With the 16th pick in the OTC All-Time NFL draft, RBA selects...
Rice's 1984 record-breaking season at Mississippi Valley caught the attention of many NFL scouts, but his speed (reportedly only 4.71 in the 40-yard dash) kept most wary, although there were apparently at least two exceptions: the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. In his autobiography, Rice says the Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, and Indianapolis Colts had kept in contact with him prior to the draft. In the first round of the 1985 NFL draft, Dallas had the 17th selection and San Francisco had the last (as Super Bowl champions from 1984). 49er coach Bill Walsh reportedly became enamored with Rice after watching highlights of Rice the Saturday night before San Francisco was to play the Houston Oilers on October 21, 1984. On draft day (April 30, 1985), the 49ers traded its first two picks for New England's first-round choice, the 16th selection overall (the teams also swapped third-round picks as part of the deal), and selected Rice before, as some report, the Cowboys were intending to pick him. Rice was prized more highly by the USFL, as he was the #1 pick overall in that short-lived league's 1985 draft.
Although he struggled at times (dropping numerous passes), Rice took the NFL by storm in his rookie season for the 49ers in 1985, especially after a 10-catch, 241-yard game against the Los Angeles Rams in December. For that rookie season, he recorded 49 catches for 927 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per catch and was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. (Eddie Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals, one of the two wide receivers taken ahead of Rice, was named the NFL Rookie of the Year.) The following season, he caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and 15 touchdowns. It was the first of 6 seasons in which Rice would lead the NFL in receiving and touchdown receptions. In 1987, he was named the NFL's MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and the Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP). Despite playing in only 12 games that year (NFL players strike), he still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL-record 22 touchdown receptions which stood until 2007 when it was broken by Randy Moss in 16 games.
In 1988 Rice averaged a career high 20.4 yards per catch as he caught 64 passes for 1,306 yards and 9 touchdowns. The 49ers once again won the NFC West with a 10–6 record. In the postseason, he was instrumental in the 49ers' 28–3 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game, recording 5 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. But his performance in Super Bowl XXIII was even better. In possibly his finest performance ever, Rice caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 5 yards, helping the 49ers to a narrow 20–16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. His receptions and receiving yards were both Super Bowl records. For his performance, he became only the third wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
In 1989, San Francisco made it back to the Super Bowl, aided by Rice's 82 receptions for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns during the season, and his 12 catches for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns in their 2 playoff games. He was once again a major factor in the 49ers championship win, finishing Super Bowl XXIV with 7 catches for 148 yards and a Super Bowl record 3 touchdown receptions.
Rice had another superb season in 1990, leading the NFL in receptions (100), receiving yards (1,502) and receiving touchdowns (13). In a week 6 match-up with the Atlanta Falcons Rice caught a career-best 5 touchdowns. San Francisco finished the year with an NFL best 14–2 record, but failed to "3-peat" as Super Bowl champions, losing to the New York Giants 15–13 in the NFC title game.
After seasons of 80 catches for 1,206 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1991, 84 catches for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1992, and 98 catches for 1,503 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1993, Rice made it back to the Super Bowl with the 49ers in the 1994 season, recording a career-high 112 receptions for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns. During the 49ers' first game of that season against the Los Angeles Raiders, Jerry Rice caught 7 passes for a season-high 169 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for one more and moving into first place in the NFL records for career touchdowns with 127. Although he only caught 6 passes in San Francisco's 2 playoff games that year, he proved to be a vital component in their 49–26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, recording 10 receptions for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns — despite playing with a separated shoulder for much of the game.
In 1995, Rice caught a career high 122 passes for an NFL record 1,848 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns (along with 1 touchdown each by way of running, passing, and recovering a fumble). However, the 49ers lost in the divisional playoffs to the Green Bay Packers, despite Rice's impressive 11-catch, 117-yard performance. The following year, he recorded 108 receptions (leading the NFL) for 1,254 yards and 8 touchdowns. San Francisco won in the wild card round, but once again lost to the Packers in the divisional playoffs. In his 3 seasons between 1994 and 1996, Rice had racked up a whopping 342 catches for 4,601 yards and 36 touchdowns.
