Number 95 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Larry Allen. Allen was arguably the strongest man to ever put on an NFL uniform. He bench-pressed 700 pounds, and there was legend that he lifted dead weight of 900 pounds. I cannot verify it, but if you’re trying to find someone to dispute him, I’m afraid you’ll need another writer.
Allen was the first player drafted out of Sonoma State in 1994. He was, for the only time in his career, overlooked by not being chosen until the second round, and then received further insult by not going until pick 46 overall.
As a Chicago Bears fan, I watched Allen keep our vaunted defenses at bay. Allen was only one of three players who went to the Pro Bowl playing at different spots. Allen played at offensive guard and tackle.
Allen played 203 games over 14 seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times.
A modern-day player, he did get a vote from the fans at Number 89. That is amazing for an offensive lineman.
Alright, here is my first major disagreement with the NFL Network. Number 94 on their list is Lenny Moore. Sorry guys, but you’re all wet and it’s not even raining. Wow, I just made that up!
In the old days in the backfield, there was a quarterback, fullback and a right halfback and a left halfback. In the pure “T-Formation” originally, the quarterback was about a half-yard behind the center and the backs were in a horizontal line behind him (see link) which made a “T.” Usually, one of the halfbacks was a better runner and one was a better receiver. Then the pros started making all kinds of changes, and ultimately one of those backs became a wide-receiver. The other back became the running back, and one of the ends became the other wide-receiver.
Lenny Moore was one of two reasons I originally became a football fanatic. The other was Johnny Unitas. Then I changed my great love when the Bears won the NFL Championship in 1963.
However, all kids wanted to be Johnny Unitas and/or Lenny Moore. Moore was drafted in the first round out of Penn State in 1956 by the Baltimore Colts. Moore was the Rookie of the Year in 1956. In those days, halfbacks who were primarily receivers were called “flankers,” and that is where Moore started, but was then moved to “running” halfback in 1961.
Moore was the first Baltimore Colt to tape the outside of his shoes that made his feet look like hooves (colts), and it caught on with the team and kids.
Moore’s numbers included 12,451 combined yards, 5,174 yards rushing and 303 receptions for 6,039 yards. He played in the “Greatest Game Ever Played” against the New York Giants in 1958 that is credited with ushering in the Modern NFL.
Where should Moore be on the list? He should be at least Number 50 or under.