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Prestigious rosters redux

Posted by Doug on May 25, 2007

On Tuesday I cooked up a fun (well, I thought it was fun) list of teams that had an unusually large number of "prestigious" players, including also players who would go on to be have prestigious careers. That list was based on passing, rushing, and receiving statistics and so only included skill position players. But I realized that I could do the same thing for complete teams by using pro bowl appearances as a proxy for prestigiousness.

There is less variety in this list; the same teams appear over and over. The first 22 spots on the list, in fact, belong to four franchises. The Cowboys, Steelers, and 49ers you would probably guess, but the late 70s Rams might be a surprise. In some years, essentially half their roster either had been to a pro bowl or would later go to one.

Methodological note: I ignored all pro bowl appearances before 1970. Being one of the three best players at your position means something very different in a five-team conference than it does in a 14- or 16-team conference. Yeah, yeah, I know, they let more total players in these days, and this does shortchange the true greats whose careers straddled the merger, but tough. Don't like it? Make your own list.

Here's the list. Mouse over for details.

1977 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Mack, Jack Youngblood, Jackie Slater, Isiah Robertson, Rich Saul, Dennis Harrah, Larry Brooks, Lawrence McCutcheon, Winston Hill, Nolan Cromwell, Harold Jackson, Charle Young, Monte Jackson, Rod Perry, Doug France, Jack Reynolds, Pat Thomas, Wendell Tyler, Jim Youngblood, Joe Namath, Pat Haden, Carl Ekern, Fred Dryer, Cody Jones, Ron Jessie

1994 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Steve Young, Tim McDonald, Rickey Jackson, Ricky Watters, Bart Oates, Richard Dent, Brent Jones, Bryant Young, Merton Hanks, Charles Mann, Dana Stubblefield, Ken Norton, John Taylor, Eric Davis, Jesse Sapolu, Tim Harris, Harris Barton, Ed McCaffrey, Steve Wallace, Lee Woodall, Elvis Grbac

1995 Dallas Cowboys
Larry Allen, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Nate Newton, Troy Aikman, Ray Donaldson, Charles Haley, Jay Novacek, Darren Woodson, Michael Irvin, Erik Williams, Brock Marion, Ron Stone, Leon Lett, Mark Tuinei, Daryl Johnston, Jim Schwantz, Wade Wilson, Bill Bates, Scott Case, Russell Maryland, Tony Tolbert

1976 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Mack, Jack Youngblood, Jackie Slater, Rich Saul, Dennis Harrah, Isiah Robertson, Merlin Olsen, Lawrence McCutcheon, Larry Brooks, Harold Jackson, Monte Jackson, Rod Perry, Jack Reynolds, Pat Thomas, Doug France, Pat Haden, Fred Dryer, Cody Jones, Ron Jessie, Carl Ekern, Jim Youngblood, Ron Jaworski, James Harris, Jim Bertelsen

1990 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Wesley Walls, Charles Haley, Fred Smerlas, Guy McIntyre, Roger Craig, Brent Jones, Michael Carter, Jesse Sapolu, John Taylor, Eric Wright, Bill Romanowski, Eric Davis, Harris Barton, Pierce Holt, Jim Burt, Steve Wallace, Keena Turner, Matt Millen, Dave Waymer

1987 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Guy McIntyre, Charles Haley, Brent Jones, Roger Craig, Russ Francis, Randy Cross, Joe Cribbs, Michael Carter, Dwight Clark, Eric Wright, Jesse Sapolu, John Taylor, Fred Quillan, Carlton Williamson, Steve Wallace, Harris Barton, Keith Fahnhorst, Keena Turner

1996 Dallas Cowboys
Larry Allen, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Ray Donaldson, Nate Newton, Troy Aikman, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Michael Irvin, Ray Childress, Erik Williams, Brock Marion, Leon Lett, Daryl Johnston, Herschel Walker, Mark Tuinei, Bill Bates, Jim Schwantz, Tony Tolbert, Wade Wilson

