Picking One Legend: Week One - AFC North
Even the very best NFL team (shut up, Patriots fans) has some needs going into the 2017 season. Such needs can easily get NFL fans thinking of days gone by, and reminiscing about what former legends could do to improve their team. In this article, I want to take a look at what I feel each NFL team would do if they had the opportunity to bring back one legend of years past in their prime. One rule before we jump in: Nobody can be picked who has played for the team within the past 5 years. Some readers may have just gotten frustrated by this rule, but what fun is it to bring back a dude who just left a year or so ago? Let's dig deeper and think about how some older players might do. I'll go from one division to another from week to week, and this week, I'm going with the AFC North to appease rabid Steeler fans. Write in to tell me if you agree or not!
Cincinnati Bengals - Anthony Munoz (OT)
The Bengals went all-in at the offensive tackle position in the first two round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Things have not panned out great. I'm not saying cut either of these early picks, but obviously at least one of them could benefit from warming the bench and watching arguably the greatest OT of all time. Anthony Munoz went to the Pro Bowl 11 fucking times by absolutely dominating anyone who tried to get past him. The 1998 NFL Hall of Famer could definitely help to keep The Red Rifle's jersey clean long enough to get the ball to new speedster John Ross.
Cleveland Browns - Otto Graham (QB)
Graham was a total monster on the field. True, playing for the team between 1946 and 1955 didn't exactly pit him against the greatest defenses of all time, but this dude was an undeniable winner. Otto Graham won seven league titles for the Browns in his time with the team, and his career record was a completely insane 105-17-4. In his prime, this guy was easily one of the best who ever took a snap behind center.
Baltimore Ravens - Jonathan Ogden (OT)
Joe Flacco has been getting hung out to dry by his offensive line for long enough, and Jonathan Ogden would immediately come in and change the atmosphere. The Raven's first ever draft pick in 1996, Ogden came on the scene and was completely dominant. For ten straight years (1997-2007) Ogden made the Pro Bowl, and established himself as a consistent presence. Not only that, he was a great dude, and his Jonathan Ogden Foundation provided opportunities to many disadvantaged youths.
Pittsburgh Steelers - Rod Woodson (CB/S)
In his prime, you could put Woodson anywhere in the secondary and the guy was getting results. Not only was he a lockdown at cornerback and safety, but he was a vicious hitter who could lay out anybody who tested him. After he finished shutting down an offensive attack, he would go and return punts. Considered by many to be the best cover man who ever lived, Woodson finished his career with 71 interceptions, 32 fumble recoveries, 17 total touchdowns, and 11 Pro Bowl trips. He could come in and be an immediate difference-maker for a Steelers secondary in need of some playmakers.