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The Cream Of A Sour Season
Paul Zimmerman
January 10, 1983
The strike scrambled the 1982 All-Pro picture. The great runners—Earl Campbell. Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, Billy Sims—were hardly heard from. The Cowboys' Randy White, everyone's automatic choice at defensive tackle, came back from the layoff heavy and ineffective. Through the first seven games of the season the Packers' feared receiving tandem of James Lofton and J.J. Jefferson had one touchdown catch between them. Crazy stuff.
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January 10, 1983

The Cream Of A Sour Season

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Cornerbacks are chalk: Mark Haynes and Everson Walls. Ronnie Lott got caught in the 49ers' collapse and tried to do too much. The Redskins came up with a sensational rookie in Vernon Dean. Tony Peters and Tim Fox were the most consistent safetymen. The Rams' Nolan Cromwell had a mysteriously disappointing year.

Mark Moseley is the kicker. Any arguments? Our punter. Rich Camarillo, caught tough weather conditions in six of the last seven games and still finished with the second-best net average.

Joe Gibbs was an easy choice as Coach of the Year, and Dwight Clark is our Player of the Year, narrowly shading Marcus Allen and Hugh Green.

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