During the season opener of the 1997 season he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee on a reverse. Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed Rice by the face-mask and wrenched Rice to the ground with it, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. The injury broke his streak of 189 consecutive games played. Fourteen weeks later he made his return, much earlier than doctors wanted him to. He scored a touchdown, but when he came down with the catch, he cracked the patella in his left kneecap. He was forced to miss the Pro Bowl for the first time in 11 years. However, he made a full recovery, coming back to record 82 catches for 1,157 yards and 9 touchdowns in 1998 and being named to his 12th Pro Bowl.
1999 was the first season that Rice failed to reached 1000yds while playing in all 16 games. The same thing happened in 2000 his final as a San Francisco 49er. At the end of the 2000 season Rice left the team to sign with the Oakland Raiders. He excelled with them in the 2001 season, catching 83 passes for 1,139 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 2002 he did even better, catching 92 passes for 1,211 yards and 7 touchdowns, being named to his 13th Pro Bowl and assisting Oakland to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. His team lost the game 48–21, with Rice recording 5 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. His 48-yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter made him the first player ever to catch a touchdown pass in 4 different Super Bowls.
Oakland dropped from an 11–5 record in 2002 to a 4–12 record in 2003 and a 5–11 record in 2004. Rice was traded by the Raiders 4 games into the 2004 season and joined the Seattle Seahawks for the remainder of the year. Rice received permission from former Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent to wear jersey number 80 during his time in Seattle, though the team had retired the number in Largent's honor. Rice would play his last post-season game for Seattle, a loss to the St. Louis Rams. After his tenure with the Seahawks, he tried to make the Denver Broncos roster during the 2005 preseaon, but retired shortly before the season began.
On August 19, 2006 the San Francisco 49ers announced that Rice would sign a contract with them, allowing him to retire as a member of the team where his career began. On August 24, he officially retired as a 49er, signing a one-day contract for $1,985,806.49. The number represented the year Rice was drafted (1985), his number (80), the year he retired (2006), and the 49ers (49). The figure was ceremonial, and Rice received no money. There was a halftime ceremony to honor him during the 49ers' matchup with the Seattle Seahawks on November 19, 2006.
Rice retired as the leader in a number of statistics. His 1,549 receptions were 447 receptions ahead of the second place record held by Marvin Harrison. His 22,895 receiving yards were 7,961 yards ahead of the second place spot held by his Raiders teammate Tim Brown. His 197 touchdown receptions are 65 scores more than the 132 touchdown receptions by his former 49ers teammate Terrell Owens, and his 208 total touchdowns (197-p, 10-r, 1-ret) were 33 scores ahead of Emmitt Smith's second place 175.
To illustrate the significance of his 22,895 receiving yards, if Rice had not gained any other yards on rush attempts or kick returns, his 22,895 receiving yards would still rank him second place on the NFL's list all-purpose yard leaders (category based on combination of rushing, receiving, kick/punt return yards, and interception/fumble return yards).
Rice is remembered for his work ethic and dedication to the game. In his 20 NFL seasons, Rice missed only 10 regular season games, 7 of them in the 1997 season, and the other 3 in the strike-shortened season of 1987. His 303 games are by far the most ever played by an NFL wide receiver, and are only 72 games behind the NFL record for games played by any player. In addition to staying on the field, his work ethic showed in his dedication to conditioning and running precise routes, with coach Dennis Green calling him "the best route runner I've ever seen." Also known as one of the best blockers at his position, there was no aspect of playing wide receiver at which Rice did not excel.
In 1999, he was ranked number 2 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, behind only Jim Brown, and Rice — 35 places ahead of the next-highest-ranked player then active, Deion Sanders — would play another five seasons.
