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Warrior Weekly: NFL Mount Rushmore

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Duncan Stephenson

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This Sunday, Tom Brady will try to capture his sixth Super Bowl title, which would further cement his legacy as one of the best players in NFL history. With that in mind, imagine that Roger Goodell signed off on the creation of an official NFL Mount Rushmore. You have been tasked with choosing the four greatest, most impactful players in league history to be honored on the monument. Who are you picking?

Here are my selections (in no particular order)…

Jerry Rice
Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders

Rice has caught the most passes, gained the most yards, and scored the most touchdowns of any player in NFL history. He reached 1,000 yards receiving in a season 14 times (including 11 straight from 1986-1996). The last two of those campaigns came at the ages of 39 and 40. In four career Super Bowl appearances, Rice totaled nearly 600 yards receiving and scored eight times. While he did have the luxury of playing with either Joe Montana and Steve Young for most of his career, one can argue he was just as responsible for their success as they were for his.

Lawrence Taylor
Linebacker – New York Giants

The most dominant defensive player in league history deserves a spot. Taylor terrorized backfields for 13 years in New York, racking up double-digit sack totals in seven straight seasons from 1984-1990, including 20.5 sacks in 1986 when he took home the league MVP award. He was 240 pounds, but ran like a defensive back. A two-time Super Bowl champion, few players are as accomplished as Taylor.

Tom Brady
Quarterback – New England Patriots

The best thing that can be said about Brady is that you know that he’ll play his best in the biggest moments and most important games. What more could you want from your quarterback? He has led a game-winning drive in a Super Bowl five times. Considering no other quarterback has won more than four Super Bowl titles, his success under pressure in the big game is simply unmatched.

Jim Brown
Running back – Cleveland Browns

Brown is the best ball carrier to have ever played. His 104.3 rushing yards per game is the most in NFL history. Brown retired before the age of 30, yet still rushed for over 12,000 yards and 106 touchdowns. Physically imposing at 6’2 and 230 pounds, Brown possessed elite speed and agility to go along with his bruising running style.

Comment your all-time NFL Mount Rushmore below!

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Duncan Stephenson is a senior at Wayland High School. He is one of three editor-in-chiefs of WSPN. This is his fourth year writing for the publication....

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