If you claim to be a big fan of American football, you must know the legendary names in the history of the sport. These legendary athletes continue to be an inspiration not only to football fans, but also to aspiring players and athletes in general. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, selected annually by a Ohio Township committee, honors players and coaches who have made a special contribution to football. Knowing the players and coaches of the past and the present will give you a better appreciation of the sport. Here are some of the most respected payers and coaches in American football history.
The first AFL (American Football League) professional football player to be honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lance Alworth was one of the San Diego Chargers’ star players, joining the team in 1961. then played for the Dallas Cowboys for the last two years of his career. By the time he retired, he had caught 542 passes and ran for a whopping 10,266 yards.
Earning the nickname “the ball” during his college days at the University of Virginia, Bill Dudley was renowned for never missing his goal. In 1942 he was invited to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and, in his first season, was named Rookie of the Year. Bill Dudley was drafted into the military during World War II, but returned in 1945 just in time for the football season.
Rightly known as “Mr. Everything ”for his many talents, George Halas went on to become a renowned football player for the Chicago Bears, as well as a manager and coach for the Bears during his lifetime. Each year, soccer teams compete in the NFC Championship game for the George Halas Trophy.
One of the most famous football coaches in the history of the sport, Vince Lombardi has scored countless victories at the Green Bay Packers. Retiring as a coach in 1968, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. American football’s most sought-after award, the Super Bowl Trophy, is named after him.
Walter Payton caught the attention of important figures in professional football during his studies at Jackson State University, where he alone reportedly scored 46 points in one game. In the 1975 draft, he was invited to play the Chicago Bears first round. During his thirteen year career, he rushed for 16,276 yards, making him the most successful runner in NFL history.
Born in 1947, Orenthal James Jones had a successful college football career, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968 by the largest margin ever. In 1969, he was the first player to be drafted into the NFL and became one of the best running backs in history. He was named NFL Player of the Year four times, in 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. OJ Simpson retired and pursued a career as an actor and broadcaster and, in 1994, was submitted and acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and his friend Ronal Goldman.