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.
Willie Lanier one of the best middle linebackers to play was All-Pro All-AFL or All-AFC every year from 1968-75. He was known for chasing ball carriers down with a ferocity that was unmatched by other players at the time. Learn about Willie Lanier.
Steve Largent held six major pass-receiving records by the time he retired. He was known for his precise routes sure hands determination and concentration. Check out which records are held by Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
Dante Lavelli -- called "Gluefingers" for his ability to hang onto a football -- was the greatest clutch receiver in pro football. He caught 386 passes in his 11 year career. Lavelli played in three Pro Bowls and was twice All-NFL.
Defensive tackle Bob Lilly was the first Dallas Cowboys player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was best known for sacking quarterback Bob Griese for a 29-yard loss in Super Bowl VI. Learn about the adroit Bob Lilly.
Vince Lombardi said "Winning is not everything but making the effort to win is." This philosophy helped Lombardi turn the dormant Green Bay Packers into NFL champions five times. Lombardi died in 1970. Learn more about legendary coach Vince Lombardi.
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.
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.
John Mackey caught 331 passes for 5236 yards and 38 touchdowns in just 10 seasons. He was a powerful runner who would toss would-be tacklers aside with little strain. Check out Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.
Gino Marchetti was selected as the best defensive end in the NFL's first 50 years, back in 1969. He was voted onto 10 Pro Bowl teams and was an All-Pro player seven times. Learn more about All-Pro favorite Gino Marchetti.
Dan Marino was the most productive passer the NFL has ever known with 4,967 of 8,358 passes completed. He is considered by many people to be the greatest quarterback to have never won a Super Bowl title. Learn more about the legendary Dan Marino.
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.
Hugh McElhenny was one of only three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards. He frequently left defenders dazed with his amazing speed and ability to change direction at will. Learn more about thrill runner Hugh McElhenny.
Joe Montana helped the 49ers win four Super Bowls, and he received three Super Bowl MVP awards for his effort. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 and is a sure-shot Hall of Famer.
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.
Anthony Munoz received the prestigious NFL Man of the Year Award in 1991 for being a great role model on and off the field. He played in 11 Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. Learn about Anthony Munoz.
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.
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.
Steve Van Buren grew to be a giant in the game of football. In 1947, he became the second player to rush for over 1000 yards with 1008 total yards. He retired with a record of 5860 rushing yards. Learn more about Steve Van Buren, the great Eagles player.
Turk Edwards was a lineman for the Boston Redskins. He helped the Redskins win a division title in 1936 and a national championship in 1937. Learn why Turk Edwards was one of the most powerful players on either side of the line.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Fouts was ideally suited to be the Chargers' quarterback. He played for 15 seasons and completed 3,297 passes for 43,040 yards. Fouts entered the Hall of Fame in 1993. Read how Dan Fouts and coach Don Coryell's offense led to championships.
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.
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.