Number 16 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Otto Graham who was a great quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Graham was the first player signed by Paul Brown in 1944. He was taken out of Northwestern in 1944 as the fourth pick in the first round. The team had an incredible record of 52-4-3 in the All-America Football Conference. It was thought that Brown’s group would not fare well in the NFL but they did.
While Otto Graham was in charge of the Cleveland Browns they went to the title game for ten straight years winning four AAFC titles and three NFL titles.
Otto Graham is remembered for bringing a change to the offense allowing for passing. Graham passed for 23,584 yards and 174 touchdowns. Further he played 12 seasons and during that time he played 126 games. He also scored 276 points on 46 touchdowns.
Graham was chosen number 75 by the fans. This low number is no doubt due to the era in which he played. He was entered in the Hall of Fame in 1965.
Technically drafted out of Mississippi Vocational David “Deacon” Jones is Number 15 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” Initially playing for the Los Angeles Rams Jones made a name for himself as a defensive end.
Deacon Jones was drafted by the Rams in 1961 way down in the 14th round and wasn’t taken until the 186th pick. He was unknown. Further he had grown up in the segregated South so he had a major social adjustment never having been around white people before.
Ultimately Jones teamed with defensive tackle Merlin Olsen to create a livid left side of defense.
Deacon Jones coined the term “quarterback sack” and saw it as the destruction of the heart and soul of a team.
Deacon Jones played for 14 seasons and in 191 games. During that time he played in eight Pro-Bowls. Jones played for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins where he became part of Coach George Allen’s family.
Deacon Jones was picked 43rd by the fan vote. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
Deacon Jones was one of the great players of all time and when he does commentary on other players he tells it like it is but always shows respect.
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