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You can say it a bunch, but the Dolphins aren't the dolphins without Shula. He is most likely the thing people think about when they hear Miami Dolphins.

You could do it this way,
1. Csonka
2. Taylor
3. Thomas
4. Greise

Then Shula above them all on his own mountain like Crazy Horse.
When people think about the Miami Dolphins they think Dan Marino.
 
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Minnesota Vikings Mount Rushmore:

Until we win something that matters, it's empty to me.

Season 1 No GIF by 9-1-1: Lone Star
 

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Baker Mayfield is supposed to be Bernie 2.0 the problem with the Browns is only one player ever is in discussion and that’s Jim Brown I guarantee you nobody can name another Brown player.


He’s played enough games with professional grown men and has become a force in the NFL.
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
Bernie Kosar
The Baltimore Ravens
 

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No Coaches or owners is dumb as shit OP. They have such a profound impact on a team's identity? Would you really exclude Vince fucking Lombardi from the Packers Rushmore?
No it isn’t dumb ass shit. You stating owners have a profound impact on a team’s identity is some stupid shit. Coaches are an integral part to a team’s success, they have to put in tremendously time and effort, but they’re never going to be as important as players and anybody who says otherwise is stupid.
 

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Nagurski played his entire NFL career with the Bears - 9 seasons winning 3 NFL Championships. He was a key member of those teams and helped establish the Bears as one of the premier franchises in the NFL. I love Singletary but would not put him on Nagurski or Butkus' level in terms of impact to the franchise. And Urlacher (who I am a huge fan of and the only one of these players I got to watch for his entire career) is a step below both IMO.

All great players (and why the Bears Rushmore is so hard to pick), but the greatest impacts to the franchise were closer to the beginning of the NFL.
Red Grange played pretty much the same amount of seasons for Chicago and was more important than Nagurski as he filled out stadiums and won those NFL Championships too.
 

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Browns have to have Ozzie Newsome on there, come on fam.

Jim Brown
Otto Graham
Lou Groza
Ozzie Newsome

My other team is the Lions (I only like teams that go 0-16. Actually wait it's just that the only two teams I've ever loved both went 0-16)

Barry Sanders
Bobby Layne
Doak Walker
Calvin Johnson
 

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Browns have to have Ozzie Newsome on there, come on fam.

Jim Brown
Otto Graham
Lou Groza
Ozzie Newsome

My other team is the Lions (I only like teams that go 0-16. Actually wait it's just that the only two teams I've ever loved both went 0-16)

Barry Sanders
Bobby Layne
Doak Walker
Calvin Johnson
You support both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions? As for the Lions, I'd strongly recommend throwing Joe Schmidt into the list as he won NFL Championships for the team.
 

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You support both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions? As for the Lions, I'd strongly recommend throwing Joe Schmidt into the list as he won NFL Championships for the team.

Yeah my dad was a big Lions fan and while I liked them I was more of a Browns fan growing up. I followed both pretty much though and still do to this day.
 
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Baker Mayfield is supposed to be Bernie 2.0 the problem with the Browns is only one player ever is in discussion and that’s Jim Brown I guarantee you nobody can name another Brown player.


He’s played enough games with professional grown men and has become a force in the NFL.

You forgot Joe Thomas

Not a flash job but absolutely one of the all time greats.
 
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In this thread: We learn who does not know there are only 4 people on Mount Rushmore lol!

The Pittsburgh Steelers:

"Mean" Joe Greene

*He actually has 6 rings, 2 earned by being a player personnel assistant*

He is *THE* foundational player of our franchise. It is not hyperbole to say that there are two eras of the Steeler franchise: Before Joe and After Joe. We went from a franchise that never won anything to the best club in the league since the merger. 4x Super Bowl Champion as a Player. Hall of Famer. All-Decade team. Simply one of the best to ever do it. He would be on the Pittsburgh sports Mount Rushmore as well.


