The NFL is an acronym for the National Football League. The NFL is the governing body for the league and is responsible for organizing the teams, their games and the business of professional football.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Thorpe is considered by many to be one the greatest athletes of the 20th century. He was an Olympic champion, a major-league baseball player, an All-American and All-Pro in football and the first President of the NFL.
Y.A. Tittle never won a Super Bowl but he is considered one of the best quarterbacks of his time. He was the Player of the Year in 1963 after throwing 36 touchdown passes that year. Unfortunately a championship eluded him. Learn more about Y.A. Tittle.
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.
Johnny Unitas was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player three times during his 18-year career. At the time of his retirement Unitas held nearly every passing record with 40,239 passing yards and 290 touchdowns.
Gene Upshaw was one of the first guards to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was offensive captain for the Raiders for eight years and later became Players Association president in 1987. Learn more about dominant Oakland Raider Gene Upshaw.
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.
Ernie Nevers was dubbed "the football player without a fault" by Stanford coach Pop Warner. He was gifted at nearly every task on the football field, including running, passing and kicking. Learn more about the 1920s football hero Ernie Nevers.
Ray Nitschke was a ruthless middle linebacker but an all-around nice guy off the field. He recovered two fumbles and deflected a pass in the 1962 title game and was named MVP of the game.
Born in Lucca, Italy, Leo Nomellini dominated on both offense and defense. He was a professional wrestler in the off-season and often brought elements of that sport into football. Learn more about Hall of Famer Leo Nomellini.
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.
Defensive tackle Alan Page spent 15 years with the NFL before becoming a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was the first defensive player selected to be the league MVP in 1972. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Learn more about Alan Page.
Hall of Famer Jim Parker was known as Johnny Unitas's bodyguard. He played in eight Pro Bowls and put together a streak of eight years in which he was an All-Pro performer. Find out why and how Jim Parker's knee injury ended his football career.
Walter Payton set records for carries and rushing touchdowns in his 13 years with the Chicago Bears. Payton is arguably the greatest running back to ever play the game of football. Learn about the legendary NFL running back Walter Payton.
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.
Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders abruptly retired from the NFL at 31 after a winning season. His retirement left him just short of breaking the all-time rushing record set by Walter Payton. Learn more about the Detroit Lion Barry Sanders.
Mike Haynes managed 46 interceptions during his career, helping him get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made a large impact with the Raiders and played a major role in their title run in 1983.
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.
Ted Hendricks recovered 16 fumbles and intercepted 26 passes in 15 seasons. He retired in 1983 and was later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
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.
Elroy Hirsch became the most devastating long-distance touchdown threat the NFL had ever seen during the 1951 season. He retired in 1957 -- with 387 receptions for 7,029 yards and 60 touchdowns -- and started an acting career.
Ken Houston set an NFL record by returning nine interceptions for touchdowns with the Oilers. He earned All-NFC or All-Pro honors seven times and played in 10 Pro Bowls. Discover more about Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston.
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