The Info List - Bronko Nagurski

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Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (November 3, 1908 – January 7, 1990) was a Canadian-born American football
American football
player in the National Football League (NFL), renowned for his strength and size. Nagurski was also a successful professional wrestler,[1] recognized as a multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion. Nagurski became a standout playing both tackle on defense and fullback on offense at the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1929, selected a consensus All-American in 1929 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 1951. His professional career with the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
also made him an inaugural inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
in 1963.


1 Youth and collegiate career 2 Professional career

2.1 Football 2.2 Wrestling

2.2.1 Wrestling accomplishments

3 Personal life 4 Later life and legacy

4.1 Later life 4.2 Legacy

5 Notes 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Youth and collegiate career[edit] Nagurski was born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, of Ukrainian and Polish descent, and his family moved to International Falls, Minnesota, when he was age five. His parents, "Mike" and Michelina Nagurski, were immigrants, from Western Ukraine (region called kresy where many ethnicities lived together (Halychyna/Galicia). Young Bronislau grew up working on his parents' farm and sawmill, delivering groceries for his father's grocery store and in his teens laboring at nearby timbering operations, growing into a powerfully muscular six-footer. Nagurski was discovered and signed by University of Minnesota head coach Clarence Spears, who drove to International Falls to meet another player. On the outside of town, he watched Nagurski out plowing a field without assistance. According to legend, Spears asked directions and Bronko lifted his plow and used it to point.[1] He was signed on the spot to play for the Golden Gophers. Spears admitted he concocted the story on his long drive back to the university in Minneapolis. Legends aside, on his first day of practice Spears decided to test Nagurski in the "Nutcracker" drill, where a defensive player had to take on two blockers and try to tackle a following ball carrier. On the first drill two All-Big Ten linemen and Herb Joesting charged at Bronko, who promptly split the blockers and drove the big fullback into a blocking dummy. Spears sent in three more players, blew his whistle and watched Bronko produce the same explosive results and after a third try with the same conclusion realized what a super player he had recruited. Nagurski became a standout playing both tackle on defense and fullback on offense at Minnesota from 1927 to 1929. In 1929, after posting 737 rushing yards, he was a consensus All-American at fullback, and despite playing fewer games at the position also made some All-American teams at tackle. The pre-eminent sportswriter of the day, Grantland Rice, listed him at the two positions in picking his 1929 All-America team. Rice later wrote, "Who would you pick to win a football game - 11 Jim Thorpes - 11 Glen Davises - 11 Red Granges - or 11 Bronko Nagurskis? The 11 Nagurskis would be a mop-up. It would be something close to murder and massacre. For the Bronk could star at any position on the field, with 216 pounds (98 kg) of authority to back him up." His greatest collegiate game was against Wisconsin in the season finale in 1928. Wearing a corset to protect cracked vertebrae, he recovered a Badger fumble deep in their territory, then ran the ball six straight times to score the go-ahead touchdown. Later in the same game, he intercepted a pass to seal the victory.[2] During his three varsity seasons at Minnesota, the Gophers went 18–4–2 (.792) and won the Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
championship in 1927. Nagurski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
in 1951. Professional career[edit] Football[edit] Nagurski turned professional to play for the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
from 1930 to 1937. At 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 235 pounds (107 kg), he was a formidable presence, and in his day he was a dominant force, helping the Bears win several division titles and two NFL championships. Nagurski has the largest recorded NFL Championship ring size at 19½ and wore a size-8 helmet.[3] He was probably the largest running back of his time, bigger than most linemen of the day,[n 1] often dragging multiple tacklers with him. In a time when players were expected to play on both sides of the ball, he was a standout defensive lineman as well playing a ranging tackle or "The Monster." After an injury, instead of sitting on the bench, he would sometimes be put in as an offensive tackle. In a 1984 interview with Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, when asked what position he would play if he were coming up in the present day, he said, "I would probably be a linebacker today. I wouldn't be carrying the ball 30 or 35 times a game." A time-honored and perhaps apocryphal story about Nagurski is a scoring gallop that he made against the Washington Redskins, knocking two linebackers in opposite directions, stomping a defensive back and crushing a safety, then bouncing off the goalposts and cracking Wrigley Field's brick wall. On returning to the huddle for the extra point try, he reportedly said: "That last guy hit me awfully hard."[4] Once in a game against the Packers, the Bears prepared to punt, and Green Bay's Cal Hubbard
Cal Hubbard
went to Red Grange
Red Grange
and said: "I promise not to try to block the kick, Red, but get out of the way so I can get a shot at that Polack." "Grange, glad not to try to block Hubbard for once, obliged. Cal tore through the line, slammed into Nagurski and bounced off. Rising slowly, he turned to Grange and said: "Hey, Red, don't do me any more favors."[5] At the end of the 1932 season, the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
and the Portsmouth Spartans were tied with the best regular-season records. To determine the champion, the league voted to hold its first playoff game. Because of cold weather, the game was held indoors at Chicago
Stadium, which forced some temporary rule changes. Chicago
won, 9–0. In the fourth quarter of the 1932 game, the Bears scored on a controversial touchdown: Carl Brumbaugh handed the ball off to fullback Nagurski, who pulled up and threw to Red Grange
Red Grange
in the end zone for the score.[6] The Spartans argued that Nagurski did not drop back five yards before passing to Grange, but the touchdown stood. The playoff proved so popular that the league reorganized into two divisions for the 1933 season, with the winners advancing to a scheduled championship game. A number of new rule changes were also instituted: the goal posts were moved forward to the goal line, every play started from between the hash marks, and forward passes could originate from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage (instead of the previous five yards behind).[7][8][9] During World War II, professional football teams were short of players and in 1943 Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
returned to the Bears for one season. He scored a touchdown in the Bears' championship victory against the Washington Redskins, served one season as backfield coach for UCLA
in 1944 and finally returned to wrestling until his retirement in 1960. Wrestling[edit] During his football career, he built a second athletic career as a professional wrestler and became a major box-office attraction. Tony Stecher, brother of former world champion Joe Stecher, introduced Nagurski to wrestling in 1933 and became his manager. Nagurski defeated Tag Tagerson in his ring debut. Hitting his peak in the late 1930s, Nagurski won a limited version of the world championship by defeating Dean Detton on June 29, 1937. But he finally achieved full recognition with his first National Wrestling Association world title by defeating Lou Thesz
Lou Thesz
on June 23, 1939. Losing the title to Ray Steele on March 7, 1940, he regained it from Steele one year later on March 11, 1941, but lost it three months later to Sandor Szabo on June 5, 1941.[10] Wrestling accomplishments[edit]

