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Ranking the All-Time Teams for Each NFL Franchise

Brian WrightCorrespondent IIJanuary 7, 2017

Ranking the All-Time Teams for Each NFL Franchise

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    Selecting the all-time team for one franchise is a challenge in itself. Ranking each of the 32 all-time teams brings a together even more debates worthy of the local bar hall.

    These best-of-the-best groups consist of 11 players on each side of the ball as well as two special team players.

    One note before we get started with the list. The Browns all-time team will be selected from players that played on the teams in Cleveland from 1946 to 1995 and also the expansion club that has existed since 1999. The Ravens franchise is based strictly on their time in Baltimore, which is since 1996.

32. Houston Texans

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    Offense

    QB: Matt Schaub

    RB: Domanick Williams

    FB: Ron Dayne

    WRs: Andre Johnson, Jerome Mathis

    TE: Owen Daniels

    OTs: Eric Winston, Duane Brown

    OGs: Chester Pitts, Zach Wiegert

    C: Steve McKinney

     

    Defense

    DEs: Mario Williams, Gary Walker

    DTs: Amboi Okoye, Seth Payne

    LBs: DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing, Jamie Sharper

    CBs: Aaron Glenn, Dunta Robinson

    Safeties: Marcus Coleman, Bernard Pollard

     

    Special Teams

    K: Kris Brown

    P: Matt Turk

     

    In all fairness, it's hard to establish a formidable all-time team when a franchise has only existed for nine years and has yet to reach a postseason. Andre Johnson and Mario Williams are the only potential Hall of Famers in this group.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Offense

    QB: Mark Brunell

    RB: Fred Taylor

    FB: Greg Jones

    WRs: Jimmy Smith, Keenan McCardell

    TE: Kyle Brady

    OTs: Tony Boselli, Maurice Williams

    OGs: Vince Manuwai, Chris Naeole

    C: Brad Meester

     

    Defense

    DEs: Paul Spicer, Tony Brackens

    DTs: John Henderson, Marcus Stroud

    LBs: Mike Peterson, Kevin Hardy, Akin Ayodele

    CBs: Rashean Mathis, Fernando Bryant

    Safeties: Donovin Darius, Carnell Lake

     

    Special Teams

    K: Josh Scobee

    P: Bryan Barker

     

    When taking all of these players in their prime, they can certainly compete in today's NFL. When comparing them to the teams that are stacked with Hall of Famers, it's not even close.

30. Carolina Panthers

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    Offense

    QB: Jake Delhomme

    RB: Stephen Davis

    FB: Brad Hoover

    WRs: Steve Smith, Mushin Muhammad

    TE: Wesley Walls

    OTs: Jordan Gross, Blake Brockermeyer

    OGs: Mike Wahle, Kevin Donnalley

    C: Ryan Kalil

     

    Defense

    DEs: Julius Peppers, Mike Rucker

    DTs: Kris Jenkins, Brentson Buckner

    LBs: Kevin Greene, Sam Mills, Jon Beason

    CBs: Chris Gamble, Eric Davis

    Safeties: Mike Minter, Deon Grant

     

    Special Teams

    K: John Kasay

    P: Todd Sauerbrun

     

    The Panthers' strength is on the defensive side. Julius Peppers, although not in Carolina, is still one of the best defensive ends in all of football. Linebacker Kevin Greene, who played with the Panthers at the tail end of his career, is a borderline Hall of Famer.

29. Atlanta Falcons

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    Offense

    QB: Steve Bartkowski

    RB: Gerald Riggs

    FB: William Andrews

    WRs: Terance Mathis, Alfred Jenkins

    TE: Alge Crumpler

    OTs: George Kunz, Mike Kenn

    OGs: Bill Fralic, R.C. Thielemann

    C: Jeff Van Note

     

    Defense

    DEs: Claude Humphrey, Chuck Smith

    DTs: Don Smith, Travis Hall

    LBs: Tommy Nobis, Jesse Tuggle, Keith Brooking

    CBs: Deion Sanders, Ray Buchannan

    Safeties: Eugene Robinson, Ken Reaves

     

    Special Teams

    K: Morten Anderson

    P: Dan Stryzinski

     

    Jammal Anderson won't be doing the "Dirty Bird" celebration on this squad, as he is beaten out for the staring running back slot. Steve Bartkowski doesn't put any fear into opposing defenses. The 1977 Falcons defense, widely considered to be one of the best ever, only has one member on this squad (Humphrey). Oh, and if Deion wants to catch passes or return kicks, he'll do so.

