So, we have 39 players down, and 60 left. Here are numbers 40 through 59.
40 – Mike Haynes – The great cornerback was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997 and finished his career with 46 picks.
41 – Eugene Robinson – Robinson, who spent the majority of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, had a stellar career as a safety in the NFL. Picking off 57 passes for his career, Robinson was a three time Pro Bowler.
42 – Ronnie Lott – Lott was a beast. He was also a ten time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
43 – Troy Polamalu – The best hair in the league. Polamalu is one of the best safeties in the history of the league. A six time Pro Bowler in his first eight seasons, Troy has so far picked off 27 passes and been an absolute pain for opposing offenses.
44 – John Riggins – One of the best backs in history, Riggins is an easy choice here. The Hall of Famer was the 1982 Super Bowl MVP and he also led the league in rushing twice, in 1983 and 1984.
45 – Emlen Tunnell – You might not have heard about this guy, but he was one of the best defensive players ever. Tunnell had 79 career picks, second most ever, and he was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1967.
46 – Todd Christensen – The Raider tight end was a five time Pro Bowler and had over 80 receptions four seasons in a row.
47 – Mel Blount – Blount edges out John Lynch here. Blount had 57 career picks for the Steelers, was a five time Pro Bowler and was the 1975 Defensive Player of the Year.
48 – Stephen Davis – Davis was a beast around the goal line. A three time Pro Bowler, Davis led the league in rushing TD’s in 1999.
49 – Bobby Mitchell – The Hall of Fame receiver had a great career. Back in 1962 he caught 72 passes for 1,384 yards and 11 TD’s.
50 – Mike Singletary – Ok, so maybe he’s not that great of a head coach, but he was one of the best linebackers ever. Two time Defensive Player of the Year and a ten time Pro Bowler. Singletary was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
51 – Dick Butkus – Another great Bears’ linebacker, Butkus played for nine seasons and was a Pro Bowler for eight of them. Butkus was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
52 – Ray Lewis – Lewis is going to easily be a Hall of Famer once his career is over. Consistently over 100 tackles every year, Lewis also have 38.5 sacks and 30 interceptions.
53 – Harry Carson – One of the best linebackers of the 80’s, Carson was a nine time Pro Bowler and elected into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
54 – Randy White – The Cowboy great just edges out Zach Thomas. White was a Pro Bowler every year from 1977 until 1985 and went into Canton in 1994.
55 – Junior Seau – Seau finally retired in 2009, about two years too late. Seau was a Pro Bowler from 1991 until 2002 while with the San Diego Chargers.
56 – Lawrence Taylor – Cocaine jokes aside, LT was arguably the best linebacker ever. LT had 132.5 sacks for his career, was a Pro Bowler from 1981 until 1990 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
57 – Rickey Jackson – Jackson was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 thanks to his 128 sacks.
58 – Derrick Thomas – Thomas just edges out Jack Lambert. Thomas’ career and life were cut tragically short due to a car accident in 2000. He was rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
59 – Jack Ham – The great Steeler linebacker had over 30 picks in his career and was an eight time Pro Bowler.
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