was an integral part of their Championship win…
What is it about the 2000s and brash Wide Receivers?  Perhaps the most obnoxious (depending on your point of view) of them all was Chad Johnson, who was a major star for the Cincinnati Bengals for a decade.  
Shannon Sharpe may be considered the best tight end of the 1990s, but a consensus number two would likely be Ben Coates.  Coincidentally, the two would wrap up their careers at the start of the new millennium as teammates for the Baltimore Ravens in winning Super Bowl XXXV.
While Rosey Grier was better known for being one of the inaugural members of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome," the defensive stalwart was a better player in the first two-thirds of his professional career when he was with the New York Giants.  Grier helped the New York win the 1956 NFL Championship, and the two Pro Bowls (1956 and…
Coming out of the University of Alabama, Shaun Alexander backed up Ricky Watters in his rookie season (2000), and after Watters' retirement, he would become the lead back for the Seattle Seahawks.  Alexander would go on to a five-year run where he exceeded over 1,000 Rushing Yards, but most importantly, would become a touchdown factory.  In 2001, he led the…
The New Orleans Saints offense has been good for so long, it is forgotten that when they were able to put decent teams together in the early ’90s, it was on the strength of their defense.  Pat Swilling was a big part of those squads.

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Usually, when you speak of a five-year career in any sport, you can't be talking about a great player.  Not very many people had a five-year run like Cecil Isbell.
In the 1960s, the Los Angeles Rams defense was primarily known for its "Fearsome Foursome" Defensive Line, but there was a star in their Secondary by the name of Eddie Meador, who would be chosen for six Pro Bowls.  Meador came from Arkansas Tech and would become the starting Left Cornerback in his second season.  That year (1960), he would…
Darren Woodson arrived in Dallas as one of the Draft Picks acquired in the Herschel Walker trade, and the 2nd Rounder from Arizona State wasted little time establishing himself as a force in the Cowboys Secondary.  A member of the All-Rookie Team, Woodson aided Dallas to a win in Super Bowl XXVII and subsequently Super Bowl XXVIII and in the…
Playing his entire twelve year career with the Chicago Bears, Lance Briggs was often in the shadow of teammate, Brian Urlacher but he was nevertheless a star in the National Football League. Briggs would make seven consecutive Pro Bowls but there is a good chance that he is closer to being a preliminary nominee as opposed to a bona fide…