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

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 27, 2011

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

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    Ohio has always been known for producing some great football players.

    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 Ohio 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 Ohio.

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

Quarterback: Len Dawson

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    From Alliance, Ohio

    Years in the league:  19

    Teams:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs

    Stats:  211 games played, 28,711 passing yards, and 239 passing touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, Super Bowl MVP, six time AFL all star selection, and three time AFL champion

    Dawson is one of four quarterbacks to lead the league in passing touchdowns in four different seasons. He also holds the record for most seasons leading the league in completion percentage. Ben Roethlisberger can probably top him on this list in time but needs a few more solid seasons.

    Honorable mention: Ben Roethlisberger

Runningback: Larry Csonka

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    From Stow, Ohio

    Years in the league:  11

    Teams:  Miami Dolphins and New York Giants

    Stats: 146 games played, 8,081 rushing yards, 64 rushing touchdowns, 820 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Two time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, and five time Pro Bowl selection

    Csonka was as tough as they come. It's estimated he has broke his nose ten times playing football and he would often stay in the game with the blood pouring down his face. He was a huge contribution to two of the Dolphins Super Bowls in the 70s and has his number 39 retired by the franchise.

    Honorable mention: Robert Smith

Fullback: Clarke Hinkle

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    From Toronto, Ohio

    Years in the league:  10

    Teams:  Green Bay Packers

    Stats:  113 games played, 3,860 rushing yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, 537 receiving yards, and nine receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer and 1930s NFL all decade team

    When Hinkle retired in 1941 he was the NFL all-time leading rusher. He also played linebacker for the Packers and handled some of the kicking duties for a couple of seasons. One of the Packers practice facilities is now dedicated to Clarke Hinkle.

    Honorable mention: Andy Farkas

Wide Receiver: Cris Carter

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    From Troy, Ohio

    Years in the league:  16

    Teams:  Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins

    Stats:  234 games played, 1,101 receptions, 13,899 receiving yards, and 130 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Eight time Pro Bowl selection, three time All Pro, and NFL 1990s all decade team

    Cris Carter is one of six players with at least 1,000 receptions and is the only player to have two seasons of 120 or more receptions twice. How he is not in the Hall of Fame is beyond me, but he will get there one day.

    Honorable mention: Joey Galloway

Wide Receiver: Paul Warfield

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    From Warren, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13

    Teams:  Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins

    Stats:  157 games played, 8,565 receiving yards, and 85 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, two time Super Bowl champion, eight time Pro Bowl selection, seven time All Pro, and NFL 1970s all decade team

    Warfield's 20.1 yards per catch is good for ninth all time. He also one of a handful of players that is in the Dolphins honor roll.

    Honorable mention: Terry Glenn

Tight End: Brent Celek

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    From Cincinnati, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Four and counting

    Teams:  Philadelphia Eagles

    Stats:  Currently: 64 games played, 1,978 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: None

    Celek just recently became a full time starter a couple years ago and has been putting up solid numbers for the Philadelphia Eagles. Has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber tight end.

    Honorable mention: Doug Marsh

Left Tackle: Orlando Pace

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    From Sandusky, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13

    Teams:  St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears

    Stats:  170 games played and seven fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion, seven time Pro Bowl selection, give time All Pro, and 2000s all decade team

    Pace was one of the most dominant left tackles in the history of the game and was the cornerstone for the Rams and "The greatest show on turf". He will become a Hall of Famer once he is eligible.

    Honorable mention: Dick Schafrath

Left Guard: Mike Michalske

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    From Cleveland, Ohio

    Years in the league: 10

    Teams:  New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers

    Stats:  122 games played

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer and NFL 1920s all decade team

    Michalske was the first guard enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. He was a key blocker for the Packers in the 30s opening holes for Bob Monnett and Jon McNally. 

    Honorable mention: Jim Ritcher

Center: Doug C. Smith

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    From Columbus, Ohio

    Years in the league: 14

    Teams:  Los Angeles Rams

    Stats:  187 games played and six fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Six time Pro Bowl selection

    The Rams made the playoffs six times with Smith under center but were never able to get over the hump.

    Honorable mention: Jeff Hartings

Right Guard: Tom Mack

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    From Cleveland, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13

    Teams:  Los Angeles Rams

    Stats:  184 games played and five fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, 11 time Pro Bowl selection, and eight time All Pro

    Mack was one of the top guards in his day, only missing the Pro Bowl twice in his 13 year career.

    Honorable mention: Dave Herman

Right Tackle: Dan Dierdorf

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    From Canton, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13

    Teams:  St. Louis Cardinals

    Stats:  160 games played and seven fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, six time Pro Bowl selection, six time All Pro, and NFL 1970s all decade team

    You may know Dierdorf for his broadcasting career but he was a six time Pro Bowler and voted offensive lineman of the year three times when playing for the Cardinals.

    Honorable mention: Mike Current

Defensive End: Hugh Douglas

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    From Mansfield, Ohio

    Years in the league:  10

    Teams:  New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Jacksonville Jaguars

    Stats:  138 games played, 80 sacks, five fumble recoveries, and 291 tackles

    Accomplishments: Defensive rookie of the year, three time Pro Bowl selection, and two time All Pro

    Douglas was a decent linebacker and is ranked third all time on the Eagles sack list. He had four seasons of double digit sacks, including his rookie year with the New York Jets.

    Honorable mention: Joe Johnson

Defensive Tackle: Alan Page

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    From Canton, Ohio

    Years in the league:  16

    Teams:  Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears

    Stats:  218 games played, 148 sacks (unofficial) and 23 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, NFL MVP, defensive player of the year, nine time Pro Bowl selection, and nine time All Pro

    Page was a member of the "Purple People Eaters" and helped the Vikings win four consecutive conference titles. He is currently a justice on the Minnesota supreme court.

