Andy Reid traded his Pro Bowl quarterback to the Washington Redskins in the offseason and turned the reins of his offense over to Patrick Mahomes…and the Chiefs can finally stop looking for the next Len Dawson. They have found him.
From 1959-61, Jim Ray Smith was the best guard in football for the Cleveland Browns. He was the only guard voted first-team all-pro all three of those seasons. He also went to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1958 through 1962.
Despite playing on three Super Bowl champions, Darren Woodson was a glaring omission from the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1990s. Selected ahead of him were Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Carnell Lake and Ronnie Lott.
Johnny Robinson played safety his final 10 and intercepted 57 passes, which ties him for 13th all-time. He led the AFL with 10 interceptions in 1966 and then led the NFL, again with 10, in the first season of the merged leagues in 1970.
Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi believed winning can become a habit. So can losing. So he played to win every time his Green Bay Packers took the field. During his nine seasons in Green Bay, Lombardi posted a 42-8 record during the exhibition season.
Even though he was just 49 days removed from a broken leg, Terrell Owens promised to play if his Eagles reached the Super Bowl – and he did. Did he ever. Owens caught nine passes for 122 yards to almost single-handedly keep the Eagles in the game in a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots.
With the NFL suspension of Paul Hornung for the 1963 season because of gambling, Jerry Kramer assumed Green Bay’s placekicking chores and led the Packers in scoring with 91 points. Before the era of soccer-style kickers, Kramer approached the football straight on.
Carl Peterson had been the director of personnel for the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles that won the NFC championship and would play in the franchise’s first Super Bowl. Peterson had a couple future NFL general managers on his Philadelphia Stars personnel staff, Bill Kuharich and Terry Bradway.