1978 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Mack, Jackie Slater, Jack Youngblood, Doug Smith, Dennis Harrah, Isiah Robertson, Rich Saul, Lawrence McCutcheon, Larry Brooks, Nolan Cromwell, Charle Young, Doug France, Pat Thomas, Jack Reynolds, Rod Perry, Wendell Tyler, Fred Dryer, Ron Jessie, Carl Ekern, Pat Haden, Jim Youngblood, Cody Jones

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Mike Webster, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, John Stallworth, Mike Wagner, Dwight White, Glen Edwards, Dave Brown, J.T. Thomas, Frank Lewis, Larry Brown

1974 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jack Lambert, Mike Webster, Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell, Donnie Shell, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Mike Wagner, Dwight White, Glen Edwards, Frank Lewis, J.T. Thomas, Ron Shanklin, Larry Brown

1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
Joe Greene, Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, John Stallworth, Dwight White, Mike Wagner, Glen Edwards, Larry Brown, Frank Lewis, J.T. Thomas

1979 Los Angeles Rams
Jackie Slater, Jack Youngblood, Rich Saul, Doug Smith, Dennis Harrah, Kent Hill, Larry Brooks, Lawrence McCutcheon, Nolan Cromwell, Charle Young, Ken Ellis, Pat Thomas, Drew Hill, Doug France, Jack Reynolds, Rod Perry, Ron Jessie, Fred Dryer, Pat Haden, Wendell Tyler, Jim Youngblood

1994 Dallas Cowboys
Larry Allen, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Nate Newton, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, Brock Marion, Ron Stone, Leon Lett, Mark Tuinei, Daryl Johnston, Bill Bates, Russell Maryland, Tony Tolbert, Jim Schwantz

1992 Dallas Cowboys
Emmitt Smith, Nate Newton, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Mark Stepnoski, Jimmy Smith, Charles Haley, Jay Novacek, Darren Woodson, Erik Williams, Kevin Gogan, Daryl Johnston, Mark Tuinei, Leon Lett, Ken Norton, Bill Bates, Steve Beuerlein, Tony Tolbert, Russell Maryland, Thomas Everett

1989 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Wesley Walls, Charles Haley, Guy McIntyre, Roger Craig, Brent Jones, Michael Carter, Eric Wright, John Taylor, Bill Romanowski, Jesse Sapolu, Jim Burt, Steve Bono, Steve Wallace, Matt Millen, Harris Barton, Keena Turner, Pierce Holt

1997 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Chris Doleman, Steve Young, Tim McDonald, Terrell Owens, Kevin Greene, Merton Hanks, Bryant Young, Brent Jones, Dana Stubblefield, Kevin Gogan, Garrison Hearst, Ken Norton, Jesse Sapolu, Ray Brown, Lee Woodall, Jim Schwantz

1993 Dallas Cowboys
Emmitt Smith, Nate Newton, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Charles Haley, Mark Stepnoski, Darren Woodson, Jay Novacek, Erik Williams, Kevin Gogan, Brock Marion, Leon Lett, Mark Tuinei, Daryl Johnston, Ken Norton, Russell Maryland, Bernie Kosar, Thomas Everett, Tony Tolbert, Bill Bates

1980 Los Angeles Rams
Jackie Slater, Jack Youngblood, Dennis Harrah, Rich Saul, Doug Smith, Kent Hill, Larry Brooks, Nolan Cromwell, Lydell Mitchell, Pat Thomas, Doug France, Jack Reynolds, Drew Hill, Rod Perry, LeRoy Irvin, Carl Ekern, Cody Jones, Jim Youngblood, Wendell Tyler, Fred Dryer, Pat Haden

1988 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Charles Haley, Guy McIntyre, Wes Chandler, Brent Jones, Roger Craig, Michael Carter, Randy Cross, Jesse Sapolu, Bill Romanowski, Eric Wright, John Taylor, Steve Wallace, Keena Turner, Pierce Holt, Harris Barton

1977 Pittsburgh Steelers
Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell, Mel Blount, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Terry Bradshaw, Glen Edwards, Dwight White, Mike Wagner, J.T. Thomas, Larry Brown, Robin Cole, Frank Lewis

1984 San Francisco 49ers
Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Guy McIntyre, Gary Johnson, Fred Dean, Dwight Hicks, Roger Craig, Michael Carter, Russ Francis, Louie Kelcher, Randy Cross, Jesse Sapolu, Fred Quillan, Carlton Williamson, Dwight Clark, Jack Reynolds, Eric Wright, Keith Fahnhorst, Keena Turner, Wendell Tyler

