One of the most underrated aspects of football is the importance of special teams. These units provide field position, points and some of the most exciting plays in football.
We watch payers like Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs and Ted Ginn, Jr. and marvel at their skill. We understand the importance of guys like Jason Hanson, Robbie Gould or Nate Kaeding when we need a big field goal in overtime, yet we overlook all of the crucial kicks they make earlier in the game.
And we jump up and down when our punting unit downs a ball on the opponents 1-yard line, but seldom think about the punter when discussing the important players on the team. Or the gunners. Or the long-snappers.
We get mad when our favorite pet project is cut at the end of the preseason because of a lack of special teams aptitude, but are thrilled when our every drive seems to start at the 40-yard line.
Today we take notice of the forgotten heroes as we rank the five best special teams units in the NFL.