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Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Teams 

By Allie Shriver

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It may surprise you to learn The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee has an additional task every ten years. This distinguished group is also responsible for picking the National Football League’s All-Decade Teams. This is done after each decade and is considered a great honor for players. The first four All-Decade teams were picked retroactively in 1969 with the celebration of the NFL’s 50th Season. This honor is a tell-tale sign of being later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Let’s look at the rosters from each decade.

 

2000s

OFFENSE

WR – Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Torry Holt

TE – Tony Gonzalez; Antonio Gates

T – Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, William Roaf

G – Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Will Shields, Larry Allen

C – Kevin Mawae, Olin Kreutz

QB – Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

RB – LaDainian Tomlinson, Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Shaun Alexander

FB – Lorenzo Neal

 

DEFENSE

DE – Dwight Freeney, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers

DT – Richard Seymour, Warren Sapp, Kevin Williams, La’Roi Glover

LB – Ray Lewis, Derrick Brooks, Brian Urlacher, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas, Demarcus Ware

CB – Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson, Ronde Barber, Ty Law

S – Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Darren Sharper

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

P – Shane Lechler, Brian Moorman

K – Adam Vinatieri, David Akers

PR – Dante Hall, Devin Hester

KR – Joshua Cribbs, Dante Hall

 

COACHES

Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy

 

1990s

OFFENSE

WR – Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Michael Irvin

TE – Shannon Sharpe, Ben Coates

T – William Roaf, Gary Zimmerman, Tony Boselli, Richmond Webb

G – Bruce Matthews, Randall McDaniel, Larry Allen, Steve Wisniewski

C – Dermontti Dawson, Mark Stepnoski

QB – John Elway,  Brett Favre

RB – Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Terrell Davis, Thurman Thomas

 

DEFENSE

DE – Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Neil Smith

DT – Cortez Kennedy, John Randle, Warren Sapp, Bryant Young

LB – Kevin Greene, Junior Seau, Derrick Thomas, Cornelius Bennett, Hardy Nickerson, Levon Kirkland

CB – Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams

S – Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Carnell Lake, Ronnie Lott

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

P – Darren Bennett, Sean Landeta

K – Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson

PR – Deion Sanders, Mel Gray

KR – Michael Bates, Mel Gray

 

COACHES

Bill Parcells, Marv Levy

 

1980s

OFFENSE

WR – Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, James Lofton, Art Monk

TE – Kellen Winslow, Ozzie Newsome

T – Anthony Muñoz, Jim Covert, Gary Zimmerman, Joe Jacoby

G – John Hannah, Russ Grimm, Bill Fralic, Mike Munchak

C –  Dwight Stephenson, Mike Webster

QB – Joe Montana, Dan Fouts

RB – Walter Payton, Eric Dickerson, Roger Craig, John Riggins

 

DEFENSE

DE – Reggie White, Howie Long, Lee Roy Selmon, Bruce Smith

DT – Randy White, Dan Hampton, Keith Millard, Dave Butz

LB –  Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Andre Tippett, John Anderson, Carl Banks

CB – Mike Haynes, Mel Blount, Frank Minnifield, Lester Hayes

S – Ronnie Lott, Kenny Easley, Deron Cherry, Joey Browner, Nolan Cromwell

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

P – Sean Landeta, Reggie Roby

K – Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Eddie Murray

PR – Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, John Taylor

KR – Mike Nelms, Rick Upchurch

 

COACHES

Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll

  

1970s

OFFENSE

WR – Lynn Swann, Drew Pearson, Harold Carmichael, Paul Warfield

TE – Dave Casper, Charlie Sanders

T – Art Shell,  Ron Yary, Dan Dierdorf, Rayfield Wright

G – Larry Little, Joe DeLamielleure, John Hannah, Gene Upshaw

C – Jim Langer, Mike Webster

QB – Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken Stabler

RB – O.J. Simpson, Walter Payton, Earl Campbell, Franco Harris

 

DEFENSE

DE – Jack Youngblood, Carl Eller, L.C. Greenwood, Harvey Martin

DT – Joe Greene, Bob Lilly, Alan Page, Merlin Olsen

MLB – Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert

OLB – Jack Ham, Ted Hendricks, Robert Brazile, Bobby Bell

CB – Willie Brown, Jimmy Johnson, Louis Wright, Roger Wehrli

S –  Ken Houston, Cliff Harris, Larry Wilson, Dick Anderson

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Garo Yepremian, Jim Bakken

P – Ray Guy, Jerrel Wilson

KR – Rick Upchurch, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

 

