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.
Cal Hubbard was the first person to be enshrined in both the Baseball and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was best utilized for his blocking abilities. Hubbard was named to the first All-League team in 1931. Learn about the multi-talented Cal Hubbard.
Don Hutson set an NFL career record with 99 touchdown catches -- still a sensational mark. He retired in 1945 with 488 receptions, which was 200 more than any other player had. Learn more about Football Hall of Fame receiver Don Hutson.
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.
Bob Waterfield quarterbacked the Cleveland Rams to the NFL championship in 1945. In his career, he totaled 573 points on 13 TDs, 315 PATs and 60 field goals. Learn more about Bob Waterfield's successful pro football career.
Reggie White was a defensive end with one of the best sack records of all time. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year five times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Known for his great speed on defense, Bill Willis was one of the two first African-American players in the AAFC. He entered the NFL in 1950 and was elected to three Pro Bowls and annual All-Pro selections. Learn more about his history-making football career.
Larry Wilson was the All-Pro Safety for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an outstanding coverage player, led the league with 10 interceptions in 1966 and retired with a team record of 52 interceptions.
Sonny Jurgensen was a classic drop-back passer known for his pinpoint passing abilities. Unfortunately, his playing time decreased in his later years due to a defensive-minded coach.
Kellen Wilson was an All-American who went on to play tight end for the San Diego Chargers. He ranked 14th in pass receptions at the time of his retirement, with 541 receptions for 6741 yards and 45 touchdowns. Get career info and statistics on Kellen Wilson.
Rod Woodson was a three-time NFL MVP during his career as a defensive back. He set a record for the most Pro Bowl appearances by a defensive back with 11 and made the NFL 75th Anniversary Team in 1994. Get stats and bio information on Rod Woodson.
Gale Sayers, at 34, was the youngest player ever to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, nagging injuries began to take their toll, and Sayers decided to retire in 1972. Learn about Gale Sayers, the 1977 inductee.
Joe Schmidt was one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL. He helped develop the middle linebacker position into the dominant pro defensive position. Schmidt entered the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Don Shula had an amazing 347 career victories with much of his career spent coaching the Miami Dolphins. He spent 26 years with the Dolphins, and in that time they only posted one losing season. Learn more about legendary coach Don Shula.
O.J. Simpson's notoriety certainly lost him fans, but in his football career he rushed for 11,236 yards and 61 rushing touchdowns. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1985.
Bruce Smith is quite possibly football's quintessential defensive end. His speed and strength made him one of the most feared and respected players in the NFL. Learn more about former Buffalo Bill Bruce Smith.
Emmitt Smith is the only player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,400 yards in five consecutive seasons. He holds the record for the most postseason touchdowns, with 20, and he retired in 2004 with 18,355 rushing yards.
Earl Campbell won the 1977 Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. His career was cut short due to the constant pounding and abuse he took during his eight-year career. Learn about Earl Campbell's great running back career.
Defensive back Jack Christiansen might have been the greatest punt returner ever. He averaged 21.47 yards per return in 1952, which stands as the second highest ever. Learn more about Hall of Fame inductee Jack Christiansen.
Willie Davis was fortunate enough to be traded to the Green Bay Packers at just the right time. His speed agility and size allowed him to become one of the best defensive ends in professional football. Read about defensive end Willie Davis.
Len Dawson went from near-obscurity to winning four individual passing crowns. He retired in 1975 at the age of 40, after having completed 2,136 passes for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns in his career.
Eric Dickerson established rookie records and broke O.J. Simpson's single-season rushing record. He retired in 1993 and amassed 13,259 career rushing yards in his career. Learn more about the running back who is second only to Walter Payton.
Mike Ditka is a Chicago football legend as both a player and a coach. He is famous for coaching the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl win against New England in 1986. Learn about Mike Ditka, the first tight end inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
Tony Dorsett was an electrifying runner. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1994 after having rushed for 12739 yards. Dorsett is third overall in career rushing yards. Learn how Tony Dorsett carried the Cowboys to greatness in the 1970s and 1980s.
Paul Warfield, a premier wide receiver, played as a rookie for the Browns. In his first six years with the Browns, the team played in five conference championships and posted a record of 59-23-2.
Football legend Lance Alworth was the first AFL player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a prized catch when he signed with the Chargers in the AFL instead of the 49ers in the NFL. Read about his amazing 11-season career.
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