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Taylor may have been the most intimidating defensive player the league has ever seen, especially since he often fired off the ball toward the quarterback’s blindside. His Credentials: 10-time Pro Bowl selection, 10-time All-Pro, named to NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s, member of NFL’s 75th anniversary team, two-time Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP in 1986, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year in 1981, inducted into Hall of Fame in 1999, ranked No. 3 on NFL’s top 100 players of all-time list, ninth all-time in sacks Others in Consideration: Calvin Johnson (2007, Lions); Julius Peppers (2002, Panthers); Donovan McNabb (Eagles, 1999); Tony Boselli (1995, Jaguars); Marshall Faulk (1994, Colts); Eric Dickerson (1983, Rams); Tony Dorsett (1977, Cowboys); Randy White (1975, Cowboys)

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