Jerry Rice owns virtually every major NFL receiving record. No matter how you slice it, the NFL has never seen a player as dominant for as many seasons as Rice was. Inducted into NFL Hall of Fame in 2010, the 13-time Pro Bowl selection, 12-time All-Pro, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Super Bowl winner, ranked No. 1 player of all-time by NFL.com, turned 54 years old on Oct. 13, 2016. Nicknamed "World", because there wasn't a ball in the world he couldn't catch when he attended Mississippi Valley State University, Rice was later dubbed “The G.O.A.T.” (Greatest of All Time).
Deion Sanders was a one-of-a-kind talent, possibly the greatest cornerback in NFL history and a terrific showman. He dominated the game on defense and special teams, scoring touchdowns as a kick returner, punt returner, cornerback and even as a wide receiver. You could make the argument that Sanders was the greatest pure athlete ever to play pro football — he is the only player to ever score an NFL touchdown and hit a home run in a Major League Baseball game in the same week, a feat he accomplished in 1989. Not that it impacts his football accolades at all, but Sanders' baseball career spanned 1989-97, with a brief return in 2001. In celebration of his 49th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present 21 classic SI photos of No. 21 — nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion" — through the years.
Paul Hornung is the first athlete to win the Heisman Trophy, be selected as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, win the NFL MVP award, and be inducted into both the professional and college football halls of fame. A versatile player, Hornung was a halfback, quarterback and place-kicker who also played college basketball for Notre Dame. In celebration of Hornung's 80th birthday on Dec. 23, 2015, we present these classic photos of the "Golden Boy."
One of the most recognizable faces in Cowboys lore, Troy Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to three Super Bowl championships. He also earned six Pro Bowl nods and Super Bowl XXVII MVP honors, and trails only Tony Romo for most passing touchdowns and yards in Cowboys history. As the Hall of Fame quarterback celebrates his 50th birthday on Nov. 21, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Troy Aikman through the years.