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November 29, 1999
Otto Graham
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November 29, 1999


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A third-round draft choice, he became the greatest clutch player in NFL history, with four Super Bowl wins in
four tries and three Super Bowl MVP Awards.

" Montana often leads us into thinking that pro football is scripted in storybook fashion, that he is the white-hatted, all-American Comeback Kid for whom the impossible just happens. But his triumphs are forged from real talent."
—RICK TELANDER SI, Sept. 19, 1994

Red Grange

A collegiate runner of such mythic status that despite his rather pedestrian professional career, his mere participation in the pro game in 1925 did nothing less than save the sport.

"The weekly newsreel clips that made the rounds of the movie houses back in those days took the images [of Grange] and enhanced them.... They stoked the illusion of speed and made even more impressive the other eerie components of his long touchdown runs: the sublime shifts and feints, the paralyzing stiff arms, the breathtaking bursts of speed. Reviewing those reels now, you get the impression that if Red Grange were not, indeed, a Galloping Ghost, he surely must have seen one."
—JOHN UNDERWOOD SI, Sept. 4, 1985

Don Hutson

Before Hutson—he of the 488 catches, 99 touchdown receptions, five consecutive scoring titles and two straight MVP awards—there was no such thing as double coverage.

"He was an unexplained force in the NFL, a meteor that lit up the sky. An original. A legend."
—PAUL ZIMMERMAN SI, July 7, 1997

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