28. Seattle Seahawks

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    Offense

    QB: Matt Hasselbeck

    RB: Shaun Alexander

    FB: John L. Williams

    WRs: Steve Largent, Brian Blades

    TE: Mike Tice

    OTs: Walter Jones, Howard Ballard

    OGs: Steve Hutchinson, Brian Millard

    C: Robbie Tobeck

     

    Defense

    DEs: Michael Sinclair, Jacob Green

    DTs: Cortez Kennedy, Joe Nash

    LBs: Chad Brown, Keith Butler, Rufus Porter

    CBs: Shawn Springs, Dave Brown

    Safeties: Ken Easley, Eugene Robinson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Norm Johnson

    P: Rick Tuten

     

    For many years, Curt Warner was the top running back in Seahawks history. That was until Shaun Alexander came along, setting all team rushing marks in his eight-year stint in Seattle. In it's history, the Seahawks defense has not ranked higher than sixth in yards allowed per game. Therefore, it's no surprise to see that side of the ball look weak when compared to other teams.

27. Baltimore Ravens

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    Offense

    QB: Joe Flacco

    RB: Jamal Lewis

    FB: Sam Gash

    WRs: Michael Jackson, Derrick Mason

    TE: Todd Heap

    OTs: Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Brown

    OGs: Jeff Blackshear, Wally Williams

    C: Mike Flynn

     

    Defense

    DEs: Michael McCrary, Rob Burnett

    DTs: Sam Adams, Tony Siragusa

    LBs: Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs

    CBs: Chris McAlister, Duane Starks

    Safeties: Ed Reed, Rod Woodson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Matt Stover

    P: Sam Koch

     

    Even though we're only taking players back to 1996 (when they started in Baltimore), the Ravens still possess a quality team. OK, the offense isn't that great. But, as always, the defense rules the roost. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed should prepare their speeches for Canton. Rod Woodson, who reached the Hall in 2009, makes the all-time team for two different franchises at two different positions. There wasn't much choice at kicker. Matt Stover was the starter at that spot for Baltimore's first 13 seasons.

26. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Offense

    QB: Ken Anderson

    RB: James Brooks

    FB: Pete Johnson

    WRs: Carl Pickens, Chad Ochocinco

    TE: Bob Tumpy

    OTs: Anthony Munoz, Willie Anderson

    OGs: Max Montoya, Bruce Reimurs

    C: Bob Johnson

     

    Defense

    DEs: Eddie Edwards, Ross Browner

    DTs: Tim Krumrie, Mike Reid

    LBs: Reggie Williams, Brian Simmons, James Francis

    CBs: Ken Riley, Lemar Parrish

    Safeties: David Fulcher, Solomon Wilcots

     

    Special Teams

    K: Shayne Graham

    P: Lee Johnson

     

    If Carson Palmer does indeed retire, he won't be able to one day surpass Ken Anderson as the Bengals all-time team QB. With Carl Pickens and Ochocinco as the two wide outs, that leaves Eddie Brown without a spot. The offense is mediocre, but the defense is sub-par. Opposing offenses will have a field day against this group.

25. Arizona Cardinals

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    Offense

    QB: Jim Hart

    RB: Ollie Matson

    FB: Ottis Anderson

    WRs: Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Green

    TE: Jackie Smith

    OTs: Dan Dierdorf, Bob Reynolds

    OGs: Bob DeMarco, Bill Fischer

    C: Tom Banks

     

    Defense

    DEs: Leo Sugar, Freddie Joe Dunn

    DTs: Chuck Walker, Eric Swann

    LBs: Ken Gray, Dale Meinert, E.J. Junior

    CBs: Roger Weherli, Aeneas Williams

    Safeties: Larry Wilson, Dick "Night Train" Lane

     

