Picking One Legend: Week Two - NFC North
We're back, and after having diagnosed the needs and subsequent legendary choices of the AFC North, we will now focus our sights on the NFC North. So I ask again: If these teams could select one legend, in their prime, from years past (who hasn't played within the past 5 years), who would they take? Here are my choices...write in and tell me what you think!
Green Bay Packers - Jim Taylor (HB)
After supposedly filling the void at cornerback with the selection of Kevin King, the Pack may want to focus efforts on the offensive side of the ball...mainly, they should start thinking about what the hell to do about their running back situation. Yep, they drafted 3 running backs, but Coach McCarthy himself said that Ty Montgomery is still the starter. And Montgomery (while talented) does not fill the void they have for a load-carrying back. Enter legendary Jim Taylor, who was described by Vince Lombardi as "a determined battering ram". Taylor was completely dominant during his era, making it to 5 Pro Bowls, and being named the MVP of the league in 1962. His reign as the teams leading rusher went unbroken for 50 years after he amassed 8,207 yards in 9 seasons. Dude was a beast.
Detroit Lions - Alex Karras (DT)
Let's face it Detroit: Losing that talented, degenerate DT to Miami a few years ago really hurt. The linebacker situation has possibly been resolved through the draft, so now it's time to focus on shoring up that defensive line in front of him. Alex Karras is an obvious choice in my book. This member of the 1960's All-Decade Team made his name by being one of the most feared linemen in the league. He is a four time Pro Bowl Selection, a four time First-team All-Pro selection, and possibly the most reliable player to ever put a hand in the dirt. How reliable you ask? In 12 NFL seasons, he only missed one game due to injury. Sure, he had some on (and off) the field issues, but so what? You guys were getting pretty used to that at the DT position.
Chicago Bears - Doug Atkins (DE)
The Bears decided to shove all their chips into the center of the table at the quarterback position this year, but maybe neglected another glaring need. While the linebacker position is looking pretty damn stacked (Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks, and Willie Young), those linebackers don't have much of a line in front of them to help out. With a guy like Doug Atkins back on the team, Da Bears would have a run-stopping machine on their hands. Like Mr. Karras, Doug Atkins was a member of the 1960's All-Decade Team, was also a four time First-team All-Pro, and fought his way into an incredible 8 Pro Bowls. This cat stood 6'8" and would club down balls like a damn Sasquatch while also leap-frogging blockers on his way to terrorizing quarterbacks. Atkins is a clear choice here, as the guy absolutely revolutionized the DE position.
Minnesota Viking - Randall McDaniel (G)
Mike Zimmer himself said, "We got to figure out the right guard position." Their two starters at the position this past year were both released, and it's looking like a huge void could be disrupting their offensive productivity. Bringing back Randall McDaniel would fill that void better than anyone else you could possibly think of. Arguably the best to ever play the position, McDaniel's name was constantly being said by Pat Summerall and John Madden when I was a kid watching the game, and with damn good reason. He was dominant in both the running and the passing game, and in spite of his questionable stance and mechanics, he went on to play in 12 straight Pro Bowls and went First-team All-Pro 7 times. You couldn't possibly ask for a better guard that this 2009 Hall of Fame selection.
Do you agree with these choices? Think I should have addressed some other needs for these teams? Write in and speak your mind.