7th – AFC South All-Time First Team:
Colts, Titans, Texans, Jaguars
QB: Peyton Manning (IND)
QB: Johnny Unitas (BAL; now IND)
RB: Earl Campbell (HOU; now TEN)
RB: Edgerrin James (IND)
RB: Lenny Moore (BAL; now IND)
WR: Marvin Harrison (IND)
WR: Raymond Berry (BAL; now IND)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)
TE: John Mackey (BAL; now IND)
LT: Tony Boselli (JAX)
LG: Bruce Matthews (TEN)
C: Jeff Saturday (IND)
RG: Mike Munchak (TEN)
RT: Jim Parker (BAL; now IND)
DE: J.J. Watt (HOU)
DT: Curley Culp (HOU; now TEN)
DT: Art Donovan (BAL; now IND)
DE: Gino Marchetti (BAL; now IND)
OLB: Robert Brazile (HOU; now TEN)
ILB: Brian Cushing (HOU)
ILB: DeMeco Ryans (HOU)
OLB: Keith Bullock (TEN)
CB: Cortland Finnegan (TEN)*
S: Bob Sanders (IND)
S: Antoine Bethea (IND)
CB: Bobby Boyd (IND)
K: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – Also on AFC East Team
P: Pat McAfee (IND)
KR/PR: Billy Johnson (HOU; now TEN)
Coaches: Tony Dungy (IND); Weeb Ewbank (BAL)
Honorable Mentions: DE Dwight Freeney (IND), DE Robert Mathis (IND), WR Reggie Wayne (IND), TE Dallas Clark (IND), DT Bubba Smith (IND), LB Duane Bickett (IND), KR Clarence Verdin (IND), RB Eddie George (TEN), RB Chris Johnson (TEN), DE Elvin Bethea (HOU; now TEN), DE Javon Kearse (TEN), QB Steve McNair (TEN), WR Andre Johnson (HOU), DE Mario Williams (HOU), RB Arian Foster (HOU), TE Owen Daniels (HOU), RB Fred Taylor (JAX), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX), WR Jimmy Smith (JAX), QB Mark Brunell (JAX), WR Keenan McCardell (JAX) and CB Jalen Ramsey (JAX).
*Ramsey would have taken this spot had he not left the division so quickly.
There isn’t a ton of depth in this division, but to have two of the top five quarterbacks in NFL history, without doubt, is no joke. Manning and Unitas are synonymous with quarterbacking success. They elevate the whole division.
It’s an alright collection of backs, but it lacks that instant “GOAT” punch that other divisions have. Edgerrin James was great, but when he’s on the First Team all-time, that’s a problem.
Raymond Berry was one of the best of his era. The same can be said of Marvin Harrison, as well DeAndre Hopkins. They lack that definitive all-time great to get a higher score.
Good, but not great. That’s how I’d define this position for the AFC South. John Mackey was a beast, but after that there’s a pretty steep drop-off in talent.
A very impressive collection of offensive linemen. If the group had a couple more gold jackets, they’d potentially be one of the best in the NFL.
Four Hall of Fame talents. What else needs to be said? Great group.
Just not a good collection of talent at all. Robert Brazile was great, but after that it’s a quagmire of mediocrity. If it wasn’t for Brazile, they’d have scored much lower.
Abysmal collection of defensive backs. It’s staggering, really. Bobby Boyd was a hell of a player, but even his contributions couldn’t save this position group.
Solid, but not breathtaking. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson is one of the best nicknames in NFL history and Adam Vinatieri, although he didn’t have as many clutch kicks as he had in New England, is still Adam freakin’ Vinatieri.
Not much to write about here, unfortunately.
Some talent, but no transcendent stars were relegated to the “honorable mentions” for this division all-time.
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