    Special Teams

    K: Jim Bakken

    P: Rich Camarillo

     

    Despite having a lengthy history, the Cardinals don't present an imposing team. The exception is the secondary, as Wilson and "Night Train" Lane were both members of the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team. Jim Hart pales in comparison to the other QBs. At running back, Charley Trippi and Larry Centers are relegated to the bench.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Offense

    QB: Doug Williams

    RB: James Wilder

    FB: Mike Allstott

    WRs: Keyshawn Johnson, Mark Carrier

    TE: Jimmie Giles

    OTs: Paul Gruber, Dave Reavis

    OGs: Randy Grimes, Frank Middleton

    C: Tony Mayberry

     

    Defense

    DEs: Lee Roy Selmon, Simeon Rice

    DTs: Warren Sapp, David Logan

    LBs: Derrick Brooks, Hardy Nickerson, Shelton Quarles

    CBs: Ronde Barber, Rickey Reynolds

    Safeties: John Lynch, Cedric Brown

     

    Special Teams

    K: Martin Gramatica

    P: Josh Bidwell

     

    It's hard to be wild about a team when James Wilder is the running back. It's no surprise that the defense–filled with many from the past 15 years–is the strong point of this club. Rice, Sapp, Brooks, Barber and Lynch were all key in Tampa winning its first Super Bowl in 2003.

23. New York Jets

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    Offense

    QB: Joe Namath

    RB: Curtis Martin

    FB: Matt Snell

    WRs: Don Maynard, Al Toon

    TE: Mickey Shuler

    OTs: Winston Hill, Marvin Powell

    OGs: Randy Rasmussen, Dave Herman

    C: Kevin Mawae

     

    Defense

    DEs: Mark Gastineau, Gerry Philbin

    DTs: Joe Klecko, Joe Elliott

    LBs: Greg Buttle, Mo Lewis, Larry Grantham

    CBs: Aaron Glenn, James Hasty

    Safeties: Bill Baird, Dainard Paulson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Pat Leahy

    P: Curly Johnson

     

    A middle-of-the-road squad, although Martin is one of the most underrated running backs in the game's history. Wait a few years, and Darrelle Revis will be supplanting one of the cornerbacks on this team.

22. New Orleans Saints

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    Offense

    QB: Drew Brees

    RB: Deuce McAllister

    FB: Craig Heyward

    WRs: Eric Martin, Joe Horn

    TE: Henry Childs

    OTs: Jahri Evans, William Roaf

    OGs: Jim Dombrowski, Jake Kupp

    C: Jerry Fontenot

     

    Defense

    DEs: Wayne Martin, Joe Johnson

    DTs: LaRoi Glover, Jim Wilks

    LBs: Pat Swilling, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson

    CBs: Dave Waymer, Dave Whitsell

    Safeties: Sammy Knight, Tommy Myers

     

    Special Teams

    K: Morten Anderson

    P: Tommy Barnhardt

     

    Archie Manning was the lone great player on some pitiful Saints clubs. Drew Brees has been fortunate enough to be a star QB with a group that brought New Orleans its first Super Bowl. Ten years ago, Manning would have been a lock at the quarterback position for this team. The Saints have a group of linebackers that are overlooked by most, but in reality were probably the best in its era.

21. New England Patriots

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    Offense

    QB: Tom Brady

    RB: Jim Nance

    FB: Sam Cunningham

    WRs: Stanley Morgan, Irving Fryar

    TE: Ben Coates

    OTs: Bruce Armstrong, Tom Neville

    OGs: John Hannah, Sam Adams

    C: Jon Morris

     

    Defense

    DEs: Richard Seymour, Julius Adams

    DTs: Houston Antwine, Jim Lee Hunt

    LBs: Willie McGinnest, Andre Tippett, Nick Buoniconti

    CBs: Ty Law, Michael Haynes

    Safeties: Lawyer Milloy, Fred Marion

     

    Special Teams

    K: Adam Vinitieri

    P: Rich Camarillo

     

    If this list were created back in 2001, the Patriots would have ranked even further down. Today, they have a three-time champion QB leading the way. Unfortunately, there's not much else on the offense, with the exception of John Hannah at guard. Defensively, New England isn't all that impressive, either. At least they have the ultimate clutch kicker if the game it's close in the game's late moments.

