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Who will be the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?

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The most worthy senior candidate for the HOF? It’s Gabriel

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Who deserves the one senior nomination for the Class of 2019?

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The Eagles won that Lombardi Trophy without their starting quarterback (Carson Wentz), Pro Bowl left tackle (Jason Peters), middle linebacker (Jordan Hicks) and Pro Bowl return specialist (Darren Sproles) because of injuries. All are back in 2018.

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A member of the 1980s NFL all-decade team, Joe Jacoby’s blocking helped the Redskins win three Super Bowls. He played left tackle in the first two and right tackle in the third and final Super Bowl in 1992.

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E.J. Holub started 113 games in the 1960s as the Chiefs became the dominant team of the AFL era. The Chiefs won more games (87) and more championships (three) than any other team and played in the first two Super Bowls.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame reveals how it intends to conduct the 2018 induction ceremony next month without Terrell Owens in attendance.

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Veteran Pro Bowl pass catchers Dez Bryant and Jason Witten combined for 43 percent of Dak Prescott’s completions a year ago, 42 percent of his yards and 50 percent of his touchdowns in a 9-7 season. His go-to guys are now gone.

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From 1967-1970, Roman Gabriel quarterbacked the Los Angeles Rams to a 41-11-4 record. He was voted to three Pro Bowls and NFL MVP in 1969.

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A member of the New York Jets’ vaunted “Sack Exchange” in the 1970s, Joe Klecko is the only defensive player in NFL history voted to the Pro Bowl at three different positions – end, tackle and nose tackle.

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The bond between Black College Football Hall of Famers James Harris and Ken Riley began in 1967 at the Orange Blossom Classic. A half a century later, that bond remains strong.

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Over the next three seasons Harris would quarterback the Rams to three NFC West titles and an NFC title game. He would win an NFC passing title and go to a Pro Bowl. He also became the first African-American quarterback named MVP of a Pro Bowl.

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Andy Russell served as defensive captain of the Steelers the final 10 seasons of his career and went to the Pro Bowl the final six years of his career. He started on two Super Bowl champions.

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James Harris led Grambling to four consecutive SWAC championships but the NFL considered him only the 192nd best player in that draft and the seventh-best quarterback.

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Ed White was a Pro Bowl blocker in one of the NFL’s top rushing offenses at Minnesota with Bill Brown, Dave Osborn and Chuck Foreman. He was one of only 10 players to participate in all four of Minnesota’s Super Bowls in the 1970s.

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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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