Number 79 on the “Top 100” is Emlen Tunnell. He had an incredible career with the Giants as a defensive back and in 1967 was the first African-American to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was amazing in that he broke his neck in Toledo and then served in the Coast Guard after being rejected by the Army and Navy. After returning to college at the University of Iowa, Tunnell quit and ultimately was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants.
Emlen Tunnell was part of the Giant’s “Umbrella defense” and was called the Giant’s “Offense on Defense.” During his 14 seasons he played in 167 games and played 11 seasons for the Giants and three for the Green Bay Packers.
He had 79 interceptions which rank second all-time in the NFL and the 1,282 return yards ranks fourth.
While he has no fan ranking it would be because he played so long ago because he is one of the iconic defensive players of all time.
The fans ranked Number 78 as Number 79. A close agreement between fans and pundits is offensive position player Bruce Matthews. Bruce Matthews was drafted in 1983 out of USC 9th in the first round. His body of work was incredible.
Bruce Matthews was drafted by the Houston Oilers later to become the Tennessee Titans. He played guard primarily but he played every position on the line at one time or another. He played an incredible 19 seasons and in 296 games which are the most for a position player. He was voted for 14 Pro Bowls which is tied for the most.
He was taken into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
These two players reflect the class of the history of the National Football League as well as the Hall of Fame.
This article reflects the greatness on both sides of the ball and in different eras. We see the evolution of the game socially as the Giants had the nerve to sign the first African-American.
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