Another person who made my life as a Chicago Bears’ fan miserable was Willie Davis. Number 86 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Willie Davis who ultimately was a big-play defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. Davis was a low draft pick in 1956 out of Grambling not going until the 15th round and then he was a lowly 181st pick. He was picked by the Cleveland Browns and put at offensive lineman where he did not do well. He was then drafted by the Army and played “Army football.”
When Davis returned from service he was traded to the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi who convinced him to play defense which Davis did. He caused 21 fumbles in his stellar career as a defensive end and won two National Championships as well as the first two Super Bowls.
Willie Davis has no fan vote. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981 after a 14-year, 162 game career. He never missed a game.
Number 85 on the “Top 100” is one of my favorite running backs, Marcus Allen. Allen left a significant body of work.
Marcus Allen was drafted 10th in the first round in 1982 out of Southern Cal by the Oakland Raiders. He played 16 seasons, 11 with Oakland and five with the Kansas City chiefs.
Marcus Allen was a dynamic back to watch and he was a complete team player. If he was asked to block then he did that well. He had more than 10,000 yards on the ground and was the first running back to achieve that mark. He also caught passes to the tune of 5,000 yards.
Marcus Allen has a fan vote of 32nd place and I think that is about right.
Marcus Allen was inducted into the Hall of fame in 2003.
Number 84 on the list is Joe Schmidt who would not be known to many modern-day fans and as such has no fan rank. He was selected out of the University of Pittsburgh in 1953 by the Detroit Lions. The Lions picked him low because he had been plagued by injuries.
Joe Schmidt played in 155 games over 13 seasons and developed the position of middle linebacker.
Joe Schmidt played in an era where extensive defensive statistics were not kept. However he did have 24 career interceptions. He was a very cerebral player and had excellent instincts. He perhaps is remembered best by football pundits for his play in the 1957 NFL Title Game against Jim Brown and the highly favored Cleveland Browns where Detroit embarrassed them, 59-14.
Joe Schmidt was sent to 10 straight Pro Bowls and ultimately was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1973.