California State Athletic Commission

California State Athletic Commission
California State Athletic Commission
World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[11]

National Wrestling Association

NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

New York State Athletic Commission

New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[12]

NWA Minneapolis
Wrestling and Boxing Club

NWA World Tag Team Championship ( Minneapolis
version) (1 time) - with Verne Gagne

NWA San Francisco

NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version) (2 times)

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

(Class of 2011)[13]

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
(Class of 1996)

Other titles

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) World Heavyweight Championship (original version) (1 time) Minneapolis
World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Personal life[edit] Nagurski married his childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane on December 28, 1936. The couple had a child Christmas Day 1937, whom they named after his father. Nagurski's son, Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
Jr., played football at the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
and become an all-star with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Later life and legacy[edit] Later life[edit] After his retirement from wrestling, he returned home to International Falls and opened a service station.[1] A local legend claims that Nagurski had the best repeat business in town because he would screw customers' gas caps down so tight after filling their tanks that no one else in town could unscrew them.[14] He retired from that in 1978, at the age of seventy, and lived out a quiet life on the shores of Rainy Lake
Rainy Lake
on the Canada–U.S. border. In January 1984, Nagurski performed the coin toss at Super Bowl XVIII
Super Bowl XVIII
in Tampa, Florida, with Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
quarterback and co-captain Joe Theismann
Joe Theismann
calling the toss on behalf of his team's co-captains and the captains of the opposing Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Raiders. In 1990, he died in International Falls and is buried at its Saint Thomas Cemetery. Legacy[edit] Nagurski was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
as a charter member on September 7, 1963. At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities house of his fraternity, Sigma Chi, Nagurski's jersey and Significant Sig recognition certificate are on display. After his death, the town of International Falls honored him by opening the Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
Museum in Smokey Bear Park.[15] Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
named Nagurski one of the four greatest athletes in Minnesota state history; the other three were Dave Winfield, Kevin McHale, and Joe Mauer. In 1993, the Football Writers Association of America created the Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
Trophy, awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football. Notable winners include Warren Sapp, Charles Woodson, Terrell Suggs, Champ Bailey
Champ Bailey
and Derrick Johnson. In 1999 Nagurski was selected by Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
as a starting defensive tackle for their "NCAA Football All-Century Team". The other starting defensive tackle on that list was Rich Glover. In 2007, Nagurski was ranked No. 17 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. In 1999, he was ranked No. 35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking foreign-born player. In 2000, he was voted the second-greatest Minnesotan sportsman of the 20th century by the sportswriters of the Star Tribune, coming in behind only Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. A fictionalized eyewitness account of Nagurski's 1943 comeback is the subject of a dramatic monologue in the 2001 film version of Hearts in Atlantis. The film's screenwriter, William Goldman, repeated much of this rendition from his earlier account of the same story in his novel Magic. In 2009, Nagurski was an honorary team captain, represented by his son, Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
Jr., at the opening game of TCF Bank Stadium. His home town International Falls high school nickname is the Broncos in his honor. A legendary tale of Nagurski's physical toughness says that he charged through a group of defenders and ended up hitting the wall at Wrigley Field. On returning to the bench, he told Coach Halas, "That last guy gave me quite a lick!"[16] Notes[edit]

