Remember some time back there was a debate about the MountRush of the NBA, and the comments were attributed to LeBron James? It got people talking for sure, but it also got me thinking …What would be the Mount Rushmore of Football in this case the NFL? So like with most sports related debates it will largely depend on your point of refernce, who you saw in their prime. Now my list will not be your list and picking 4 as the face of your Mount Rushmore will not be easy. This is not to say that once you pick 4 someone may not be deserving for example maybe one of your four maybe JOhn Elway but someone else would be Dan Marino, or someone would pick Joe Montana so this isn’t to say there is a right or wrong answer. This is from your point of view. This is to create talk and conversation. This is not the offical list but it is one that I thought about and my thought is these four are the standards against others are measured against, the tops of their game.My four maybe not be your 4 so have fun with it and if you are willing please reply with your 4 with the Mount Rushmore of Football
Johnny Unitas “Johnny U”, and nicknamed “The Golden Arm”, was an American professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. He spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and the National Football League’s most valuable player in 1959, 1964 and 1967. For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (which he set between 1956–1960), until New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke his long standing record on October 7, 2012. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback with a strong passing game, media fanfare, and widespread popularity.
Jim Brown He departed as the NFL record holder for both single-season (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing (12,312 yards), as well as the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126), and all-purpose yards (15,549). He was the first player ever to reach the 100-rushing-touchdowns milestone, and only a few others have done so since, despite the league’s expansion to a 16-game season in 1978 (Brown’s first four seasons were only 12 games, and his last five were 14 games).
Jerry Rice He is the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers and the all-time NFL leader in receptions, touchdown receptions, and yards. Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders
Lawrence Taylor Taylor was drafted by the Giants as the second overall selection in the 1981 NFL Draft. Although controversy surrounded the selection due to Taylor’s contract demands, the two sides quickly resolved the issue. Taylor won several defensive awards after his rookie season. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Taylor was a disruptive force at outside linebacker, and is credited with changing the pass rushing schemes, offensive line play, and offensive formations used in the NFL. Taylor produced double-digit sacks each season from 1984 through 1990, including a career high of 20.5 in 1986. He also won a record three Defensive Player of the Year awards and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his performance during the 1986 season.