COACHES

Don Shula, Chuck Noll

 

1960s

SE – Del Shofner, Charley Taylor

FL –  Gary Collins, Boyd Dowler

TE – John Mackey

T – Bob Brown, Forrest Gregg, Ralph Neely

G – Gene Hickerson, Jerry Kramer, Howard Mudd

C – Jim Ringo

QB – Sonny Jurgensen, Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas

HB – John David Crow, Paul Hornung, Leroy Kelly, Gale Sayers

FB – Jim Brown, Jim Taylor

K – Jim Bakken

 

DEFENSE

DE – Doug Atkins, Willie Davis, David (Deacon) Jones

DT – Alex Karras, Bob Lilly, Merlin Olsen

LB – Dick Butkus, Larry Morris, Ray Nitschke, Tommy Nobis, Dave Robinson

CB – Herb Adderley, Lem Barney, Bobby Boyd

S – Eddie Meador, Larry Wilson, Willie Wood,

P – Don Chandler

 

1950s

OFFENSE

E – Raymond Berry, Tom Fears, Bobby Walston

HB/E – Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch

T – Roosevelt Brown, Bob St. Clair

G – Dick Barwegan, Jim Parker, Dick Stanfel

C – Chuck Bednarik

QB – Otto Graham, Bobby Layne, Norm Van Brocklin

HB – Frank Gifford, Ollie Matson, Hugh McElhenny, Lenny Moore

FB – Alan Ameche, Joe Perry

K – Lou Groza

 

DEFENSE

DE – Len Ford, Gino Marchetti

DT – Art Donovan, Leo Nomellini, Ernie Stautner

LB – Joe Fortunato, Bill George, Sam Huff, Joe Schmidt

DHB – Jack Butler, Dick (Night Train) Lane

S -- Jack Christiansen, Yale Lary, Emlen Tunnell,

 

1940s

E – Jim Benton, Jack Ferrante, Ken Kavanaugh, Dante Lavelli, Pete Pihos, Mac Speedie, Ed Sprinkle

T – Al Blozis, George Connor, Frank (Bucko) Kilroy, Buford (Baby) Ray, Vic Sears, Al Wistert

G – Bruno Banducci, Bill Edwards, Garrard (Buster) Ramsey, Bill Willis, Len Younce

C – Charley Brock, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Alex Wojciechowicz

QB – Sammy Baugh, Sid Luckman, Bob Waterfield

HB – Tony Canadeo, Bill Dudley, George McAfee, Charley Trippi, Steve Van Buren, Byron (Whizzer) White

FB – Pat Harder, Marion Motley, Bill Osmanski

 

1930s

E – Bill Hewitt, Don Hutson, Wayne Millner, Gaynell Tinsley

T – George Christensen, Frank Cope, Glen (Turk) Edwards, Bill Lee, Joe Stydahar

G – Grover (Ox) Emerson, Dan Fortmann, Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, Russ Letlow

C – Mel Hein, George Svendsen

QB – Earl (Dutch) Clark, Arnie Herber, Cecil Isbell

HB – Cliff Battles, Johnny (Blood) McNally, Beattie Feathers, Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, Ken Strong

FB – Clarke Hinkle, Bronko Nagurski

 

1920s

E – Guy Chamberlin, Lavern Dilweg, George Halas

T – Ed Healey, Wilbur (Pete) Henry, Cal Hubbard, Steve Owen

G – Hunk Anderson, Walt Kiesling, Mike Michalske

C – George Trafton

QB – Jimmy Conzelman, John (Paddy) Driscoll

HB – Harold "Red" Grange, Joe Guyon, Earl (Curly) Lambeau, Jim Thorpe

FB – Ernie Nevers

 

As you can see, many of these players have gone on to have a bronzed bust created and placed in the Hall for eternity. This year’s class includes LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor from the 2000s team, Morten Andersen and Terrell Davis from the 1990s team, Kenny Easley from the 1980s team. These men each typified the position they played in for the span of ten years. That means of all the players in their respective positions, these were the best from their decade ­– that’s phenomenal. Each of these players, along with Jerry Jones and Kurt Warner have truly brought something unique to the game of football and they are being honored for their contributions this August.

 

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