August 23, 2019
NFL's Greatest Ever8/23/2019
Out on ESPN they have posted a column indicating who they think are the greatest players at each position in the long history of the National Football League. Below are their listings and my opinions and thoughts for each player selected.
To read the entire article including analysis of the players, you can find this at https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27321515/tom-brady-joe-montana-choosing-nfl-greatest-ever-position
K-Adam Vinatieri: Vinatieri is the all-time leaders in scoring for the NFL thus he gets this spot by default. With 2,600 career points, he is 56 points ahead of Morten Anderson who is in second. With the Colts last season, Vinatieri is back for another go-round despite turning 47 this December.
P-Ray Guy: Guy’s entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was delayed way too long. Per rules, you are eligible five years after retirement. It took Ray Guy 28 years to get in which he finally did in 2014. Absolutely the greatest punter ever. Incredibly, in 207 career games he had just three punts blocked. Those three came in successive seasons so for the first five years of his career no one blocked any of his punts. He spent the last seven years of his career the same way.
Special teamer/returner-Gale Sayers: If Sayers’ career had not been cut short with a knee injury, perhaps he would have replaced Walter Payton as the best running back ever. But was a kick returner, he was special. Just watch any footage of him returning kicks and it’s like watching magic.
Coach-Bill Belichick: As a football strategist, there are probably none better than the current Patriots top man. It’s unlikely the man who has won more Super Bowls than any other coach will catch the winningest coach of all time Don Shula because Belichick is 67 wins behind and even if the Patriots win 12 games a season it would take another 5-6 seasons to become #1 for New England’s long running coach. But as a play calling coach and one who can make adjustments in-game, I don’t think there has been anyone better than this guy right here like him or not.
What are your thoughts? Do these men belong on the list? Should there be others in their place? Your thoughts and opinions are welcome and you can respond at firstname.lastname@example.org. In a list word, seven of these players have passed away and they are Hutson, Payton, Parker, Gregg, White, Jones, and Olsen.