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50 best players ever. . .
« on: November 07, 2018, 02:47:27 PM »
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50) LARRY FITZGERALD
A 12-time Pro Bowler, Fitzgerald has recorded 1,234 receptions for 15,545 yards and 110 touchdowns. He was unstoppable during the 2008 playoffs, catching 30 passes for 546 yards and seven toucdchowns while helping the Cardinals nearly upset the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

49) JACK HAM
An eight time Pro Bowler and six time All-Pro, Ham is arguably the most cerebral linebacker in NFL history. Ham was a starter on each of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl championship teams during the 1970s. His interception late in the '74 AFC title game helped the Steelers finish off the Raiders en route to winning the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

48) GALE SAYERS
A five time Pro Bowler, four time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sayers set an NFL record by scoring six touchdowns in a single game in 1965. Sayers was also a two time rushing champion while leading the league in average yards from scrimmage per game in 1966.

47) ALAN PAGE
A Hall of Famer and leader of Minnesota's famed Purple People Eater defense, Page was the first defensive player to be named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1971. Page, who played in four Super Bowls, was a nine time Pro Bowler and six time All-Pro.

46) MIKE SINGLETARY
The 1985 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Singletary spearheaded the legendary Bears' 46 Defense that led Chicago to a victory in Super Bowl XX. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Singletary is a ten time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro.

45) BART STARR
Starr led the Packers to five world titles in seven years that included the first two Super Bowl games. The NFL's MVP in 1966, Starr also earned Super Bowl MVP honors that season after throwing for 250 yards and two scores in Green Bay's 35-10 victory over Kansas City. The next season, Starr led the Packers to a victory over Dallas in the "Ice Bowl" before leading Green Bay to a second Super Bowl victory while capturing the game's MVP award yet again. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Starr won four NFL passing titles.

44) TERRY BRADSHAW
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bradshaw is the only quarterback in NFL history to quarterback his team to back-to-back Super Bowl titles twice. A two time Super Bowl MVP, Bradshaw threw for then Super Bowl records 318 yards and four touchdown passes in Pittsburgh's victory over Dallas in Super Bowl XIII. Bradshaw was named the NFL MVP in 1978 after throwing for a league best 28 touchdown passes.

43) JUNIOR SEAU
A Pro Bowler each year from 1991-02, Seau, the best linebacker during the 1990s, was a six time All-Pro performer while leading the Chargers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIX. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Seau was also a member of New England's defense that helped the Patriots become the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 during the regular season.

42) FRANCO HARRIS
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Harris is a four time Super Bowl champion, nine time Pro Bowler and the Steelers all-time leading rusher with 11,950 yards. The 1972 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Harris' Immaculate Reception that season gave the Steelers their first ever postseason victory. Two years later, Harris earned Super Bowl MVP honors after rushing for a then record 158 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 16-6 victory over the Vikings. Harris is still the Super Bowl's career rushing leader with 354 yards.

41) BRUCE SMITH
An 11 time Pro Bowler, eight time All-Pro and two time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Smith, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the NFL's all-time leader with 200.0 career sacks. He spearheaded the Bills' run of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93.

40) FRANK GIFFORD
Arguably the most versatile player of his era, Gifford is a Hall of Famer, eight time Pro Bowler and four time All-Pro. He led the NFL with 1,422 all-purpose yards while leading the New York Football Giants to an NFL title in 1956.

39) MICHAEL IRVIN
Part of the Cowboys' Triples that also included Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, Irvin, better known as "The Playmaker" during his playing days, was a dominant possession receiver who was nearly unguardable in the red zone during his prime. While he won three Super Bowls, Irvin's biggest Super Bowl contribution took place in Dallas' first Super Bowl victory of the '90s against the Bills in Super Bowl XXVII. Matched up against Buffalo's smaller defensive backs, Irvin feasted for six receptions for 114 yards and two scores in Dallas' 52-17 romp.

38) MIKE WEBSTER
A nine time Pro Bowler and five time All-Pro, Webster won four Super Bowls while anchoring Pittsburgh's offensive line. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

37) DEACON JONES
An eight time Pro Bowler, six time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jones, the greatest pass rusher of his time, coined the phrase "sack" in the 1960s. He was the leader of Los Angeles' Fearsome Foursome defensive line.

36) ANTHONY MUNOZ
An 11-time Pro Bowler and nine time All-Pro, Munoz is arguably the greatest left tackle in NFL history. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Munoz, the greatest player in Bengals history, helped Cincinnati win two AFC titles during the 1980s.

35) ED REED
A nine time Pro Bowler and five time Pro Bowler, Reed was named the 2004 NFL's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with nine interceptions. Reed retired with 64 career interceptions.

34) TROY AIKMAN
A six time Pro Bowler and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Aikman was the first starting quarterback to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. He earned MVP honors after completing 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns in Dallas' 52-17 rout of Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII.

33) LADAINIAN TOMLINSON
Arguably the most versatile running back in NFL history, L.T. rushed for an NFL record 28 touchdowns en route to winning the NFL MVP award. Tomlinson, the first running back in NFL history to catch 100 passes in a season, was a two time rushing champion while leading the league in rushing touchdowns on three different occasions. Tomlinson retired as the fifth leading rusher in NFL history.

