Arguably the greatest player in NFL history, Jerry Rice owns virtually every receiving record -- including receiving yards (22,895), receptions (1,549), 1,000-yard seasons (14), touchdowns (208) and net yards (23,546). He also owns three Super Bowl rings, including one MVP (Super Bowl XXIII).
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Emmitt Smith (1990-2004)
Originally dismissed as too slow and too small for the NFL, Emmitt Smith dominated the league from day one, earning rushing titles in 1991-93 and '95. The three-time Super Bowl champion also holds the league's all-time record for rushing yards (18,355) and rushing TDs (164). In the 1993 season, Smith captured a rare double-double of NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP.
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Rickey Jackson (1981-1995)
A six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, Jackson is likely the greatest Saints defender in the franchise's 43-year history. Perhaps more importantly, New Orleans finished with a .500 or better record in Jackson's final seven seasons with the club. In all, Jackson accumulated 128 career sacks and won one Super Bowl title (49ers for the 1994 season).
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Russ Grimm (1981-91)
Grimm is the first member of the Redskins' famed "Hogs" to make the Hall of Fame. In his illustrious career, the converted O-guard won three Super Bowl rings and made the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons (1983-86). Grimm is also a member of the 1980s All-Decade Team.
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John Randle (1990-2003)
Originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent, Randle amassed 137.5 career sacks -- which includes eight consecutive 10-sack seasons (1992-99) and a ninth in 2001. In 1997, Randle posted a career-best and league-leading 15 1/2 sacks, and career-high 71 tackles (39 solo). With Minnesota and Seattle, Randle -- a seven-time Pro Bowler -- was named first-team All-Pro/All-NFC six consecutive years (1993-98) and once All-AFC with Seahawks (2001).
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Floyd Little (1967-75)
Little only posted one 1,000-yard season in his nine-year career (1971), but he amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards and 54 touchdowns before the NFL became a league of specialization. Little was elected into the Hall as a senior candidate.
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Dick LeBeau (1959-72 - player; 1973-2009 - coach)
LeBeau has had an uninterrupted association with the NFL since 1959 -- first as a top-flight cornerback for 14 seasons (at one time, forming the best cornerback duo, along with Dick "Night Train" Lane) -- and then as a peerless coach with the Eagles, Packers, Bengals, Bills and Steelers. LeBeau is also credited with inventing the "zone blitz," perhaps the most significant defensive innovation of the last 30 years.
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