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NFL: The All Time Team from the State of Florida

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 20, 2011

NFL: The All Time Team from the State of Florida

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    Florida has always been considered a football state and is notoriously known for producing some of the greatest players to ever put on pads.

    Recruiters come from all over the country and try to recruit some of the best young football players in the state loaded with talent.

    But what if all of the greatest players to come out of the sunshine state were on one "super" team? The requirements are pretty simple, they had to be great at their position and they had to be born in the state of Florida.

    If you've ever wondered, here's what it would look like.

Quarterback: Daunte Culpepper

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    From Ocala, Florida

    Years in the league - 11

    Teams - Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions

    Stats - 24,153 passing yards, 149 touchdowns, 2,652 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Three time Pro Bowl selection, and two time All Pro

    Daunte Culpepper was one of the top quarterbacks in the league when he played with the Minnesota Vikings. But once he suffered a knee injury and left Minnesota he was never able to regain that magic on any of the other four teams he played with.

    Who knows what type of career he would have had if he stayed with the Vikings.

    Honorable mention - Jeff Blake

Running Back: Emmitt Smith

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    From Pensacola, Florida

    Years in the league - 15

    Teams - Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals

    Stats - 18,355 rushing yards, 164 rushing touchdowns, 3,224 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.

    Accomplishments - NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, eight time Pro Bowl selection, NFL all time leading rusher, five time All Pro, 1993 NFL MVP, three time Super Bowl champion.

    You all know Emmit Smith's resume, the guy needs no introduction. All time leading rusher in the NFL and is the only non kicker along with Jerry Rice to score 1,000 points in a career.

    If anybody ever says a player is too slow or too small to play this game, remember Emmit Smith.

    Honorable mention - Edgerrin James

Fullback: John L. Williams

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    From Palatka, Florida

    Years in the league - 10

    Teams - Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers

    Stats - 5,006 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 4,656 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Two time Pro Bowl Selection

    John L. Williams started 135 games out of the 149 games he played in and made the 1990 and the 1991 pro bowl. He is also considered one of the greatest high school football players in the first 100 years of Florida high school football according to the Florida High School Athletic Association.

    Honorable mention - Rick Casares

Wide Receiver: Michael Irvin

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    From Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Years in the league - 12

    Teams - Dallas Cowboys

    Stats - 750 receptions, 11,904 receiving yards, and 65 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Hall of Fame Inductee, Three time Super Bowl champion, three time All Pro, five time All Pro selection

    Michael Irvin is one of the games greatest wide receivers. He still holds the Cowboys career and single season records for receptions and receiving yards. He was a major reason Dallas was successful in the 90s.

    Honorable mention - Isaac Bruce

Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson

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    From Miami, Florida

    Years in the league - eight and counting

    Teams - Houston Texans

    Stats - As of right now: 673 receptions, 9,164 yards, and 50 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Five time Pro Bowl selection, four time All Pro, two time league leader in receiving yards

    Andre Johnson is one of the top wide receivers in the NFL right now and could be in the history of the game if he continues at this rate. He's already the highest paid receiver ever and he is worth every penny.

    Honorable mention - Chad Ochocinco

Tight End: Desmond Clark

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    From Bartow, Florida

    Years in the league - 12 and counting

    Teams - Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears

    Stats - As of right now: 323 receptions, 3,591 receiving yards, and 27 touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2005

    There's really nothing special about Desmond Clark, despite the fact he makes solid contributions when healthy and when given playing time. Clark was a huge part in the Chicago Bears season that led to a trip to Super Bowl XLI against the Colts.

    Honorable mention - Owen Daniels

Left Tackle: Lomas Brown

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    From Miami, Florida

    Years in the league - 18

    Teams - Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Stats - 263 games played and three fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments - Super Bowl champion, seven time Pro Bowl selection, and three time All Pro

    Lomas Brown was one of the main run blockers for Barry Sanders when he played in Detroit. He started every game except one out of 164 games with the Lions.

    Honorable mention - Wayne Gandy

Left Guard: Nate Newton

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    From Orlando, Florida

    Years in the league - 14

    Teams - Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers

    Stats - 198 games played and five fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments - Three time Super Bowl champion, two time All Pro, and six time Pro Bowl selection

    Nate Newton helped protect Troy Aikman and blocked for Emmit Smith. He is a big part of the Dallas Cowboys three Super Bowl victories.

