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TOFN podcast: Jerry Kramer revisits the 1960 NFL title game

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Who should the Browns draft No. 1?

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The all-time University of Georgia NFL team

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Kramer endured that 1-10-1 season as a rookie in 1958, but was a starter of Lombardi teams that finished 7-5 in 1959 and 8-4 in 1960. He played in the 1960 title game despite suffering a detached retina in late November.

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You’re John Dorsey. You’re the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. You have the first overall selection of the 2018 NFL draft. You’re on the clock. Who do you take? Do you go quarterback? Running back? Pass rusher? That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – who should John Dorsey claim …

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Herschel Walker was the best running back in Georgia history but not the best Bulldog in NFL history. That would be Terrell Davis, an oversight in the sixth round of the 1995 draft who went on to become a Hall of Famer. Davis became one of only six NFL runners to gain 2,000 yards in a single season.

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The Eagles sent a fifth-round draft pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson to the Seahawks for Michael Bennett, who has gone to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons. His best season was 10 sacks in 2015 but he turns 33 in November.

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Sam Baker led the NFL with 17 field goals in 1956 and led the league in scoring with 77 points in 1957. He then led the NFL in punting with a 45.4-yard average in 1958. He followed that up with a career-best 45.5-yard average in 1959.

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Former NFL linebacker Gary Plummer calls the NFL’s new tackling rule “a joke” and says “if it’s enforced strictly, I think people are going to turn off their TVs.”

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The Carolina Panthers selected Star Lotulelei with the 14th overall pick of the 2013 draft and he supplied the wide body in the middle that helped Carolina finish in the Top 10 in run defense in four of his five seasons there.

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Fred Miller went to three Pro Bowls and started two Super Bowls for the Baltimore Colts. He was a seventh-round pick out of LSU in 1962. Leonard Marshall went to two Pro Bowls and helped the New York Giants win two Super Bowls. He was a second-round pick out of LSU in 1983.

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Richard Sherman helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl in 2014 with the NFL’s top ranked defense. He intercepted career bests of eight interceptions in back-to-back 2012-2013 seasons, leading the league in 2013, and has 32 career interceptions.

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NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal says the L.A. Rams might have the best defensive line interior today but they’ll have to go far to become the best ever.

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Penn State has had 23 linebackers selected in the first three rounds of NFL drafts – four in the first, nine in the second and 10 in the third. Nine of those linebackers became Pro Bowlers and two, Jack Ham and Dave Robinson, became Hall of Famers.

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The 2017 Rams had sacks and takeaways, finishing in the top five in both categories with their 28 takeaways and 48 sacks. But Los Angeles lacked a slam-the-door element to their defense, still allowing too many yards (19th in the NFL) and too many points (329).

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Richard Sherman intercepted career bests of eight interceptions in back-to-back 2012-2013 seasons, leading the league in 2013, and has 32 career interceptions. He signed as a free agent with the 49ers a day after the Seahawks made him a salary-cap casualty.

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Only 24, Robinson received a three-year contract for $42 million to move to the Bears, who signed him with the hopes he can help accelerate the development of their own young quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

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Paul Richardson played in the shadows of wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse during his first three seasons, catching only 51 passes. But with the trade of Kearse to the Jets in 2017, Richardson became a starter and caught 44 passes for 703 yards with six touchdowns.

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