With the 18th pick TEAM Montana selects the 2nd best WR in the history of the NFL:
NFL records and statistics
Most receiving touchdowns as a rookie: 17
Third in receiving yards by a rookie, with 1,313 (trailing Anquan Boldin and Bill Groman)
Moss has caught 13 or more TDs in a season five times; only Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice have done so more often.
Moss has caught 17 or more TDs in a season three times; no other player has ever done so.
Moss has averaged at least one receiving TD per game played in four different seasons: 1998 (17 TDs in 16 games), 2003 (17 in 16), 2004 (13 in 13), and 2007 (23 in 16); no other player has ever done so.
He had back-to-back 100 catch seasons, in 2002 and 2003. He, along with Wes Welker, Sterling Sharpe, Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, and Rod Smith are the only receivers to accomplish this feat.
At the end of the 2007 season, Moss averaged 12.4 receiving TDs per season, an NFL record.
He had 1,200+ yards receiving in each of his first 6 seasons, setting an NFL record.
In 2003, Moss became the second player in NFL history to average 100 yards and one TD per game in a 16 NFL game season, scoring 17 touchdowns and 1,632 yards.
In 2007, Moss became the only player in NFL history to record four 100+ yard games in his first four games with a new team.
Moss has eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark 8 times in his career. He is tied for 3rd all-time in that statistic.
Also in 2007, Moss set a record with 16 touchdowns in his first 10 games with a new team.
On December 29, 2007, he set the NFL record for most touchdown receptions in a regular season, with 23. The record was previously held by Jerry Rice who scored 22 touchdowns in a 12 game strike season.
4-time All-Pro selection. (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3188207)
NFL Record, 23 Receiving TD's in a season.(2007)
Only player in NFL history to record 1,200+ receiving yards in his first six seasons.
Youngest player in NFL history to record his 120th receiving touchdown. (30 years, 313 days)
Is second on the Minnesota Vikings all time receiving TD list with 90. Cris Carter holds the record with 110 receiving scores.
Caught his 100th touchdown pass in 2006 against San Francisco (on a pass he caught with his legs), and he is the 7th player to have 100+ touchdown receptions. He was the youngest to accomplish this at 29 years and 235 days.
Holds the record for most touchdowns in Minnesota Vikings playoff history with 8.
59 career 100 yard games - tied for 2nd all-time.
Has a 15.8 yards per catch average for his career.
Has completed 4 of 8 passes for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 1 interception, giving him a 95.8 passer rating.
Only player to catch 90+ touchdown passes, return a punt for a touchdown, and throw 2 touchdown passes.
Has played on the two highest scoring teams (for a single season) in NFL history: 2007 Patriots (589 points) & the 1998 Vikings (556 points)
Had a career-high 12 receptions for 204 yards against the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field, on November 14, 1999 in a 27-24 overtime win.
Holds the Viking record for most 100 yard receiving games with 41.
Had a Pro Bowl record nine receptions for 212 yards in the 1999 season's Pro Bowl played on February 6, 2000. NFC won in a shootout, 51-31, marking the highest scoring output in Pro Bowl History.
Caught a career high four touchdowns at Buffalo (all were in the first half). (Nov. 18, 2007)
Caught three touchdowns in six different games: at Dallas (Nov. 26, 1998), a 46–36 victory; vs. Chicago (Dec. 6, 1998), a 48–22 victory; at Detroit (Oct. 1, 2000), a 31-24 victory; vs. New York (November 19, 2001) a 28-16 victory; vs. San Francisco (Sep. 28, 2003), a 35–7 victory; vs. Buffalo (November 18, 2007), a 56–10 victory.
With the 20th pick D-Shark selects LB Mike Singletary
10x Pro Bowl selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
8x First-Team All-Pro selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991)
Second-Team All-Pro selection (1990)
Super Bowl champion (XX)
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
2x AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1988, 1985)
3x UPI NFC Player of the Year (1988, 1985, 1984)
2x Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy winner (1979, 1980)
Regular Season Record (5-4-0)
Playoff Record (0-0)
Coaching Record (5-4-0)
Chicago Bears #50 retired
With the 24th pick of the OTC All-Time Draft the Stanfield's select CB Nnamdi Asomugha
I really believe that Nnamdi will go down as the greatest cornerback to ever play in the NFL. His last 3 years are is the most imperssive 3 year stretch of any corner in league history.
