If you were to put together an all-time dream team of a secondary for any level of football, no one would call you crazy for including Charles Woodson and Ed Reed.
Two of the greatest defensive backs the game has seen never did share a secondary outside of the NFL’s Pro Bowl, but they will share the stage when both are inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. Continue reading
On the eve of college football’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama, the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame announced its 16-member class of 2016.
The group is headlined by UNLV’s Randall Cunningham, an All-American quarterback and punter who changed the pro game with his versatility under center; Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks, a Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer; and Washington State offensive lineman Mike Utley, whose NFL career was cut short when a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.
Among the inductees are a pair of defensive backs: Rod Woodson, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion who played his college ball at Purdue from 1983 to 1986; and Scott Woerner, who helped Georgia to a national championship during his tenure from 1977 to 1980. Continue reading
Clearly, I think very highly of defensive backs. This article and this publication would not exist if I didn’t. And like anyone with any sense who appreciates DBs, I think very highly of Charles Woodson, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner who is retiring at the end of this season, his 18th as a professional.
But in response to a question that has been going around since Woodson announced his impending retirement on Dec. 21, I do not think Woodson is the greatest defensive player in NFL history. And that is primarily because he is a defensive back. Continue reading
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FOX Sports NFL scribe Alex Marvez recently ranked the 16 best special teams players in league history, a list that included three players with credentials in the defensive backfield: Longtime Cowboys safety Bill Bates, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, and current Falcons receiver Devin Hester, who played cornerback at the University of Miami.
The rest of the list consists of kickers, punters, some returners who played receiver and/or running back, and is topped by Bills receiver/gunner Steve Tasker. Considering some DBs who may have been worth an honorable mention, some that come to mind are Rod Woodson, Allen Rossum and Ed Reed, who excelled as a returner and as a gunner. Continue reading