32) ROD WOODSON
An 11 time Pro Bowler and six time All-Pro, Woodson was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 after recording eight interceptions and 95 tackles. A member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team, Woodson rebounded from a serious knee injury in 1995 to play eight more seasons while collecting five more Pro Bowl selections and an All-Pro nod in 2002 at the age of 37. Woodson, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who retired with 71 interceptions, played in three Super Bowls with three different teams while helping the Ravens dismantle the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

31) SAMMY BAUGH
A six time Pro Bowler, four time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Baugh led the Redskins to two NFL championships. He was a four time NFL passing champion while also leading the league in completion percentage a whopping eight times.

30) AARON RODGERS
A two time NFL MVP, Rodgers is a six time Pro Bowler and two time NFL MVP. He earned Super Bowl MVP honors after throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

29) DREW BREES
One of the most prolific passers in NFL history, Brees has won a whopping seven NFL passing titles. Brees also took home Super Bowl MVP honors after completing 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two scores in New Orleans' victory over Peyton Manning's Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

28) O.J SIMPSON
"The Juice" is the only player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a 14-game season, rushing for 2,003 yards in 1973. A four time rushing champion, Simpson earned five straight All-Pro selections from 1972-76.

27) TROY POLAMALU
The most cerebral safety in NFL history, Polamalu was an eight time Pro Bowler, four time All-Pro and the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Polamalu, who recorded a crucial pix-six that helped the Steelers beat the Ravens in the 2008 AFC title game, won two Super Bowl titles with the Steelers.

26) STEVE YOUNG
A seven time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Young won NFL MVP honors in 1992 and 1994. Young, who won five NFL passing titles, tossed a record six touchdown passes in the 49ers' 29-26 victory over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Young also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 touchdowns during his NFL career.

25) JACK LAMBERT
The most intimidating linebacker of his era, Lambert earned nine consecutive Pro Bowl appearances that included five straight All-Pro selections. The 1976 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Lambert, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls during a six-year span from 1974-79.

24) DAN MARINO
A nine time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marino retired in 1999 as the NFL's all-time leading passer. He enjoyed one of the best passing seasons in NFL history in 1984, when he won league MVP honors after throwing for then single season records 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino led the NFL in passing five different times.

23) MEL BLOUNT
How great was Mel Blount? So great that the NFL created the "Mel Blount Rule" in 1978 which prohibited a defensive back's contact with a receiver. A third round pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, Blount was a five time Pro Bowler, a two time All-Pro and the 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after recording a league best 11 interceptions in 14 games. Blount, who retired with 57 career regular season interceptions, picked off three passes in Super Bowl competition that included two interceptions off of Hall of Fame quarterback, Roger Staubach. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Blount retired with four Super Bowl rings.

22) JOHN ELWAY
A nine time Pro Bowler, 1987 NFL MVP and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Elway was the first quarterback to lead his time to five Super Bowls. He retired after winning MVP honors of Super Bowl XXXIII while helping lead the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Elway led "The Drive" against the Browns in the 1986 AFC title game that gave Denver its second Super Bowl appearance.

21) DON HUTSON
The greatest receiver in Packers history, Don Hutson was the first great receiver in NFL history. During his ten year career, Hutson led the NFL in touchdowns receptions nine times, receptions eight times, and receiving yards seven times. Hutson, who retired in 1945 as the NFL's career leader with 488 catches for 7,991 yards and 99 touchdowns, won three world championships during his time with the Packers.

20) ROGER STAUBACH
A six time Pro Bowler and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Staubach was the first quarterback to lead his team to four Super Bowls. A two time Super Bowl champion, Staubach earned MVP honors while leading the Cowboys to a 24-3 victory over the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI.

19) ERIC DICKERSON
A six time Pro Bowler, five time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dickerson was the 1983 Offensive Rookie of the Year and the 1986 Offensive Player of the Year. After setting a rookie record with 1,808 rushing yards in 1983, Dickerson set the NFL single season record by rushing for 2,105 yards in 1984. Dickerson also led the NFL in rushing in 1986 and 1988.

18) DICK BUTKUS
Arguably the most intimidating linebacker of all-tine, Butkus earned eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections that included five All-Pro selections. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Butkus retired with an impressive 22 interceptions and 27 fumble recoveries.

17) RAY LEWIS
A 13 time Pro Bowler and seven time All-Pro, Lewis spearheaded Baltimore's stout defense for 17 seasons while winning two Super Bowls that included earning MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis, a two time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

16) RONNIE LOTT
A ten time Pro Bowler, six time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lott was the heart and soul of a 49ers' defense that helped San Francisco win four Super Bowls during the 1980s. Arguably the greatest safety of all-time, Lott -- who also starred at cornerback during his career -- led the NFL in interceptions in 1986 and 1991. He retired with 63 career interceptions.

