|Brooks was drafted by Green Bay, but was traded to New Orleans |
after the 1999 season. He took over as the Saints' starter in week
11 of the 2000 season, and took every starting snap until the last
month of the 2005 season.
In 2000, Brooks helped lead the Saints to the playoffs with a 10-6
record. The Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champion
St. Louis Rams 31-28 behind Brooks' four touchdown passes. In
2001, his first full season as a starting quarterback, Brooks threw
a then franchise record-tying 26 touchdown passes (a record he
broke in 2002, with 27 touchdown passes) and a career-best
3,832 passing yards. In 2003, Brooks had his best statistical
season, compiling an 88.8 quarterback rating, a 3:1 touchdown to
interception ratio (24 touchdowns, eight interceptions), and a 59.1
completion percentage, all career bests.
When he left the Saints to sign with the Raiders after the 2005
season, Brooks was the team's all-time leader in touchdown
passes. Brooks finished his career with 20,261 passing yards,
123 touchdown passes, and 92 interceptions. He also ran for
1,534 yards and 13 touchdowns.
|Originally considered a third-down, "change of pace" back, Barber |
became a standout starting running back and the all-time leader
in rushing yards in New York Giants history.
In 2005, Barber finished with 1,860 rushing yards, second in the
league to Shaun Alexander, and 2,390 all-purpose yards (second
highest in league history), including 203 rushing yards against
the Oakland Raiders in the final game of the season. For his
efforts, Barber was named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad for the
second time in his career and was voted All-Pro. He also placed
fourth in the voting for the 2005 MVP award.
In 2006, Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns and
became the fourth player in NFL history to have four 2,000 total
yard seasons, joining Marshall Faulk, Brian Mitchell, and Dante
Hall. In addition, he became only the 21st player in NFL history to
rush for over 10,000 yards during his career, and only the third
player to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000
receiving yards, joining Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen. In his
final regular season game, Barber rushed for 234 yards and
three touchdowns in the Giants' 34-28 victory over the Redskins,
a win that gave the Giants a playoff berth. In that game, he broke
his own Giants record for most rushing yards in a single game.
From 2003-2006, Barber gained the most yards from scrimmage
of any NFL running back. He finished his career with 2,217
carries for 10,449 yards (4.7 ypc) and 55 touchdowns, along with
586 receptions for 5,183 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was
selected to the Pro Bowl his final three seasons (2004-2006).
Barber was the third player in NFL history to be the career leader
in both rushing yards and receptions with their respective NFL
franchises, joining Walter Payton (Bears) and James Wilder
(Buccaneers). He led the Giants in rushing in every game from
the beginning of the 2002 season through the end of the 2006
season, an NFL record 80 consecutive games.
|Way was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL |
Draft. Primarily used as a blocker, Way finished his rookie year
with 71 total yards (6 rushing, 65 receiving) and one touchdown.
In 1996, Way started 13 games, finishing with 79 rushing yards,
328 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Way's breakout year
was in 1997. Given the starting halfback job after Rodney
Hampton went down with an injury, Way made the most of his
opportunity, rushing for 696 yards, gaining 1,001 all-purpose
yards, and scoring five touchdowns. He rushed for 114 yards
against Arizona in week 12, the only time in his career that he
broke the century mark, and helped lead the Giants to the division
Way's career was halted by a chronic knee injury after the 1999
season. During his career, Way played in 75 games (55 starts),
finishing with 337 carries for 1,356 yards, 118 receptions for 898
yards, and 14 touchdowns.
|Dombrowski spent 11 seasons with the Saints. He was named |
to the All-Time Team for the franchise's 30th, 35th, and 40th
anniversaries, and he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame
in 2003. Dombrowski ranks ninth all-time in team history in
games played with 151 (137 starts). He played an integral role in
leading the Saints to their first winning season and first playoff
appearance in 1987. Dombrowski was part of four playoff teams
in New Orleans (1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992).
|After being drafted by the Broncos in the first round in 1976, |
Glassic started every game as a rookie. The next season, he was
the starting guard on Denver's first-ever Super Bowl team.
Glassic played in 105 games over eight seasons with the
Broncos, starting 92. After sitting out 1984, Glassic tried to come
back with Seattle in 1985, but was unable to pass a physical due
to numerous knee injuries he had suffered while in Denver.
|Ryczek spent his first three seasons with the Washington |
Redskins, playing in all 42 regular season games from
1973-1975. In 1976, Ryczek was selected by Tampa Bay in the
expansion draft and became the first center in Buccaneer history.
