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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…
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…
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…
As one of the men who eagerly waits for the final undefeated team to lose every NFL season, Bob Kuechenberg was a staple on the fame Miami Dolphins O-Line.As part of the Dolphins two consecutive Super Bowl champions, Kuechenberg actually enjoyed better individual seasons after.  Although he looked like a reject from the Longest Yard Prison Team (the original movie);…
There have been many great defensive stars for the Philadelphia Eagles through the years.  Perhaps one of their quickest was Eric Allen, who was a constant threat to intercept any football thrown in his vicinity.Eric Allen was an impact player almost immediately in the NFL.  In his first eight years as a professional, Allen was named to the Pro Bowl…
What is it about the 2000’s 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.  
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…
Very few players could be viewed as the total athletic package. Neil Smith may have been one of those rare exceptions as scouts felt with his skills there was little he couldn’t do on the football field.  Those scouts would be right.Neil Smith was a multi faceted Defensive End who was equally adept at stuffing the run as defending against…
Much like our entry with Terrell Davis, we wonder what kind of career numbers Sterling Sharpe would have put up had a neck injury not prematurely ended his career in his prime in 1994.  It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that he could have in the top ten in every major receiving category had he…
Although the New England Patriots were praised for their offense in the 2000’s, they did have a more than capable defense, much of which could be attributed to Richard Seymour.
You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters mind.  He would tell you whether it was good or bad, and that brashness made him a very polarizing figure in the NFL.  It is also possible that this is why the Hall of Fame has yet to look his way. Ricky Watters was one of the most consistent Running…
Phil Simms is a two time Super Bowl Winning Quarterback, though many who watched his first five years of play may not have foreseen it.Simms may have been inconsistent when he began his tenure in the NFL, but something seemed to click in 1984.  It wasn’t just the influx of talent to the Giants roster, as it was at this…
As much as football changes, there are some statistics that will always remain critical to the game.  One such stat is the Interception, which is one of the biggest game changers regardless of era.  In the 60’s, Bobby Boyd was one of the masters of the pick.
Offensive linemen may be the most respected in football, but they are from the most famous.  One of the few exceptions to that rule was the fames “Hogs” who patrolled the front line of the Washington Redskins in the 1980’s.
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…
Ottis Anderson had one of the best rookie seasons ever for a Running Back gaining over 1,600 yards on the ground.  Too bad he did for a bad St. Louis Cardinals team that was barely on the National radar.Anderson would prove he was not a one season wonder.  Although he would never again equal his rookie numbers he still posted…
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.
A lot of people talk about “Playstation” numbers where by offensive stars put up offensive numbers that don’t seem realistic.  John Hadl was putting up those types of numbers when Quarterbacks generally were more conservative and decades before the Madden craze took over.On three separate occasions John Hadl eclipsed 3,000 yards passing.  This is expected pout of many Quarterbacks now,…
Art Monk may have been the lead receiver for the Washington Redskins for a long period of time, but he was paired up with another great Wide Receiver who was in his shadow somewhat.  Of course, at 5’ 9, Gary Clark was in a lot of player’s shadows.