National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994 to honor the greatest players of the first 75 years of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Five players on the list were on NFL rosters at the time of the selections: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Reggie White, and Ronnie Lott.[2] Gale Sayers was named to the team as both a halfback and kickoff returner. Every player is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, except for Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.



Position Player Team(s) played for
QB Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins (1937–1952)
Otto Graham Cleveland Browns (1946–1955)[a]
Johnny Unitas Pittsburgh Steelers (1955)
Baltimore Colts (1956–1972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers (1979–1992)
Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1994)
FB Jim Brown Cleveland Browns (1957–1965)
Marion Motley Cleveland Browns (1946–1953)[a]
Pittsburgh Steelers (1955)
Bronko Nagurski Chicago Bears (1930–1937, 1943)
HB Walter Payton Chicago Bears (1975–1987)
Gale Sayers Chicago Bears (1965–1971)
O. J. Simpson Buffalo Bills (1969–1977)
San Francisco 49ers (1978–1979)
Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles (1944–1951)
WR Lance Alworth San Diego Chargers (1962–1970)
Dallas Cowboys (1971–1972)
Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts (1955–1967)
Don Hutson Green Bay Packers (1935–1945)
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers (1985–2000)
Oakland Raiders (2001–2004)
Seattle Seahawks (2004)
TE Mike Ditka Chicago Bears (1961–1966)
Philadelphia Eagles (1967–1968)
Dallas Cowboys (1969–1972)
Kellen Winslow San Diego Chargers (1979–1987)
OT Roosevelt Brown New York Giants (1953–1965)
Forrest Gregg Green Bay Packers (1956, 1958–1970)
Dallas Cowboys (1971)
Anthony Muñoz Cincinnati Bengals (1980–1992)
G John Hannah New England Patriots (1973–1985)
Jim Parker Baltimore Colts (1957–1967)
Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders (1967–1981)
C Mel Hein New York Giants (1931–1945)
Mike Webster Pittsburgh Steelers (1974–1988)
Kansas City Chiefs (1989–1990)



Position Player Team(s) played for
DE Deacon Jones Los Angeles Rams (1961–1971)
San Diego Chargers (1972–1973)
Washington Redskins (1974)
Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans (1952)
Baltimore Colts (1953–1964, 1966)
Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles (1985–1992)
Green Bay Packers (1993–1998)
Carolina Panthers (2000)
DT "Mean" Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers (1969–1981)
Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys (1961–1974)
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams (1962–1976)
LB Dick Butkus Chicago Bears (1965–1973)
Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers (1971–1982)
Ted Hendricks Baltimore Colts (1969–1973)
Green Bay Packers (1974)
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1975–1983)
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers (1974–1984)
Willie Lanier Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1977)
Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers (1958–1972)
Lawrence Taylor New York Giants (1981–1993)
CB Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers (1970–1983)
Mike Haynes New England Patriots (1976–1982)
Los Angeles Raiders (1983–1989)
Dick "Night Train" Lane Los Angeles Rams (1952–1953)
Chicago Cardinals (1954–1959)
Detroit Lions (1960–1965)
Rod Woodson Pittsburgh Steelers (1987–1996)
San Francisco 49ers (1997)
Baltimore Ravens (1998–2001)
Oakland Raiders (2002–2003)
Ronnie Lott San Francisco 49ers (1981–1990)
Los Angeles Raiders (1991–1992)
New York Jets (1993–1994)
Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals (1960–1972)
Ken Houston Houston Oilers (1967–1972)
Washington Redskins (1973–1980)

Special teams


Position Player Team(s) played for
P Ray Guy Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973–1986)
PK Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1979)
Green Bay Packers (1980–1983)
Minnesota Vikings (1984–1985)
PR Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Houston Oilers (1974–1980)
Atlanta Falcons (1982–1987)
Washington Redskins (1988)
KR Gale Sayers Chicago Bears (1965–1971)

