Number 40 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is O.J. Simpson. Simpson, despite being a premier running back, is now known for being an alleged murderer who was acquitted in a highly publicized trial, but then found guilty in a civil trial. He escaped paying a lot of money by going bankrupt. He currently is in jail for something akin to robbery with a weapon.
Simpson was the first pick in the first round by the Buffalo Bills in 1969. He was a Heisman Trophy winner out of USC. Simpson was the premier back of the 1970s and, considering the fact the Bills were a crummy team, it would be interesting to see how well he would have done on a strong team. He is best known (for football) for his 2,003-yard season in 1973.
Simpson had an 11-season career in which he played 135 games. He ended up with 14,368 yards, of which 11,236 were rushing yards. Simpson has a fan ranking of 44.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
Number 39 on the countdown was Gino Marchetti. Marchetti is the legendary defensive end of the Baltimore Colts after spending his first year with the Dallas Texans (ultimately the Cowboys).
Marchetti was known as a vicious pass rusher. He was drafted in 1952 in round two as the 14th pick. Marchetti’s career spanned 161 games in 15 seasons. He was in the Pro-Bowl 11 times.
Marchetti has no fan ranking due to the era he played in. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
Number 38 on our list is flanker Lance Alworth, who was the premier flanker of his day. His nickname was “Bambi” for his speed and smooth running, and he was the first player from the AFC inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Alworth was drafted out of Arkansas ninth in the second round. Alworth did not have a huge career, but for the time he played (136 games over 11 seasons), he was a major standout. He was known mainly for his speed and was lucky that he learned under Sid Luckman.
Alworth ended his career with 542 receptions for 10, 266 yards and 85 touchdowns, including the first touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in their Super Bowl VI victory. He caught a pass in every game he played in the AFC.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978. He had no fan ranking.
As an aside, Al Davis was then with the Chargers; he signed Alworth. Also, I wonder how Alworth would have done if he had played with the five-yard bump and run rule.
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