Welcome to part 5 of our study looking at the NFL All-Decade Teams. Today, we examine the 1960s.
Position Player Name: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame? Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen Philadelphia EaglesWashington Redskins Duke Yes Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Alabama Yes Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Louisville Yes Half back John David Crow St. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco 49ers Texas A&M No Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers Notre Dame Yes Leroy Kelly Cleveland Browns Morgan State Yes Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Kansas Yes Full back Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Syracuse Yes Jim Taylor Green Bay PackersNew Orleans Saints Louisiana State Yes Split End Del Shofner Los Angeles RamsNew York Giants Baylor No Charley Taylor Washington Redskins Arizona State Yes Flanker Gary Collins Cleveland Browns Maryland No Boyd Dowler Green Bay Packers Colorado No Tight end John Mackey Baltimore Colts Syracuse Yes Tackle Bob Brown Philadelphia EaglesLos Angeles Rams Nebraska Yes Forrest Gregg Green Bay Packers Southern Methodist Yes Ralph Neely Dallas Cowboys Oklahoma No Guard Gene Hickerson Cleveland Browns Mississippi Yes Jerry Kramer Green Bay Packers Idaho No Howard Mudd San Francisco 49ersChicago Bears Michigan StateHillsdale No Center Jim Ringo Green Bay PackersPhiladelphia Eagles Syracuse Yes
Position Player Name: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame? Defensive end Doug Atkins Chicago BearsNew Orleans Saints Tennessee Yes Willie Davis Green Bay Packers Grambling State Yes David “Deacon” Jones Los Angeles Rams South Carolina State Yes Defensive tackle Alex Karras Detroit Lions Iowa No Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys Texas Christian Yes Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams Utah State Yes Linebacker Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Illinois Yes Larry Morris Chicago Bears Georgia Tech No Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Illinois Yes Tommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons Texas No Dave Robinson Green Bay Packers Penn State No Cornerback Herb Adderley Green Bay Packers Michigan State Yes Lem Barney Detroit Lions Jackson State Yes Bobby Boyd Baltimore Colts Oklahoma No Safety Eddie Meador Los Angeles Rams Arkansas Tech No Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals Utah Yes Willie Wood Green Bay Packers USC Yes
If you’re wondering which NFL team has the most players represented on the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team, it doesn’t take much more than a quick glance to figure it out. While the Browns had four players making the team, and the Bears and Rams both have five players on the team, neither holds a candle to the Packers. Forty-one players were selected to the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team and thirteen of them come from the Green Bay Packers. Thirty-two percent of a team consisting of the best players in the NFL over the course of a decade all come from one team… the Green Bay Packers, and that is pretty amazing.
As far as college make-up of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team, this decade shows even wider parity than some of the previous rosters. All the big name schools are represented: Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, USC and more. Only three schools had multiple players named to the team: Illinois and Michigan State each had two players on the team and Syracuse University sits atop the heap with a whopping three players selected to the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team.
As we stated before, what prompted this look at the NFL’s All-Decade Team was the question as to how many players have made the All-Decade Team, meaning they’ve been a great player for roughly a decade if not more, but failed to make it into the Hall-of-Fame.
1960s All Decade Team Players Who Didn’t Make It Into The Hall Of Fame
John David Crow – Halfback – St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers
Del Shofner – Split End – Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants
Gary Collins – Flanker – Cleveland Browns
Boyd Dowler – Flanker – Green Bay Packers
Ralph Neely – Tackle – Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Kramer – Guard – Green Bay Packers
Howard Mudd – Guard – San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears
Alex Karras – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions
Larry Morris – Linebacker – Chicago Bears
Tommy Nobis – Linebacker – Atlanta Falcons
Dave Robinson – Linebacker – Green Bay Packers
Bobby Boyd – Cornerback – Baltimore Colts
Eddie Meador – Safety – Los Angeles Rams
Don Chandler – Punter – New York Giants, Green Bay Packers
Jim Bakken – Kicker – St. Louis Cardinals
Players selected: 38
Players not in Hall of Fame: 15
39% of 1960’s All Decade Team Players are not in the Hall of Fame
The next chapter in this study will cover the 1970s.
Other chapters in this study:
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1920s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1930s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1940s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1950s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1960s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1970s