Keith Bulluck, NFL's Most Underrated Player

Taylor WrightContributor IApril 9, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 21:  Keith Bulluck #53 of the Tennessee Titans waits to be introduced before their game against the Houston Texans at LP Field on September 21, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In my personal experience, unless you are a Titans fan, most people have never heard of Keith Bulluck.  For those who do not know, Keith Bulluck has played outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans for 10 years.

After being drafted 30th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, Bulluck played on special teams until proving that he could be a starter in 2001.  Throughout his career, he has been a sure-tackler, reliable run stopper, and a solid pass defender. 

Bulluck has one Pro Bowl appearance, been selected to the All-Pro team twice, and has led the league in tackles in 2004. 

While looking at those numbers, one might think that he has been an average player with just one Pro Bowl, but being the quiet, unknown legend, many people didn't notice his superb play.  In fact, many people wouldn't even rank him in the top 10 for outside linebackers over the past 10 years. 

Most people would think of DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Lance Briggs, Mike Peterson, or James Harrison as the best at their position. 

In his career, Keith Bulluck has amassed 1,038 tackles, 18 sacks, 57 pass deflections, and 19 interceptions.  Bulluck was almost always a guaranteed 100-plus tackler and he even holds the Titans record for most interceptions for a linebacker, with five in a season.  

I'm not trying to put down some of these other players, but with the increased popularity of the 3-4 system, many outside linebackers have became glorified defensive ends.  Bulluck was a true outside linebacker in a 4-3 system who simply did work and never got the respect he deserved. 

One of Bulluck's games that sticks out was when he had three, yes, three interceptions against a recent Super Bowl winner, Drew Brees.

When ranking his play, Bulluck has to go down as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the sport.  He is the Ray Lewis of outside linebackers, a man who was a force on the field.

Bulluck never needed attention from the media, his play spoke for itself.  Keith Bulluck has got to be the most underrated player in the NFL