* College awards and honors
* 7× Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
* 4× First-Team All-Pro selection (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003)
* 2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (2002, 2005)
* Super Bowl XLII champion
* 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
* 2× NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2003)
* NFL Record 22.5 sacks in single season
Team Dirtbag looks back to securing its front line. arguably the second best G of all time behind Jack Hannah I select:
Upshaw was the Oakland Raiders' first-round choice in the first combined AFL-NFL draft in 1967. The 6-5, 255-pound lineman won the starting job in his rookie training camp and held the guard spot for the next 15 seasons, starting in an amazing 207 straight regular season games until finally being forced out of action for one game in 1981. Upshaw returned the next week to play 10 more games in what turned out to be his final season. Altogether Upshaw played in an unbelievable 307 preseason, regular season, and post-season contests.
Upshaw played in 24 post-season games including, three AFL and seven AFC championship games and Super Bowls II, XI and XV. Along with the AFL championship he won in 1967 and victories in Super Bowls XI and XV,
Upshaw became the only player ever to start on
championship teams in both the AFL and NFL.
Upshaw was named first- or second-team All-League or All-Conference 11 consecutive years, and was named to play in seven Pro Bowls and is undoubtedly one of the greatest guards in NFL history
Gale Sayers burst upon the pro football scene in 1965 with the kind of an impact that the sport had not felt in many years. It is difficult to imagine a more dynamic debut than the one he enjoyed as a rookie. In his first heavy pre-season action, he raced 77 yards on a punt return, 93 yards on a kickoff return, and then startled everyone with a 25-yard scoring pass against the Los Angeles Rams.
In regular season, he scored four touchdowns, including a 96-yard game breaking kickoff return, against the Minnesota Vikings. And, in the next-to-last game, playing on a muddy field that would have stalled most runners, Gale scored a record-tying six touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. Included in his sensational spree were an 80-yard pass-run play, a 50-yard rush and a 65-yard punt return. For the entire season, Gale scored 22 touchdowns and 132 points, both then-rookie records.
Quiet, unassuming, and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block, Sayers continued to sizzle in 1967 and well into the 1968 season. Then, in the ninth game, Sayers suffered a knee injury that required immediate surgery.
After a tortuous rehabilitation program, Gale came back in 1969 in a most spectacular manner, winding up with his second 1,000-yard rushing season and universal Comeback of the Year honors. But injuries continued to take their toll and, just before the 1972 season, Gale finally had to call it quits.
In his relatively short career, he compiled a record that can never be forgotten. His totals show 9,435 combined net yards, 4,956 yards rushing, and 336 points scored. At the time of his retirement he was the NFL's all-time leader in kickoff returns. He won All-NFL honors five straight years and was named Offensive Player of the Game in three of the four Pro Bowls in which he played.
Sayers became the most celebrated newcomer in NFL history when he scored a rookie-record 22 touchdowns in 1965-14 on the ground, six via the pass, one on a kickoff return and one on a punt return. Included in that total were the six TDs he scored in a memorable game against San Francisco -- four on runs, one on an 80-yard pass and one on an 85-yard punt return. He followed that by rushing for 1,231 yards in his second season, winning his first of two rushing titles.
He finished with incredible averages of 5.0 yards per run, 11.7 per catch, 30.6 per kickoff return and 14.5 per punt return.
4x Pro Bowl selection (1965, 1966, 1967, 1969)
5x All-Pro selection (1965-1969)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
1965 UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year
3x Pro Bowl MVP (1969, 1967, 1966)
Chicago Bears #40 retired
Team Dirtbag adds to it's unpopular yet highly effective(hopefully ) strategy of building up the most formidable O-Line ever. Pairing up once again with Gene Upshaw from the 70's Raidah's (chris berman?). Team Dirtbag selects:
When Shell took over as the starting left tackle in 1971 he became widely recognized as one of the premier offensive linemen in the National Football League, For much of his career, Shell teamed with left guard Gene Upshaw, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, to provide the Raiders with an exceptional nucleus that powered the perennially strong Oakland Raiders offense of the 1970s.
Shell was a first- or second-team All-Pro choice six straight years from 1973 through 1978 and also played in eight Pro Bowl games and 23 postseason contests, including eight AFL/AFC championships as well as the Raiders' victories in Super Bowls XI and XV.
