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Ron Yary

Anthony Ronald “Ron” Yary (born July 16, 1946) is a former professional American football offensive tackle, playing primarily for the Minnesota Vikings and also for the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Yary gave credit for his Hall of Fame induction to his former coaches, John Ashton (high school) John McKay (college) and Bud Grant (professional). He also praised his position coaches Marv Goux, Dave Levy, John Michaels and Jerry Burns.

Jerry Smith (American football)

Gerald “Jerry” Sanford Smith (July 19, 1943 – October 15, 1986) was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins from 1965–1977. By the time he retired he held the NFL record for most career touchdowns by a tight end. A 2014 documentary from the NFL Network’s A Football Life series profiles his career, as well as his “double life as a closeted gay man and a star athlete”.

Kelley Washington

James Kelley Washington (born August 21, 1979) is a former American Football wide receiver and special teamer. He was drafted 65th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Herb Adderley

Herbert Allen Adderley (born June 8, 1939) is a former American football cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL), and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Rayfield Wright

Larry Rayfield Wright (born August 23, 1945) is a former American football player, an offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for thirteen seasons and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed the “Big Cat” for his nimble feet, Wright played on five NFC Championship teams that advanced to the Super Bowl (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, and 1978 seasons), winning twice. He also participated in the Ice Bowl against the Green Bay Packers for the NFL championship in his rookie season in 1967.

Delvin Williams

Delvin Williams (born April 17, 1951 in Houston, Texas), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round of the 1974 NFL Draft. A 6’0″, 197-lb. running back from the University of Kansas, Williams played for the 49ers, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers in eight NFL seasons from 1974 to 1981. A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1976 and 1978, Williams rushed for over 1,200 yards in both those seasons.

Ollie Matson

Ollie Genoa Matson II (May 1, 1930 – February 19, 2011) was an American Olympic medal winning sprinter and professional American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1952 to 1966. Drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Cardinals, Matson was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for nine players following the 1958 season.
Matson was named to the Pro Bowl six times during the course of his career and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. His 2011 death due to complications associated with dementia was posthumously linked to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Bert Jones

Bertram Hays Jones (born September 7, 1951) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Rams. At Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana, he was given the nickname, “The Ruston Rifle.” Jones played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU). He is the son of former NFL running back Dub Jones of the Cleveland Browns. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1976 with the Colts. In 2016, Jones was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Fritz Von Erich

Jack Barton Adkisson, Sr. (August 16, 1929 – September 10, 1997) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich family. He was also the owner of the World Class Championship Wrestling territory.

Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle (born October 30, 1986) is a Bahamian American former football safety. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State. He attended the Florida State University College of Medicine and will complete a neurosurgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Larry Wilson (American football)

Larry Frank Wilson (born March 24, 1938) is a former professional football player, an eight-time All-Pro free safety with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. He played his entire 13-year career with the Cardinals and remained on the team’s payroll until 2003, long after the team moved to Arizona in 1988.

Pete Carroll

Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951) is an American football coach who is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC). Carroll is one of only three football coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. Carroll is the oldest head coach currently working in the NFL.

Jeff Fisher

Jeffrey Michael Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is an American football coach and former player. He served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 22 seasons, primarily with the Tennessee Titans franchise. He coached the Titans for 17 seasons and Los Angeles Rams franchise for five seasons.

Patrick Peterson

Patrick De’mon Peterson (born July 11, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University where he earned All-American honors. Peterson was selected fifth overall by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He is considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

