Junious Buchanan. . .NAIA All-America at Grambling. . .First player selected in 1963 AFL Draft. . .Possessed speed, size, determination, durability. . .Missed only one game in 13 years. . .Excelled at intimidating passer, batted down 16 passes, 1967. . .Four-time All-AFL, All-AFC in 1970, 1971. . .Led Chiefs defensive efforts in Super Bowl I, IV. . .Played in six AFL All-Star games, two AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. . . Born September 10, 1940, in Gainesville, Alabama. . .Died July 16, 1992, at age of 51.
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He probably won't make this list, but I'd like to throw Joe Klecko's name into the ring.
He was the first player in professional football history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions (DE, DT and NT)
Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, in describing Klecko as a "great defensive lineman", considered him one of the two best interior linemen he had ever faced. Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz said this about Klecko, "In my 13 seasons, Joe is right there at the top of the defensive ends I had to block, up there with Fred Dean, Lee Roy Selmon and Bruce Smith." "Joe was the strongest guy I ever faced." "He had perfect technique — hands in tight, great leverage. My second year, 1981, we went to Shea and beat the Jets, 31-30, but he was such an intense, smart player, I knew I was in a battle. He was the leader, the guy who kept that unit together."
Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure added that "You can’t think of his 10-year period without him." "I had to block Joe Greene and Merlin Olsen when I was playing and, believe me, Joe Klecko was equal to those two guys." "If Joe Klecko had played one position for 10 years, he’d have been considered one of the top two or three players at that position, whichever one it was." "There’s not another player who went to the Pro Bowl at three different positions. You take a defensive end and put him at nose tackle and he’s just as good there, that’s a great player. We need to get Joe Klecko in the Hall of Fame."
Im gonna say Merlin Olsen gets on that list. 14 time pro bowler, never missed a game in 15 seasons. Back in the late 60's early 70's the Rams always had outstanding run defense, he was a big reason for that.
Edit: Nevermind, my dumbass didnt see him on there.
Maybe Henry Jordan? He was there when GB won those nfl titles.
Cortez Kennedy? For a name thats not on the list, I guess my vote goes to Cortez Kennedy.
Last edited by General Zod : 09-17-2010 at 05:27 PM.