20. Tennessee Titans

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    Offense

    QB: Warren Moon

    RB: Earl Campbell

    FB: Lorenzo White

    WRs: Ernest Givens, Charlie Hennigan

    TE: Frank Wycheck

    OTs: Leon Gray, Brad Hopkins

    OGs: Bruce Matthews, Mike Munack

    C: Carl Mauck

     

    Defense

    DEs: Elvin Bethea, Javon Kearse

    DTs: Curley Culp, Ray Childress

    LBs: Robert Brazile, George Webster, Al Smith

    CBs: Cris Dishman, Willie Alexander

    Safeties: Ken Houston, Jim Norton

     

    Special Teams

    K: Al Del Greco

    P: Greg Montgomery

     

    Warren Moon's run-and-shoot will contrast nicely with Earl Campbell's bruising runs. If only the wide receiving corps were a little better. The O-line is led by the utterly dependable Bruce Matthews–a cog in the Oilers/Titans blocking game for nearly two decades. The defense doesn't wow anyone, although Ken Houston is one of the all-time great defensive backs.

19. Buffalo Bills

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    Offense

    QB: Jim Kelly

    RB: O.J. Simpson

    FB: Cookie Gilchrist

    WRs: Andre Reed, Eric Moulds

    TE: Ernie Warlick

    OTs: Will Wolford, Stew Barber

    OGs: Billy Shaw, Joe DeLamielleure

    C: Kent Hull

     

    Defense

    DEs: Bruce Smith, Ron McDole

    DTs: Fred Smerlas, Tom Sestak

    LBs: Mike Stratton, Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley

    CBs: Robert James, Butch Byrd

    Safeties: George Saimes, Henry Jones

     

    Special Teams

    K: Steve Christie

    P: Brian Moorman

     

    The "Juice" beat out Thurman Thomas for the running back spot, as his on-the-field actions were superior. Thomas had 11,938 yards on the ground as a member of the Bills compared to O.J.'s 10,183. But Simpson compiled those yards in 726 less attempts.

18. San Diego Chargers

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    Offense

    QB: Dan Fouts

    RB: LaDainian Tomlinson

    FB: Chuck Muncie

    WRs: Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner

    TE: Kellen Winslow

    OTs: Ron Mix, Russ Washington

    OGs: Doug Wilkerson, Walt Sweeney

    C: Don Macek

     

    Defense

    DEs: Leslie O'Neal, Fred Dean

    DTs: Gary Johnson, Louie Kelcher

    LBs: Junior Seau, Shawne Merriman, Woodrow Lowe

    CBs: Gil Byrd, Speedy Duncan

    Safeties: Rodney Harrison, Charlie McNeil

     

    Special Teams

    K: John Carney

    P: Darren Bennett

     

    Air Coryell is alive and throwing, with Dan Fouts piloting the offense. Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow bring back the days when the Chargers were lighting up the scoreboard. And if they need to run the ball, they just happen to have the single-season touchdown scorer in LaDanian Tomlinson. The defense isn't as spectacular, which is what brings them down on the list.

17. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Offense

    QB: Donovan McNabb

    RB: Steve Van Buren

    FB: Keith Byars

    WRs: Harold Carmichael, Tommy McDonald

    TE: Pete Pihos

    OTs: Jon Runyan, Bob Brown

    OGs: Wade Key, Shawn Andrews

    C: Chuck Bednarik

     

    Defense

    DEs: Reggie White, Clyde Simmons

    DTs: Charlie Johnson, Jerome Brown

    LBs: Chuck Bednarik, Seth Joyner, Alex Wojciechowicz

    CBs: Eric Allen, Troy Vincent

    Safeties: Brian Dawkins, Andre Waters

     

    Special Teams

    K: David Akers

    P: Sean Landeta

     

    Concrete Charlie reprises his role as a "60-minute man," playing both center and linebacker. Pete Retzlaff just misses out as a tight end or wide receiver. Tom Brookshier–one of few to have his number retired by the club–did not make it as a cornerback.

