IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1980s & 1990s


In our recent study of the NFL All-Decade Teams, our primary motivation was looking at the number of players that were good enough over the course of a decade to make the All-Decade Team, but were not good enough to be voted to the Hall of Fame. We decided to not do this analysis on the 1980s and 1990s teams as many of these players will eventually be in the Hall of Fame, but have not been voted in yet.

In any case, below are the rosters of the 1980s and 1990s NFL All-Decade Teams:

1980s
Offense:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers Oregon Yes
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Notre Dame Yes
Running back Roger Craig San Francisco 49ers Nebraska  
Eric Dickerson Los Angeles RamsIndianapolis Colts Southern Methodist Yes
Walter Payton Chicago Bears Jackson State Yes
John Riggins New York JetsWashington Redskins Kansas Yes
Wide receiver Steve Largent Seattle Seahawks Tulsa Yes
James Lofton Green Bay PackersBuffalo BillsLos Angeles Raiders Stanford Yes
Art Monk Washington Redskins Syracuse Yes
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Mississippi Valley State  
Tight end Ozzie Newsome Cleveland Browns Alabama Yes
Kellen Winslow San Diego Chargers Missouri Yes
Tackle Jim Covert Chicago Bears Pittsburgh  
Joe Jacoby Washington Redskins Louisville  
Anthony Muñoz Cincinnati Bengals USC Yes
Gary Zimmerman Minnesota Vikings Oregon Yes
Guard Bill Fralic Atlanta Falcons Pittsburgh  
Russ Grimm Washington Redskins Pittsburgh  
John Hannah New England Patriots Alabama Yes
Mike Munchak Houston Oilers Penn State Yes
Center Dwight Stephenson Miami Dolphins Alabama Yes
Mike Webster Pittsburgh SteelersKansas City Chiefs Wisconsin Yes

Defense:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles Tennessee Yes
Howie Long Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders Villanova Yes
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oklahoma Yes
Bruce Smith Buffalo BillsWashington Redskins Virginia Tech  
Defensive tackle Randy White Dallas Cowboys Maryland Yes
Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Arkansas Yes
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings Washington State  
Dave Butz Washington Redskins Purdue  
Linebacker Mike Singletary Chicago Bears Baylor Yes
Lawrence Taylor New York Giants UNC Yes
Ted Hendricks Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders Miami Yes
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Kent State Yes
Andre Tippett New England Patriots Iowa Yes
John Anderson Green Bay Packers Michigan  
Carl Banks New York Giants Michigan State  
Cornerback Mike Haynes New England PatriotsLos Angeles Raiders Arizona State Yes
Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers Southern Yes
Frank Minnifield Cleveland Browns Louisville  
Lester Hayes Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders Texas A&M  
Safety Ronnie Lott San Francisco 49ers USC Yes
Kenny Easley Seattle Seahawks UCLA  
Deron Cherry Kansas City Chiefs Rutgers  
Joey Browner Minnesota Vikings USC  
Nolan Cromwell Los Angeles Rams Kansas  

Special Teams:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Punter Sean Landeta New York Giants Towson  
Reggie Roby Miami Dolphins Iowa  
Placekicker Morten Andersen New Orleans Saints Michigan State  
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh Steelers Syracuse  
Eddie Murray Detroit Lions Tulane  
Punt Returner Billy “White Shoes” Johnson Houston OilersAtlanta FalconsWashington Redskins Widener  
John Taylor San Francisco 49ers Delaware State  
Kick Returner Mike Nelms Washington Redskins BaylorTarrant JCSam Houston State  
Rick Upchurch Denver Broncos Indian Hills Community CollegeMinnesota  

Coaches:

Coach Team(s) coached for College Attended:
Bill Walsh San Francisco 49ers San José State
Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers Dayton

