Number 55 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Earl Campbell. Campbell was drafted first in the first round by the Houston Oilers as a running back out of the University of Texas and after several years he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. Campbell had a relatively short career only playing 115 games in eight seasons. However in those eight seasons he rushed for 1,934 yards in 1980 and had career stats of 9,407 yards and 74 touchdowns. He played in five Pro-Bowls. Campbell was an incredibly bruising runner who would knock would-be tacklers backwards. Due to that running style his career was cut short due to injury.
You have to see Campbell run to believe it. In fact you have to see his thighs to believe them.
Campbell had a fan vote of 35 which I think is a little bit too low. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Number 54 on the NFL Network “Top 100” is Forrest Gregg who Green Bay Packers’ Coach Vince Lombardi called “The finest player I ever coached.”
Forrest Gregg was drafted in 1956 by the Green Bay Packers as an offensive tackle and while he was good size he was small for the position. He was taken out of Southern Methodist as the 20th pick in the second round.
Gregg was as fundamentally sound as an offensive lineman could be. Vince Lombardi’s signature sweep was led by Forrest Gregg to perfection.
Forrest Gregg played 193 games over 16 seasons. Gregg played in nine pro-Bowls and in seven Championship games as well as three Super Bowls all of which were victories.
Forrest Gregg also played offensive guard when it was required. He had a great attitude hence Lombardi’s great love and respect for him.
I am old enough to have watched Forrest Gregg play against my Chicago Bears. Outside of 1963 the Bears did not have a lot of success against the Packers and a person who had a lot to do with that was Forrest Gregg.
Forrest Gregg has no fan vote. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
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