John Prchlik

John George Prchlik (July 20, 1925 – December 31, 2003) was a professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was born into a Czech immigrant community and didn’t learn English until he went to school, yet he excelled at academics and athletics at Cleveland West Technical High School. Evidence to his leadership skills and the wartime situation, he was nominated for an officers training program. He could have been placed in any university in the country, but randomly he was assigend to the ROTC program at Yale University, where among others his classmates included George Herbert Bush and William F. Buckley, a huge cultural shift from W. 44th St. in Cleveland. He served as an Ensign on the aircraft carrier, the USS White Plains in the Pacific Theater in the middle of his college career. He returned to New Haven, lettered in football, wrestling, and crew and married his wife, Patricia Hallihan, a local resident in 1949. As a college All American he played in both the 1948 East West Shrine game and the College All Star game. After playing college football at Yale, Prchlik was drafted by the Boston Yanks in the 30th round (277th overall) in the 1947 NFL Draft. He played five seasons for the Detroit Lions including their 1952 and 1953 Championship seasons and in the 1951 and 1952 seasons was defensive captain. In the off season, he worked towards his Law degree and graduated from Wayne State University in 1952. He was an executive at Ford Motor company for 30 years and had six children.
John Prchlik died December 31, 2003 of pancreatic cancer in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee at age 78.

Joey Sternaman

Joseph Theodore Sternaman (February 1, 1900 – March 10, 1988) was a professional American football player, born in Springfield, Illinois, who played quarterback for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Duluth Kelleys. At 5’6″ and 135 pounds he was called “the strongest little man I ever met” by sportswriter Grantland Rice. He played quarterback during the years Red Grange starred with the Bears. In 1926, he was the quarterback, head coach, and owner of the Chicago Bulls of the first American Football League. Joey was also the brother of Chicago Bears co-owner Dutch Sternaman.

Jim Bowdoin

Jim Bowdoin (January 15, 1904 – May 1969) was a professional American football player who played guard for seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Portsmouth Spartans.

Jack Christiansen

John LeRoy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions as a defensive back and return specialist from 1951 to 1958. He helped lead the Lions to three NFL championships in 1952, 1953, and 1957 and was a first-team All-NFL player in six of his eight years in the league. He led the NFL in interceptions in 1953 and 1957 and in punt returns for touchdown in 1951, 1952, 1954, and 1956. His eight career punt returns for touchdowns was an NFL record until 1989 and remains the fourth best in league history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

Ike Mahoney

Frank John Mahoney Jr. (October 25, 1901 – November 21, 1961) was an American football back who played five seasons with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football at Creighton University and attended the Omaha High School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a member of the Chicago Cardinals team that were NFL champions in 1925. He also played baseball, basketball and participated in track and field. Mahoney played for the Chicago Bruins of the American Basketball League. He had received an offer to play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates but opted to play football for the Chicago Cardinals.

Rashean Mathis

Rashean Jamil Mathis (/rəˈʃiːn/; born August 27, 1980) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Bethune-Cookman University, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also played for the Detroit Lions.

Ray Rice

Raymell Mourice Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a former American football running back who played his entire professional career with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Rutgers, and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the Ravens’ second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis, and is also second in rushing attempts and touchdowns, and third in combined touchdowns. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the team at the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season.
In March 2014, Rice was arrested and subsequently indicted for third-degree aggravated assault relating to an incident in which he assaulted his then-fiancée. The incident became a prominent controversy after celebrity news website TMZ released a video of the encounter, which led to an NFL policy change regarding how it handles domestic violence cases. Rice’s contract was terminated by the Ravens in September 2014, following the release of an additional video of the incident. He was subsequently suspended indefinitely by the league, but was later reinstated after he successfully appealed the decision in federal courts.

Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha (/ˈnɑːmdiː ˈɑːsəmwɑː/ NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. For many years he was considered one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL.

Floyd Little

Floyd Douglas Little (born July 4, 1942) is a former American football running back, and was a three-time All-American at Syracuse University. In 1967 he was the 6th selection of the first common AFL-NFL draft. He was the first ever first-round draft pick to sign with the American Football League’s Denver Broncos, where he was known simply as “The Franchise.”

Marques Colston

Marques E. Colston (/ˈmɑːrks ˈklstən/ MAR-kis KOHL-stən born June 5, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Hofstra University, and was drafted by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He helped the Saints achieve victory in Super Bowl XLIV with seven receptions for 83 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He is the Saints’ all-time franchise leader in receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total receptions.

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