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NFL: The All-Time NFL Team from the State of Texas

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 25, 2011

NFL: The All-Time NFL Team from the State of Texas

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    Texas has always been 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 Texas 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 Texas.

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

QB: Drew Brees

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    From: Austin, Texas

    Years in the League: 10 and counting

    Teams: San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints

    Stats (currently): 138 games played, 65.2 completion percentage, 35,266 passing yards and 235 passing touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro

     

    Brees is the greatest quarterback in New Orleans Saints history and holds almost every passing Saints record, as well as a few NFL records. He brought life back into the city of New Orleans with the Super Bowl victory in 2010 and is possibly building a Hall of Fame resume. 


    Honorable Mention: Joe Ferguson

RB: LaDainian Tomlinson

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    From: Rosebud, Texas

    Years in the League: 10 and counting

    Teams: San Diego Chargers and New York Jets

    Stats (currently): 13,404 rushing yards, 144 rushing touchdowns, 4,323 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: NFL MVP, five-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time All-Pro and NFL 2000's All-Decade team

     

    Tomlinson is third all time in total touchdowns and holds the single-season record for touchdowns with 31. He is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame, but really deserves to win a Super Bowl.

    Sad thing is, at the age of 32, he is running out of time.

     

    Honorable Mention: Eric Dickerson

FB: Larry Centers

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    From: Tatum, Texas

    Years in the League: 14

    Teams: Phoenix Cardinals/Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots

    Stats: 6,797 receiving yards, 28 receiving touchdowns, 2,188 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns

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

     

    Center's 827 receptions are the most by any other player in history who is not a wide receiver or tight end. He was used differently than most fullbacks are used today, and he will be remembered as the best pass-catching fullback in NFL history.

     

    Honorable Mention: Mal Hammack

WR: Tim Brown

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    From: Dallas

    Years in the League: 17

    Teams: Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Stats: 255 games played, 14,934 receiving yards and 100 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Nine-time Pro Bowl selection, one-time All-Pro and 1990's All-Decade team

     

    Tim Brown was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy and holds several Raiders records, as well as NFL records. He should eventually end up in the Hall of Fame.

     

    Honorable Mention: Don Maynard

WR: Lance Alworth

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    From: Houston

    Years in the League: 11

    Teams: San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys

    Stats: 136 games played, 10,266 receiving yards and 85 receiving touchdowns 

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, Super Bowl champion, AFL champion and seven-time AFL All-Star selection

     

    Alworth is the first San Diego Charger and the first player to play in the AFL to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He holds Charger records for most receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.  


    Honorable Mention: Kennan McCardell

TE: Riley Odoms

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    From: Luling, Texas

    Years in the League: 12

    Teams: Denver Broncos

    Stats: 153 games played, 5,755 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro

     

    Odoms put up solid numbers throughout his career as a Denver Bronco. He was nothing spectacular, just a player who did his job everyday.

     

    Honorable Mention: Davis Hill

LT: Richmond Webb

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    From: Dallas

    Years in the League: 13

    Teams: Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals

    Stats: 184 games played and four fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, five-time All-Pro and NFL 1990's All-Decade team

     

    Webb was one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the league during his day-making seven consecutive Pro Bowls. He is also one of few players inducted in the Dolphins' Honor Roll.

     

    Honorable Mention: Winston Hill

LG: Gene Upshaw

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    From: Robstown, Texas

    Years in the League: 15

    Teams: Oakland Raiders

    Stats: 217 games played and five fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl champion, six-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time All Pro and 1970's All-Decade team

     

    Upshaw is the only player in NFL history to play in three Super Bowls on the same team in three different decades. He was part of a great offensive line in the 1970's that helped them win two Super Bowls and put up fantastic rushing numbers.

     

    Honorable Mention: Ken Gray

C: Bulldog Turner

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    From: Plains, Texas

    Years in the League: 13

    Teams: Chicago Bears

    Stats: 138 games played and five fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, four-time NFL champion, eight-time Pro Bowl selection and eight-time All-Pro

     

    Bulldog Turner was a great player who played both sides of the field. He was a center, a linebacker and returned kicks/punts every once in a while. Turner led the league in interceptions in 1942 with eight.

     

    Honorable Mention: Forrest Blue

RG: Brian Waters

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    From: Waxahachie, Texas

    Years in the League: 11 and counting

    Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

    Stats (currently): 163 games played and four fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro

     

    Waters has established himself as one of the better offensive linemen in the league currently. Making five Pro Bowls, Waters is a huge reason for the Chiefs' running success over the years.

     

    Honorable Mention: R.C. Thielemann

RT: Forrest Gregg

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    From: Birthright, Texas

    Years in the League: 15

    Teams: Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys

    Stats: 193 games played and eight fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Seven-time NFL champion, nine-time Pro Bowl selection and 1960's All-Decade team

     

    Gregg was part of an offensive line that won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls in the 1960's. Vince Lombardi claims he was the finest player he ever coached in his book Run to Daylight. That has to count for something.

    Honorable Mention: Leonard Davis

DE: Michael Strahan

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    From: Houston

    Years in the League: 15

    Teams: New York Giants

    Stats: 216 games played, 141.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and 667 tackles

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion, Defensive Player of the Year, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time All-Pro and NFL 2000's All-Decade team

     

    Strahan holds the NFL record for the most sacks in a season with 22.5. He also holds the Giants' career record for most sacks and should become a Hall of Famer in 2013.