Shell played in his first 156 pro games before a pre-season injury in 1979 forced him out of the lineup for five
games. He then launched another streak of 51 games that ended with an injury midway into his final season in
Simple and plain, Shell is certainly one of the greatest offensive tackles in NFL history and also, one of the league’s all-time class acts.
11x Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
6x First-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
3x Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001)
9x First-team All-NFC (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
Pro Bowl MVP 2005
1698 tackles and 25 INTs
Brooks has long been considered one of the premier linebackers in the NFL, as respected off the field as he is feared on it. He was selected to the Pro Bowl every year from 1997 to 2007, but his 10-year streak ended in 2007, as he did not make the 2008 Pro Bowl. He was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl, his eleventh selection. Brooks is one of 5 players in history to be voted to 10 Pro Bowls, named Defensive Player of the Year, and be a Super Bowl Champion. The other 4 are Mike Singletary, Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, and Ray Lewis. He has also been named All-Pro 9 times. Brooks currently leads all defensive players in consecutive starts, surpassing the 200 start mark late in the 2007 season.
With the next pick in the OTC All-Time draft, RBA selects...
Slater played in 259 games from 1976 to 1995, the most ever by an offensive lineman at the time of his retirement. He was the first player to play 20 seasons for one team, and former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green is the only other one to accomplish the feat. Much like Ed "Too Tall" Jones was with the Dallas Cowboys, Slater was unique in "bridging gaps" with different eras in the franchise. Slater was teammates with Merlin Olsen and Jack Youngblood earlier in his career and Jerome Bettis and Issac Bruce at the end of his career, although Bettis would be traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers (where he had more success) right after Slater retired.
Although used primarily as a backup and special teams player during his first three seasons, Slater became a starter in 1979 and that season the Rams went to Super Bowl XIV. In 1980 he was a part of an offensive line that surrendered just 29 sacks and helped the Rams’ offense finish second in the NFL in total yards gained with 6,006. In 1983, he and the Rams offensive line demonstrated their versatility when they allowed a league-low 23 sacks while also paving the way for Dickerson’s rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards.
In 2001, Slater was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was voted the National Football League Players Association NFC Offensive Lineman of the year four times—1983, 1986, 1987, and 1989. Slater was the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award winner after the 1995 season.
With the 57th pick in the OTC All-Time NFL Draft, Statman32 selects...
Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown, OT, New York Giants
The path Roosevelt Brown followed from the 27th round of the 1953 NFL draft to pro football stardom was straight and narrow, unlike the paths he cleared for New York Giants ballcarriers. He was known around football circles as a quick hitter, someone who could knock a defender off the line before he knew what was happening. Brown was Mr. Reliable over a 13-year career that started in the trenches and ended in the Hall of Fame.
Brown, an afterthought draft pick out of Morgan State, gained instant attention when he arrived at the Giants camp and began throwing around his 6-3, 255-pound body. He had wide shoulders and a powerful upper body that could deliver punishment. But unlike most offensive linemen of the era, he had excellent straightaway speed and superior quickness.
Brown was quickly inserted into the tackle slot, a job he would hold for the rest of his career. He was too quick for the stronger defensive linemen and too persistent for anybody who tried to outmaneuver him on a pass play. He was so fast that he pulled on sweeps -- one of the first tackles to be used in that manner. The Giants also utilized Brown's speed and agility on kick-coverage teams.
But Brown was valuable beyond his obvious skills and physical assets. He was very popular among teammates and inspired them with his never-give-an-inch desire and relentless determination. The Giants liked to insert him on defense for goal-line stands, a move that seemed to give the unit an emotional lift. Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, helped lift the Giants over a successful 10-year stretch (1954 to '63) in which they carved out an 86-35-5 record that produced six conference titles and one NFL championship.
9x Pro Bowl selection (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965)
NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL's 1950s All-Decade Team
1956 NFL champion
with the 58th pick overall TEAM -primetime- selects:
Rex Grossman played in a SB because of him...nuff said!!!
and this stuff:
6× Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
4× All-Pro selection (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006)
2000 Male Athlete of the Year (UNM)
2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
2001 Football Digest Defensive POY
2005 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player-of-the-Week (4)
Special Teams Player of the Week
NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month (10/2000)
Brian Piccolo Award (2007)
Led the NFL in fumble return yards in 2001
Most tackles in a season (UNM)
Most tackles in a season (Bears)