Mike Webster

Pittsburgh's Iron Man. Up Until this last past season he was the Steelers' all-time leader in games played. He ended his tenure here playing every game for 13 years straight. 4x Super Bowl Champion. Hall of Famer. All Decade Team. Part of the 1974 "Greatest of All Time" Draft class. Simply one of the best to ever do it.

Troy Polamalu

Personally, my favorite player to watch of all time. A dynamic safety and a true playmaker. He was one of the main pillars of the dominant 2000s Steelers teams. 2x Super Bowl Champion. Defensive Player of the Year. Arguably the best Strong Safety ever. Rarely do you see a player who just makes plays differently from everyone else.

"Big" Ben Roethlisberger

Bursting onto the scene with a record-setting Rookie season, the third quarterback selected in the 2004 draft is the only one left playing. Captivating the league with his "gunslinger" or "streetball" style of improvised play, Ben was arguably more dangerous when plays broke down as opposed to going as planned. As the cornerstone of the offense the Steelers rebounded from declining year-after-year performance and played in 4 of the next 7 AFC Championship Games and 3 Super Bowls in 6 years. He is the Steelers all-time leader in every major passing statistic and surpassed Mike Webster this past season in total games played. One of the all-time greatest quarterbacks in league history and one of my favorite QBs to watch.

Honorable mentions-
There are so many great, foundational players in this franchise and Hall of Famers that it was difficult to narrow it down to just 4, but these men are also deserving:
Franco Harris - Fullback
Jerome Bettis - Running Back
Terry Bradshaw - Quarterback
Jack Lambert - Middle Linebacker
Jack Ham - Outside Linebacker
Hines Ward - Wide Receiver
Greg Lloyd - Outside Linebacker
Mel Blount - Cornerback
Rod Woodson - Cornerback
James Harrison - Outside Linebacker
 
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Cowboys:

Emmitt Smith

Roger Staubach

Troy Aikman

Larry Allen

Honorable mentions: Micheal Irvin, Charles Haley, Jason Witten, Drew Pearson, Tony Dorset, Bob Lily.
 
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In this thread: We learn who does not know there are only 4 people on Mount Rushmore lol!

The Pittsburgh Steelers:

"Mean" Joe Greene

*He actually has 6 rings, 2 earned by being a player personnel assistant*

He is *THE* foundational player of our franchise. It is not hyperbole to say that there are two eras of the Steeler franchise: Before Joe and After Joe. We went from a franchise that never won anything to the best club in the league since the merger. 4x Super Bowl Champion as a Player. Hall of Famer. All-Decade team. Simply one of the best to ever do it. He would be on the Pittsburgh sports Mount Rushmore as well.


Mike Webster

Pittsburgh's Iron Man. Up Until this last past season he was the Steelers' all-time leader in games played. He ended his tenure here playing every game for 13 years straight. 4x Super Bowl Champion. Hall of Famer. All Decade Team. Part of the 1974 "Greatest of All Time" Draft class. Simply one of the best to ever do it.

Troy Polamalu

Personally, my favorite player to watch of all time. A dynamic safety and a true playmaker. He was one of the main pillars of the dominant 2000s Steelers teams. 2x Super Bowl Champion. Defensive Player of the Year. Arguably the best Strong Safety ever. Rarely do you see a player who just makes plays differently from everyone else.

"Big" Ben Roethlisberger

Bursting onto the scene with a record-setting Rookie season, the third quarterback selected in the 2004 draft is the only one left playing. Captivating the league with his "gunslinger" or "streetball" style of improvised play, Ben was arguably more dangerous when plays broke down as opposed to going as planned. As the cornerstone of the offense the Steelers rebounded from declining year-after-year performance and played in 4 of the next 7 AFC Championship Games and 3 Super Bowls in 6 years. He is the Steelers all-time leader in every major passing statistic and surpassed Mike Webster this past season in total games played. One of the all-time greatest quarterbacks in league history and one of my favorite QBs to watch.

