Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1970s

Welcome to part 6 of our study looking at the NFL All-Decade Teams. Today, we look at the 1970s.


Position Player Team(s) played for College In Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Louisiana Tech Yes
Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders Alabama No
Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys Navy Yes
Running back Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Texas Yes
Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Penn State Yes
Walter Payton Chicago Bears Jackson State Yes
O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills USC Yes
Wide receiver Harold Carmichael Philadelphia Eagles Southern No
Drew Pearson Dallas Cowboys Tulsa No
Lynn Swann Pittsburgh Steelers USC Yes
Paul Warfield Miami Dolphins Ohio State Yes
Tight end Dave Casper Oakland Raiders Notre Dame Yes
Charlie Sanders Detroit Lions Minnesota Yes
Tackle Dan Dierdorf St. Louis Cardinals Michigan Yes
Art Shell Oakland Raiders University of Maryland Eastern Shore Yes
Rayfield Wright Dallas Cowboys Fort Valley State Yes
Ron Yary Minnesota Vikings USC Yes
Guard Joe DeLamielleure Buffalo Bills Michigan State Yes
John Hannah New England Patriots Alabama Yes
Larry Little Miami Dolphins Bethune-Cookman Yes
Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders Texas A&M-Kingsville Yes
Center Jim Langer Miami Dolphins South Dakota State Yes
Mike Webster Pittsburgh Steelers Wisconsin Yes


Position Player Team(s) played for College In Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Carl Eller Minnesota VikingsSeattle Seahawks Minnesota Yes
L.C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steelers Alabama A&M No
Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys East Texas State No
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams Florida Yes
Defensive tackle Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers North Texas State Yes
Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys Texas Christian Yes
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams Utah State Yes
Alan Page Minnesota Vikings Notre Dame Yes
Linebacker Bobby Bell Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Yes
Robert Brazile Houston Oilers Jackson State No
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Illinois Yes
Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers Penn State Yes
Ted Hendricks Baltimore ColtsGreen Bay PackersOakland Raiders Miami Yes
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Kent State Yes
Cornerback Willie Brown Oakland Raiders Grambling State Yes
Jimmy Johnson San Francisco 49ers UCLA Yes
Roger Wehrli St. Louis Cardinals Missouri Yes
Louis Wright Denver Broncos Bakersfield JCSan Jose StateArizona State No
Safety Dick Anderson Miami Dolphins Colorado No
Cliff Harris Dallas Cowboys Ouachita Baptist No
Ken Houston Houston OilersWashington Redskins Prairie View A&M Yes
Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals Utah Yes

Special Teams:

Position Player Team(s) played for College Hall of Famer
Kicker Jim Bakken St. Louis Cardinals Wisconsin No
Kicker Garo Yepremian Miami Dolphins None No
Punter Ray Guy Oakland Raiders Southern Mississippi No

As far as make-up of the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team, the two teams that have the most players represented are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders with seven each. After that the next highest contributions are made by the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys with five players each. Eleven teams each contributed one player to the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team and a total of twenty teams are represented.

Besides the normal colleges represented, there are also some lesser known schools. The University of Tulsa, Fort Valley State, Bethune-Cookman, Bakersfield Junior College, Ouachita Baptist College and Prairie View State University all sent alumni to the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team. Another small college, Jackson State University, actually has two representatives on the team. Five other colleges had two players each make the team: Alabama, Penn State, USC, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. The college with the most alumni on the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team is the University of Minnesota with three.

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.

1970s All Decade Team Players Who Didn’t Make It Into The Hall Of FameKen Stabler – Quarterback – Oakland Raiders
Harold Carmichael – Wide Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles
Drew Pearson – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys
L.C. Greenwood – Defensive End – Pittsburgh Steelers
Harvey Martin – Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys
Robert Brazile – Linebacker – Houston Oilers
Louis Wright – Cornerback – Denver Broncos
Dick Anderson – Safety – Miami Dolphins
Cliff Harris – Safety – Dallas Cowboys
Jim Bakken – Kicker – St. Louis Cardinals
Garo Yepremian – Kicker – Miami Dolphins
Ray Guy – Punter – Oakland Raiders

Players selected: 48
Players not in Hall of Fame: 12
25% of 1970s All Decade team are not in the Hall of Fame

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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