George Taliaferro was a trailblazer from day one. When the Chicago Bears drafted hm on rthe 13th round in 1949, it made Taliaferro the first African-American ever drafted by an NFL team. He would not be the last!
When I spoke to a former personnel director recently, he asked why we weren’t promoting Eddie Kotal for the Pro Football Hall of Fame … and I had an immediate answer. Who? That would be former Rams’ scout Eddie Kotal, a guy who was critical to the success of the L.A. Rams in the 1950s …
Albert Lewis intercepted 42 passes in his career. But as stout as he was individually in man coverage, there was little team success in Kansas City to draw attention to his excellence on the corner. Lewis participated in only six playoff games in his career.
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.
Frank Gore has rushed for more yards than all but four players who ever played pro football. Before the 2018 season ends there may be only three. Yet did you ever think of him as a Hall of Famer? Probably not
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 …