75th Anniversary All-Time Two Way Team


Position Player Team(s) played for
Quarterback, Defensive Halfback, Punter Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins (1937–1952)
Center, Linebacker Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles (1949–1962)
Quarterback, Defensive Halfback, Punter Earl "Dutch" Clark Portsmouth Spartans (1931–1932)
Detroit Lions (1934–1938)
Tackle, Defensive tackle George Connor Chicago Bears (1948–1955)
Guard, Defensive tackle Dan Fortmann Chicago Bears (1936–1943)
Center, Defensive tackle Mel Hein New York Giants (1931–1945)
Tackle, Defensive tackle, Punter Wilbur "Pete" Henry Canton Bulldogs (1920–1923, 1925–1926)
New York Giants (1927)
Pottsville Maroons (1927–1928)
End, Defensive Halfback Bill Hewitt Chicago Bears (1932−1936)
Philadelphia Eagles (1937−1939)
Steagles (1943)
Fullback, Linebacker, Kicker Clarke Hinkle Green Bay Packers (1932–1941)
Tackle, Defensive tackle Cal Hubbard New York Giants (1927–1928, 1936)
Green Bay Packers (1929–1933, 1935)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1936)
End, Defensive Halfback Don Hutson Green Bay Packers (1935–1945)
Back, Defensive back George McAfee Chicago Bears (1940–1941, 1945–1950)
Fullback, Linebacker Marion Motley Cleveland Browns (1946–1953)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1955)
Guard-Tackle, Defensive tackle George Musso Chicago Bears (1933–1944)
Fullback, Linebacker Bronko Nagurski Chicago Bears (1930–1937, 1943)
Halfback, Defensive Halfback Ernie Nevers Duluth Eskimos (1926–1927)
Chicago Cardinals (1929–1931)
Defensive end, Tight end Pete Pihos Philadelphia Eagles (1947–1955)
Tackle, Defensive tackle Joe Stydahar Chicago Bears (1936–1942, 1945–1946)
Running back, Defensive back Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles (1944–1951)

See also


  1. ^ a b The Browns competed in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949.


  1. ^ "Very Best of the NFL". Detroit Free Press. August 24, 1994. p. 1D. Retrieved November 10, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (August 28, 1994). "Pro Football: Notebook; For 75th Anniversary, There Is No Namath On the All-Time Team". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c 2001 NFL Record and Fact Book, Edited by Randall Liu, p. 401, Workman Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2
  4. ^ Liu 2001, p. 402.

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Anthony Muñoz

Michael Anthony Muñoz (born August 19, 1958), is a former American football offensive tackle who played 13 seasons for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz is widely considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

William Arthur Johnson (born January 27, 1952), better known as Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 through 1988. He was one of the first players to display elaborate celebrations in the end zone.

Don Hutson

Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American football player and assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played as a split end and spent his entire eleven-year professional career with the Green Bay Packers. Under head coach Curly Lambeau, Hutson led the Packers to four NFL Championship Games, winning three: 1936, 1939, and 1944.

In his senior season at the University of Alabama in 1934, Hutson was recognized as a consensus All-American and won a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. After his career at Alabama, he joined the Packers in 1935 and played eleven seasons before he retired in 1945. He led the league in receiving yards in seven separate seasons and in receiving touchdowns in nine. A talented safety on defense, he also led the NFL in interceptions in 1940. Hutson was an eight-time All-Pro selection, a four-time All-Star, and was twice awarded the Joe F. Carr Trophy as the NFL Most Valuable Player.

Hutson is considered to have been the first modern receiver, and is credited with creating many of the modern pass routes used in the NFL today. He was the dominant receiver of his day, during which he was widely considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history. He held almost all major receiving records at the time of his retirement, including career receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He was inducted as a charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hutson's number 14 was the first jersey retired by the Packers, and he is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. In 1994, Hutson was selected for the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team as one of the greatest players of the NFL's first 75 years.

National Football League

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference (four division winners and two wild card teams) advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

The NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League (AFL) in 1966, and the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season; the merger was completed in 1970. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most watched television programs in American history, all occupying the Nielsen's Top 5 tally of the all-time most watched U.S. television broadcasts by 2015. The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league. The players in the league belong to the National Football League Players Association.

The team with the most NFL championships is the Green Bay Packers with thirteen (nine NFL titles before the Super Bowl era, and four Super Bowl championships afterwards); the teams with the most Super Bowl championships are the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, each with six. The current NFL champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII for their sixth Super Bowl championship.

Night Train Lane

Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick "Night Train" Lane, was an American football player. A native of Austin, Texas, he played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 years as a defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams (1952–1953), Chicago Cardinals (1954–1959), and Detroit Lions (1960–1965).

