Best NFL Player by Jersey Number: 50-99

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Willie Lanier

Lanier, an All-Pro every year from 1968 through 1977, was the first African-American star at middle linebacker. He played his entire 11-year career for the Chiefs.

Runner-up: Lee Roy Selmon

Worthy of consideration: Dermontti Dawson, Mike Munchak, Fuzzy Thurston, Gene Upshaw


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