^ A forerunner to large fullbacks like Marion Motley, John Henry Johnson and Jim Brown


^ a b c Wolf, Bob (February 2, 1984). "A tank! Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
hit like one, ran like one". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3.  ^ Downer, George F. (November 25, 1928). "Gophers crush Badger hopes, 6 to 0". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 3.  ^ Dr. Z's Top 10 Big Backs - Bronkosaurus - Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
was, literally, a monster of the Midway. Sports Illustrated. Paul Zimmerman (Dr. Z). November 24, 1997 [Q]uarterback Sid Luckman, about Nagurski. "A monster," Luckman said. "The neck, the hands. They measured him for a championship ring in 1943, when he made his comeback, and his ring size was 19 1/2." ^ Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski
Is Dead at 81; Star Runner for Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
Paul Rodgers, The New York Times, January 11, 1990 ^ Bob Broeg (October 23, 1977). "Cal Hubbard: 'Big Umpire' Was A Man For All Sports". p. 16. Retrieved May 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
pro champions". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Chicago Tribune). December 19, 1932. p. 14.  ^ "History 1931–1940". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-12.  ^ Hickok, Ralph (2004). "The 1932 NFL Championship Game". HickokSports.com. Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-05.  ^ Bennett (1976), pp 32–33 ^ OnLine World of Wrestling <http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/bronko-nagurski.html>. ^ http://www.prowrestlinghistoricalsociety.com/casac-world-heavyweight-championship.html ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ny/nysac-h.html ^ "Lawler, McMahon, Road Warriors among PWHF Class of 2011". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-11-28.  ^ Czuba, Ashley (January 29, 2010). "Taking a Look in the Bears History Book: Bronko Nagurski". Windy City Gridiron.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-11-20/sports/ct-spt-1121-around-town--20101120_1_wall-wrigley-field-harlon-hill

Further reading[edit]

Sullivan, George (1972). The Great Running Backs. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. pp. 41–46. ISBN 0-399-11026-7. 

External links[edit]

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at Find a Grave
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Bronko Nagurski—championships, awards, and honors

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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
1932 NFL champions

Gil Bergerson Carl Brumbaugh Bill Buckler Lloyd Burdick Zuck Carlson George Corbett John Doehring Tiny Engebretsen Paul Franklin Red Grange Bill Hewitt Luke Johnsos Joe Kopcha Ookie Miller Keith Molesworth Don Murry Bronko Nagurski Dick Nesbitt Bert Pearson Johnny Sisk Cookie Tackwell George Trafton

Head Coach: Ralph Jones

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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
1933 NFL champions

Gil Bergerson Carl Brumbaugh Bill Buckler Zuck Carlson George Corbett John Doehring Paul Franklin Red Grange Bill Hewitt Luke Johnsos Bill Karr Joe Kopcha Link Lyman Jack Manders Ookie Miller Keith Molesworth George Musso Bronko Nagurski Dick Nesbitt Bert Pearson Ray Richards Gene Ronzani Johnny Sisk Dick Smith Dick Stahlman Cookie Tackwell Joe Zeller

Head Coach: George Halas

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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
1943 NFL champions

Al Babartsky Jim Benton Connie Mack Berry Harry Clarke Bernie Digris Gary Famiglietti Danny Fortmann Bill Geyer Pete Gudauskas Al Hoptowit Tony Ippolito Jim Logan Sid Luckman Dante Magnani Bob Masters Al Matuza Doug McEnulty Ray McLean Monte Merkel Fred Mundee George Musso Bronko Nagurski Ray Nolting Bill Osmanski Hamp Pool John Siegal Dom Sigillo Bob Snyder Bill Steinkemper Bob Steuber Bulldog Turner Joe Vodicka George Wilson

