The longest route to the Green Bay end zone was through the left side of the defense. If big end Willie Davis didn't get you, cornerback Herb Adderley would. When offensive coordinators designed game plans against Vince Lombardi's Packers, it was pretty obvious where most of the plays would be headed. And it was a pretty good bet the team's top receiver would not be much of a factor.
The 6-0, 205-pound Adderley had only himself to blame for his sometimes-diminished role. He was the consummate one-on-one coverage back, the guy who could take a big-play receiver out of the offense. Teams that tried to run around Adderley's end also were frustrated by the aggressive, physical tackler who seldom missed his target.
Adderley's style was not immediately embraced by his two professional coaches -- Lombardi from 1961 to '69 and Dallas' Tom Landry from 1970 to '72. He liked to play off the receiver and use his speed to attack the ball. He was quick, instinctive and smart, a gambler who could go for the big play. The speedy Adderley seldom dropped a ball and was dangerous and creative on returns -- both on interceptions and kickoffs.
Seldom did he make a mistake, which only added to the luster of his 48 career interceptions and 21.8-yard return average on pickoffs. It's no coincidence that the confident, easy-to-like Adderley was a starter for two of the premier defenses of his era. First he helped the Packers win five championships (and two Super Bowls) in a seven-year span. Then he helped the Cowboys reach two Super Bowls and claim one title in three years. A five-time Pro Bowl choice who played in four of the first six Super Bowls, Adderley missed only three games in his first 11 seasons.
* 5× Pro Bowl selection (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967)
* 4× Associated Press First-team All-Pro selection (1962, 1963, 1965, 1966)
* 3× Associated Press Second-team All-Pro selection (1964, 1967, 1968)
* NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
* Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
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Roger Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969 and didn't win the regular quarterbacking job from until his third season in 1971. But for the nine seasons he was in command of the potent Cowboys attack, the Dallas played in six NFC championship games, winning four of them, and also scored victories in Super Bowls VI and XII.
The 6-3, 200-pound Staubach wound up his career after the 1979 season with an 83.4 passing rating, the best mark by an NFL passer up to that time. His career chart shows 1,685 completions in 2,958 passing attempts, which were good for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns.
Making Staubach particularly dangerous was his ability to scramble out of trouble – his 410 career rushes netted him 2,264 yards for a 5.5-yard average and 20 touchdowns. He led the NFL in passing four times. He was also an All-NFC choice five times and selected to play in six Pro Bowls.
Staubach first starred as a quarterback at the U. S. Naval Academy, where he was a Heisman Trophy winner as a junior in 1963. Following his graduation, he spent a mandatory four years on active duty, including service in Vietnam, before he was able to turn his attention to pro football.
During his finest years with the Cowboys, Roger had the reputation for making the big play. He was the MVP of Super Bowl VI and provided the offensive spark in a defense dominated Super Bowl XII victory.
In 1972, he missed most of the season with a separated shoulder but he relieved Craig Morton in a divisional playoff against San Francisco and threw two touchdown passes in the last 90 seconds to defeat the 49ers, 30-28. With that performance, he won back his regular job and did not relinquish it again during his career.
He had an ongoing rivalry with Packers quarterback Brett Favre, whom he sacked more than any other quarterback; Favre said that Randle was the toughest defensive player he faced and "on artificial turf he's unblockable". To play off the rivalry with Brett Favre, Randle starred in a commercial which featured himself sewing a miniature version of Favre's #4 jersey which he put on a live chicken. The commercial then showed Randle chasing the chicken around what was supposed to be Randle's backyard and ended with Randle cooking chicken on his BBQ
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Cornerback Willie Brown
* 9x Pro Bowl selection (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
* NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
* AFL All-Time Team
* Super Bowl Champion
* Tied NFL record with four interceptions against N.Y. Jets on November 15, 1964
* Intercepted at least one pass for NFL-record 16 straight seasons
* Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 28, 1984
Position: DB Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 lbs.
8 Time Pro Bowler
3 Time All Pro
At the end of Aeneas Williams’ first training camp with the then-Phoenix Cardinals, the rookie cornerback talked to defensive backs coach Jim Johnson, wondering if he had made the team.
Johnson, now the defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, gave Williams the news that was obvious to everyone but Williams himself – not only had the cornerback made the team, he was a starter.
Williams held that spot for 10 seasons, 46 interceptions and six Pro Bowl appearances.
Now, the Cardinals plan to immortalize his name.
This season, Williams will become the 13th person put into the team’s Ring of Honor. The induction ceremony will come Nov. 10, during halftime of the “Monday Night Football” game against San Francisco.
Williams, who said he was “surprised” by the gesture, was informed late last week.
“Anytime an NFL organization decides to put your name somewhere in front of the public’s eyes, it is truly surprising and truly a blessing,” Williams said by phone from his home in St. Louis.
“We wanted to get a player in who recently finished his career, who looks like a Hall of Fame candidate, and we couldn’t think of anyone better,” team president Michael Bidwill said. “He was a fan favorite, an organizational favorite.”
