London Fletcher would play in four consecutive Pro Bowls before his streak ended in 2013 despite a team-leading 111 tackles. He retired after that season, having started the final 215 games of his career.
Until the advent of Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots, Carroll Rosenbloom was the winningest owner in NFL history. He created a franchise that didn’t exist in Baltimore and turned it into a three-time world champion and four-time NFL champion, then made one of the savviest “trades’’ in NFL history to take over the Los Angeles …
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.
Darren Sharper ranks eighth all-time in inteceptions and third in non-offensive touchdowns scored. He was a serial disruptive for most of his 14-year career. He is also an admitted serial rapist jailed for 18 years. Must Hall of Fame voters ignore his crimes?
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.
Sample played his college football at Maryland Eastern Shore and, in 1958, became the first player from an historically black college (HBCU) invited to play in the College All-Star game against the defending NFL champion.
Jimmie Giles played 13 seasons and went to four Pro Bowls, catching 350 passes for 5,084 yards and 41 touchdowns. Those numbers pale in comparisons to the Rob Gronkowskis and Travis Kelces of today’s NFL. But that’s not what he was asked to do at his position in 1977.