Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1960s

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: Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1920s Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1930s Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1940s Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1950s Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1960s Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1970s

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