1975 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Mack, Jack Youngblood, Dennis Harrah, Merlin Olsen, Rich Saul, Isiah Robertson, Lawrence McCutcheon, Larry Brooks, Harold Jackson, Monte Jackson, Jack Reynolds, Rod Perry, Doug France, Jim Bertelsen, James Harris, Ron Jessie, Ron Jaworski, Charlie Cowan, Fred Dryer, Cody Jones, Jim Youngblood

1989 Buffalo Bills
Bruce Smith, James Lofton, Andre Reed, Steve Tasker, Thurman Thomas, Cornelius Bennett, Fred Smerlas, Jim Kelly, Art Still, Will Wolford, Shane Conlan, Kent Hull, Jim Ritcher, Nate Odomes, Darryl Talley, Howard Ballard, Ronnie Harmon

1978 Oakland Raiders
Art Shell, Ted Hendricks, Gene Upshaw, Dave Casper, Lester Hayes, Phil Villapiano, Ken Stabler, Raymond Chester, Cliff Branch, Willie Brown, Fred Biletnikoff, Jack Tatum, Henry Lawrence, Monte Jackson, Rod Martin, Mark VanEeghen, Otis Sistrunk, Dave Dalby

1981 Los Angeles Rams
Jack Youngblood, Jackie Slater, Doug Smith, Dennis Harrah, Rich Saul, Larry Brooks, Kent Hill, Nolan Cromwell, Rod Perry, Pat Thomas, LeRoy Irvin, Doug France, Drew Hill, Cody Jones, Pat Haden, Jim Youngblood, Dan Pastorini, Henry Childs, Wendell Tyler, Fred Dryer, Jim Collins, Carl Ekern

1984 Los Angeles Raiders
Mike Haynes, Howie Long, Marcus Allen, Dave Casper, Brad VanPelt, Todd Christensen, Lester Hayes, Greg Pruitt, Cliff Branch, Don Mosebar, Vann McElroy, Greg Townsend, Henry Lawrence, Rod Martin, Lyle Alzado, Sean Jones, Kenny King, Matt Millen, Dave Dalby

1980 Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Webster, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Tunch Ilkin, Dwight White, Mike Wagner, Larry Brown, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole

1997 Dallas Cowboys
Larry Allen, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Nate Newton, Darren Woodson, Michael Irvin, Anthony Miller, Erik Williams, Brock Marion, Leon Lett, Daryl Johnston, Herschel Walker, Mark Tuinei, Dexter Coakley, Wade Wilson, Tony Tolbert, Bill Bates

1977 Dallas Cowboys
Randy White, Roger Staubach, Cliff Harris, Rayfield Wright, Mel Renfro, Tony Dorsett, Harvey Martin, Pat Donovan, Herbert Scott, Ed Jones, Tony Hill, Bob Breunig, Drew Pearson, Billy Joe Dupree, Charlie Waters, Thomas Henderson, Danny White

1990 Minnesota Vikings
Randall McDaniel, Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Gary Zimmerman, John Randle, Joey Browner, Steve Jordan, Rich Gannon, Carl Lee, Mike Merriweather, Anthony Carter, Scott Studwell, Keith Millard, Herschel Walker, Henry Thomas, Wade Wilson, Audray McMillian

1979 Dallas Cowboys
Randy White, Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Pat Donovan, Harvey Martin, John Dutton, Charlie Waters, Doug Cosbie, Drew Pearson, Bob Breunig, Herbert Scott, Tony Hill, Billy Joe Dupree, Thomas Henderson, Danny White

1992 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Guy McIntyre, Ricky Watters, Brent Jones, Merton Hanks, Ted Washington, Michael Carter, Jacob Green, Roy Foster, Jesse Sapolu, John Taylor, Bill Romanowski, Eric Davis, Tim Harris, Steve Bono, Harris Barton, Pierce Holt, Steve Wallace

