Number 12 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Anthony Munoz, who was a premier offensive tackle. Munoz was a two-time All-American drafted out of the University of Southern California in 1980. He was drafted in the first round as the overall third pick by the Cincinnati Bengals and would ultimately help lead them to a Super Bowl, although they would not win it.
Anthony Munoz was also effective at catching the ball and scored several touchdowns playing at “tackle-eligible.”
Munoz played in 185 games over 13 seasons. It was impossible for defensive ends to get around him. He had a bit of an odd wide stance, but his balance and strength were incredible.
Munoz was a fan pick at number 80 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. He was the first Cincinnati Bengal to be so honored.
Number 11 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Ronnie Lott, who was a defensive back out of the University of Southern California. Lott was drafted in the first round as the overall eighth pick by the San Francisco 49ers. He was selected to the Pro-Bowl 10 different times, at different times representing all three secondary positions, including strong safety, free safety and cornerback. Lott was respected by all players as a player who could and would hurt you. However, in watching film of Lott, I did not see a cheap-shot artist, but rather a guy who played all-out. In fact, he was willing to have a piece of his finger amputated so he could continue to play.
Ronnie Lott was a part of the San Francisco 49ers’ four-Super Bowl run in the 1980s.
Lott played 14 seasons, and in those seasons, he played in 192 games. He had an incredible 63 interceptions for 730 yards and five touchdowns. Further, in his career, he exceeded 1,000 tackles, owning five 100-plus tackle seasons.
The fans think Lott is great as well, picking him as number 17.
Ronnie Lott was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2000.
I actually think that Lott should be a little higher. He does represent the game.
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