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He played for BOTH of them

Posted by Doug on June 13, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I suggested a time-waster game where you try to construct the best team of (skill-position) players for a given franchise, subject to the constraint that they only played a small fraction of their careers for that franchise. The runaway winner was the Seahawks, who had Jerry Rice, Franco Harris, Warren Moon, Harold Jackson, Ahman Green, et al.

Here is a variation on that game. Try to find the best team of skill-position players (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE) for each pair of franchises. For instance, here is the Rams/Colts team, which obviously features a very strong running back tandem:

Rams / Colts - 79248
QB: Chris Chandler - 29794
RB: Marshall Faulk - 19154
RB: Eric Dickerson - 15411
WR: Ricky Proehl - 8897
WR: Jessie Hester - 5903
TE: Jack Bighead - 89

Those numbers are total (passing + rushing + receiving) yardage figures.

As you can see, they lack a decent tight end. But just about every "team" lacks something. This game is much tougher than the other one. According to my database query (which might have missed a few players), here are the top few teams:

Packers / Falcons - 90156
QB: Brett Favre - 59274
RB: Dave Hampton - 5692
RB: Tom Moore - 3597
WR: Andre Rison - 10228
WR: Eric Metcalf - 7964
TE: Henry Childs - 3401

Eagles / Cowboys - 87594
QB: Randall Cunningham - 34907
RB: Herschel Walker - 13084
RB: Chris Warren - 9631
WR: Jimmy Smith - 12286
WR: Terrell Owens - 11874
TE: Mike Ditka - 5812

Giants / Vikings - 86945
QB: Fran Tarkenton - 50677
RB: Herschel Walker - 13084
RB: Hugh McElhenny - 8528
WR: Gary Ballman - 5568
WR: Bob Schnelker - 3667
TE: Bob Tucker - 5421

Buccaneers / Browns - 86152
QB: Vinny Testaverde - 46920
RB: James Brooks - 11583
RB: Errict Rhett - 4695
WR: Keenan McCardell - 11133
WR: Mark Carrier - 8799
TE: Rickey Dudley - 3022

Jets / Patriots - 82051
QB: Vinny Testaverde - 46920
RB: Curtis Martin - 17448
RB: Keith Byars - 8770
WR: Bake Turner - 3554
WR: Tim Dwight - 3218
TE: Jermaine Wiggins - 2141

Ravens / Browns - 80424
QB: Vinny Testaverde - 46920
RB: Earnest Byner - 12866
RB: Leroy Hoard - 6394
WR: Derrick Alexander - 7181
WR: Michael Jackson - 5415
TE: Brian Kinchen - 1648

Eagles / Vikings - 80270
QB: Randall Cunningham - 34907
RB: Herschel Walker - 13084
RB: Billy Barnes - 5207
WR: Cris Carter - 13940
WR: Harold Jackson - 10553
TE: Jerry Reichow - 2579

Rams / Colts - 79248
QB: Chris Chandler - 29794
RB: Marshall Faulk - 19154
RB: Eric Dickerson - 15411
WR: Ricky Proehl - 8897
WR: Jessie Hester - 5903
TE: Jack Bighead - 89

Buccaneers / Cowboys - 78446
QB: Vinny Testaverde - 46920
RB: Ron Springs - 4778
RB: Alonzo Highsmith - 1623
WR: Keyshawn Johnson - 10662
WR: Joey Galloway - 10052
TE: Jackie Harris - 4411

I don't know if I care for the scoring system, but for obvious reasons it's not really worth taking the time to change it. As Seinfeld says, "I don't know how official any of these rankings really are."

Excluding recent expansion teams, the pair of franchises with the least overlap appears to be the Bengals and Giants, whose only skill-position player in common appears to be wide receiver Ed Marshall.

Here is a full list.

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