National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

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



Position Player Team(s) played for College
DE Deacon Jones Los Angeles Rams (1961–1971)
San Diego Chargers (1972–1973)
Washington Redskins (1974)
Mississippi Vocational
South Carolina State
Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans (1952)
Baltimore Colts (1953–1964, 1966)
San Francisco
Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles (1985–1992)
Green Bay Packers (1993–1998)
Carolina Panthers (2000)
DT "Mean" Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers (1969–1981) North Texas State
Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys (1961–1974) TCU
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams (1962–1976) Utah State University
LB Dick Butkus Chicago Bears (1965–1973) Illinois
Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers (1971–1982) Penn State
Ted Hendricks Baltimore Colts (1969–1973)
Green Bay Packers (1974)
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1975–1983)
Miami (FL)
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers (1974–1984) Kent State
Willie Lanier Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1977) Morgan State
Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers (1958–1972) Illinois
Lawrence Taylor New York Giants (1981–1993) North Carolina
CB Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers (1970–1983) Southern
Mike Haynes New England Patriots (1976–1982)
Los Angeles Raiders (1983–1989)
Arizona State
Dick "Night Train" Lane Los Angeles Rams (1952–1953)
Chicago Cardinals (1954–1959)
Detroit Lions (1960–1965)
Scottsbluff JC
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)
Southern California
Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals (1960–1972) Utah
Ken Houston Houston Oilers (1967–1972)
Washington Redskins (1973–1980)
Prairie View

Special teams[edit]


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

75th Anniversary All-Time Two Way Team[edit]


Positions Player
Quarterback, Defensive Halfback, Punter Sammy Baugh
Center, Linebacker Chuck Bednarik
Quarterback, Defensive Halfback, Punter Earl "Dutch" Clark
Tackle, Defensive tackle George Connor
Guard, Defensive tackle Dan Fortmann
Center, Defensive tackle Mel Hein
Tackle, Defensive tackle, Punter Wilbur "Pete" Henry
End, Defensive Halfback Bill Hewitt
Fullback, Linebacker, Kicker Clarke Hinkle
Tackle, Defensive tackle Cal Hubbard
End, Defensive Halfback Don Hutson
Back, Defensive back George McAfee
Fullback, Linebacker Marion Motley
Guard-Tackle, Defensive tackle George Musso
Fullback, Linebacker Bronko Nagurski
Halfback, Defensive Halfback Ernie Nevers
Defensive end, Tight end Pete Pihos
Tackle, Defensive tackle Joe Stydahar
Running back, Defensive back Steve Van Buren

See also[edit]


  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 publication – free to read
  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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