As a rookie in 1952, Lane had 14 interceptions, a mark that remains an NFL record more than 65 years later. He played in the Pro Bowl seven times and was selected as a first-team All-NFL player seven times between 1956 and 1963. His 68 career interceptions ranked second in NFL history at the time of his retirement and still ranks fourth in NFL history. He was also known as one of the most ferocious tacklers in NFL history and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He was also named to the NFL's all-time All-Pro team in 1969 and its 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. In 1999, he was ranked number 20 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

After retiring from professional football, Lane worked for the Detroit Lions in various administrative positions from 1966 to 1972 and then held assistant coaching positions at Southern University (1972) and Central State University (1973). For 17 years from 1975 to 1992, he was in charge of Detroit's Police Athletic League.

Rosey Brown

Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown Jr. (October 20, 1932 – June 9, 2004) was an American football player. He was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1953 to 1965. He previously played college football for Morgan State University.

After being selected with the 321st pick in the 1953 NFL Draft, he appeared in 162 games for the Giants, missing only four games in a 13-year career. In his prime, between 1956 and 1963, he helped lead the Giants to six division championships and the 1956 NFL Championship Game. He was selected as a first-team All-NFL player eight consecutive years and was also selected to play in the Pro Bowl nine times.

After retiring as a player, Brown remained with the Giants as an assistant coach and later as a scout. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974 and was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. He was also included on the NFL's 1950s All-Decade Team and The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

Sports in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been home to many teams and events in professional, semi-professional, amateur, college, and high-school sports. Sports are a huge part of the culture of the city and the Greater Philadelphia area. Philadelphia sports fans are considered to be some of the most knowledgeable fans in sports, and are known for their extreme passion for all of their teams. Philadelphia fans, particularly Phillies and Eagles fans, are also known for their reputation of being the "Meanest Fans in America".Philadelphia is one of twelve cities that hosts teams in the "Big Four" major sports leagues in North America, and Philadelphia is one of just three cities in which one team from every league plays within city limits. These major sports teams are the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association and the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. Each team has played in Philadelphia since at least the 1960s, and each team has won at least two championships. Since 2010, the Greater Philadelphia area has been the home of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, making the Philadelphia market one of nine cities that hosts a team in the five major sports leagues. Prior to the 1970s, Philadelphia was home to several other notable professional franchises, including the Philadelphia Athletics, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, the Philadelphia Warriors, the Philadelphia Quakers, and the Philadelphia Field Club.

The Greater Philadelphia area hosts several college sports teams. The Philadelphia Big 5 is an informal association of basketball schools consisting of La Salle University, the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, and Villanova University. Those five schools, along with Drexel University, Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware, all represent the Greater Philadelphia area in NCAA Division I, while several other area schools field teams in other divisions of the NCAA. Temple fields the lone Division I FBS football team in the region, though many Philadelphia fans root for other programs, such as the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions.

In addition to the major professional and college sports, numerous semi-pro, amateur, community, and high school teams play in Philadelphia. The city hosts numerous sporting events, such as the Penn Relays and the Collegiate Rugby Championship, and Philadelphia has been the most frequent host of the annual Army-Navy football game. Philadelphia has also been the home of several renowned athletes and sports figures. Philly furthermore has played a historically significant role in the development of cricket and extreme wrestling in the United States.

Steve Van Buren

Stephen Wood Van Buren (December 28, 1920 − August 23, 2012) was an American football halfback who played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) from 1944 to 1951. Regarded as a powerful and punishing runner with excellent speed, through eight NFL seasons he won four league rushing titles, including three straight from 1947 to 1949. At a time when teams played twelve games a year, he was the first NFL player to rush for over ten touchdowns in a season—a feat he accomplished three times—and the first to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons. When he retired, he held the NFL career records for rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns.

Van Buren played college football for Louisiana State University, where he led the NCAA in scoring in his senior season for the LSU Tigers. After leading LSU to victory in the Orange Bowl, he was drafted by the Eagles with the fifth overall pick in the 1944 NFL Draft. Van Buren acquired many nicknames over his career in reference to his running style, including "Wham Bam", "Moving Van", and "Supersonic Steve". He was the driving force for the Eagles in the team's back-to-back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949; he scored the only touchdown of the 1948 NFL Championship Game against the Chicago Cardinals, and in the next year's championship game against the Los Angeles Rams he set postseason records with 31 carries and 196 rushing yards.

After his playing career, Van Buren coached in minor league football, winning an Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL) championship with the Newark Bears in 1963. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Van Buren is a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Considered one of the greatest players in Eagles franchise history, his number 15 jersey is retired by the team, and he is enshrined in the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. For his college career, he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1944 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

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