When you think of football and No. 42, chances are your thinking of Ronnie Lott. If your thinking of No. 7 you might just be thinking about John Elway.
But who would you be thinking about at No. 54?
When I was first asked to do this assignment, it was to jersey numbers 1-99. But my first response to that was that it would leave out a player that wore No. 00. Do you know who he is?
I used basic statistics for most of my selections. Some were ridiculously easy to call, but others leave quite a bit of room for interpretation and argument.
There were still others that quite frankly were selected because nobody else worthy of note wore that particular number.
The era these gentleman played in has to be considered. Some might say the game today is tougher, yet you were more likely to see a player playing both ways in the earlier years.
Today, you have a specialist for kicker, punter, longer snapper and of course you have your defensive players and your offensive players. How many times have you heard the game was lost because the defense was on the field far too long and tired? Back in the day, you played 60 minutes.
Also, what about the success of the team? How much should that play into the selections?
I do believe that is important but not necessarily a deciding factor.
Jonny Unitas won only one Super Bowl but is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback of all-time. What about Dan Marino? He never won the big game but holds many passing records.
Also, a vary important factor in determining this list, although not all inclusive, is a Hall of Fame indoctrination.
Before you say it, yes I know there are many players worthy of Hall consideration that are not in, and those players received mutual consideration as well when those occurrences surfaced.
And every once in awhile I took the easy way out and called a tie.
I mean can you really say anyone player is the greatest?
Can you really choose between Anthony Munoz and Bruce Smith? They are two of the greatest ever at their respective positions, and both just happened to wear the same number.
The great thing about these lists is that they are open to interpretation. Someone is always going to be offended when their guy is not there way they think he should be.
But this is how I see it.
How do you?