     

    Honorable Mention: Michael Sinclair

DT: John Randle

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    From: Hearne, Texas

    Years in the League: 14

    Teams: Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks

    Stats: 219 games played, 137.5 sacks, 29 forced fumbles and 471 tackles

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time All-Pro and NFL 1990's All-Decade team

     

    Randle was scary and had double-digit sacks in nine of his 14 seasons in the NFL. Brett Favre referred to him as the toughest defensive player he ever faced and called him "unblockable."

     

    Honorable Mention: Bob Lilly

DT: Joe Greene

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    From: Temple, Texas

    Years in the League: 13

    Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Stats: 181 games played and 78.5 sacks (unofficially)

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Pro 


    Joe Greene was a bad dude who feared none on the football field and had a desire to win like no other. He also won the Rookie of the Year award on a Steelers team that finished 1-13.

     

    Honorable Mention: Sam Adams

DE: Jacob Green

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    From: Pasadena, Texas

    Years in the League: 13

    Teams: Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers

    Stats: 180 games played, 116 sacks (unofficially) and 17 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro

     

    Jacob Green holds the Seahawks record for most career sacks with 97.5.

     

    Honorable Mention: Harvey Martin

LB: Ken Harvey

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    From: Austin, Texas

    Years in the League: 11

    Teams: Phoenix Cardinals and Washington Redskins

    Stats: 164 games played, 89 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and 763 tackles

    Accomplishments: Four-time Pro Bowl selection

     

    Harvey is considered one of the 70 greatest Redskins, according to a list a panel put together in 2002. Despite only playing 74 games with the team, he is fourth on the all-time sacks list.

     

    Honorable Mention: Tommy Nobis

LB: Zach Thomas

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    From: Pampa, Texas

    Years in the League: 13

    Teams: Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys

    Stats: 184 games played, 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions and 1,106 tackles

    Accomplishments: Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time All Pro and NFL 2000's All-Decade

     

    Zach Thomas was really a small player who played big for several years for the Miami Dolphins as one of the greatest players in franchise history. He also has a legitimate Hall of Fame case; if you add his assisted tackles, he would have the most tackles all time at the linebacker position.

     

    Honorable Mention: Bill Forester

LB: Jessie Armstead

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    From: Dallas

    Years in the League: 11

    Teams: New York Giants and Washington Redskins

    Stats: 176 games played, 40 sacks, 12 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and 752 tackles

    Accomplishments: Five-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro 


    Armstead didn't exactly do anything special, but he was a solid player during his 11 years, making five straight Pro Bowls.

     

    Honorable Mention: Jeremiah Trotter

CB: Darrell Green

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    From: Houston

    Years in the League: 20

    Teams: Washington Redskins

    Stats: 295 games played, 54 interceptions, five forced fumbles and 1,159 tackles

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl champion, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time All-Pro and NFL 1990's All-Decade team  


    Green holds several NFL and Redskins records, including most consecutive seasons with one interception (19). He is widely considered one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time and one of the fastest players to ever play the game.

     

    Honorable Mention: Aaron Glenn

FS: Carl "Spider" Lockhart

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    From: Dallas

    Years in the League: 11

    Teams: New York Giants

    Stats: 145 games played, 41 interceptions and 16 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Two-time Pro Bowl selection

     

    Spider Lockhart was one of the best defensive backs in his day, as he was tied with Dick LeBeau for the fifth-most interceptions during his time in the NFL. Although he was stuck on some horrible defensive teams with the Giants, Lockhart still managed to make two Pro Bowls.

     

    Honorable Mention: Merton Hanks

SS: Ken Houston

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    From: Lufkin, Texas

    Years in the League: 14

    Teams: Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins

    Stats: 196 games played, 49 interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, 12-time Pro Bowl selection and NFL 1970's All-Decade team

     

    In 1971, Houston set a record with five touchdown returns, and that record stood until 2006 when Devin Hester broke it. Houston is one of the top safeties to ever play, and he only missed the Pro Bowl his first and last seasons of his career.

     

    Honorable Mention: Ray Brown

CB: Dick "Night Train" Lane

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    From: Austin, Texas

    Years in the League: 14

    Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions

    Stats: 157 games played, 68 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, 10-time All-Pro and NFL 1950's All-Decade team 


    Night Train Lane is one of the greatest players to ever play this game. He currently holds the record for the most interceptions in a season with 14—and he did it in a 12-game season as a rookie. Lane is also one of the hardest-hitting players in history, as you can see in the video.

     

    Honorable Mention: Mike Haynes

K: Matt Stover

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    From: Dallas

    Years in the League: 19

    Teams: Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts

    Stats: 297 games played and 83.7 percent field goals made

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl selection

     

    Stover is in the top 10 all time in every statistical category for kickers. He is also the oldest player ever to appear in a Super Bowl, as he was 42 while with the Indianapolis Colts.

     

    Honorable Mention: Kris Brown

P: Shane Lechler

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    From: Sealy, Texas

    Years in the league: 11 and counting

    Teams: Oakland Raiders

    Stats (currently): 174 games played, 855 punts and 40,429 punting yards

    Accomplishments: Six-time Pro Bowl selection, eight-time All-Pro and 2000's All-Decade team

     

    Lechler is one of the best in the business at his position and was a nice weapon to have on a team. He holds numerous punting records, including a punt of 50 yards or more for 33 consecutive games.

     

    Honorable Mention: Hunter Smith

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