Co-Head Coaches: Luke Johnsos & Hunk Anderson

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1929 College Football All-America Team
College Football All-America Team
consensus selections


QB Frank Carideo HB Chris Cagle HB Gene McEver FB Ralph Welch


E Joe Donchess E Wes Fesler T Bronko Nagurski T Elmer Sleight G Jack Cannon G Ray Montgomery C Ben Ticknor

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NFL's 1930s All-Decade Team

Dutch Clark Arnie Herber Cecil Isbell Cliff Battles John McNally Beattie Feathers Tuffy Leemans Ken Strong Clarke Hinkle Bronko Nagurski Bill Hewitt Don Hutson Wayne Millner Gaynell Tinsley George Christensen Frank Cope Turk Edwards Bill Lee Joe Stydahar Ox Emerson Dan Fortmann Charles Goldenberg Russ Letlow Mel Hein George Svendsen

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NFL annual rushing touchdowns leaders

1932: Nagurski 1933: Presnell 1934: Clark & Feathers 1935: Caddel 1936: Clark 1937: Battles, Clark & Hinkle 1938: Farkas 1939: Drake 1940: Drake 1941: Gallarneau 1942: Famiglietti 1943: Paschal 1944: Paschal 1945: Van Buren 1946: Fritsch 1947: Van Buren 1948: Van Buren 1949: Van Buren 1950: Lujack 1951: Goode 1952: Towler 1953: Perry 1954: Towler 1955: Ameche 1956: Casares 1957: Brown 1958: Brown 1959: Brown 1960: Hornung 1961: Taylor 1962: Taylor 1963: Brown 1964: Moore 1965: Brown 1966: Kelly 1967: Kelly 1968: Kelly 1969: Matte 1970: Lane 1971: Thomas 1972: M. Morris 1973: Little & Simpson 1974: Sullivan 1975: Banaszak & Simpson 1976: Harris 1977: Payton 1978: D. Sims 1979: Campbell 1980: Campbell & B. Sims 1981: Muncie 1982: M. Allen 1983: Riggins 1984: Dickerson & Riggins 1985: J. Morris 1986: Rogers 1987: Hector & White 1988: Bell 1989: Bell 1990: Fenner & Gary 1991: Sanders 1992: Smith 1993: M. Allen 1994: Smith 1995: Smith 1996: T. Allen 1997: Abdul-Jabbar & T. Davis 1998: T. Davis 1999: S. Davis 2000: Faulk 2001: Alexander 2002: Holmes 2003: Holmes 2004: Tomlinson 2005: Alexander 2006: Tomlinson 2007: Tomlinson 2008: Williams 2009: Peterson 2010: Foster 2011: McCoy 2012: Foster 2013: Charles & Lynch 2014: Lynch & Murray 2015: Freeman, Hill, Peterson & Williams 2016: Blount 2017: Gurley

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Retired numbers

3 5 7 28 34 40 41 42 51 56 61 66 77 89

Key personnel

Chairman: George McCaskey President/CEO: Ted Phillips General Manager: Ryan Pace Head Coach: Matt Nagy

Division championships (18)

1933 1934 1937 1940 1941 1942 1943 1946 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1990 2001 2005 2006 2010

Conference championships (4)

1956 1963 1985 2006

League championships (9)

1921 1932 1933 1940 1941 1943 1946 1963 1985 (XX)


Broadcasters Radio:

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Current league affiliations

League: National Football League Conference: National Football Conference Division: North Division

Seasons (98)

1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
retired numbers

3 Bronko Nagurski 5 George McAfee 7 George Halas 28 Willie Galimore 34 Walter Payton 40 Gale Sayers 41 Brian Piccolo 42 Sid Luckman 51 Dick Butkus 56 Bill Hewitt 61 Bill George 66 Bulldog Turner 77 Red Grange 89 Mike Ditka

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Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Class of 1963

Sammy Baugh Bert Bell Joseph Carr Dutch Clark Red Grange George Halas Mel Hein Pete Henry Cal Hubbard Don Hutson Curly Lambeau Tim Mara George Preston Marshall John McNally Bronko Nagurski Ernie Nevers Jim Thorpe

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Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame


Pre-modern era

Baugh Clark Conzelman Driscoll Friedman Herber Luckman A. Parker

Modern era

Aikman Blanda Bradshaw L. Dawson Elway Favre Fouts Graham Griese Jurgensen J. Kelly Layne Marino Montana Moon Namath Stabler Starr Staubach Tarkenton Tittle Unitas Van Brocklin Warner Waterfield Young

Running backs

Pre-modern era

Battles Canadeo Dudley Grange Guyon Hinkle Lambeau Leemans McAfee McNally Nagurski Nevers Pollard Strong Thorpe Van Buren

Modern era

M. Allen Bettis J. Brown Campbell Csonka T. Davis Dickerson Dorsett Faulk Gifford Harris Hornung J. H. Johnson L. Kelly F. Little Martin Matson McElhenny Moore Motley Payton Perry Riggins B. Sanders Sayers Simpson E. Smith Jim Taylor T. Thomas Tomlinson Trippi Walker

Wide receivers / ends

Pre-modern era

Badgro Chamberlin Flaherty Halas Hewitt Hutson Millner

Modern era

Alworth Berry Biletnikoff T. Brown Carter Fears Harrison Hayes Hirsch Irvin Joiner Largent Lavelli Lofton Maynard McDonald Mitchell Monk Moss Owens Pihos Reed Rice Stallworth Swann C. Taylor Warfield

Tight ends

Casper Ditka Mackey Newsome C. Sanders Sharpe J. Smith Winslow

Offensive linemen

L. Allen B. Brown R. Brown Creekmur D. Dawson DeLamielleure Dierdorf Gatski Gregg Grimm Hannah Hickerson S. Jones W. Jones Kramer Langer L. Little Mack Matthews McCormack McDaniel Mix Munchak Muñoz Ogden Otto Pace J. Parker Ringo Roaf Shaw Shell Shields Slater St. Clair Stanfel Stephenson Tingelhoff Upshaw Webster Wright Yary Zimmerman

Pre-modern era two-way players

Edwards Fortmann Healey Hein Henry Hubbard Kiesling Kinard Lyman Michalske Musso Owen Stydahar Trafton Turner Wojciechowicz

Defensive linemen

Atkins Bethea Buchanan Culp W. Davis Dean Dent Doleman Donovan Eller Ford J. Greene Haley Hampton Humphrey D. Jones Jordan Kennedy Lilly Long Marchetti Nomellini Olsen Page Randle Robustelli Sapp Selmon B. Smith Stautner Strahan Ja. Taylor Weinmeister Ra. White Re. White Willis Youngblood


Bednarik Bo. Bell Brazile Brooks Buoniconti Butkus Carson Connor George K. Greene Ham Hanburger Hendricks Huff Jackson Lambert Lanier Lewis Nitschke Richter Robinson Schmidt Seau Singletary L. Taylor D. Thomas Tippett Urlacher Wilcox

Defensive backs

Adderley Barney Blount W. Brown Butler Christiansen Dawkins Easley Green Haynes Houston J. Johnson Krause Lane Lary LeBeau Lott Renfro D. Sanders E. Thomas Tunnell Wehrli Williams L. Wilson Wood Woodson

Placekickers and punters

Andersen Groza Guy Stenerud


G. Allen P. Brown Chamberlin Conzelman Dungy Ewbank Flaherty Gibbs Gillman Grant Halas Lambeau Landry Levy Lombardi Madden Neale Noll Owen Parcells Shula Stram Walsh


Beathard Be. Bell Bidwill Carr A. Davis DeBartolo Finks Halas Hunt J. Jones Lambeau T. Mara W. Mara Marshall Polian Ray Reeves A. Rooney D. Rooney Rozelle Sabol Schramm R. Wilson Wolf

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National Football League
National Football League
75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Sammy Baugh Otto Graham Joe Montana Johnny Unitas Jim Brown Marion Motley Bronko Nagurski Walter Payton Gale Sayers O. J. Simpson Steve Van Buren Lance Alworth Raymond Berry Don Hutson Jerry Rice Mike Ditka Kellen Winslow Roosevelt Brown Forrest Gregg Anthony Muñoz John Hannah Jim Parker Gene Upshaw Mel Hein Mike Webster Deacon Jones Gino Marchetti Reggie White Joe Greene Bob Lilly Merlin Olsen Dick Butkus Jack Ham Ted Hendricks Jack Lambert Willie Lanier Ray Nitschke Lawrence Taylor Mel Blount Mike Haynes Dick Lane Rod Woodson Ken Houston Ronnie Lott Larry Wilson Ray Guy Jan Sten