Football Page #4

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Although they only won one NFL Championship in the late 50’s and early 60’s, the New York Giants were a loaded team.  Jimmy Patton was a star Safety on this squad, but his exploits have largely been forgotten.When the Giants won the 1956 NFL Championship, Jimmy Patton was really coming to his own.  He progressively got better and in 1958…
It is one thing to be highly touted out of college and rack up serious statistics in the National Football League.  It is quite another to do that when you go undrafted.  Rod Smith lit up the league when nobody saw it coming.
In the early 1960’s, 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.
Although Quarterback sacks have always taken place in football, it was not an official statistic in the NFL until 1982.  The first true “sackmaster” of American football would have to be the flamboyant and somewhat controversial Mark Gastineau who terrorized Quarterbacks; and not because he had sex with Brigitte Neilsen.
If popularity in New York City was enough to get inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, there is a good chance that Joe Klecko would have already been inducted.  As we know, that is not the only criteria and the popular former New York Jet remains a popular candidate among those who hang around Fireman Ed, though not among…
If it seemed like Jim Hart was the St. Louis Cardinals Quarterback forever it is because in football terms, he practically was.  Hart started 180 games for them from 1967 to 1983, but for such a long tenure it went largely unnoticed.  Playing for bad teams will generally do that.
You would think that the All Time Leader in NFL receptions would have been at least been a finalist for the Hall of Fame.  Of course, Billy Howton was the all time leader when he retired in 1963.  He has dropped considerably since then.Billy Howton was one of the top receivers for the Green Bay Packers through out the 1950’s. …
Many entries on this list discuss how you can’t compare offensive statistics from the 60’s and 70’s to today’s inflated numbers.  This is even more accurate when looking at the stars of the 1950’s.  Perhaps this is why Charlie Conerly, the Quarterback of the New York Giants during the 50’s was on the final ballot multiple times but dropped off…
We would love to make a case for Karl Mecklenburg just for his nickname of the “Albino Rhino” but we have always been a sucker for colorful (or in this case not so colorful) nicknames.
One of the most respected men in Professional Football, Matt Birk would not just earn six Pro Bowl selections, he would also win the Ed Block Courage Award in 2006 and the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2011. The year after receiving that award at the Super Bowl, he won it in his final season with 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 90’s, it was on the strength of their defense.  Pat Swilling was a big part of those squads.
Harold Jackson had two great seasons in Philadelphia leading the league in receiving yards in 1969 and 1973.  It is too bad that Jackson was the only one playing well for those dreadful Eagles teams.
Did we make a mistake not ranking Drew Bledsoe in his first year of eligibility? Statistically speaking we may have as his career statistics are more impressive than other Quarterbacks ranked higher than him. However other intangibles come into play which just makes it so hard for us to determine the perfect place for him on this list.
There were many stars of the Chicago Bears throughout the 1980’s and many were flashy and unforgettable.  Jay Hilgenberg was an unsung hero of that squad and an anchor of the Offensive Line.
Dan Marino may have been one of the greatest Quarterbacks in National Football League History, but it sure helped that he had Mark Clayton lined up with to throw Touchdowns to.
Spending all but one of his professional seasons with the Chicago Bears, Olin Kreutz was chosen to represent Chicago six consecutive seasons in the Pro Bowl. The former Center was a mainstay on Chicago’s Offensive Line for years and was selected to the NFL 2000’s All Decade Team. As a star Center, he might have an interesting case for the…
As the first overall pick in 1984, many expected Irving Fryar to be great right away.  He wasn’t, but his career showcased a slow climb to being one of the elite receivers in football, and a lot of times hearing his number called by broadcasters on Sunday afternoons.
In the upstart American Football League, the San Diego Chargers possessed one of the most dominating Offensive Lines in football.  A big part of that was Walt Sweeney, who patrolled the Right Guard position.
Undrafted and out of Football, the Indianapolis Colts were told of Jeff Saturday and they would give him a chance to make their roster. Saturday did, and would become the leader of the Offensive Line that protected the great Peyton Manning for a decade. He would make six Pro Bowls and earn two First Team All Pro selections and was…