National Football League 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
The National Football League 100th Anniversary All-Time Team was revealed in 2019 after being voted on by a panel consisting of media members, former players and league personnel. It honored the best players of the first 100 years of the National Football League 01 (NFL). Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adam Vinatieri were the only active players when the team was revealed, while Bill Belichick was the only active head coach to be selected. Only Brady and Rob Gronkowski (who came out of retirement before the 2020 season) are still on NFL rosters as of the 2021 season’s end. Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Don Hutson, Gino Marchetti, and Dick "Night Train" Lane are also part of the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
The team was chosen by a panel of 26 voters made up of coaches, team and front office executives, former players and members of the media between April and June 2018. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach and former color commentator John Madden were also two of the voters and were in charge of looking over film and issuing a report to the committee on players in the early years of the league. There was a vote to trim the list to 160 in mid-May 2018, after considering the "Golden Era" players recommended by Belichick and Madden. Another debate was held in May with the final votes due on June 15, 2018.
Players were selected at each position group, and were voted in no order. There were 10 quarterbacks, 12 running backs, 10 wide receivers, 5 tight ends, 7 tackles, 7 guards, 4 centers, 7 defensive ends, 7 defensive tackles, 6 outside linebackers, 6 middle/inside linebackers, 7 cornerbacks, 6 safeties, 2 kickers, 2 punters, 2 kick/punt returners, and 10 coaches selected to the team. No long snappers were selected.
On December 21 and December 22, 2019, quarterbacks Joe Montana and Tom Brady were announced as the first two quarterbacks to make it to the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. On December 23, 2019 the remaining 20 finalists for the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team were announced. They included Troy Aikman, Sammy Baugh, Terry Bradshaw, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Otto Graham, Bobby Layne, Sid Luckman, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, Norm Van Brocklin, and Steve Young.
On November 18, 2019, 24 running back finalists were announced. The finalists included Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Earl "Dutch" Clark, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk, Harold "Red" Grange, Franco Harris, Hugh McElhenny, Lenny Moore, Marion Motley, Bronko Nagurski, Walter Payton, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith, Jim Taylor, Thurman Thomas, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Steve Van Buren.
On December 16, 2019, 24 wide receivers were announced as finalists for the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. They included Lance Alworth, Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff, Cris Carter, Tom Fears, Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Bob Hayes, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, Don Hutson, Michael Irvin, Calvin Johnson, Charlie Joiner, Steve Largent, Dante Lavelli, James Lofton, Don Maynard, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Pete Pihos, Jerry Rice, John Stallworth, Charley Taylor, and Paul Warfield.
On December 9, 2019, 12 tight end finalists were announced, including Dave Casper, Mike Ditka, Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, Ron Kramer, John Mackey, Ozzie Newsome, Charlie Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Kellen Winslow, and Jason Witten.
On December 9, 2019, 40 offensive linemen were announced as finalists. Sixteen of the 40 finalists were tackles, including Bob "The Boomer" Brown, Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown, Lou Creekmur, Dan Dierdorf, Forrest Gregg, Cal Hubbard, Walter Jones, Ron Mix, Anthony Muñoz, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Willie Roaf, Art Shell, Bob St. Clair, Joe Thomas, and Ron Yary. Fifteen of the 40 finalists were guards, including Larry Allen, Joe DeLamielleure, Dan Fortmann, John Hannah, Jerry Kramer, Larry Little, Tom Mack, Bruce Matthews, Randall McDaniel, Mike Michalske, Mike Munchak, Jim Parker, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel, and Gene Upshaw. Nine of the 40 finalists were centers, including Dermontti Dawson, Mel Hein, Jim Langer, Jim Otto, Jim Ringo, Dwight Stephenson, Mick Tingelhoff, Clyde "Bulldog" Turner and Mike Webster.
On November 25, 2019, 33 defensive linemen were announced as finalists. Seventeen of the 33 defensive linemen were defensive ends, including Doug Atkins, Willie Davis, Carl Eller, Len Ford, Bill Hewitt, Deacon Jones, Howie Long, Gino Marchetti, Julius Peppers, Andy Robustelli, Lee Roy Selmon, Bruce Smith, Michael Strahan, DeMarcus Ware, J. J. Watt, Reggie White, and Jack Youngblood. Sixteen of the 33 defensive linemen were defensive tackles, including Junious "Buck" Buchanan, Curley Culp, Art Donovan, "Mean" Joe Greene, Cortez Kennedy, Bob Lilly, Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Leo Nomellini, Merlin Olsen, Alan Page, John Randle, Warren Sapp, Tom Sestak, Ernie Stautner, Randy White, and Bill Willis.
On November 25, 2019, 25 linebacker finalists were announced. The finalists included Chuck Bednarik, Bobby Bell, Derrick Brooks, Dick Butkus, Harry Carson, Bill George, Kevin Greene, Jack Ham, Ted Hendricks, Clarke Hinkle, Sam Huff, Luke Kuechly, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Lewis, Von Miller, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Joe Schmidt, Junior Seau, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, Brian Urlacher, and Dave Wilcox.
