If you claim to be a big fan of American football, you must know the legendary names from the history of the sport. These legendary athletes continue to be an inspiration not only to soccer fans, but also aspiring players and athletes in general. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, selected each year by a committee in Canton Ohio, honors players and coaches who have made a special contribution to soccer. Meeting the players and coaches of the past and present will give you a deeper appreciation for the sport. Below are some of the most respected payers and coaches in American football history.
The first AFL (American Football League) professional soccer player to be honored in the Professional American Football Hall of Fame, Lance Alworth was one of the star players for the San Diego Chargers, joining the team in 1961. Later he played for the Dallas Cowboys. the last two years of his career. By the time he retired, he had caught 542 passes and rushed for a whopping 10,266 yards.
Bill Dudley, who earned the nickname “the bullet” during his college days at the University of Virginia, was famous for never having missed his mark. In 1942, he was invited to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and, during his first season, he was named Rookie of the Year. Bill Dudley enlisted in the military during World War II, but returned in 1945 just in time for football season.
Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Everything” for his many talents, George Halas became a renowned football player for the Chicago Bears, as well as a manager and coach for the Bears during his lifetime. Each year, soccer teams compete in the NFC Championship Game for the George Halas Trophy.
Vince Lombardi, one of the most famous football coaches in the history of the sport, gave the Green Bay Packers countless victories. He retired from coaching in 1968 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. The most coveted award in American football, the Super Bowl Trophy, is named after him.
Walter Payton caught the attention of leading figures in professional football during his college days at Jackson State University, where he is said to have scored 46 points in a single game. During the 1975 draft, he was invited to play the first round for the Chicago Bears. Over the course of his thirteen-year career, he rushed for a total of 16,276 yards, making him the most successful running back in NFL history.
Born in 1947, Orenthal James Jones had a successful college football career, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968 by the largest margin in history. In 1969, he was the first player to be drafted into the NFL and became one of the best running backs in history. He was named NFL Player of the Year four times, in 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. OJ Simpson retired and pursued a career as an actor and broadcaster and in 1994, he was subdued and acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife. Nicole Brown and her friend Ronal Goldman.