Honorable mentions-
There are so many great, foundational players in this franchise and Hall of Famers that it was difficult to narrow it down to just 4, but these men are also deserving:
Franco Harris - Fullback
Jerome Bettis - Running Back
Terry Bradshaw - Quarterback
Jack Lambert - Middle Linebacker
Jack Ham - Outside Linebacker
Hines Ward - Wide Receiver
Greg Lloyd - Outside Linebacker
Mel Blount - Cornerback
Rod Woodson - Cornerback
James Harrison - Outside Linebacker
This is pretty much the most detailed and appropriate response thus far, aside from my own of course lol. Some obvious selections when it comes to Pittsburgh with Mean Joe Greene whose the greatest Steeler and defensive tackle to ever play and Big Ben whose been under center for what feels like an eternity.

Cowboys:

Emmitt Smith

Roger Staubach

Troy Aikman

Larry Allen

Honorable mentions: Micheal Irvin, Charles Haley, Jason Witten, Drew Pearson, Tony Dorset, Bob Lily.
Stinkin Cowboys. Can’t stand em.
 
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Colts:

Peyton Manning (QB): Best QB franchise has ever had.

Marvin Harrison (WR): All time great WR

Edgerrin James (RB): wasn’t there for the SB run but he was a beast. Especially prior to ACL injury was just awesome. Not quite the same afterwards but still a hall of famer.

Reggie Wayne (WR): Sticking with offense and this generation. Future HOF to me. Played great with both Manning and bridged things over with a tremendous season playing with Luck.
 

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Bruce Smith
Jim Kelly
Thurman Thomas
OJ Simpson
Josh Allen

I love Josh but it’s too early to put him up there. Definitely agree with Jim, Thurman and Bruce. OJ? Maybe, but even with him I don’t think they even sniffed winning.
 

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Gotta have OJ on that list. Top 5 RB of all time.
I guess, but I always like to think of the bigger picture and how the rest of the team was doing rather than the individual stats. He was amazing, but not enough to bail out his team.
 

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That would be a tough one. This would be my ranking:

1 - Jim Brown
2 - Barry Sanders
3 - Walter Payton
4 - Eric Dickerson
5 - Emmitt Smith
It is a tough list to make. Because you’re going to have to either leave off guys like OJ, Adrian Peterson, Ladalian Tomlinson, Gale Sayers.

I’d personally put OJ over Emmitt. And I love Emmitt. But I watched him and while he was great, I just don’t think he was as individually spectacular as some of the others guys. His numbers speak for themselves, but he ran behind one of the most dominant lines ever. His greatest attribute was his durability and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, he was amazing. But there are at least 5 guys I would take before him.

My list would be something like:

1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Adrian Peterson
4. OJ Simpson
5. Eric Dickerson

I left Brown off because I’ve just never seen enough film to get a sense of what we was actually like and how he might compare to more modern guys. Then you’ve got Bo Jackson sort of lurking as probably the most talented RB ever who just didn’t play long enough to make the list.
 
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Big Ben throws the football good, but I pray for the safety of all men and women when that dude walks into a public restroom. Stay safe out there!
 

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Big Ben throws the football good, but I pray for the safety of all men and women when that dude walks into a public restroom. Stay safe out there!
I’m of the same mind. He can throw the football downfield but he looks as though he has bad body odour even when he’s had a shower. Just everything about him is off and it doesn’t help that he’s been a sexual offender in the past.
 
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I’m of the same mind. He can throw the football downfield but he looks as though he has bad body odour even when he’s had a shower. Just everything about him is off and it doesn’t help that he’s been a sexual offender in the past.

I was referencing the sexual assault stuff but I agree, big dude probably takes some mean shits.
 
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I was referencing the sexual assault stuff but I agree, big dude probably takes some mean shits.
I just remember him smashing his face off the back of a car while riding his motorcycle about 10 years ago. He played not too long after getting his face put back together too. I’m sure he’s a douche in many ways, but he’s also tough as nails.
 
