The NFL is a league of uniform numbers, and it can be difficult to keep track of who wore what. This list will help you remember the players that have worn number 70-79.
The espn top 100 nfl players of all-time list is a ranking of the best NFL players by uniform number. Players are ranked in order from 70 to 79.
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For those who are visiting us for the first time, what we’re doing here is precisely what the title implies. Because there have been 101 NFL seasons and 101 different numbers (0, 00, 1-99) worn throughout that period, we’re only naming the greatest player to wear each one. Here’s a recap of our Nos. 00-69 picks in case you missed them.
This week, we’ll continue with Nos. 70-79.
Sam Huff (no. 70)
At No. 70, we have Sam Huff, the first-ever NFL player to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Huff was drafted in the third round of the 1956 NFL draft after becoming an All-American linebacker at West Virginia. He spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the New York Giants, with whom he won an NFL title as a rookie. With New York, he was also a four-time Pro Bowler. Huff completed his career with five seasons in Washington, where he earned another Pro Bowl berth to go along with his 30 interceptions.
Walter Jones (no. 71)
No. 71 was a toss-up, as we considered Jason Peters for the position. But in the end, we chose Walter Jones, the Hall of Fame left tackle. Jones, the sixth overall selection in the 1997 NFL draft out of Florida State, spent his entire 12-year career with the Seattle Seahawks, starting every game he played in. He made the Pro Bowl nine times and was named to the All-Pro team six times.
Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, No. 72
Ed “Too Tall” Jones, a 6’9″ defensive end at TSU, was a two-time All-American and two-time Black College Football Champion. He is the first athlete from an HBCU to be selected first overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 1974. The three-time Super Bowl winner has 106 sacks and was named to three Pro Bowls. pic.twitter.com/jPVoUk3vTo #BHM
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At 6-foot-9, defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones was one of the NFL’s tallest players, and he’s our No. 72 pick. Jones, who was selected first overall in the 1974 NFL draft, played his entire 15-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, winning a Super Bowl with them. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro pick who finished his career with 106 sacks, good for fourth on the Cowboys’ all-time list.
John Hannah (no. 73)
John Hannah, who was once dubbed the best offensive tackle in NFL history by Sports Illustrated, is our No. 73 pick. Hannah, a fourth-round selection out of Alabama in the 1974 NFL draft, played his entire 13-year career with the New England Patriots. He was a member of the 75th and 100th NFL Anniversary Teams, as well as being a nine-time Pro Bowler and a 10-time All-Pro pick.
Bob Lilly (no. 74)
I’m going to tell you the truth right now. Bruce Matthews and Bob Lilly were virtually tied for the No. 74 spot, and I had to decide by flipping a coin. Lilly was drafted 13th overall in the 1961 NFL draft and spent his entire 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, winning Super Bowl 6 with them. He was an 11-time Pro Bowler and nine-time All-Pro selection who never missed a game.
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On January 21, 1979, Hall of Fame defensive lineman “Mean” Joe Greene (75) of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his team’s 35-31 win against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl 13 | Getty Images/Ross Lewis
Many consider “Mean” Joe Greene to be one of the best defensive lineman in NFL history, and we chose him above Deacon Jones at No. 75. Greene, who was drafted fourth overall in the 1969 NFL draft out of North Texas State, spent his entire 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping them win four Super Bowls. Greene was a 10-time Pro Bowler, an eight-time All-Pro pick, and a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was a key member of Pittsburgh’s fabled “Steel Curtain.”
Orlando Pace, No. 76
Orlando Pace, a two-time unanimous All-American offensive lineman at Ohio State, is our No. 76 selection. Pace was selected first overall in the 1997 NFL draft and spent a twelve years with the St. Louis Rams, with whom he won a Super Bowl, before finishing his career with the Chicago Bears for one season. He made the Pro Bowl seven times and was named to the All-Pro team four times.
Jim Parker (no. 77)
We considered Chicago Bears halfback Red Grange and New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Willie Roaf as candidates for No. 77. But in the end, we went with Jim Parker, the famous Baltimore Colts offensive lineman who won two NFL championships as Johnny Unitas’ primary blocker. Parker was drafted eighth overall in the 1957 NFL draft out of Ohio State and spent his entire 11-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a ten-time All-Pro selection.
Anthony Munoz, No. 78
Anthony Muoz, 11-time Pro Bowler, Hall of Famer, and Bengals legend, celebrates his birthday today! Anthony was drafted third overall in 1980 and spent his whole 13-year career with Cincinnati, missing just one start between 1980 and 1990. In 1981, 1987, and 1988, @AnthonyMunozHOF was selected NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year! #Bengals pic.twitter.com/um8qk112bF
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Hall of Fame left tackle Anthony Munoz, considered by some to be the best offensive lineman in history, is our No. 78 pick. Munoz was drafted third overall in the 1980 NFL draft out of USC and spent his entire 13-year career with the Bengals. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 14th season, but he didn’t make it out of training camp and had to retire. Munoz was an 11-time Pro Bowler, an 11-time All-Pro, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1991.
Rosey Brown, No. 79
Happy Birthday, Heaven! Rosey Brown was a left tackle with the #Giants from 1953 through 1965.
• PFHOF (1975) • NFL100 All-Time Team • NFL 75th Anniversary Team • 1956 NFL Champion • All-Decade 1950s • 9 Pro Bowls • 8x All-Pro • Selected in the 27th round (321st overall) in the 1953 draft out of Morgan State
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Left tackle Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown, one of just three Hall of Famers to ever wear No. 79, brings this section of the list to a conclusion. Brown, who entered the NFL draft as the 321st selection out of Morgan State in 1953, spent his entire 13-year career with the New York Giants, with whom he won an NFL championship in 1956. He was named to the Pro Bowl nine times and was named to the All-Pro team nine times.
We’ll see you again for Nos. 80-89 next time.
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