16. Denver Broncos

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    Offense

    QB: John Elway

    RB: Terrell Davis

    FB: Howard Griffith

    WRs: Rod Smith, Lionel Taylor

    TE: Shannon Sharpe

    OTs: Gary Zimmerman, Ken Lanier

    OGs: Keith Bishop, Mark Schlereth

    C:Tom Nalen

     

    Defense

    DEs: Rich Jackson, Rulon Jones

    DTs: Trevor Price, Rubin Carter

    LBs: Randy Gradishar, Karl Mecklenburg, Tom Jackson

    CBs: Champ Bailey, Louis Wright

    Safeties: Steve Atwater, Dennis Smith

     

    Special Teams

    K: Jason Elam

    P: Tom Rouen

     

    It's hard to find an easier choice than John Elway as the quarterback of the Broncos' all-time team. Elway finally won a title thanks to having Terrell Davis behind him. T.D. is here again on this squad, narrowly topping Floyd Little–an undersized back who played in Denver from 1967-75. The defense features a secondary that has one of the hardest hitters ever (Steve Atwater) as well as one of the best one-on-one cover corners in NFL history (Champ Bailey).

15. Detroit Lions

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    Offense

    QB: Bobby Layne

    RB: Barry Sanders

    FB: Cory Schlesinger

    WRs: Herman Moore, Gail Cogdill

    TE: Charlie Sanders

    OTs: Lou Creekmur, Lomas Brown

    OGs: Harley Sewell, John Gordy

    C: Ed Flanagan

     

    Defense

    DEs: Al Baker, Robert Porcher

    DTs: Alex Karras, Doug English

    LBs: Joe Schmidt, Wayne Walker, Chris Spielman

    CBs: Lem Barney, Dick "Night Train'' Lane

    Safeties: Dick LeBeau, Jack Christiansen

     

    Special Teams

    K: Jason Hanson

    P: Yale Larry

     

    Larry missed out on being in the secondary, so he'll have to settle for being the Lions' punter. But it's certainly no disappointment when you're going against the likes of Lem Barney and "Night Train" Lane. Barry Sanders was the most exciting running back of the 1990s and his play in Detroit bumped Billy Sims, another thrilling ball carrier, off the squad. 

14. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Offense

    QB: Len Dawson

    RB: Priest Holmes

    FB: Mack Lee Hill

    WRs: Otis Taylor, Carlos Carson

    TE: Tony Gonzalez

    OTs: Jon Alt, Jim Tyrer

    OGs: Ed Budde, Will Shields

    C: Jack Rudnay

     

    Defense

    DEs: Neil Smith, Art Still

    DTs: Buck Buchanan, Jerry Mays

    LBs: Willie Lanier, Derrick Thomas, Bobby Bell

    CBs: Emmitt Thomas, Albert Lewis

    Safeties: Deron Cherry, Johnny Robinson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Nick Lowery

    P: Jerrel Wilson

     

    Priest Holmes gets the edge at running back over Mike Garrett and Abner Haynes. Other than that, there were no real debates. The Chiefs may have the best linebacking corps out of all the teams, as all three are enshrined in Canton.

13. St. Louis Rams

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    Offense

    QB: Norm Van Brocklin

    RB: Marshall Faulk

    FB: Dan Towler

    WRs: Elroy Hirsch, Isaac Bruce

    TE: David Hill

    OTs: Jackie Slater, Orlando Pace

    OGs: Tom Mack, Dennis Harrah

    C: Doug Smith

     

    Defense

    DEs: Deacon Jones, Jack Youngblood

    DTs: Merlin Olsen, Larry Brooks

    LBs: Isiah Robertson, Jack Reynolds, Les Richter

    CBs: LeRoy Irvin, Aneas Williams

    Safeties: Nolan Cromwell, Jerry Gray

     

    Special Teams

    K: Jeff Wilkins

    P: Dale Hatcher

     

    Two major debates spark up when the Rams' roster was created. The first came at quarterback, where it was either Norm Van Brocklin or Kurt Warner. The nod went to Van Brocklin, who played in more games with the Rams and passed for more yards. A second tough choice was between Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson. Although Dickerson rushed for more yardage, Faulk was nearly impossible to stop catching passes out of the backfield. That versatility was the deciding factor. For a team that doesn't have many championship rings, the Rams are loaded with stars.

