My All Time Football Team

Every Friday starting 12/28/2018, for a year, I’ll be adding a member to my all time “53”.

Players that I never watched, such as Jim Brown,  Deacon Jones, Johnny Unitas, Gale Sayers and player of that ilk and era are not going to be on it, and there is no disrespect intended.

Chances are if I can’t stand the player, or hate the team he plays for then there is likely zero chance they will be on it as well, though there can be an exception or two.

Oh and to be eligible, the player has to be retired. 


Offense (13) with the ability to open in the I, 3WR, or 2 TE sets.

  • QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
  • RB Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
  • FB/Co-Party Coordinator John Riggins, Washington Redskins
  • WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers
  • WR Randy Moss, Minnesota, Vikings
  • WR Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning’s Former Team 
  • TE Shannon Sharpe, Denver Broncos
  • TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
  • T Joe Jacoby, Washington Redskins
  • T Anthony Munoz, Cincinnati Bengals
  • G Russ Grimm, Washington Redskins
  • G Larry Allen, Dallas Cowboys
  • C Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers



Defense (13) 4-3, 3-4, and Nickel capabilities

DL (4)

  • DL “Mean” Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • DL Reggie White Philadelphia/Green Bay/Carolina
  • DL Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills
  • DL Howie Long, Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

LB (4)

  • OLB Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants
  • MLB Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • OLB Jack Ham, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • ILB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

DB (5)

  • CB Darrell Green, Washington Redskins
  • CB Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • SS Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers
  • FS Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
  • N Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Special Teams (4)

(Sorry long-snappers, but my center or another lineman will handle that chore).

  • Kicker: Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins
  • Punter:  Ray Guy, Oakland Raiders
  • Punt Returner: Brian Mitchell, Washington Redskins
  • Kick Returner: Herschel Walker, Dallas, Minnesota, Philadelphia, New York Giants & USFL




  • QB John Elway, Denver Broncos
  • QB Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins
  • LHQB/Co-Party Coordinator “Kenny The Snake Stabler”, Oakland Raiders
  • RB Walter Payton, Chicago Bears
  • RB Earl Campbell, Houston OIlers
  • RB Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • RB/Swag Coordinator: Edgerrin James, Peyton Manning’s Former Team 
  • WR/STC “Shit Talkin’ Coordinator” Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
  • WR Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
  • TE Mark Bavaro, New York Giants
  • OL Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore Ravens
  • OL Mike Munchak, Houston Oilers
  • OL Conrad Dobler, St. Louis Cardinals, Combat Coordinator 


  • DL Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears
  • DL Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • DL Randy White, Dallas Cowboys
  • LB Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers
  • LB Karl Mecklenburg, Denver Broncos
  • LB Demarcus Ware, Denver Broncos
  • LB Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
  • DB Steve Atwater, Denver Broncos
  • DB Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos
  • DB Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

Honorable Mention 6 active players that deserve this honor*. No, there won’t be any #FYTB or #FYNE here either.

  • Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals
  • Jordan Taylor, WR Denver Broncos (simply paying respect to the work he did with #18 during the Super Bowl 50 Championship season)
  • Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
  • J.J. Watt, DL Houston Texans
  • Luke Kuechly, LB Carolina Panthers
  • Von Miller, LB Denver Broncos

Honorary Captains (3)

  • Offense: Jim Brown FB, Cleveland Browns
  • Defense: Deacon Jones, DL, Los Angeles Rams
  • Special Teams: Gale Sayers, KR, Chicago Bears