    Honorable mention - William Roberts

Center: Robbie Tobeck

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    From Tarpon Springs, Florida

    Years in the league - 13

    Teams - Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks

    Stats - 176 games played

    Accomplishments - Made the Pro Bowl in 2005

    Robbie Tobeck is more known for having a stomach virus and losing control of his bowels against the Washington Redskins more than anything. He was the center of a Seahawks team that made the NFC Championship game in 2005 if that counts for anything.

    Honorable mention - Fred Quillan

Right Guard: Steve Hutchinson

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    From Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Years in the league - 10 and counting

    Teams - Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings

    Stats - As of right now: 143 games played

    Accomplishments - Seven time Pro Bowl selection, seven time all pro, and 2000s all decade team

    Steve Hutchinson is considered one of the top offensive guards in the game today and could easily end up in the Hall of Fame when his career is all over.

    Honorable mention - Sam Davis

Right Tackle: Flozell Adams

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    From Bellwood, Florida

    Years in the league - 13 years and counting

    Teams - Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers

    Stats - As of right now: 198 games played and ten fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments - Five time Pro Bowl selection and one time All Pro

    Flozell Adams inspired the NFL to make a rule change for an incident that he was involved in. Any personal foul penalty that takes place during a half results in a 15 yard penalty on the second half kickoff. This rule is now in place for an incident that involved the New York Giants.

    Anytime you force the NFL to change the rules for something you started is pretty impressive.

    Honorable mention - Bruce Armstrong

Defensive End: Jack Youngblood

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    From Jacksonville, Florida

    Years in the league - 14

    Teams - Los Angeles Rams

    Stats - 202 games played, 151.5 sacks, and ten fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments - Hall of Fame Inductee, seven time Pro Bowl selection, eight time All Pro, 1970s all decade team

    Jack Youngblood holds several Rams records to this day, including most consecutive starts, most playoff starts, and most career sacks in the playoffs. Youngblood is well known for playing in a playoff game against the Cowboys with a broken leg and help leading the Rams to Super Bowl XIV.

    Honorable mention - Anthony Pleasant 

Defensive Tackle: Warren Sapp

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    From Orlando, Florida

    Years in the league - 13

    Teams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders

    Stats - 96.5 sacks, four interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries and 438 tackles

    Accomplishments - Super Bowl champion, 1999 defensive player of the year, seven time Pro Bowl selection, and 1990s and 2000s all decade team

    Warren Sapp was a huge human being that could run the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He made seven straight Pro Bowls and four straight all pro selections. He is the Buccaneers career sack leader.

    Honorable mention - Fred Robbins

Defensive Tackle: Kevin Carter

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    From Miami, Florida

    Years in the league - 14

    Teams - St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Stats - 104.5 sacks, 18 forced fumbles, and 448 tackles

    Accomplishments - Super Bowl champion, two time Pro Bowl selection and All Pro in 1999

    Kevin Carter played defensive end for majority of his career but in 2000 the St. Louis Rams moved him to the defensive tackle position. He also played the position for the Tennessee Titans in 2004.  He had 104.5 sacks for his career which means he has to make this team somehow.

    Honorable mention - Ellis Johnson

Defensive End: Deacon Jones

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    From Eatonville, Florida

    Years in the league - 14

    Teams - Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins

    Stats - 191 games and 194.5 sacks which is unofficial

    Accomplishments - Hall of Fame Inductee, two time defensive player of the year, five time All Pro, and eight time Pro Bowl selection

    It's unofficial but reported that Deacon Jones finished his career with 194.5 sacks. Sacks were not an official stat until 1982. Jones also claims he finished the 1967 season with 26 sacks in a 14 game season, which would still be an NFL record. Regardless of what the numbers truly are, Jones is a bad dude and is one of the greatest pass rushers ever.

    Honorable mention - Jevon Kearse

Linebacker: Rickey Jackson

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    From Pahokee, Florida

    Years in the league - 15

    Teams - New Orleans Saints and San Fransisco 49ers

    Stats - 128 sacks, eight interceptions, 40 forced fumbles, 1,173 tackles

    Accomplishments - Hall of Fame Inductee, Super Bowl champion, six time All Pro, six time Pro Bowl selection

    Rickey Jackson only missed two games as a Saint due to an automobile accident. After two games he came back on the field and played with his jaw wired shut and wearing a specially designed helmet. He finished that year with 7.5 sacks. He also holds several Saints records, including the most sacks in a New Orleans uniform.

