There was never a runner as devastating as Bronko Nagurski. That isn’t hard to believe, given his name. Nagurski joined the Chicago Bears in 1930 after a stellar career at the University of Minnesota. He was outstanding as an offensive runner, passer and blocker, as well as a defensive tackler. He was an incredible all-around player. Bronco Nagurski is Number 19 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100.”
Many people wonder where the name “Bronko” came from; it was simply short for his first name of “Bronislaw.”
Nagurski was a straight-ahead runner. He did not have fancy moves. He just went through people.
I have to admire guys who played then, because they didn’t have the fancy equipment players had today, and yet a player as great as Nagurski couldn’t get a raise to earn $6,500 in 1938.
As a result of the cheap George Halas, Nagurski went into professional wrestling, which paid better than pro football at that time. However, he had enough class five years later, when the Bears were demolished due to WWII, to come back and help them win a title.
Nagurski played nine seasons and in 97 games. During this time, he gained 4,031 yards. Also he was very effective at throwing the jump-pass, where he would charge at the line and then leap and throw the ball to a waiting receiver.
Nagurski, because of the era he played in, had no fan vote, which is sad.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.
Number 18 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Ray Lewis. Lewis is a linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens. As with all top-level linebackers, Lewis has a great deal of speed and also is a vicious tackler. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV.
Lewis has a pregame dance that he often does to psych himself up.
Ray Lewis was picked in the first round as number 26 by the Baltimore Ravens. He is still active, and so far he has played 14 seasons encompassing 194 games.
I have little time for Ray Lewis. Lewis was put on probation after being charged with murder along with two other men, having gotten into an altercation with two guys after Super Bowl XXXIV. While never convicted, Lewis did settle with the relatives of the murdered men in civil court. Further, the suit he was wearing that night was never found and he did admit to misleading the police.
NFL Network’s Website, “Bronko Nagurski FB”
Hall of Fame Website, “Bronko Nagurski”
You Tube Website, “NFL Top 100 Players #19-Bronko Nagurski”
NFL Network’s Website, “Ray Lewis LB”
You Tube Website, “Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis: 18th Greatest NFL Player of All Time”
USA Today website,”Ravens’ Lewis settles civil suit”