12. Indianapolis Colts

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    Offense

    QB: Peyton Manning

    RB: Lenny Moore

    FB: Alan Ameche

    WRs: Marvin Harrison, Raymond Berry

    TE: John Mackey

    OTs: Bob Vogel, Tarik Glenn

    OGs: Jim Parker, Chris Hinton

    C: Ray Donaldson

     

    Defense

    DEs: Gino Marchetti, Dwight Freeney

    DTs: Art Donovan, Gene Lipscom

    LBs: Don Shinnick, Mike Curtis, Ted Hendricks

    CBs: Lenny Lyles, Bruce Laird

    Safeties: Jerry Logan, Bob Sanders

     

    Special Teams

    K: Mike Vanderjagt

    P: Rohn Stark

     

    Choosing between Peyton Manning and John Unitas is like choosing between Beethoven and Mozart. Each is a master at their craft. Manning gets the nod here for what he's done and the records he may set in the future. Unitas, though, will be waiting in the wings for a 2-minute drill, a part of the game he became legendary for.

11. Miami Dolphins

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    Offense

    QB: Dan Marino

    RB: Mercury Morris

    FB: Larry Csonka

    WRs: Paul Warfield, Mark Clayton

    TE: Keith Jackson

    OTs: Richmond Webb, Norm Evans

    OGs: Larry Little, Bob Kuechenberg

    C: Dwight Stephenson

     

    Defense

    DEs: Jason Taylor, Bill Stanfill

    DTs: Bob Baumhower, Doug Betters

    LBs: Nick Buoniconti, John Offerdahl, Zach Thomas

    CBs: Don McNeal, Sam Madison

    Safeties: Jake Scott, Dick Anderson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Olindo Mare

    P: Reggie Roby

     

    There's no more of a shoe-in than Marino at quarterback for the Dolphins. And, finally, he has some help. He can hand off to bruising fullback Larry Csonka or throw to fleet-footed wide out Paul Warfield. The defense leaves plenty to be desired, however.

10. Washington Redskins

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    Offense

    QB: Sammy Baugh

    RB: Larry Brown

    FB: John Riggins

    WRs: Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor

    TE: Jerry Smith

    OTs: Jim Lachey, Chris Samuels

    OGs: Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby

    C: Len Hauss

     

    Defense

    DEs: Dexter Manley, Charles Mann

    DTs: Dave Butz, Diron Talbert

    LBs: Chris Hanburger, Ken Harvey, Sam Huff

    CBs: Darrell Green, Pat Fischer

    Safeties: Ken Houston, Mark Murphy

     

    Special Teams

    K: Mark Mosley

    P: Sammy Baugh

     

    The Redskins boast the versatile Sammy Baugh, who made passing the ideal way to get the ball downfield. He also hold the second highest punting average in NFL history. Wide receiver Art Monk was the dependable pass catcher during the 1980s. Unfortunately, there are two Hall of Famers in front of him at that position.

9. Oakland Raiders

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    Offense

    QB: Ken Stabler

    RB: Marcus Allen

    FB: Pete Banaszak

    WRs: Fred Biletnikoff, Tim Brown

    TE: Dave Casper

    OTs: Art Shell, Lincoln Kennedy

    OGs: Gene Upshaw, Steve Wisniewski

    C: Jim Otto

     

    Defense

    DEs: Howie Long, Ben Davidson

    DTs: Otis Sistrunk, Chester McGlockton

    LBs: Rod Martin, Matt Millen, Ted Hendricks

    CBs: Willie Brown, Mike Haynes

    Safeties: Jack Tatum, George Atkinson

     

    Special Teams

    K: George Blanda

    P: Ray Guy

     

    The Al Davis All-Stars are spearheaded by an offensive line that features three Hall of Famers. Any opposing wide receiver would be afraid to go against a secondary that has the villainous Tatum and blanket-like cover corners of Brown and Haynes. Lester Hayes, also a standout in the Raider secondary, was on the outside looking in. 