    Honorable mention - Derrick Brooks

Linebacker: Ray Lewis

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    From Bartow, Florida

    Years in the league - 15 and counting

    Teams - Baltimore Ravens

    Stats - As of right now: 38.5 sacks, 30 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 1,452 tackles, and three touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, two time defensive player of the year, 10 time All Pro, 12 time Pro Bowl selection

    Ray Lewis has been the scariest linebacker for the last ten years. Whenever he decides to hang them up, there will be a spot in Canton waiting for him.

    Honorable mention - Jonathan Vilma

Linebacker: Wilber Marshall

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    From Titusville, Florida

    Years in the league - 12

    Teams - Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Jets

    Stats - 45 sacks, 23 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, 1,020 tackles, and three touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Two time Super Bowl champion, three time Pro Bowl selection, and three time All Pro

    Wilber Marshall was part of the 1985 Bears, one of the greatest defenses in the history of the game. There are only ten players in the history of the game with 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in their career. Wilber Marshall is one of them.

    Honorable mention - Mike Peterson

Cornerback: Deion Sanders

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    From Fort Myers, Florida

    Years in the league - 13

    Teams - Atlanta Falcons, San Fransisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens

    Stats - 53 interceptions, ten forced fumbles, 492 tackles. 5,722 kick/punt return yards and nine combined touchdowns

    Accomplishments - Hall of Fame Inductee, two time Super Bowl champion, eight time Pro Bowl selection, and 1990s all decade team

    Deion Sanders is one of the best shutdown corners the game has ever seen. He was also one of the most versatile, scoring touchdowns on fumbles, punt returns, kick returns, interceptions, and even he even played receiver.

    Honorable mention - Al Harris 

Free Safety: Brian Dawkins

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    From Jacksonville, Florida

    Years in the league - 15 and counting

    Teams - Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos

    Stats - As of right now: 23 sacks, 37 interceptions, 35 forced fumbles, and 873 tackles

    Accomplishments - Eight time Pro Bowl selection, six time All Pro, and NFL 2000s all decade team

    Brian Dawkins is the first player in NFL history to have an interception, a sack, forced fumble and touchdown reception in the same game. I believe the only thing missing from his resume is a Super Bowl ring.

    Honorable mention - Charlie Waters

Strong Safety: LeRoy Butler

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    From Jacksonville, Florida

    Years in the league - 12

    Teams - Green Bay Packers

    Stats - 20.5 sacks, 38 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, 721 tackles

    Accomplishments - Super Bowl champion, four time Pro Bowl selection, four time All Pro, 1990s all decade team and made the Packers hall of fame

    LeRoy Butler was the first defensive back in NFL history to have 20 sacks and 20 interceptions. He is also credited for creating the Lambeau Leap in a game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993.

    Honorable mention - Greg Jackson

Cornerback: Ken Riley

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    From Bartow, Florida

    Years in the league - 15

    Teams - Cincinnati Bengals

    Stats - 207 games played, 65 interceptions, and 18 fumble recoveries.

    Accomplishments - Four time All Pro

    Ken Riley holds quite a few Bengals records, including interceptions ran back for touchdowns with five. Riley was an extremely underrated player who finished his career with 65 interceptions (which was good for fourth all time when he retired) but never once made a Pro Bowl. At least he made this team.

    Honorable mention - Duane Starks

Kicker: Jason Elam

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    From Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    Years in the league - 17

    Teams - Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons

    Stats - 80.7 percent field goal kicker

    Accomplishments - Two time Super Bowl champion, three time Pro Bowl selection, and three time All Pro

    Jason Elam holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history at 63 yards. No player has ever scored more points with one team than Elam has with the Denver Broncos.

    Honorable mention - Jay Feely

Punter: Bryan Barker

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    From Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    Years in the league - 16

    Teams - Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, St.Louis Rams

    Stats - 238 games and averaged 42.1 yards per punt

    Accomplishments - One time Pro Bowl selection and one time All Pro

    Bryan Barker is eighth all time in punting yards with 47,641, and it is reported that he once punted the ball 83 yards when playing for the Jaguars. I'll take that every time.

    Honorable mention - John James

Check out the Other NFL All Time Teams

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    All Time NFL for the state of California

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    All Time NFL team for the state of Ohio

    Rank them, rate them, or break them down.

    But the real question is, which team would you rather have?

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