1991 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Guy McIntyre, Wesley Walls, Charles Haley, Brent Jones, Merton Hanks, Ted Washington, Michael Carter, Jesse Sapolu, John Taylor, Bill Romanowski, Roy Foster, Eric Davis, Harris Barton, Jim Burt, Steve Bono, Dave Waymer, Steve Wallace, Tim Harris, Pierce Holt

1985 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Guy McIntyre, Gary Johnson, Dwight Hicks, Roger Craig, Fred Dean, Michael Carter, Russ Francis, Randy Cross, Carlton Williamson, Fred Quillan, Eric Wright, Dwight Clark, Keena Turner, Wendell Tyler, Keith Fahnhorst

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell, Mel Blount, John Stallworth, Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Dwight White, Mike Wagner, Larry Brown, Robin Cole, J.T. Thomas

1977 Oakland Raiders
Ted Hendricks, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Lester Hayes, Dave Casper, Fred Biletnikoff, Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch, Phil Villapiano, Willie Brown, Ted Kwalick, Jack Tatum, Rod Martin, Henry Lawrence, Otis Sistrunk, Dave Dalby, Mark VanEeghen

1993 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Tim McDonald, Wesley Walls, Ricky Watters, Guy McIntyre, Merton Hanks, Brent Jones, Ted Washington, Dana Stubblefield, John Taylor, Roy Foster, Bill Romanowski, Jesse Sapolu, Eric Davis, Steve Bono, Harris Barton, Steve Wallace

1991 Minnesota Vikings
Randall McDaniel, Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, John Randle, Gary Zimmerman, Steve Jordan, Joey Browner, Rich Gannon, Carl Lee, Mike Merriweather, Anthony Carter, Henry Thomas, Herschel Walker, Todd Scott, Audray McMillian, Terry Allen, Wade Wilson

1976 Dallas Cowboys
Randy White, Roger Staubach, Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, Pat Donovan, Harvey Martin, Mel Renfro, Herbert Scott, Bob Breunig, Ed Jones, Charlie Waters, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson, Blaine Nye, Lee Roy Jordan, Thomas Henderson, Danny White

1975 Dallas Cowboys
Randy White, Roger Staubach, Cliff Harris, Rayfield Wright, Harvey Martin, Pat Donovan, Mel Renfro, Ed Jones, Billy Joe Dupree, Charlie Waters, Herbert Scott, Bob Breunig, Drew Pearson, Blaine Nye, Lee Roy Jordan, Jean Fugett, Thomas Henderson

1978 Dallas Cowboys
Randy White, Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Harvey Martin, Pat Donovan, Bob Breunig, Herbert Scott, Charlie Waters, Ed Jones, Tony Hill, Drew Pearson, Billy Joe Dupree, Danny White, Thomas Henderson, Jackie Smith

1997 Denver Broncos
John Elway, Steve Atwater, Shannon Sharpe, Gary Zimmerman, Michael Dean Perry, Neil Smith, Tom Nalen, Trevor Pryce, Rod Smith, Terrell Davis, Bill Romanowski, Tyrone Braxton, Detron Smith, Tory James, Byron Chamberlain, Mark Schlereth, Ed McCaffrey, Tony Jones, Alfred Williams

1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Mike Webster, Franco Harris, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Tunch Ilkin, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Larry Brown, David Little

1986 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Charles Haley, Guy McIntyre, Roger Craig, Russ Francis, Michael Carter, Randy Cross, Joe Cribbs, Dwight Clark, Eric Wright, Fred Quillan, Carlton Williamson, Keith Fahnhorst, Steve Wallace, Dennis Harrison, Keena Turner, Wendell Tyler

1979 Oakland Raiders
Ted Hendricks, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Lester Hayes, Dave Casper, Todd Christensen, Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch, Phil Villapiano, Raymond Chester, Jack Tatum, Henry Lawrence, Rod Martin, Monte Jackson, Mark VanEeghen, Dave Dalby, Dave Pear

1988 Los Angeles Raiders
Tim Brown, Mike Haynes, Howie Long, James Lofton, Marcus Allen, Terry McDaniel, Todd Christensen, Don Mosebar, Jim Lachey, Brian Holloway, Vann McElroy, Greg Townsend, Rod Martin, Matt Millen, Bo Jackson, Jerry Robinson, Jay Schroeder, Steve Beuerlein

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