    Honorable mention: Dan Wilkinson

Defensive Tackle: Dana Stubblefield

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    From Cleves, Ohio

    Years in the league:  11

    Teams:  San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders

    Stats:  154 games played, 53.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and 351 tackles

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion, defensive rookie of the year, three time Pro Bowl selection, and three time All Pro

    Stubblefield is third all time on the 49ers sacks list.

    Honorable mention: Ron Edwards

Defensive End: Marco Coleman

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    From Dayton, Ohio

    Years in the league:  14

    Teams:  Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, and Denver Broncos

    Stats:  207 games played, 65.5 sacks, 18 forced fumbles, and 520 tackles

    Accomplishments: Pro Bowl selection

    Coleman was more of a journeyman but picking up solid sack totals along the way. Sports Illustrated and Football News named him rookie of the year as he finished with 84 tackles and six sacks.

    Honorable mention: Dennis Harrison

Linebacker: Jack Lambert

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    From Mantua, Ohio

    Years in the league:  11

    Teams:  Pittsburgh Steelers

    Stats:  146 games played, 28 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries, and 1,479 tackles

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, four time Super Bowl champion, defensive rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, nine time Pro Bowl selection, eight time All Pro, and NFL 1970s and 1980s all decade team

    Lambert is one of the greatest linebackers to ever play and is known for his hard hits. He helped lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories as he was one of the leaders on that tough Pittsburgh defense.

    Honorable mention: Joe Fortunato

Linebacker: James Harrison

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    From Akon, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Eight and counting

    Teams:  Pittsburgh Steelers

    Stats:  Currently: 107 games played, 49 sacks, five interceptions, 25 forced fumbles, and 352 tackles

    Accomplishments: Two time Super Bowl champion, four time Pro Bowl selection, and four time All Pro

    Most know James Harrison for being fined by the NFL and running his mouth. But on the field he is a great player that comes up with huge plays that change the momentum of the game. He also had the longest run in Super Bowl history of 100 yards against the Arizona Cardinals that will be remembered as the greatest run in Super Bowl history.

    Honorable mention: Mike Vrabel

Linebacker: Randy Gradishar

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    From Warren, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Ten

    Teams:  Denver Broncos

    Stats:  145 games played, 20 interceptions, and 13 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Seven time Pro Bowl selection, six time All Pro, and defensive player of the year

    Gradishar was considered the heart and soul of the orange crush defense. Many consider him just as good as Jack Lambert just not as flashy as he was. Some even think he should be in the Hall of Fame, but for now he can at least make this team.

    Honorable mention: A.J. Hawk

Cornerback: Dick LeBeau

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    From London, Ohio

    Years in the league:  14

    Teams:  Detroit Lions

    Stats:  185 games played, 62 interceptions, and nine fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Hall of Famer, three time Pro Bowl selection, two time Super Bowl champion

    When you think of defense one of the first names that has to come to mind is Dick LeBeau. He had 62 interceptions as a player which is good for seventh most all-time. He also has been coaching defense for over 30 years and some consider him the best to ever do it.

    Honorable mention: Dave Brown

Free Safety: Thom Darden

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    From Sandusky, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Nine

    Teams:  Cleveland Browns

    Stats:  128 games played, 45 interceptions, and nine fumble recoveries

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

    Thom Darden currently holds Browns records for career interceptions with 45 and the single season record for interceptions with ten.

    Honorable mention: Rick Volk

Strong Safety: Joey Browner

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    From Warren, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Ten

    Teams:  Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Stats:  145 games played, 37 interceptions, and 17 fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: Six time Pro Bowl selection, four time All Pro, and NFL 1980s all decade team

    Browner was a great defensive player and tackler and currently holds the Pro Bowl record with three fumble recoveries taken back for touchdowns. He has been on the Hall of Fame ballot several times but unfortunately always seems to comes up short.

    Honorable mention: Mike Zordich

Cornerback: Charles Woodson

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    From Fremont, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13 and counting

    Teams:  Oakland Raider and Green Bay Packers

    Stats:  Currently: 184 games played, 47 interceptions, 27 forced fumbles, and 690 tackles

    Accomplishments: Super Bowl champion, defensive player of the year, defensive rookie of the year, seven time Pro Bowl selection, and six time All Pro

    Woodson is one of four players to win a National Championship in college, a Heisman trophy and a Super Bowl ring. He has had a fantastic career and there should be a place in the Hall of Fame for him when he calls it quits.

    Honorable mention: Antoine Winfield

Kicker: Jeff Wilkins

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    From Youngstown, Ohio

    Years in the league:  13

    Teams:  Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams

    Stats:  200 games played and 81.9 field goal percentage

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

    Wilkins was a solid kicker throughout his 13 seasons in the NFL. He also made three field goals and two extra points in the Rams Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans.

    Honorable mention: Rich Karlis

Punter: Ken Walter

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    From Cleveland, Ohio

    Years in the league:  Nine

    Teams:  Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, and the Seattle Seahawks

    Stats: 116 games played and 20,819 punting yards

    Accomplishments: None

    Walter didn't really do anything spectacular during his nine year career but he was the placeholder for two of the Patriots Super Bowl victories, including the famous tuck rule game.

    Honorable mention: Dave Zastudil

Check out the Other All-Time Teams

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    All Time Team from the state of Florida

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    All Time Team from the state of Texas

    Rank them, rate them or break them down.

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