Asomugha was the second Cal player to be drafted in the first round (31st overall) of the 2003 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders after Kyle Boller was taken by the Baltimore Ravens. He was moved to cornerback and made his first two career interceptions against the Cleveland Browns on October 1, 2006. He got his third interception four weeks later against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He returned this interception 24 yards for a touchdown. Though the team suffered through a 2-14 season, Asomugha's 2006 campaign was his finest yet. In his fourth year, he finished the season with 50 tackles, eight interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and one touchdown. His interception total tied him for second highest total in the National Football League along with four other players (including former Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson). Asomugha was invited to the 2007 Pro Bowl as an alternate in Honolulu, Hawaii but because of late notice he was not able to attend the annual all-star game . He also received the Oakland Raiders "Commitment to Excellence" Award and was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2006. Asomugha was selected onto Dr. Z's Sports Illustrated 2006 All-Pro team  as well as The Associated Press 2006 All-Pro Team .
Asomugha was selected as the Raiders Team Captain for the 2007 season. The 2007 season was a lonely existence for Asomugha, who paid for his eight-interception breakout season of 2006. Not even established star quarterbacks such as Brett Favre and Peyton Manning, neither short on confidence or receivers, would challenge him. Opposing quarterbacks tested him only 31 times with a mere 10 completions the entire season. One NFL scout told Pro Football Weekly that Asomugha was thrown at "less than any defender in the last ten years" in 2007  He finished the 2007 season with 34 tackles, 1 interception and 7 breakups and was named a 2008 Pro Bowl alternate.
Asomugha was selected as the Raiders Team Captain for the 2008 season. Opposing quarterbacks tested Asomugha only 27 times with 8 completions allowed the entire season. Only perennial all-pros Randy Moss (3 receptions, 40 yards) and Tony Gonzalez (2 receptions, 34 yards) would catch more than one ball on him during the year. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Asomugha is "as complete a cornerback as he has seen all year" . He finished the 2008 season with 40 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 9 pass deflections. He received the Oakland Raiders "Commitment to Excellence" Award for the second time and was named the team's 2008 Co-Most Valuable Player along with running back Justin Fargas. Asomugha was selected as a starter for the 2009 Pro Bowl. Asomugha was selected onto The Sporting News 2008 All-Pro Team  as well as the Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL Team for 2008 . Asomugha was also selected onto Peter King's Sports Illustrated 2008 All-Pro team  as well as The Associated Press 2008 All-Pro Team.
With the next pick in the OTC NFL All-time draft, -primetime- selects...
Larry Christopher Allen, Sr. (born on November 27, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football guard of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Sonoma State.
An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen played 12 seasons with the Cowboys and earned a Super Bowl ring with the team after a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. He played his final two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before signing a one-day contract with the Dallas Cowboys, allowing him to retire with the organization that drafted him, prior to the 2008 regular season. In his career, he played in more Pro Bowls than any other Dallas Cowboys offensive player in franchise history.
At 6'6" tall and weighing 325 pounds, Allen is regarded as possibly one of the physically strongest men to have ever played in the NFL with an unwitnessed 900+ lb squat and deadlift as well as a three-person assisted bench press of 700+ lbs.
In 1994, Allen started 10 regular season games rotating between guard and tackle. During the season he tied Burton Lawless in 1975 and Kevin Gogan in 1987, for the most starts on the offensive line as rookie in club history at the time, Flozell Adams broke the record in 1998. Allen helped Dallas establish a then team record by allowing just 20 sacks totaling just 93 yards (fewest in the NFL) while earning all-rookie honors.