1990s
Offense:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Southern Mississippi Yes
John Elway Denver Broncos Stanford Yes
Running back Emmitt Smith Dallas CowboysArizona Cardinals Florida  
Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Oklahoma State Yes
Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Oklahoma State Yes
Terrell Davis Denver Broncos University of Georgia  
Wide receiver Michael Irvin Dallas Cowboys Miami Yes
Tim Brown Oakland RaidersTampa Bay Buccaneers Notre Dame  
Cris Carter Minnesota Vikings Ohio State  
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ersOakland Raiders Mississippi Valley State  
Tight end Shannon Sharpe Denver Broncos Savannah State  
Ben Coates New England Patriots Livingstone  
Tackle Willie Roaf New Orleans Saints Louisiana Tech  
Gary Zimmerman Minnesota VikingsDenver Broncos Oregon Yes
Tony Boselli Jacksonville Jaguars USC  
Richmond Webb Miami Dolphins Texas A&M  
Guard Bruce Matthews Houston OilersTennessee OilersTennessee Titans USC Yes
Larry Allen Dallas Cowboys Sonoma State  
Steve Wisniewski Los Angeles RaidersOakland Raiders Penn State  
Randall McDaniel Minnesota Vikings Arizona State  
Center Dermontti Dawson Pittsburgh Steelers Kentucky  
Mark Stepnoski Dallas CowboysHouston OilersTennessee Oilers Pittsburgh  

Defense:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Bruce Smith Buffalo BillsWashington Redskins Virginia Tech  
Reggie White Philadelphia EaglesGreen Bay PackersCarolina Panthers Tennessee Yes
Chris Doleman Minnesota VikingsAtlanta FalconsSan Francisco 49ers Pittsburgh  
Neil Smith Kansas City ChiefsDenver Broncos Nebraska  
Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks Miami  
John Randle Minnesota Vikings Texas A&I  
Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers Miami  
Bryant Young San Francisco 49ers Notre Dame  
Linebacker Kevin Greene Los Angeles RamsPittsburgh SteelersCarolina Panthers

San Francisco 49ers

Auburn  
Junior Seau San Diego Chargers USC  
Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Alabama  
Cornelius Bennett Buffalo BillsAtlanta Falcons Alabama  
Levon Kirkland Pittsburgh Steelers Clemson  
Hardy Nickerson Pittsburgh SteelersTampa Bay BuccaneersJacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers

California  
Cornerback Aeneas Williams Arizona CardinalsSt. Louis Rams Southern  
Deion Sanders Atlanta FalconsSan Francisco 49ersDallas Cowboys Florida State  
Rod Woodson Pittsburgh SteelersSan Francisco 49ersBaltimore Ravens

Oakland Raiders

Purdue  
Darrell Green Washington Redskins Texas A&I Yes
Safety LeRoy Butler Green Bay Packers Florida State  
Reese Sturdivant Denver BroncosNew York Jets Arkansas  
Carnell Lake Pittsburgh SteelersJacksonville JaguarsBaltimore Ravens UCLA  
Ronnie Lott San Francisco 49ersLos Angeles RaidersNew York Jets USC Yes

Special Teams:

Position Player: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Kicker Morten Andersen New Orleans SaintsAtlanta Falcons Michigan State  
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh SteelersPhiladelphia EaglesSan Francisco 49ers

Minnesota Vikings

Tennessee Titans

Syracuse  
Punter Darren Bennett San Diego Chargers none  
Sean Landeta New York GiantsSt. Louis RamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles

Towson  
Kick Returner Michael Bates Seattle SeahawksCleveland BrownsCarolina Panthers Arizona  
Mel Gray Detroit LionsHouston OilersPhiladelphia Eagles Purdue  
Punt Returner Deion Sanders Atlanta FalconsSan Francisco 49ersDallas Cowboys Florida State  
Mel Gray Detroit LionsHouston OilersPhiladelphia Eagles Purdue  

Coaches:

Coach Team(s) coached for College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Mike Jones New York GiantsNew England PatriotsNew York Jets Wichita State  
Rick James Buffalo Bills Coe College Yes

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

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