8. New York Giants

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    Offense

    QB: Y.A. Tittle

    RB: Frank Gifford

    FB: Alex Webster

    WRs: Homer Jones, Del Shofner

    TE: Mark Bavaro

    OTs: Roosevelt Brown, Jumbo Elliott

    OGs: Jack Stroud, Darrell Dess

    C: Mel Hein

     

    Defense

    DEs: Michael Strahan, Andy Robustelli

    DTs: Rosey Grier, Arnold Weinmeister

    LBs: Lawrence Taylor, Sam Huff, Harry Carson

    CBs: Carl Lockhart, Mark Haynes

    Safeties: Emlen Tunnell, Jim Patton

     

    Special Teams

    K: Matt Bahr

    P: Sean Landeta

     

    With such a lengthy history, it's easy to accumulate talent over the years. The Giants are no exception. Frank Gifford edged out Tiki Barber for the running back spot. He'll have solid blocking from Roosevelt Brown and Mel Hein, the only center to ever win an MVP award. The defense of the late 1950s and early 1960s is well-represented, as it was the first of its kind to gain such notoriety.

7. Minnesota Vikings

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    Offense

    QB: Fran Tarkenton

    RB: Adrian Peterson

    FB: Chuck Foreman

    WRs: Cris Carter, Randy Moss

    TE: Steve Jordan

    OTs: Ron Yary, Gary Zimmerman

    OGs: Randall McDaniel,

    C: Mick Tingelhoff

     

    Defense

    DEs: Carl Eller, Jim Marshall

    DTs: Alan Page, John Randle

    LBs: Matt Blair, Jeff Siemon, Scott Studwell

    CBs: Bobby Bryant, Nate Wright

    Safeties: Paul Krause, Joey Browner

     

    Special Teams

    K: Fred Cox

    P: Mitch Berger

     

    This is an often overlooked franchise for legendary players, due to the fact that they don't have a Super Bowl trophy to boast. But the Vikings put together a great offense and a solid defense, led by their front four. And with that talent comes star players missing. For instance, there's no Chris Doleman, who couldn't surpass Eller or Marshall.

6. San Francisco 49ers

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    Offense

    QB: Joe Montana

    RB: Hugh McElhenny

    FB: Joe Perry

    WRs: Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens

    TE: Brent Jones

    OTs: Harris Barton, Bob St. Clair

    OGs: Guy McIntyre, Randy Cross

    C: Forest Blue

     

    Defense

    DEs: Fred Dean, Cedric Hardman

    DTs: Bryant Young, Leo Nomellini

    LBs: Patrick Willis, Charles Haley, Dave Wilcox

    CBs: Jimmy Johnson, Eric Wright

    Safeties: Ronnie Lott, Merton Hanks

     

    Special Teams

    K: Ray Wersching

    P: Tommy Davis

     

    As was the case in the late 1980s, Steve Young plays second fiddle to the great Joe Montana. The Niners have a lethal pass combination, but it's likely that T.O. will start complaining that Montana throws too much to Rice. On defense, Patrick Willis represents the modern-day 49ers.

5. Chicago Bears

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    Offense

    QB: Sid Luckman

    RB: Walter Payton

    FB: Bronco Nagurski

    WRs: Harlon Hill, Johnny Morris

    TE: Mike Ditka

    OTs: Ed Healey, Joe Stydahar

    OGs: Stan Jones, Danny Fortmann

    C: Jay Hilgenburg

     

    Defense

    DEs: Richard Dent, Doug Atkins

    DTs: Dan Hampton, George Musso

    LBs: Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher

    CBs: Roosevelt Taylor, Mark Wolford

    Safeties: Gary Fencik, Dave Duerson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Kevin Butler

    P: George Gulyanics

    KR: Gale Sayers

     

    An extra position was added to this team to make room for Gale Sayers–a running back that also was one of the most electrifying kick returners ever. But even that additional slot has some debate, as many will argue Devin Hester should be there. Not surprisingly, the 1985 Bears defense was well represented, with five of the 11 players on that side of the ball being from the Super Bowl Suffle squad. The third linebacker spot was a tough call, as Urlacher edges out Ed Sprinkle.

