Picking One Legend: Week Four - NFC East
We are back again, faithful readers! If you don't know what's going on by now, go back and read some of my previous articles...I'm picking legends who could be useful for today's NFL teams if each team could bring back one guy from their past. Here we go with my Dallas Cowboys' division, the NFC East.
Philadelphia Eagles - Steve Van Buren (HB)
You have no idea how close I was to picking Ricky Watters here. The guy was a total beast, but he only played for the Eagles for 3 seasons, so I had to make a more reasonable choice. Regardless, the Eagles rushing attack simply has not been the same since LeSean took off for Buffalo. Darren Sproles is a lot of fun to watch, but he simply is not the answer at the position at 34 years old. The Eagles need a versatile back who can pound the rock, and line up at receiver occasionally. Van Buren would absolutely be the answer here. He had a combined 1,000 yards from scrimmage three times for the Eagles, with two of those times resulting in Eagles championship years. Van Buren's 15 touchdown season in 1945 held up for decades before finally being broken by the aforementioned McCoy, and he was an Eagle through and through, having spend his entire career from 1944 to 1951 in Filthadelphia.
New York Giants - Rosey Brown (OT)
It's become pretty obvious the the Ereck Flowers fiasco has run its course in NY. The team has expressed public concerns, and with Eli Manning entering the twilight of his career, the Giants need somebody who can protect him if they want to make another run at the Super Bowl in the next few years. Rosey Brown was, hands down, the best offensive lineman in team history and was a major contributor in the Giants' 1956 championship win. Brown was named to 9 Pro Bowls, and was borderline impossible to get around with his quick feet, strength, technique, and long arms. This member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and 1974 Hall of Fame inductee would be the perfect addition to shore up a leaky offensive line.
Washington Redskins - John Riggins (HB)
After Matt Jones proved himself to have butterfingers and was benched last season, Gruden turned to rookie talent Robert Kelley, who flashed some potential in 2016. Kelley, however, underwent knee surgery after the season, and the rest of the running back reserves don't stand a chance of holding up against the likes of Damon Harrison, Fletcher Cox, and Maliek Collins. John Riggins was a running back who laughed in the face of tough defenders before plowing them over and running for a 50-yard touchdown. The Diesel was a member of the 1980's All-Decade Team, and was a force to be reckoned with on the field, accumulating 11,352 yards and 104 rushing touchdowns in his Hall of Fame career. The cherry on top of his career came when he broke open Super Bowl XVII with a 43-yard TD run on 4th and 1, giving the Redskins the win, and gaining himself the Super Bowl MVP.
Dallas Cowboys - Deion Sanders (CB)
The Cowboys were absolutely electric last year, with one of the most balanced and efficient offensive attacks in team history. Their defense, however left quite a lot to be desired, with mediocre secondary performances and a weak rushing attack. They may have addressed the rushing attack with the addition of Taco Charlton, but they still need some support in the secondary. Deion Sanders was the free agency acquisition of the decade when the Cowboys picked him up in 1995, and immediately proved that he was worth every damn cent Jerry Jones shelled out. Sanders was the most dynamic player of his generation and his elite speed and ball hawking skills puts him at #1 on most peoples lists of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time. By the way, this 2 time Super Bowl champion and 8 time Pro Bowl selection wasn't just a lockdown corner, but he also was one of the greatest return men of all-time and a pretty awesome wide receiver, often playing both offense and defense in his time with the Cowboys.
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