Game of Football

Football is a beautiful and sometimes very physical game. The perfect spiral, the fingertip grab, the amazing run…they are all part of football's history.

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Ronnie Lott had speed strength and a knowledge of the game that set him apart from other defensive backs. He'd sense the direction a play was about to take and disrupt it any way possible.

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Sid Luckman won four NFL championships during his 12-year career with the Bears, including a 73-0 win over the Redskins. He was given the reigns to the unique offense developed by George Halas and the success was almost immediate. Learn Sid Luckman's secret.

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Don Maynard is one of only five players to record 50 or more receptions and more than 1,000 receiving yards five times. He was named to the all-time AFL team in 1969 and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Marion Motley amassed 4,720 yards on 828 carries for an astounding 5.7 yards per carry in only nine seasons. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and was named to the NFL's All-Time Team in 1994.

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Bronko Nagurski symbolized power running and possessed a brute force that has never been matched. He retired in 1938 to become a professional wrestler but later returned to the Bears in 1943. Find out more about powerhouse Bronko Nagurski.

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In 1967, Joe Namath became the first player to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season. He won major acclaim as the face of the Jets franchise for 13 seasons and his awesome 27,663 passing yards and 173 touchdowns.

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Tom Fears was an extremely precise catcher who set records only to break them himself. He led the league in receptions in his first three seasons as a pro. Fears was known for running precise routes. Read about Tom Fears' triumphs with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Len Ford was one of the best defensive players in pro football history, playing in six championships with the Browns. He needed facial reconstruction due to an injury, but was able to come back and play for a championship in 1950.

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Dan Fortmann joined the Chicago Bears in 1936 and became the youngest NFL starter. He retired from football in 1943 and became a highly respected doctor on the West Coast. Find out how Dan Fortmann wen from football field to medical field.

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Bill George started out in a middle guard position but found his full strength as a linebacker. His talents on defense helped him get elected to eight Pro Bowls and a Hall of Fame induction in 1972. Learn how Bill George excelled at middle linebacker.

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Otto Graham was approached by Paul Brown to join the Cleveland Browns in the new AAFC league. His passing abilities and leadership skills helped keep the Cleveland Browns at the top of the standings for 10 years.

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Jack Ham was a small linebacker who never expected his career to last for 12 glory-filled years. He retired in 1982 after amassing 32 pass interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries from opponents.

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John Hannah was a small lineman with a big attitude. He was named Offensive Lineman of the Year four times and was also voted onto nine Pro Bowl teams. Read about John "Ham Hocks" Hannah and the feats that got him into the Hall of Fame.

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Franco Harris led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. He retired in in 1984 after amassing 12,120 rushing yards, which was ranked third overall at the time. Read about Franco Harris, the NFL's intelligent and agile fullback.

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Roger Staubach, known as "Captain Comeback," led the Cowboys to fourth-quarter comebacks 23 times. In his career, he posted stats of 2,958 attempts 1,685 completions 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns.

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Jim Taylor's accomplishments as fullback for Green Bay were unfortunately overshadowed by the hype around Jim Brown. His greatest season came in 1962, when he posted 1474 rushing yards and topped all players.

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Lawrence Taylor redefined the linebacker position with his ability to change the outcome of a game. Taylor played in 10 Pro-Bowls and was named the league MVP after making a career-high 20 sacks.

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Emlen Tunnell was the first African American in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement in 1961, he held the records for interceptions, interception yardage, punt returns and punt return yardage. Learn more about New York Giant Emlen Tunnell.

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Nicknamed "the Dutchman," Norm Van Brocklin could do everything on a football field but run. In his career, he passed for 23,611 yards and 173 touchdowns. Van Brocklin also punted 523 times.

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Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was with the Rams for eight years and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times. He was a natural leader that successfully merged his physical skills with his mental abilities.

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Jerry Rice set many records in his 20 seasons of playing football and is considered the greatest receiver of all time. In his career, he amassed amazing totals of 22,895 receiving yards 207 touchdowns and 1,549 receptions.

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Coach Eddie Robinson set the record for number of wins when Grambling State University won the Cotton Bowl in 1985. He retired in 1997 with an amazing career record of 408-165-15. His career lasted an amazing 56 years. Learn about Eddie Robinson.

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Mel Hein was possibly the best two-way center ever to play and the first center to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He was selected the Most Valuable Player in 1938 -- a great honor for an interior lineman.

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Clarke Hinkle was the leading rusher in NFL history with 3,860 yards. He entered the Coast Guard after retiring in 1941. Learn about Clarke Hinkle, one of the greatest all-around fullbacks.

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Deacon Jones is considered by many to be the best defensive end ever to play in the NFL. He was named the NFL's outstanding defensive player twice and elected to play in eight Pro Bowls. Learn more about the innovative David "Deacon" Jones.

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