Williams finished his career with a four-year stint with the Rams, including a
Williams picks off a pass against Dallas in a 1996 game. He will be the 13th Ring of Honor inductee; the previous 12 were Roger Wehrli, Pat Tillman, Larry Wilson, Marshall Goldberg, Dan Dierdorf, Night Train Lane, Paddy Driscoll, Ollie Matson, Charley Trippi, Jimmy Conzelman, Ernie Nevers and Charles Bidwill Sr.
Super Bowl appearance. With 55 career interceptions, he is expected to be in the Hall of Fame discussion when he becomes eligible after the 2009 season.
Making the playoffs in 1998 was Williams’ highlight as a Cardinal, he said. More than that, though, was his growth experience during his decade in the desert.
Williams could have left as a free agent after five years, but chose to remain in Arizona instead of going to Jacksonville. Both he and the team were ready to part when the Cards traded Williams to the Rams for a second- and a fourth-round pick on draft day, 2001.
“(At the end) it was time for a change, but my time in Arizona, I enjoyed it there,” Williams said. “We may not have won all the games we wanted, but I met good people and always believed – and still believe – the Cardinals will be a team to reckon with.”
There is some irony in Williams’ date to enter the Ring of Honor. While doing it on “Monday Night Football” seems obvious – “It’s the big stage, and we wanted him to have a big platform,” Bidwill said – it also is the first time since 1999 that the Cards have hosted the 49ers on Monday night.
The last time, Williams played a memorable role – delivering the hit on 49ers quarterback Steve Young that produced Young’s career-ending concussion.
“The thing I remember, the first thing that popped into my mind, was (unknown backup) Jeff Garcia,” Williams said. “We thought when Steve went out of the game, we had an advantage, and instead the young guy comes in and sustains enough of the momentum that I think they beat us (which the 49ers did, 24-10).
“I remember exactly coming in on one side on a blitz and (defensive back) J.J. McCleskey coming from the other side and remember praying for Steve and hoping he was OK.”
Young, who is part of the ESPN “Monday Night Football” crew these days, might be there for Williams’ big night. So too will Mike Martz, Williams’ last NFL head coach who now is the 49ers’ offensive coordinator.
Williams said it was too early for him to know how much of his family will attend the ceremony or which of his former teammates he would like to see there.
Bidwill said inductions into the Ring of Honor will be on a case-by-case basis and won’t necessarily be an annual occurrence. After 10 original members were put there when University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006, Pat Tillman was added later that season.
Last year, Roger Wehrli was inducted in the same year as his Hall of Fame induction.
Now is Williams’ turn.
Williams even played a part in getting University of Phoenix Stadium built; it was his record-tying 104-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Redskins that helped spark an upset win two days before voters approved the stadium-funding bond.
The 40-year-old Williams, a pastor at a local St. Louis church with a car dealership in his home state of Louisiana, said he hasn’t thought about his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame.
“My goal has always been to play the game where I reached my potential individually and to the best of my ability help us reach it collectively (as a team),” Williams said. “After that, all the accolades, the Ring of Honor, things like that, I had no clue.
“But I believed if I worked hard and was consistent each day and had the character to match the performance, ultimately good things would happen.”
#1 in NFL history in Fumble Return Yards
#2 In interceptions returned for TDs with 9
#3 In NFL history in Non Offensive touchdowns with 13
55 Career Interceptions
6× Pro Bowl selection (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004)
3× All-Pro selection (1993, 1996, 1997)
1993 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1996 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
2001 Walter Payton Man of the Year
Super Bowl XL Champion
Rushing Yards 13,662
Total Touchdowns 94
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* NFL Rookies of the Month (10/02)
* 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
* Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team (2002)
* 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 NFC Pro Bowl
* 2004, 2006 All-Pro Team
* NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/04, 11/08)
Carter finished No. 2 behind Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,101) and touchdowns (130) by a receiver. On December 28, 2008 Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts passed Carter to take the 2nd place position in career receptions. He is one of only 5 players in NFL History with 1,000 or more receptions (1,101). He is the only player to record 120+ receptions in a season twice (1994 & 1995). He also holds the record for most touchdown passes caught by African American passers, 73 (Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, Daunte Culpepper). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. Carter was one of fifteen finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2008, but was not elected in a surprise to some commentators. He is expected to eventually be inducted. 
* 8x Pro Bowl selection (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
* 2x Associated Press First-team All-Pro selection (1994, 1999)
* 1x Associated Press Second-team All-Pro selection (1995)
* NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
* 1999 Walter Payton Man of the Year
* Minnesota Vikings #80 Retired
with the 88th pick in the draft TEAM Dirtbag selects HOF RB:
5× Pro Bowl selection (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
3× All-Pro selection (1978, 1979, 1980)
1978 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1979 AP MVP
2× PFWA NFL MVP (1978, 1979)
3× NEA NFL MVP (1978, 1979, 1980)
3× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1978, 1979, 1980)
1978 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
1979 Bert Bell Award
2× All-American (1975, 1977)
1977 Heisman Trophy
1977 UPI Player of the Year
1977 TSN Player of the Year
1977 Harley Award Winner