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The ring’s the thing for QBs

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What’s the measure of an NFL quarterback?

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All-time Southern Cal NFL team

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Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the first overall pick of the 2016 draft. But Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, a fourth-round selection, won NFL Rookie of the Year honors. The first pick is not always the best pick.

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The Hall of Fame stands as proof that championships matter. Of the 30 modern-era quarterbacks enshrined in Canton, 24 of them won NFL titles and four others took their teams to championship games.

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When we look at a quarterback, what matters most? What’s the first thing you look at when you measure him up for a bust in Canton? What’s the most important line item on his resume?

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Southern Cal ranks second all-time with 509 NFL draft picks. But the Trojans lead with 80 first-rounders — and a staggering 20 of them have been offensive tackles.

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Dan Rooney also was the driving force of a rule that opened the NFL door for minorities to be hired as head coaches and general managers. Fittingly, it was dubbed, “The Rooney Rule.” He practiced what he was preaching, hiring Mike Tomlin 2007.

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There have been 105 quarterbacks selected in the first round since 1967 but only 12 took teams to championships.

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Football teams played only 10 home games while baseball teams played 77 home games – so for decades NFL teams were essentially playing in stadiums built for baseball. Lots of bad seats with bad site lines. But there was a nostalgic vent to some of those old ballparks.

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Neil Smith became one of the best pass rushers of the 1990 decade. He collected 95 ½ of his 104 ½ career sacks from 1990-99 and went to six Pro Bowls. He led the NFL with 15 sacks in 1993 and earned first-team All-Pro honors. His teams won 105 games in the decade and went to the playoffs nine times.

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Greatness isn’t restricted to the quarterback position at Michigan. The Wolverines have become a football factory that churns out blue-chip offensive linemen.

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Playing in the post-season gave the Vikings a distinct homefield advantage because Januarys at the Met may have been the coldest place on earth.

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As the seventh largest city in the nation, San Antonio is the largest metropolitan area without an NFL team. And in the Alamodome, the city already has an NFL-ready stadium.

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What Tony Romo has are his statistics. Playing in an era that favored aerial football, his 34,183 passing yards are plenty by Dallas standards… but not by NFL standards.

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London would become the gateway for international expansion as the NFL bids to create a world-wide footprint.

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Miami ranks fourth among NFL suppliers with 64 first-round selections. Eight of those first-rounders have been running backs, and the Hurricanes have four backs who rank among the Top 30 rushers in NFL history.

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Blocking also was a problem for the Detroit Lions a year ago when they finished 30th in the NFL rushing. So Detroit spent $76 million for a couple of new offensive linemen this offseason in free agency.

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