In one of our previous blogs we looked at the greatest quarterbacks, but in this one, we’re going to look players who played elsewhere on the field.
Jerry Rice – Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice in unrivalled in the wide receiver position. Despite retiring in 2014, Rice still holds the records for all-time leading receiver in yards (22895 – For perspective no other player has over 16000) receptions (1549) and touchdowns (197). Unapparelled in his position, Jerry Rice will long be remembered for being an all-time great and part of the great 49ers teams of the 1980s. He made the All-Pro for 11 straight seasons and was voted into the NFL decade team for the 1980s and 1990s
Jim Brown – Running Back
A full back for the Cleveland Browns between 1957 and 1965, Brown was the NFL’s MVP three times, won the NFL Championship (Pre- Super Bowl era) in 1964 with the Cleveland Browns and by the time he retired (at age only 29) he had shattered most major rushing records. He averaged 104.3 yard per game carry and 5.2 yards per carry. Among the records he still holds, Brown has the highest career touchdowns per game (1.068), most career games with three or more touchdowns (14), most career games with four or more touchdowns (6), most seasons leading the league in touchdowns (5) and the highest average yards from scrimmage per game in a career (125.52) If you don’t have Jim Brown in your top 5 of all time, you know nothing about football.
Lawrence Taylor – Linebacker
There are few players who have changed the game in the same way that LT did. In his 13 year career with the Giants he turned them from perennial losers into a Superbowl winning team. Despite personal issues with drink and cocaine (he served several suspensions during his career) he still managed to lead the Giants to their first Superbowl in 1986 and was the last defensive player to win the MVP award in the same season. He made sacking a recorded statistic and his strength, speed, size and desire set him apart. 132.5 sacks in 13 years still stands up in the current era. The H-Back, singleback formations, tight ends and unbalanced lines all trace their origins to LT and Joe Gibbs trying to subdue the Giants’ 56.