This slideshow covers the guys I think were the heart and soul of their respective franchises.
They didn't always have the winning records, playoff appearances, or even the prolific passing stats, but they elevated their teams to the next level by exposing them in ways that, prior to that point, no one else ever could or did.
Some teams will not be listed, as I feel they have yet to find their franchise guy, while others left me with tough choices because there were so many to choose from.
I expect to be challenged on a few of my picks because, well, that's what always happens.
However, let me make clear that if a franchise was in multiple cities, then I still looked at the franchise as a whole as opposed to looking at them separately.
So, I had to look at both Peyton Manning (pictured here) and Johnny Unitas when considering the Colts franchise.
Again, the choices were not always easy.
In any event, I hope you enjoy it and are able to spark some serious debate over some of my picks.
All I ask is that you debate and not degrade. This was done in good fun, but not without respect to the fans of these teams who, ultimately, truly are the driving force behind every one of these franchises.
But enough chit chat. I thank you in advance for the read and the time you take to comment.