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Travis Kriens

Travis Kriens

80. Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers.

Regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play, Jerry Rice spent the first 16 of his 20-year (soon to be Hall of Fame) career with the 49ers. After winning four Super Bowl rings with San Francisco, Rice ended his career as the NFL’s career leader in receptions (1,549), yards (22,895) and touchdowns (208). In 1999, he was ranked number two on The Sporting News List of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Only Jim Brown was ranked ahead of him. In retirement, Rice finished second in 2006 on Dancing with the Stars.

Honorable Mention: Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings), Henry Ellard (L.A. Rams), Kellen Winslow (San Diego Chargers)

81. Tim Brown, Oakland Raiders.

The first receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 1987 out of Notre Dame, Brown played with the Raiders for 16 years. Brown wrapped up his 17-year career in 2004 ranked second all-time in receiving yardage (14,934) and third in catches (1.094). The nine-time Pro Bowler was also known for his skills on punt returns where he amassed 3,320 yards, good for fifth most all-time. Brown was selected to the 1990 All-Decade team, and his success with the Raider’s organization earned him the title, “Mr. Raider”.

Honorable Mention: Art Monk (Washington Redskins), Dick “Night Train” Lane (Detroit Lions)

82. Raymond Berry, Baltimore Colts.

The favorite target of quarterback Johnny Unitas, Berry led the league in receptions and yards three times during his 13-year career. Berry was a part of the two NFL Championship Colts teams of 1958 and 1959 as well as the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team. After his playing career was done, Berry coached the New England Patriots from 1984 to 1989 where he led them to Super Bowl XX in 1986 before losing to the Chicago Bears. The 1973 Pro Football Hall of Famer ranked 40th on The Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players.

Honorable Mention: Ozzie Newsome (Cleveland Browns), John Stallworth (Pittsburgh Steelers)

83. Ted Hendricks, Oakland Raiders.

The Hall of Fame linebacker known as the “Mad Stork” for his lanky build (6-7, 220-pounds) was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who blocked 25 field goals (an unofficial NFL record) during his 15-seasons with the Colts, Packers and Raiders. Hendricks played in 215 consecutive games. Hendricks was a member of four Super Bowl winning teams (three with the Raiders and one with the Colts) and was a Pro Bowl selection eight times, at least once with each of his three NFL teams. He is the first player in NFL history to have four Super Bowl rings and never play for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys or the Pittsburgh Steelers, the three teams with five Super Bowl titles.

Honorable Mention: Mark Clayton (Miami Dolphins), Andre Reed (Buffalo Bills), John Jefferson (San Diego Chargers)

84. Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings. The controversial Randy Moss spent no time adjusting to the NFL after coming out of Marshall (W.V.) to the Vikings in 1998. Moss set the league on fire his first season, setting a rookie record with 17 touchdowns. On Nov. 14, 2006, Moss was honored for his success in college by having an award named after him, becoming only one of two black athletes (along with John Mackey) to be so honored. After spending two seasons with the Raiders, his former offensive coordinator, Tom Walsh, who was fired from the Raiders after Oakland’s 2-14 losing season, said of Moss, “Randy Moss is a player whose skills are diminishing, and he’s in denial of those eroding skills.” The New England Patriots gave Oakland a fourth round pick for the declining Moss, and last season he set the NFL record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 23.

Honorable Mention: Shannon Sharpe (Denver Broncos), Sterling Sharpe (Green Bay Packers)

85. Jack Youngblood, Los Angeles Rams.

The Hall of Fame defensive end was a seven-time Pro Bowl pick in 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1971-84). Tough and durable, he played 201 straight games and all of Super Bowl XIV despite a broken left leg. Youngblood started 201 consecutive games for the Rams and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976. His unofficial sack number of 151.5 would place him fourth on the all-time list.

Honorable Mention: Nick Buoniconti (Miami Dolphins), Mark Duper (Miami Dolphins).

86. Buck Buchanan, Kansas City Chiefs.

The first player drafted by the AFL, he was picked by the Chiefs in 1963 out of Grambling State University. The fast, fierce 6’7″, 270-pound, Hall of Fame defensive tackle swatted down 16 passes in 1967 and later played in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl IV. He was clocked at 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 10.2 seconds in the 100-yard dash, making him one of the fastest linemen in the league. Two years after being elected to the Hall, Buchanan died of lung cancer at the age of 51 in 1992.

Honorable Mention: Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers)

87. Dave Casper, Oakland Raiders.

“The Ghost” from Bemidji, Minn., Casper was one of the premier tight ends of his era. Dave was a five time pro-bowler in his NFL career (1977-81) and four-time All-Pro (1976-1979.) He was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl XI championship team, where the Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14. Casper finished his pro career with 378 receptions, 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns. In 2002, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the 13th Raider to be inducted.

Honorable Mention: Dwight Clark (San Francisco 49ers), Lionel Taylor (Denver Broncos), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

88. Alan Page, Minnesota Vikings.

This Hall of Fame defensive tackle was a mainstay of the Vikings’ feared Purple People Eaters defense of the 1970s. Page played in four Super Bowls and was the NFL MVP in 1971 as well the Defensive Player of Year in `71 and `73. Page played in 218 consecutive games without an absence, during which he recovered 22 fumbles, made 148.5 sacks (108.5 with the Vikings and 40 with the Bears). He also scored three touchdowns (two on fumble recoveries and one on an interception return) and had three safeties, the second most in NFL history. Page set a career-high in sacks with 18 in 1976 and is unofficially credited with five other seasons of 10 sacks or more. He is currently an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Honorable Mention: Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis Colts), Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys), Lynn Swann (Pittsburgh Steelers)

89. Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears.

The Hall of Fame tight end revolutionized the position into more than just blocking. In 1961, Mike Ditka was honored as the Rookie of the Year with an amazing 12 touchdowns, and 56 catches for 1,076 yards. He was part of the NFL Champion Bears team in 1963 and won Super Bowl VI with the Dallas Cowboys. The five-time Pro Bowler was the first tight end inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ditka coached the Bears from 1982-92, winning Super Bowl XX and being named Coach of the Year in 1985 and ’88.

Honorable Mention: Gino Marchetti (Baltimore Colts)