On December 2, 2019, 30 defensive back finalists were announced. Sixteen of the 30 defensive back finalists were cornerbacks, including Herb Adderley, Champ Bailey, Lem Barney, Mel Blount, Willie Brown, Darrell Green, Mike Haynes, Jimmy Johnson, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Patrick Peterson, Mel Renfro, Darrelle Revis, Deion Sanders, Aeneas Williams, Charles Woodson, and Rod Woodson. Fourteen of the 30 defensive back finalists were safeties, including Jack Christiansen, Brian Dawkins, Kenny Easley, Ken Houston, Paul Krause, Yale Lary, Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Johnny Robinson, Donnie Shell, Emlen Tunnell, Larry Wilson, and Willie Wood.
On December 2, 2019, 12 special teams finalists were announced. Four of the 12 special team finalists were kickers, including Morten Andersen, Lou Groza, Jan Stenerud, and Adam Vinatieri. Four of the 12 special team finalists were punters, including Ray Guy, Yale Lary, Shane Lechler, and Jerrel Wilson. Four of the 12 special team finalists were return specialists, including Mel Gray, Devin Hester, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, and Brian Mitchell.
On November 20, 2019, 20 head coaches were announced as finalists, including Bill Belichick, Paul Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Tony Dungy, Weeb Ewbank, Joe Gibbs, Sid Gillman, Bud Grant, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry, Marv Levy, Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Chuck Noll, Steve Owen, Bill Parcells, Fritz Pollard, Don Shula, and Bill Walsh.
Members of the 26 person panel were:
- Joel Bussert: Former NFL Vice President of Player Personnel and NFL historian
- Joe Horrigan: 42-year Pro Football Hall of Fame executive
- Chris Willis: NFL Films historian
- Bill Belichick: Six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach
- Tony Dungy: Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning head coach
- Dick LeBeau: Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back and two-time Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator
- John Madden: Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning head coach
- Don Shula: Pro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach
- Dick Vermeil: Super Bowl-winning head coach
- Ernie Accorsi: 19-year NFL general manager
- Gil Brandt: Pro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl-winning front office executive
- Charley Casserly: Super Bowl-winning general manager
- Bill Polian: Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning general manager
- Ron Wolf: Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl-winning general manager
- Dan Fouts: Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and veteran broadcaster
- Ron Jaworski: Former NFL quarterback and veteran broadcaster
- Ozzie Newsome: Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end and two-time Super Bowl-winning general manager
- Art Shell: Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle, two-time Super Bowl champion and former head coach
- Dave Anderson: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with The New York Times who covered the NFL for more than 50 years
- Judy Battista: NFL Media national columnist and reporter
- Jarrett Bell: Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and USA Today NFL columnist
- Chris Berman: ESPN anchor since 1979
- Rick Gosselin: Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and former Dallas Morning News columnist
- Peter King: Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and veteran sportswriter
- Don Pierson: Author and veteran sportswriter
- Charean Williams: Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, veteran sportswriter and president of the Pro Football Writers Association
- National Football League All-Decade Teams
- National Football League 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
- National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
- The NFL All-Star Game was a predecessor of the Pro Bowl that was played five times between January 1939 and December 1942. The NFL All-Star Game was played after the NFL Championship Game, with the NFL champion playing against a team consisting of All-Stars from other NFL teams.
- The Browns competed in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949.
- The Bills competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- The Chargers competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- The Rockets competed in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949.
- The Raiders competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- The Chiefs competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- In 1983, Taylor was named an All-Pro outside linebacker by the AP, the NEA, the PFWA and Pro Football Weekly, and an All-Pro inside linebacker by The Sporting News.
- The Broncos competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- The Oilers competed in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969.
- The Bengals competed in the American Football League from 1968 to 1969.
- The Packers did not join the National Football League until 1921.
- King, Peter. "FMIA Week 12: Why Dominant, Deep 49ers Might Be NFL's Scariest Team". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
The committee of 25 had two long conference calls in April 2018 to handle the nominating process. Belichick and Madden were tabbed to pore over film and their own knowledge to issue a report to the committee on the players in the early years of the league. There was a vote to trim the list to 160 in mid-May, after considering the true old-timers recommended by Belichick and Madden. Over a long meeting in late May, final discussions and debates were held. Our votes were due June 15, 2018.
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- Randy Moss first WR named to NFL 100 All-Time Team
- NFL's All-Time Team: Jerry Rice headlines wide receivers
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- NFL's All-Time Team: Lawrence Taylor headlines defensive front
- Ronnie Lott, Mel Blount among cornerbacks on NFL's All-Time Team
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- Quarterback finalists announced for NFL All-Time Team
- Running back finalists announced for All-Time Team
- Wide receiver finalists announced for NFL All-Time Team
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- "Offensive linemen finalists announced for NFL All-Time Team". NFL.com. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
- Defensive lineman finalists revealed for NFL 100 All-Time Team
- Linebacker finalists announced for NFL 100 All-Time Team
- Defensive back finalists announced for NFL All-Time Team
- Special teams finalists announced for NFL 100 All-Time Team
- Coaching finalists announced for NFL 100 All-Time Team
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