Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday Thirteen!

Thirteen Football Players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame!
The Season Starts Tonight!
Are You Ready for Some Football?
We Are!


1.
Class of 2006
Quarterback >>> 6-4, 219
(Oklahoma, UCLA)
1989-2000 Dallas Cowboys
Troy Kenneth Aikman. . .Cowboys’ first-round draft pick (1st player overall), 1989. . .Led team to three Super Bowl wins. . .Winningest starting quarterback of any decade with 90 of 94 career wins occurring in 1990s. . .Held or tied 47 Dallas passing records. . .Posted 13 regular season and four playoff 300-yard passing games. . .Named to six Pro Bowls, All-Pro 1993, All-NFC Second Team 1994, 1995


2.
Class of 2010
Running Back >>> 5-9, 207
(Florida)
1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals
Selected by Dallas in first round (17th player overall), 1990 … Won rushing crowns in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 … Led NFL in rushing touchdowns three times … Major contributor to Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX victories … Named first-team All-Pro 1992-95 … In 1993, named NFL’s MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII … 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons … Became NFL’s all-time rushing leader in 2002 … Career totals: 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns rushing; also had 515 receptions



3.
Class of 2007
Wide Receiver >>> 6-2, 207
(Miami - Florida)
1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys
Michael Jerome Irvin. . .Cowboys' first round pick in 1988 draft. . .Led league with 1,523 yards on 93 catches, 1991. . .Selected to five straight Pro Bowls. . . Recorded 1,000-yard seasons in all but one year from 1991-1998 . . . Set NFL record eleven 100-yard games, 1995. . 750 career receptions for 11,904 yards, 65 TDs. . .Named to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s



4.
Class of 2007
Class of 1985
Quarterback >>> 6-3, 197
(New Mexico Military Institute, Navy)
1969-1979 Dallas Cowboys
Roger Thomas Staubach. . .1963 Heisman Trophy winner. . . Four-year Navy service preceded pro play. . .Noted for last-minute heroics, guided Dallas to four NFC titles, Super Bowl VI, XII wins. . .MVP in Super Bowl VI. . .All-NFC five years . . .Career stats: 22,700 yards, 153 TDs passing; 2,264 yards, 20 TDs rushing. . .83.4 NFL passer rating best ever at time of retirement. . .Four-time NFL passing leader


5.
Class of 1994
Running Back >>> 5-11, 192
(Pittsburgh)
1977-1987 Dallas Cowboys, 1988 Denver Broncos
Anthony Drew Dorsett, Sr. . .1976 Heisman Trophy winner. . .Draft-day trade made him Cowboys’ No. 1 pick, 1977. . .Played in two Super Bowls, five NFC championship games, four Pro Bowls. . . All-NFL, 1981. . . NFC rushing champion, 1982. . . Career totals: 12,739 yards rushing; 398 receptions for 3,554 yards, 16,347 combined net yards, 91 touchdowns. . . Ran record 99 yards for TD vs. Minnesota, 1983


6.
Class of 1994
Defensive Tackle >>> 6-4, 257
(Maryland)
1975-1988 Dallas Cowboys
Randy Lee White. . .Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award winner at Maryland. . .No. 1 draft pick, 1975. . .Possessed quickness, balance, toughness, ability, desire, intelligence. . . Played in 209 games. . . Missed only one game in 14 years. . .Co-Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XII. . .Played in three Super Bowls, six NFC title games. . .All-Pro nine years. . .Elected to nine Pro Bowls


7.
Class of 2005
Quarterback >>> 6-4, 218
(Pittsburgh)
1983-1999 Miami Dolphins
Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr . . .Miami's first round pick, 1983. . .Most prolific passer in NFL history – career statistics include 4,967 completions, 8,358 attempts for 61,361 yards, and 420 touchdowns. . .First player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season, threw then-record 48 TDs, 1984. . .Recorded thirteen 3,000-yard seasons. . .First or second team All-Pro eight times. . .All-AFC six times. . . . .Selected to nine Pro Bowls


8.
Class of 2004
Quarterback >>> 6-3, 215
(Stanford)
1983-1998 Denver Broncos
John Albert Elway. . .First overall pick of 1983 draft by Colts, traded to Broncos. . .Led Denver to record 47 fourth quarter comebacks. . .NFL's Most Valuable Player, 1987. . .Named All-Pro, 1987, second-team All-NFL three times. . .All-AFC four times. . .Elected to nine Pro Bowls. . .Career stats: 51,475 yards, 300 touchdowns. . .Started five Super Bowls. . .MVP, Super Bowl XXXIII


