A four-time Pro Bowler who played White Lightning to Tim McDonald’s Black Thunder– errr something like that–Merton Hanks won Niners fans’ hearts with his flashy interceptions, clutch play and of course, “the Funky Chicken Dance.” The heart and soul of the 1994 defense that won the Super Bowl, he anchored one of the best secondaries in recent history, joining McDonald, Eric Davis and Deion Sanders in terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. He led that team in interceptions, with seven. It takes someone special to out-flash Deion Sanders, but for that one year, “the Funky Chicken Dance” was the greatest thing in the world. Hanks topped off his career with a not-so-illustrious stint in Seattle, eventually retiring in 2001. According to Wikipedia, he now works for the NFL as a senior manager and goes on speaking tours. We can’t help but wonder if he does that neck thing at the end of his speeches.
Rushing yards 14,101
* 5× Pro Bowl selection (1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004)
* 2× First-team All-Pro selection (2001, 2004)
* 1× Second-team All-Pro selection (1999)
* 1995 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
* Led NFL in rushing yards in 2004 with 1,697
* Fourth-leading rusher of all time (14,101 yards)
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In college, he became an All-American Safety at Texas A&M. Hayes was converted to cornerback after being drafted by the Raiders in 1977. Hayes was a member of two Raiders championship teams (1980, 1983), and was a five-time Pro Bowler (1980–1984).
In 1980 Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions and was named AP Defensive Player of the Year and the NEA Defensive Player of the Year. He retired after the 1986 season with a total of 39 interceptions, a Raider record shared with Hall of Famer Willie Brown. He is eligible for enshrinement in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, and in 2007 was chosen amongst 26 semi-finalists.
5x Pro Bowl selection (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
1x First-team All-Pro selection (1980)
5x Second-team All-Pro selection (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
1980 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Raiders single season leader in interceptions with 13
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Steve Largent, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Call him the master of illusion. When Steve Largent ran pass patterns, he always ended up here and the defender over there. That was the special magic of the record-setting wide receiver, who emptied his bag of tricks over a 14-year career with the Seattle Seahawks. When Largent zigged, everyone else in the stadium usually zagged.
Longtime Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes called him "the master of tomfoolery," a reference to Largent's ability to deceive cornerbacks. But he also will be remembered as a consummate pro who squeezed everything from his ability with a meticulous, cerebral approach to his craft. He didn't have great speed and had less than ideal size (5-11, 187), but he more than made up for those shortcomings with exceptional lateral quickness, great balance, body control and soft hands that seemed to pull balls in like a magnet.
Covering Largent was like a game of cat and mouse. He could run the same pattern on three straight plays and beat the cornerback in three different ways. He would use a move on one play to set up a later one, throw two or three incomprehensible moves into one feint and run unusual routes that played with the defender's mind. Largent was unsurpassed in his preparation, a picture of total concentration. It was all part of a precise plan, conceived and executed by pro football's ultimate possession receiver.
Largent was a 1976 fourth-round pick of the Houston Oilers but was traded during his first training camp to the Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick. By 1989, he had carved out his place as the greatest pass catcher in NFL history. When he retired, he owned records for most catches (819), yards (13,089) and touchdowns (100), all marks that have since been broken, and his eight 1,000-yard seasons still rank second only to Jerry Rice's 12. Largent, who once caught passes in 177 consecutive games, earned seven Pro Bowl selections.
7x Pro Bowl selection (1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
1988 Walter Payton Man of the Year
Seahawks Ring of Honor
Seattle Seahawks #80 retired
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Steve Wisniewski, OG, Oakland Raiders
For 12 years, offensive guard Steve Wisniewski dominated the left side of the offensive line. At one of the most under-appreciated positions, Wisniewski was recognized for his work by being selected to eight Pro Bowl selections. During his tenure, the Raiders made the playoffs five times. Described as a “technician,” Wisniewski was an athletic lineman, who ran well, and had quick feet.
Defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Titans 16th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida.
Kearse played for the Philadelphia Eagles for four seasons between stints with the Titans. During his first tenure with the Titans, Kearse was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1999. Both his unusual speed and 86-inch (220 cm) wingspan greatly impressed coaches and earned him the nickname "The Freak"
AFC sack leader (1999)
AP NFL Defensive R.O.Y. (1999)
1× All-Pro selection (1999)
The only perfect record in NFL history. How do you beat that? You don't. Don Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history with a career record of 347-173-6. Shula-coached teams reached the playoffs 20 times in 33 years, including six Super Bowl appearances and his teams won 10 games or more a staggering 21 times. Led the 1972 Dolphins to a perfect 17-0-0 season, capping off the historic campaign with a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins.