Number 83 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” Countdown is an oldie but goodie and that is Norm Van Brocklin. Van Brocklin has no fan ranking and I have to say I am somewhat surprised by that because he is known even by modern-day fans.
Norm Van Brocklin was a quarterback drafted out of Oregan by (at that time) the Los Angeles Rams. He shared duties with a player named Bob Waterfield and still managed to lead the league in passing in 1950, 1952 and 1954. His true glory came in 1960 when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFL title.
Despite alternating with another future Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin or the “The Dutchman” as he was called, rallied career figures as follows: He had 1,553 completions for 23,611 yards and 173 touchdowns. He passed for 554 yards in one game and led both the Rams and Eagles to titles.
When Van Brocklin won the NFL Title Game with Philadelphia it was the only time a team coached by Vince Lombardi lost in championship play.
Norm Van Brocklin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. There is no doubt Norm Van Brocklin had a temper and that temper got him traded but he is the only quarterback to lead two different teams to championships. And, maybe that is why he was able to whip Lombardi.
Number 82 on the list is Ted Hendricks. Ted Hendricks is an odd duck or should I say “Stork.” He was called the “Mad Stork” in college and it stuck. In the NFL he only weighed about 220 pounds even though he was over 6’7″ tall. He is a brilliant person.
Ted Hendricks was an outside linebacker drafted 33rd in round two out of Miami of Florida in 1969 by the Baltimore Colts where he spent five seasons. He was then traded to the Green Bay Packers where he played a year until ending up in Oakland where as a raider he terrorized offenses.
Because of his height Hendricks was able to block 25 field goals or extra points and had 26 interceptions as well as 16 opponents’ fumble recoveries.
Ted Hendricks played 215 games over 15 seasons and never missed a game. He was in eight Pro-Bowls as well as seven title games and four Super Bowls. He was an intuitive player who eschewed the weight room and play book for the freedom of success.
Ted Hendricks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 and again, surprisingly, had no fan ranking.