Over two seasons in Tampa Bay, Ryczek started 27 of 28 games.
After the 1977 season Ryczek was traded to the St. Louis Rams,
where he went on to play every game over the next two seasons,
including the victory over Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship
Game. Ryczek never missed a game during his NFL career,
playing in 102 games with 30 career starts.
|Kowalkowski started at guard for most of his 11 seasons in |
Detroit after he was drafted as a future pick in the seventh round
in 1965. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound lineman immediately stepped
into a starting slot at left guard as a rookie in 1966 before being
switched to right guard in 1968. Kowalkowski played in 138
games during his Lions career, starting every game from
1972-1976. Kowalkowsi finished his career playing four games
for the Green Bay Packers in 1977.
|After being selected by the Seattle Seahawks as the 10th overall |
pick of the 1992 NFL draft, Roberts became the first offensive
lineman in team history to start every game during his rookie
season. Roberts started the first 46 games of his NFL career
before suffering a season-ending injury in 1994. After the 1995
season Roberts signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions,
where he played with several former Hoos, including Don
Majkowski, Greg Jeffries, Chris Harrison, Matt Blundin, Herman
Moore, and Germane Crowell. In 1998, Roberts was selected by
his teammates as one of two offensive co-captains, and he was
on the field for every offensive play that season. For his career,
Roberts played in 127 regular season games, including 116
|Moore was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the |
Detroit Lions. In 1995, he was selected the Lions' MVP on
offense after breaking the team records for receptions (123, at the
time an NFL record) and receiving yards (1,686), while scoring 14
touchdowns. His finest single-game performance came on
December 4, 1995 against the Chicago Bears, when he had a
club record 14 catches for 183 yards, the fifth best total in Detroit
history. Moore was a member of six playoff teams with the Lions
(1991, 1993-95, 1997 and 1999). He was also a member of two
teams that won the NFC Central division (1991 and 1993), and
was on the 1991 team that played for the 1992 NFC
Moore was selected to four Pro Bowls (1994-1997), and was
named 1st Team All-Pro three times (1995-1997). He was the
second player (after Jerry Rice) to have three 100-catch seasons.
In 1995, Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches)
became the first WR duo to each have more than 100 receptions
in the same season.
Moore finished his 12 NFL seasons with 670 receptions for 9,174
yards and 62 touchdowns. He is the Lions' all-time leader in
career receptions (670), receiving yards (9,174) and touchdown
|Randle was selected to the Pro Bowl four times during his |
10-year NFL career (1959-1968). In his second season, he led
the league in receiving touchdowns with 15 and was named 1st
Team All-Pro by the Associated Press, The Sporting News and
On November 4, 1962, Randle had one of the biggest games
statistically by a wide receiver in NFL history, catching 16 passes
for 256 yards in a game against the New York Giants. He
finished the 1962 season with 63 receptions for 1,158 yards and
eight touchdowns, and was named second-team All-Pro by UPI.
Randle once again passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in
1963, finishing with 51 catches for 1,014 yards and eight
Randle finished his career with 365 receptions for 5,996 yards
and 65 touchdowns. His 65 touchdown catches in 120 games
place him 12th on the NFL's all-time TD-per-game list (minimum
60 TDs), and were the most in the NFL during the 1960s (Don
Maynard caught 84 and Lance Alworth caught 77, but in the AFL).
|Miller is considered by many to be one of the most complete tight |
ends in the NFL. During his rookie season (2005), he finished
with 39 receptions for 459 yards and 6 touchdowns. Miller was a
solid contributor during the Steelers' 2005 Super Bowl run. In
Pittsburgh's 21–18 upset win over the top-seeded Indianapolis
Colts in the divisional playoff round, Miller caught three passes
for 61 yards and a touchdown.
In the 2006 season opener, Miller caught 3 passes for 101 yards,
including an 87-yard touchdown reception, the longest
touchdown catch by a tight end in a regular season game since
1974. In 2007, Miller set new career highs for touchdowns (7),
receptions (47), and receiving yards (566). In 2008, Miller caught
a career-high 48 passes, despite missing two games with an
injury. In Super Bowl XLIII , Miller had 5 receptions for 57 yards
and won his second Super Bowl ring. For his career, Miller has
192 receptions for 2,113 yards and 23 touchdowns.