We all know him now as Chris Berman's counterpart on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, but he also played in the NFL. The best professional athlete to don the number 57 is Thomas Jackson of Denver Bronco fame. Jackson, who is a member of the Bronocs Ring of Fame, was a three-time pro-bowler in his fourteen year career in Denver. Only John Elway has played more games in a Broncos uniform than Mr. Jackson. For an interesting look at Tom Jackson, check out this article from The News Tribune of Tacoma, WA.
- 10-time Pro Bowler
- 1986 NFL MVP
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981)
- Two-time Super Bowl Champion (1986 and 1990)
- NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981 and 1982)
- 1983 and 1986 UPI NFC Player of the Year
- 132.5 "official" career sacks
- 1,088 career tackles
- Member of NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
Did you know.......L.T. would have 141.5 sacks if the statistic was officially recorded in his rookie year?
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- 12 consecutive Pro Bowl trips (only fourth player since 1970 to be elected to 10 or more consecutive Pro Bowls)
- 1990s All-Decade Team
- Led the Chargers in tackles for eight seasons
- 60 games with 10 or more tackles
- Led team in tackles for 90 regular season career games
- Chargers' MVP for five straight season (1997-01)
- 47 sacks in career with Chargers (third on Chargers' all-time list)
Did you know.....Junior owns a restaurant in San Diego called Seau's?
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Randy White was drafted No.2 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1975 NFL Draft, formerly a product of the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Randy earned distinctions as a Consensus All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and won the Outland Trophy as well as the coveted Lombardi Trophy. As a highly sought after draft pick, the Cowboys struck gold with this beast from the east in the first round. What set White apart from his teammates was not his ability to make big plays, but his durability, intelligence and toughness (White missed only one game in 14 seasons). In his regular season career, White was credited with 1,104 tackles, 701 solo tackles and 111 sacks.
• Selected for the Pro Bowl Nine Times
• Named All-Pro Eight Times
• Named Super Bowl Co-MVP (XII)
• NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1978)
• NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year (1982)
• Won One Super Bowl Title (XII)
• Won three NFC Titles
• Won Five Division Titles
• Inducted into the Dallas Cowboy's Ring of Honor (1994)
• Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1994)
Best Season: Randy White's best season was probably in 1978 when he recorded 123 tackles and 16 sacks.
Best Nickname of all time: Manster (half man, half monster)
Did you know......that Randy started out as a linebacker his first two seasons before being moved to defensive tackle, where he spent the remainder of his career?
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Did you know.....Harry was "rated the #1 'Inside Linebacker' in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly, Carson was named to the All-Rookie Team after his first NFL season." (source: harrycarson.com.)
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- Super Bowl MVP in 2000
- 4-time NFL tackle leader
- 7-time All-Pro
- 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year
- Led Ravens in tackles for 8 out of 10 years
Did you know......Ray donates a tractor-trailer load of food and personal care boxes annually to 440 of Baltimore's neediest families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the privacy of their homes?
- 2015 Pro Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
- 4,875career strikeouts
- 4-time NL Cy Young Winner (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
- 1-time AL Cy Young Winner (1995)
- C0-World Series MVP in 2001
- 4-time League Leader in ERA (1995, 1999, 2001, 2002)
- 5 consecutive 300 strikeout seasons (1996-2002,) and MLB record
- Perfect game thrown on May 18, 2004
- .646 career winning percentage
- 37 career shutouts
- 303 career wins
The NFL 1980s All-Decade linebacker was extremely intense in both games and practice. When you watched him play, his eyes would seem to be open a little further than everyone else's. It was as if he was trying to take everything on the field in at once.
Mike finished his career with some excellent numbers:
- 1,488 career tackles
- 885 solo tackles
- 10-time Pro-Bowl nominee
- 179 games played
- AP NFL Defensive MVP two times (1985, 1988)
- UPI NFC MVP three times (1984, 1985, 1988)
- 1998 Hall of Fame Inductee
- Number 56 on the Sporting News List of 100 Greatest Football Players (as of 1999)
- 1978 AL Cy Young Award winner
- 1978 MLB Player of the Year
- Gold Glove Award Winner (1982-1986)
- AL ERA leader in 1978 and 1979
- 1.69 ERA in three World Series
- All-Star in 1978, 1979, 1982 and 1983
Did you know.......Ron's number 49 was retired by the Yankees on August 23rd, 2003?
If you didn't know better, every time he touched the ball you'd think the fans in Texas stadium were booing. They certainly weren't. The chants were going up for "Moooose!" Daryl "Moose" Johnston would rarely carry the ball for the Dallas Cowboys, but when he did you knew it from the sounds in the crowd. Daryl spent the majority of his Dallas Cowboy career leading the way for Emmitt Smith. He also excelled at catching the ball out of the backfield. Here are some of Moose's creds:
- Three-time Super Bowl Champ (1992, 1993, 1995)
- Two-time Pro-Bowler (1993, 1994)
- 22 career touchdowns
- 2,227 career receiving yards
Did you know......Moose has his own blog?