The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.
Undrafted out of college, Emlen Tunnell hitchhiked from Iowa to New York to ask Giants owner Tim Mara for a tryout in 1948. Fourteen years later, Tunnell retired with two championship rings and nine Pro Bowl appearances.
And the best tight end in NFL history is …Kellen Winslow? Mike Ditka? Tony Gonzalez? John Mackey? Shannon Sharpe? Jason Witten? You make the call. The polls are open and will stay open through Nov. 22.
The talent pool at middle linebacker may be as deep as any position in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary…with Ray Lewis and possibly Brian Urlacher on the way.
La’Roi Glover, Neil Smith and Richmond Webb were NFL all-decade selections, who have never been Hall of Fame semifinalists, much less finalists. They deserve better fates — as do Lomas Brown, Jimmie Giles and Wilber Marshall.