Allen was forced into starting just four games into his rookie season when Mark Tuinei suffered back spasms on the road against the Washington Redskins. He received the game ball for helping keep the Redskins sackless for the game. He recorded his first NFL start at left tackle, replacing an injured (Mark) Tuinei against the Arizona Cardinals. This marked the first time a rookie offensive lineman had started for Dallas since November 24, 1991 when Erik Williams started at right tackle against the Redskins. Allen returned to a back-up role for the next two weeks, but early in the morning on October 24, (Erik) Williams was injured in automobile accident and was out for the rest of the season. After which, Allen was moved into the starting line-up at (Erik) Williams’s right tackle position permanently beginning at the Cincinnati Bengals on October 30). He received game ball, along with (Mark) Tuinei, for helping hold the New Orleans Saints without a sack in a Monday night win in New Orleans on December 19. In that Monday night contest, the 325-lb. Allen shocked the Saints by running down 195-lb. cornerback Robert Massey from behind on an interception return early in the game. In his first playoffs, Allen received the game ball against the Green Bay Packers on January 8, when the Dallas offense recorded 450 total yards and Troy Aikman completed 23-of-30 passes for 337 yards. Allen sprained his left ankle during the game, however he returned to play. In the NFC Championship Game at San Francisco 49ers, he struggled playing through three quarters on his injured ankle before leaving the game.
In 1995, Allen, while earning his first of seven consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl, was one of a club-record four Dallas offensive linemen named to the Pro Bowl, Ray Donaldson, Nate Newton, and Mark Tuinei being the others, after just one year of experience as a starting guard. The team finished fifth in the league in total offense while Emmitt Smith gained a franchise record 1,773 rushing yards, his fourth NFL rushing title in five years and scored, a then, NFL record 25 rushing touchdowns.
In 1996, Allen earned a second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, along with earning consensus All-Pro and All-NFC honors. The Dallas offensive line led league by allowing just 19 sacks, one shy of the team record set the previous year. For the third consecutive season behind Allen, Emmitt Smith ran for over 1,200 yards while passing 100 rushing yards four times, including a season-high 155 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins on November 28.
In 1997, Allen, despite being moved between guard and tackle during the season, was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl at guard and earned first-team All-Pro honors. He also spent part of training camp working at left tackle and returned to his right guard position for the first 13 games of season.
He started his third season at right guard at Pittsburgh and helped Dallas gain 380 total yards, including 295 passing yards while not allowing a sack. He left the September 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a strained left hamstring in the second quarter and did not return. He returned to the starting lineup following the bye week against the Chicago Bears on September 28, but was forced to leave in the second quarter without enough strength in his left leg to block effectively. He was once again back in the starting lineup the following week at the Giants. He was then forced to move out to left tackle after the loss of Mark Tuinei in Washington on October 13. Allen remained at left tackle in third down passing situations against the Eagles and Redskins on October 26 and November 16. He became a full-time starter at left tackle against the upstart Carolina Panthers on December 8, and remained there the final three weeks of the season.
In 1998, Allen was slated to start at the left tackle position from day one of the season after starting final three games of 1997 at left tackle. In his first full season guarding Troy Aikman’s blindside, he earned consensus All-Pro and All-NFC honors. He became just the third player in league history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at more than one offensive line position when peers voted him to NFC Pro Bowl team at tackle. He earned recognition as part of an offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks for 110 yards in 493 pass plays for a season, the fewest in NFL. His blocking helped Emmitt Smith to record seven 100-yard rushing games and 1,332 yards on the season.
He debuted at his new position in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals and helped Dallas gain 444 total yards (188 rushing), both totals were the teams highest since 1996. In the regular season finale against the Redskins on December 27, Allen was part of an offensive line that saw Smith run for two more touchdowns to break NFL’s all-time rushing touchdown record.
In 1999, despite starting in his third offensive line position in as many years and missing five games due to injury, Allen was selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl while earning consensus All-Pro honors at guard.
