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Published Sep. 29, 2005

Eric Dickerson

Running back, L.A. Rams (1983-87), Indianapolis Colts (1987-91), L.A. Raiders (1992), Atlanta (1993).

Ran for an NFL-record 2,105 yards with the Rams in 1984. He stands third on the career rushing list with 13,259 yards, having rushed for more than 1,000 yards seven times. Was the No. 1 pick by the Rams and second player overall in 1983. Named NFL Player of the Year in 1984 and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1986. Gained a playoff-record 248 yards rushing in 1985 divisional playoff game.

Tom Mack

Guard, L.A. Rams (1966-78)

Although he never made it to a Super Bowl, Mack was a frequent post-season player. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 11 times in 13 years. He never missed a game because of injury. The No. 1 pick by the Rams in 1966 played in 184 straight games.

Ozzie Newsome

Tight end, Cleveland Browns (1978-90)

Tops all NFL tight ends in career receptions. "The Wizard of Oz" went 150 games with at least one reception and totaled 662 catches for 7,980 yards and 47 touchdowns in his 13 seasons. A first-round pick out of Alabama, he had 89 catches in 1983 and in 1984. Caught 50 or more passes six seasons. Did not fumble in last 557 carries or receptions. Had three or more receptions in 112 games. Played in three AFC title games and was a Pro Bowl choice in 1982, 1985 and 1986.

Bill Shaw

Guard, Buffalo Bills (1961-69)

The driving force of the offensive unit that emphasized the run. Was proficient in pass and run blocking. Named first-team All-AFL 1962-66. Selected to play in eight AFL All-Star Games. Named to pro football's All-Decade Team of the 1960s and All-Time AFL Team. The captain for eight seasons, played on the Bills' championship teams of 1964 and 1965.

Lawrence Taylor

Linebacker, New York Giants (1981-93)

Quick and athletic, redefined his position. Anchored the defense in two Super Bowls wins (1987 and 1991). Named NFL Most Valuable Player in 1986 after a season in which he had a career-high 20.5 sacks. Was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1981, 1982 and 1986. Selected to 10 Pro Bowls. Recorded 132.5 sacks, which doesn't included the 9.5 sacks in 1981 when the statistic wasn't official. Was selected to the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.