Best NFL Player by Jersey Number

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Alex Karras

The fiesty lineman played 12 seasons for the Lions and was an All-Pro selection three times before retiring for a career in Hollywood and the immortal line, "Mongo only pawn in game of life."

Runner-up: Walter Jones

Worthy of consideration: Tony Boselli, Fred Dean, Walter Jones, Charles Mann


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