Number 35 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Chuck Bednarik. Bednarik was called the “Last 60-minute” man because he played both center on offense and linebacker on defense. It is his defensive play for which he is most remembered because he was such a fierce tackler.
Chuck Bednarik was in WW II and upon returning home went to the University of Pennsylvania. He was drafted out of Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949 (the year I was born) as the first pick in round one. He did not disappoint.
In those days when Bednarik played NFL players had to work outside football because they did not make enough money. Bednarik sold concrete so he was called “Concrete Charlie.”
Bednarik played 169 games in 14 seasons missing only three in that time. He played in eight Pro-Bowls.
Bednarik is known for two plays. He hit Frank Gifford so hard that Gifford left the field unconscious and he stopped Jim Taylor on the last play of the NFL Championship Game when the Eagles beat the Packers.
Due to his era of play Chuck Bednarik has no fan vote. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.
Number 34 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100″ is Deion Sanders.” Sanders of course is well-known not only as a player but as a celebrity and an announcer.
I understand Sanders is a unique player and will probably make the Hall of Fame. Still based on my years in sports he is against everything I was taught about sportsmanship although most people enjoy his antics.
Sanders was picked out of Florida State in 1989 in the first round as the fifth pick. He could have been used in many different positions but was picked as a defensive back due to speed and intellect. Also he was used as a kick returner and holds the record for touchdowns based on interceptions and kick returns of all kinds with 22. He had 53 interceptions.
Sanders is also noted as the last of the two-sport Pro players having carved out time in Pro baseball. He has scored a touchdown and hit a home run in the same week.
Deion Sanders was a fan favorite being picked at 19. He was also noted for end zone dancing and the habit of prancing, pointing and putting his hand behind his head as he entered the end zone. He carries several nicknames among them “Primetime” and “Neon Deion.”
Sanders played 17 seasons and participated in 188 games. He has two Super Bowl Rings, one with the Cowboys and one with the 49ers. He also was a part of post-season baseball teams.
As I said, Deion Sanders will no doubt make the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Website, “Chuck Bednarik”
NFL Network Website, “Chuck Bednarik LB”
You Tube Website, “NFL Top 100 Players #35-Chuck Bednarik”
NFL Network Website, “Deion Sanders DB”
You Tube Website, “Deion “Primetime” SandersChronology”
Net Glimse Website, “Deion Sanders Biography”