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There were 22 positions players selected to the 1970s NFL all-decade first team and 20 have been enshrined in Canton. The two that haven’t? Cowboys Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson.

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Since Pat Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984, Denver has qualified for the playoffs 18 times, won seven AFC titles and three Lombardi Trophies. The Broncos have won 327 games during the Bowlen era. Only the New England Patriots have won more (335).

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Robert Kraft hired both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick as his head coaches. Parcells took the Patriots to one Super Bowl and Belichick took them to eight more. Belichick’s teams won five Lombardi Trophies.

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Vince Young was a first-team All-America in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a national title. He won both the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards in becoming the first NCAA FBS history to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 in a single season.

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Antwaan Randle El was the first player in NCAA history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career. He left Indiana as the NCAA’s all-time leader among quarterbacks in rushing yards.

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Anderson completed 218 of his 309 passes in the strike-shortened 1982 season to set the record – a record that would stand for 27 years before Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints would complete 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009.

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It was the only time in Ken Anderson’s 16-year career that he would reach a Super Bowl. He passed for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns that day but it wouldn’t be enough to give the Bengals a Lombardi Trophy in their first Super Bowl appearance.

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The New England Patriots have a chance this season to achieve one of the few milestones that has eluded them in the Bill Belichick era – a third consecutive AFC championship, a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

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The Bengals had another edge that day – their head coach Forrest Gregg. A Hall of Fame offensive tackle with the Green Bay Packers, Gregg played in the only game colder in NFL history – the 1967 “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay.

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The Vikings then signed Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason and Teddy Bridgewater bolted for the Jets. Bridgewater has had 300-yard passing games in his brief career against the Cardinals, Falcons, Lions and Jets and a four-touchdown game against the Bears.

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O.J. Simpson rushed for 197 yards that Monday night against the Bengals – but he wasn’t the best offensive player on the field. Anderson, arguably the best quarterback not in the Hall of Fame, enjoyed the finest game of his career, passing for 447 yards and two touchdowns to sink the Bills.

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Anderson wound up passing for more yards (32,838) and more touchdowns (197) than any quarterback in his 1971 draft class. He won four NFL passing titles, two in the 1970s and two more in the 1980s, and was the NFL MVP in 1981 when he took the Bengals to their first Super Bowl.

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Last season Josh McCown passed for 354 yards in a game against AFC champion New England, 331 against AFC West champion Kansas City and 307 against NFC South wild-card Carolina

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Joe Thomas was the third overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft by the Browns. As a walk-in starter at left tackle, Thomas went to the Pro Bowl each of his first 10 seasons even though Cleveland didn’t have a winning season in any of them.

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Sample played his college football at Maryland Eastern Shore and, in 1958, became the first player from an historically black college (HBCU) invited to play in the College All-Star game against the defending NFL champion.

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