Roman Gabriel played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles and went to four Pro Bowls. He was the NFL MVP in 1969 with the Rams and won his only NFL passing title in 1973 in his first season with the Eagles.
Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 100 yards in half of his 26 career NFL games and the Cowboys have won 10 of those games. The former Ohio State All-America benefits from running behind an offensive line that features three perennial Pro Bowlers.
Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt played only five games for the Texans last season because of back and knee injuries and quarterback DeShaun Watson was steaming toward NFL Rookie of the Year honors before tearing up a knee in practice after only six starts.
There were five linebackers picked to the 1960s NFL all-decade team and Maxie Baughan wasn’t one of them, even though he had at least four more Pro Bowl selections than any of the five linebackers that were chosen.
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).
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.