Here is an all-time SEC team of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees
Tennessee’s Peyton Manning, LSU’s Alan Faneca and Arkansas’ Steve Atwater and Jimmy Johnson will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, giving SEC schools 37 inductees.
It's an unbelievable list of historic talent, and all from the same college conference.
Atwater and Johnson were in the 2020 class, while Manning and Faneca are in the 2021 class. They will be enshrined Saturday and Sunday, respectively, because the COVID-19 pandemic postponed last year’s event.
Here is an all-time SEC team of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, based mostly on their NFL careers. It includes a few players from current SEC schools who didn’t play in the conference at the time. In close competitions, preference was given to players who actually played in the SEC (sorry Kellen Winslow).
OL – Dwight Stephenson (Alabama): 1980s NFL All-Decade team.
OL – Dermontti Dawson (Kentucky): 1990s NFL All-Decade team.
OL – Alan Faneca (LSU): 2000s NFL All-Decade team.
OL – Gene Hickerson (Ole Miss): 1960s NFL All-Decade team.
OL – John Hannah (Alabama): Considered the best guard in NFL history.
QB – Peyton Manning (Tennessee): Retired as NFL’s career passing leader (71,940 yards, 539 TDs); Super Bowl MVP, five-time NFL MVP.
TE – Ozzie Newsome (Alabama): Retired as NFL’s leader in receptions (662) by a tight end.
FB – Jim Taylor (LSU): Four-time NFL champion; 1962 NFL MVP for Vince Lombardi’s Packers.
RB – Emmitt Smith (Florida): NFL all-time rushing leader (18,355 yards), Super Bowl and NFL MVP.
WR – Don Hutson (Alabama): Considered best receiver of golden age; two-time NFL MVP, three-time champion.
WR – Lance Alworth (Arkansas): First AFL player inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
DL – Reggie White (Tennessee): Considered best defensive end in NFL history; retired as NFL sacks leader (198).
DL – Doug Atkins (Tennessee): 1960s NFL All-Decade team.
DL – Dan Hampton (Arkansas): 1980s NFL All-Decade team.
DL – Jack Youngblood (Florida): Two-time NFC Defensive Player of Year, 1970s All-Decade team.
LB – Derrick Thomas (Alabama): Recorded most sacks in NFL during 1990s.
LB – Kevin Greene (Auburn): Ranks third in NFL history in career sacks (160).
CB – Champ Bailey (Georgia): 12-time Pro Bowl selection.
CB – Roger Wehrli (Missouri): Seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
S – Johnny Robinson (LSU): All-time AFL team; won championships and led in interceptions in AFL and NFL.
S – Steve Atwater (Arkansas): Eight-time Pro Bowl selection; among greatest safeties of modern era.
S – Yale Lary (Texas A&M): Nine-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time NFL champion in pre-Super Bowl era.
Other inductees from SEC
K – George Blanda (Kentucky): Retired as NFL career scoring leader (2,002 points) in record 26 seasons. Mostly known as a quarterback, he also made 335 field goals and 943 PATs.
Coach – Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas): First coach ever to win college national title (Miami) and Super Bowl (Cowboys).
Athletic director – Jerry Jones (Arkansas): Three Super Bowl titles as Cowboys owner/president.
Honorable mentions: QB Joe Namath (Alabama), QB Bart Starr (Alabama), QB Ken Stabler (Alabama), QB Fran Tarkenton (Georgia), QB/HB Charley Trippi (Georgia), QB Y.A. Title (LSU), RB Terrell Davis (Georgia), RB Steve Van Buren (LSU), TE Kellen Winslow (Missouri), OL Kevin Mawae (LSU), OL Frank Gatski (Auburn), OL/DL Frank Kinard (Ole Miss).
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