15) RANDY MOSS
Known as "The Freak" during his playing days, Randy Moss broke onto the scene as a rookie in 1998, catching 17 touchdown passes for the 15-1 Vikings. Nine years later, Moss broke Jerry Rice's single season mark with 23 touchdowns while helping the Patriots cap off the first 16-game undefeated regular season. Moss retired with 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns.

14) BRETT FAVRE
An 11 time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro, three time NFL MVP and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Favre retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer and all-time wins leader. Favre, who led the NFL in touchdown passes on four different occasions, led the Packers to a victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. His 298 consecutive starts is still an NFL record.

13) EMMITT SMITH
The leading rusher in NFL history, Emmitt Smith, who retired with 18,355 yards, won three Super Bowls, four NFL rushing titles and the NFL's MVP award in 1993. He was also named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII after rushing for 132 yards and two scores in Dallas' 30-13 victory over the Bills. Smith's five rushing touchdowns in Super Bowl play is an NFL record.

12) OTTO GRAHAM
A seven time All-Pro and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Graham led the Browns to three NFL championships. He led the NFL in passing yards five times, completion percentage four times and passing touchdowns three times.

11) REGGIE WHITE
A 13 time Pro Bowler, eight time All-Pro and the 1988 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, White recorded 198.0 sacks during his Hall of Fame career. White's 3.0 sacks in Super Bowl XXXI helped the Packers defeat the Patriots, 35-21. He led the NFL with 21.0 sacks in 1987 and 18.0 sacks in 1988.

10) BARRY SANDERS
Barry Sanders won the NFL MVP award in 1997 after rushing for 2,053 yards that included rushing for exactly 2,000 yards in his final 14 games. A Pro Bowler in each of his 10 NFL seasons, Sanders is one of two players in league history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons. A four time NFL rushing champion, Sanders retired as the NFL's second all time leading rusher with 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns.

9) LAWRENCE TAYLOR
A ten time Pro Bowler and eight time All-Pro, Taylor was also named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1982, '82 and '86 while also being named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1981. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Taylor racked up 132.5 sacks during his 13-year career while helping the Giants capture Super Bowl titles in 1986 and 1990.

8) JOHNNY UNITAS
A ten time Pro Bowler, five time All-Pro, three time NFL MVP and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Unitas led the Colts to three NFL titles and a victory in Super Bowl V. He also led the Colts to a victory over the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game that was the first overtime game in NFL history.

7) WALTER PAYTON
"Sweetness" passed Jim Brown as the NFL's leading rusher in 1984, a record he would hold until Emmitt Smith passed him in 2002. The NFL MVP in 1977, Payton set a then NFL record that season by rushing for 275 yards against the Vikings despite playing with a 101 degree temperature. A nine time Pro Bowler and five time All-Pro, Peyton led the NFL in rushing in 1985 while helping lead the Bears to a 15-1 regular season record and a victory in Super Bowl XX. Peyton, who retired with 16,726 rushing yards, also caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards during his Hall of Fame career. 

6) JOE MONTANA
The first three time MVP in Super Bowl history, Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories during the 1980s. An eight time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro and two time NFL MVP, Montana never threw an interception in Super Bowl competition. His game-winning drive against the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC title game that culminated in Dwight Clark making "The Catch" remains one of the most iconic moments in NFL history.

5) PEYTON MANNING
The NFL's all-time leader in passing yards (71,940), touchdown passes (539) and regular season wins (186), Peyton Manning is also a five time NFL MVP, 14 time Pro Bowler, seven time All-Pro and two time Super Bowl champion. The MVP of Super Bowl XL, he is also the only starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different franchises.

4) JOE GREENE
The greatest player in franchise history, Greene is the only former player to have a hand in each of Pittsburgh's six Super Bowl victories. Chuck Noll's first ever draft pick back in 1969, Greene was twice named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. A first ballot member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Greene's No.75 was officially retired by the Steelers in 2014.

3) JIM BROWN
A three time league MVP, Jim Brown retired as the NFL's all time leading rusher with 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns. Brown, who led the NFL in rushing eight times during his nine-year career, led Cleveland to the NFL title in 1964.

2) TOM BRADY
The only quarterback to lead his team to five Super Bowl victories, Brady is also the only four time Super Bowl MVP. A 13 time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro and three time MVP MVP, Brady is also the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to eight Super Bowl appearances. His 27 postseason victories is an NFL record.

1) JERRY RICE
Regarded as the greatest receiver in NFL history,  Jerry Rice owns just about every conceivable receiving record. The MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, Rice, who retired with three Super Bowl rings, caught 1,549 passes for 22,985 yards and 197 touchdowns during his 20-year-career. A model of durability and sustained excellence, Rice actually had more receiving yards in his '30s than in his '20s. In 2002, the 40-year-old Rice tallied 1,211 receiving yards while helping the Raiders advance to Super Bowl XXXVII.

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Re: 50 best players ever. . .
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 07:17:25 AM »
Who made this list? The Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce?  A couple of obvious errors to me were Don Hutson at #21?  He was a top 10 talent, and there aren't 8 players better than Lawrence Taylor. JMO.
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