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There may not have been a more versatile athlete in league history. "Sweetness" rushed for 16,726 yards (second most all-time), caught 492 passes, threw for eight touchdowns and often punished defenders with his blocking. His Credentials: Nine-time Pro Bowl selection, nine-time All-Pro, named to NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s and ’80s, Super Bowl XX champion, 1977 NFL MVP, member of NFL’s 75th anniversary team, inducted into Hall of Fame in 1993, ranked No. 5 on NFL’s top 100 players of all-time list, second in career rushing yards, fourth in career rushing touchdowns Others in Consideration: Philip Rivers (2004, Giants); Edgerrin James (1999, Colts); Charles Woodson (1998, Raiders); Jonathan Ogden (1996, Ravens); Derrick Thomas (1989, Chiefs); Chris Doleman (1985, Vikings); Dan Hampton (1979, Bears); John Hannah (1973, Patriots)

Text: Chris Burke, SI.com
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr., Jerry Wachter(2), Bill Smith/SI

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