9.
Class of 1985
Quarterback >>> 6-2, 200
(Alabama)
1965-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams
Joseph William Namath. . .Celebrated $400,000 signing coup of 1965 AFL New York Jets. . .Backed up "guarantee" of victory by engineering stunning 16-7 upset of Colts in Super Bowl III. . .Passed for 27,663 yards, 173 TDs. . .First to pass more than 4,000 yards one season. . . Three TD passes in 1968 AFL title game. . .Named to AFL all-time team. . .1968 AFL Player of Year. . .Elected to four AFL All-Star games, one AFC-NFC Pro Bowl


10.
Class of 2000
Quarterback >>> 6-2, 200
(Notre Dame)
1979-1992 San Francisco 49ers, 1993-94 Kansas City Chiefs
Joseph Clifford Montana. . .Third round draft pick, 1979 . . .Master of come-from-behind victories. . .Led 49ers to four Super Bowl wins. . . Named Super Bowl MVP three times. . . Orchestrated 92-yard winning drive in closing seconds, Super Bowl XXIII. . .All-NFL three times, All-NFC five times. . . Missed entire 1991 season with injury. . . Selected to eight Pro Bowls. . .Career statistics: 3,409 completions, 40,551 yards, 273 TDs, 92.3 passer rating


11.
Class of 2010
Wide Receiver >>> 6-2, 200
(Mississippi Valley State)
1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks
Selected by 49ers in first round (16th player overall), 1985 … Set NFL record with 22 TD receptions, 1987 … Led NFL in receiving yards and touchdown receptions six times … Record 1,848 yards receiving, 1995 … Owns virtually every significant receiving mark including receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14) … Had record 208 total touchdowns; 23,546 combined net yards … Super Bowl XXIII MVP… Named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons … 13 Pro Bowls


12.
Class of 2005
Quarterback >>> 6-2, 205
(Brigham Young)
1985-1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers
Jon Steven Young. . .Bucs' first round pick of 1984 supplemental draft. . .Traded to 49ers, 1987. . .Tied with legendary Sammy Baugh as only QBs to win six NFL passing titles. . .Set then-record 112.8 paser rating, 1994. . .Threw 6 TDs, named Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XXIX. . .Career statistics include 33,124 yards and 232 TDs passing, also rushed for 43 TDs. . .All-Pro four times, NFL MVP twice, seven Pro Bowls


13.
Class of 1989
Quarterback >>> 6-3, 215
(Louisiana Tech)
1970-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers
Terry Paxton Bradshaw. . .First player in NFL draft, 1970. . . Excellent throwing arm, called own plays. . .Led Steelers to eight AFC Central, four Super Bowl titles. . .MVP in Super Bowls XIII, XIV. . .Held Super Bowl records: nine TDs, 932 yards; post-season records: 30 TDs, 3,833 yards. . . Career stats: 27,989 yards, 212 TDs passing, 2,257 yards, 32 TDs rushing. . .NFL MVP, 1978


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12 comments:

maddybarone said...

Hm... Did I hear taht Troy Aikman is going to be on Dancing With the STars? Or was it someone else?...

Heather said...

Definitely ready for some football, both pro and college! *G*

Alice Audrey said...

Football players just don't do it for me. Mind you, I've read a couple of romance novels with football playing heroes and loved them, but the players themselves? Not so much.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I'm with Alice on this one. Although there was one quarterback for a college team years ago who caught the eye of every woman in my family - I can't recall his name at the moment, but just say "blue-eyed football player" and we all know who you mean. LOL!

A. Catherine Noon said...

Oooh. Fun pics!

Jolie Cain said...

I've always loved Roger Staubach. :)

Tatiana Caldwell said...

Cool post! Too bad I'm not into football. I like looking at football players, but that's about it.

I've never really been into the jock personality.

Shelley Munro said...

Nope, football is a weird game. I prefer rugby. :)

Jennifer Leeland said...

Mr. Bradshaw....the AWESOMENEST!

Inez Kelley said...

I like the pants... yum!

Darla M Sands said...

Is it really that time of year again? Where does the time go? Thank you for sharing!

Elise Logan said...

Gosh. Dallas fan much? lol

I'm not a huge football fan anymore - and when I am, it's college ball not pro. But there is something appealing and infectious about football season.