Allen earned recognition as part of an offensive line that allowed the second-fewest sacks (24) in the league, behind Indianapolis who allowed just 14, and one-or-fewer sacks in nine-of-16 games. He helped lead the way as the Cowboys gained 541 total yards while giving up only one sack in 50 pass plays in first career start at left guard at Washington on September 12. He helped lead the way as Emmitt Smith became just third player in last 29 games to rush for over 100 yards against the Atlanta Falcons on September 20, when he rushed for 109 yards. Allen's blocking helped the Cowboys offensive line allow only one sack in 40 pass plays in Philadelphia on October 10. He gave up no sacks on 32 pass plays, to the Redskins on October 24. His blocking helped Smith to rush for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Dallas offense recorded 205 rushing yards in Minnesota on November 8. Allen helped the Cowboys running backs record 149 yards before leaving game in third quarter with sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee against the Packers on November 14. He missed the his first career game in Arizona on November 21, snapping strings of 97 consecutive games played and 90 consecutive starts. He missed the next four games with a sprained knee. He returned to the starting lineup in New Orleans on Christmas Eve and helped the Cowboys offensive line give up no sacks on 39 pass plays while helping (Emmitt) Smith to rush for his eighth 100-yard game of the season. In the season finale against the Giants on New Years Day, he helped block for (Emmitt) Smith as he recorded his ninth 100-yard game of the season. Allen was also part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack in 33 pass plays during the game. In the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game in Minnesota on January 9, he opened holes for (Emmitt) Smith to rush for 99 yards, including a Dallas postseason record 65-yarder.
3. 2. 2. 2000s
In 2000, Allen was selected to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and earned consensus All-Pro and All-NFC honors. He was part of an offensive line unit that allowed just 35 sacks in 480 pass plays on the season. Six times during the season, opponents were held to one sack-or-less.
Despite suffering a fractured right hand in practice on June 20, Allen returned to play by the end of the preseason and started all 16 games. His blocking helped limit the Cardinals to one sack while protecting Randall Cunningham as he completed 24-of-34 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns on September 10. His blocking against Arizona on October 22 was key to the offense as it recorded 347 total yards, including 200 rushing yards. He allowed just one sack. He helped limit Warren Sapp to two tackles for the game in Tampa Bay, on December 3, while the entire Tampa Bay starting defensive line was limited to six tackles. He was also part of an offensive line that helped (Emmitt) Smith rush for 150 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins and the NFL’s fourth ranked defense on December 10. The Cowboys rushed for 242 yards against the Redskins for most by Dallas offense since recording 271 rushing yards in Philadelphia on Halloween 1993.
In 2001, Allen was named All-Pro by the Associated Press for the seventh consecutive season. He was also named a Pro Bowl starter at guard. However, he was unable to attend the game in Hawaii due to elbow surgery that was performed after the season ended. Marked seventh consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
Allen played a key role in Dallas’ third rank in the league in rushing at 136.5 yards-per-game. The season rushing total of 2,184 yards was the second-best total by a Cowboys team in last 20 years (1995, 2,201). He helped limit All-Pro DT (Warren) Sapp to one tackle and no sacks in the season opener against the Buccaneers, also helping the Cowboys offense rush for 99 yards on 23 carries, a 4.3 average. He led the way for Emmitt Smith to his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, 107 yards, and offense to 211 total rushing yards in the Cowboys Monday night win over the Redskins on October 15. He played a part in helping Troy Hambrick gain 127 rushing yards as well as Michael Wiley gain 85 en route to the Cowboys gaining 207 rushing yards (6.3 avg.) at Atlanta on November 11. He played a key role in Dallas' 20-14 win over the Redskins on December 2, as the Cowboys recorded their third 200-plus yard rushing game of the season as the team rushed the ball 44 times for 215 yards, a 4.9 average, including 102 yards by (Emmitt) Smith.
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With the 25th pick of the OTC All-Time NFL draft, RBA selects...
