It all comes down to this.
Here comes the 12th and final installment of our throwback series where we take a look at the different positions around the NFL and draw comparisons to standouts of years gone by.
While safety is a priority in the game of football, we’ve chosen to feature the safeties last instead of the position of safety first.
Yes, punt intended.
How exactly do we come up with these comparisons? The criteria are multi-faceted, and one legend doesn’t fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because after all the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. But other factors will be taken into account when making comparisons.
One final reminder: This is not a ranking of the five best safeties currently in the NFL. For instance, Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward wound up in the Pro Bowl in place of Troy Polamalu. You won't find Ward or Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor here. This is simply some of the best players at their position and whom they remind us of from the distant or not-too distant past.
Finally, here is a big “thank you” to the people at Pro-Football-Reference.com for their statistical support.