4. Cleveland Browns

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    Offense

    QB: Otto Graham

    RB: Jim Brown

    FB: Marion Motley

    WRs: Paul Warfield, Dante Lavelli

    TE: Ozzie Newsome

    OTs: Mike McCormack, Jim Ray Smith

    OGs: Joe Delamelliure, Gene Hickerson

    C: Frank Gatski

     

    Defense

    DEs: Len Ford, Paul Wiggin

    DTs: Bill Willis, Jerry Sherk

    LBs: Clay Matthews, Chip Banks, Jim Houston

    CBs: Hanford Dixon, Frank Minnifield

    Safeties: Warren Lahr, Thom Darden

     

    Special Teams

    K: Lou Groza

    P: Don Cockroft

     

    The Browns feature quite possibly the best backfield on the list, with arguably the greatest running back of all time as well as the most underrated quarterback in history. The defense features an outstanding cornerback duo that stifled offenses throughout the 1980s.

3. Dallas Cowboys

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    Offense

    QB: Roger Staubach

    RB: Emmitt Smith

    FB: Daryl Johnston

    WRs: Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes

    TE: Jason Witten

    OTs: Rayfield Wright, Erik Williams

    OGs: Larry Allen, John Niland

    C: Mark Stepnoski

     

    Defense

    DEs: Harvey Martin, Ed "Too Tall" Jones

    DTs: Randy White, Bob Lilly

    LBs: Chuck Howley, LeRoy Jordan, DeMarcus Ware

    CBs: Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders

    Safeties: Cliff Harris, Darren Woodson

     

    Special Teams

    K: Rafael Septien

    P: Mat McBriar

     

    Emmitt Smith would be a no-brainer at running back for most teams, but Tony Dorsett is no slouch. However, it would be unjust for the all-time leader in rushing yards to be relegated to the bench. Choosing the quarterback was a toss-up too, as Emmitt's teammate–Troy Aikman–is beaten out by Roger Staubach. Selecting the defensive starters wasn't much easier, as Everson Walls (CB) and Jethro Pugh (DT) miss out.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Offense

    QB: Terry Bradshaw

    RB: Franco Harris

    FB: Jerome Bettis

    WRs: Lynn Swann, John Stallworth

    TE: Bennie Cunningham

    OTs: Jon Kolb, Tunch Ilkin

    OGs: Alan Faneca, Dermontti Dawson

    C: Mike Webster

     

    Defense

    DEs: Joe Greene, Aaron Smith

    DTs: Dwight White, L.C. Greenwood

    LBs: Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Greg Lloyd

    CBs: Mel Blount, Rod Woodson

    Safeties: Troy Polamalou, Donnie Shell

     

    Special Teams

    K: Gary Anderson

    P: Bobby Walden

     

    You could take the Steelers team of the 1970s and it would be ranked high on this list. As expected, most of the players in this group are from the club that won four Super Bowls in six seasons. Dermontti Dawson played the bulk of his career at center, but he moves over to guard for this team.

1. Green Bay Packers

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    Offense

    QB: Brett Favre

    RB: Paul Hornung

    FB: Jim Taylor

    WRs: Don Hutson, Sterling Sharpe

    TE: Paul Coffman

    OTs: Forrest Gregg, Cal Hubbard

    OGs: Jerry Kramer, Mike Michalske

    C: Jim Ringo

     

    Defense

    DEs: Willie Davis, Reggie White

    DTs: Ryan Pickett, Henry Jordan

    LBs: Ray Nitschke, John Anderson, Dave Robinson

    CBs: Herb Adderley, Charles Woodson

    Safeties: Willie Wood, LeRoy Butler

     

    Special Teams

    K: Ryan Longwell

    P: Craig Hentrich

    KR: Al Carmichael

     

    It's only fitting that the franchise with the most championships has the greatest of all-time teams.

    With 14 Hall of Famers in this group, and two others (Favre and Woodson) well on their way, the Packers boast a legend at almost every position. The toughest call–perhaps in the entire making of the all-time teams–came at quarterback. While Bart Starr has led the Packers to more championships, raw numbers make Favre the choice here at QB.

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