Jack Lambert was a two-year All-Mid America Conference linebacker at Kent State and a second-round draft selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974. The 6-4, 220-pound Lambert immediately took charge of his destiny by winning the starting middle linebacker assignment as a rookie and keeping it throughout his 11-year career in Pittsburgh that ended after the 1984 season.
He was soon recognized as the premier linebacker of his era. Lambert had all the necessary ingredients – intelligence, intensity, speed, quickness, range, durability – and he used them all to his best advantage. Even though he was the youngest starter on the Pittsburgh defensive unit, many felt that Lambert's presence was the final ingredient needed to turn that unit into a dominant one. Intimidating, he helped to shape and reinforce Pittsburgh’s famed “Steel Curtain.”
Lambert was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974. He was All-Pro eight times in a nine-year span between 1975 and 1983, and played in nine straight Pro Bowls. His impressive résumé also includes the fact that he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1976.
The team defensive captain for eight years, Lambert played in six AFC championship games and four Super Bowls. His interception late in the fourth quarter preserved Pittsburgh's fourth NFL title victory in Super Bowl XIV. During his career, he had 28 interceptions, which he returned 243 yards. In 1976, he recorded eight opponents' fumble recoveries and wound up with 17 during his 11-year tenure.
Lambert missed only six games because of injuries his first 10 years in the NFL but, in 1984, he suffered a severe toe injury, which limited his playing time to just eight games. He eventually was forced to retire at the end of the season.
Along with legendary defensive end David "Deacon" Jones, Olsen was one of two Hall of Famers who starred on a Rams defensive line known as the "Fearsome Foursome." Olsen combined prodigious physical gifts with rare intelligence to craft a career that landed him in the Hall of Fame. An impact player from the start, Olsen was Rookie of the Year in 1962, which also marked the first of his record 14 consecutive Pro Bowl invitations, a standard later equaled by Bruce Matthews. Olsen missed only two games in his career, playing 198 in a row before retiring, and finished as the Rams' all-time leading tackler with 915 career stops.
# 14× Pro Bowl (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
# 6× First-team All-Pro selection (1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970)
# 3× Second-team All-Pro selection (1965, 1973, 1974)
# NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
# NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
# NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
# 1974 Bert Bell Award
# 1968 Pro Bowl MVP
9 Time Pro Bowl selection
-11 Time All-Pro selection
-NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
-1970 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
-1971 NFL MVP First Defensive Player to win MVP
-1973 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
-Page played in 218 consecutive games without an absence.
-He recovered 22 fumbles.
-He also had three safeties, the second most in NFL history.
-Set a career-high in sacks with 18 in 1976 and is unofficially credited with 5 other seasons with 10 sacks or more.
Team DirtBag will be taking a break from building it's solid offensive line, Team DirtBag selects it's general to lead us into battle. Some say he's the best to never win a championship, I say he's the best to play the game! I introduce to you
Dan Marino was a first-round draft pick for the Miami Dolphins in 1983. He went to college at Pittsburgh. He spent seventeen seasons as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and broke almost every passing record possible. His arm strength and accuracy was consistently among the elite throughout his illustrious career. Despite breaking records and producing phenomenal stats, Dan Marino has had to carry around the encumbrance of being known as the best quarterback not to win the Super Bowl. His legacy and place among past quarterbacks will be in question because of his lack of post-season success. Arguably, if Marino had won just a single Super Bowl, then he would be documented as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, similar to how Michael Jordan has been hailed as the greatest basketball player of all-time. But his stats alone state that not only is he the best quarterback not to win the Super Bowl, but he is the best quarterback ever to grace the gridiron.
Marino played in 242 NFL regular season games, completed 4,967 out of 8,358 pass attempts, threw for 61,361 yards, threw 420 touchdown passes and 252 interceptions. Marino has made nine appearances in the Pro Bowl, and won the MVP award in 1984.
accomplishments such as Super Bowl
wins, Pro Bowl appearances, and MVP awards were taken
into consideration, but they do not eclipse actual stats.