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Broncos

I'm 33 so I'm not going into the archives too much. But I'd say
John Elway (obvs)
Terrell Davis
Von Miller
Champ Bailey
 

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Joe Montana
Jerry Rice
Steve Young
Ronnie Lott
We have the moderation team in the thread and with them comes an excellent Mount Rushmore. Jerry Rice has long been considered both the greatest football player and wide receiver in NFL history, Joe Montana was the number one QB before Tom Brady and Ronnie Lott ranks up there in terms of finest defensive backs. Doesn't hurt to have another HOF in Steve Young who could rush as much as he could throw too.

I just remember him smashing his face off the back of a car while riding his motorcycle about 10 years ago. He played not too long after getting his face put back together too. I’m sure he’s a douche in many ways, but he’s also tough as nails.

We're not talking about his toughness as there's no disputing that after having his nose broken in a game. We're talking about the other stuff when it comes to Big Ben and the main one being he's not pleasant to look at.



Broncos

I'm 33 so I'm not going into the archives too much. But I'd say
John Elway (obvs)
Terrell Davis
Von Miller
Champ Bailey
You're more than capable of watching video and reading about past players so that shouldn't be a deciding factor. I'm not a huge fan of Terrell Davis as his career was defined by that Super Bow MVP performance, but outside of that he's had rocky career. Karl Mecklenburg is more deserving in my opinion and I'd recommend looking up that guy.
 
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Not me. I do think about Marino never winning a super bowl.

Remember, when Michael Jordan and the Bulls got dominated by the Magic in the playoffs, MJ said "We're a Horace Grant away."

Dan Marino needed a roster around him, as all players do.
 
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I'm comfortable with being a Cowboys detractor. They shouldn't be in the division from a geographical standpoint and they shouldn't be called "America's Team" when Philadelphia and New York are more important from a historical standpoint. Their owner Jerry Jones looks like skin cancer incarnate and the whole fanbase are obnoxious rednecks. Tom Landy made the Dallas Cowboys and funnily enough he was a player and defensive coordinator for the Giants lol.
Remember, when Michael Jordan and the Bulls got dominated by the Magic in the playoffs, MJ said "We're a Horace Grant away."

Dan Marino needed a roster around him, as all players do.
The only Hall Of Fame talent Marino had was his center Dwight Stephenson.
 
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We already had that discussion.
Wasn't much of a discussion. You're also forgetting that Don Shula didn't build those Super Bowl championships teams, George Wilson was the man who did that and had he been given enough time he would be hoisting the Lombardi. And that's not even the point, the point is that no matter how important a coach is the to the team, the players are the ones who have to step onto the gridiron and put their bodies on the line.
 

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BUMP

We've had Bears, Packers, Giants, Cowboys and so on. Haven't seen many teams from the AFC or large market teams like the Rams or Eagles.
 

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Sean Taylor
Your list but I wouldn’t have Sean Taylor on there. Yes his career was cut short, but we don’t know whether or not he would have been consistent and ended up in the HOF. Same thing with Bo Jackson.

I would put Sammy Baugh on the list, the greatest Redskin ever. Go back into the history books and research him. Played QB, safety and even punted for the Redskins in the 30s and 40s.
 

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Your list but I wouldn’t have Sean Taylor on there. Yes his career was cut short, but we don’t know whether or not he would have been consistent and ended up in the HOF. Same thing with Bo Jackson.

I would put Sammy Baugh on the list, the greatest Redskin ever. Go back into the history books and research him. Played QB, safety and even punted for the Redskins in the 30s and 40s.

35 years old. Been a Redskins fan my entire life and I’ve missed maybe 2 games in the last 25+ years. He’s the single greatest talent I’ve ever seen put on the burgundy and gold. I didn’t live through the Sammy Baugh days and while great for his team/era and the only officially retired number for the franchise I don’t have him up there. The game was totally different.
 

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35 years old. Been a Redskins fan my entire life and I’ve missed maybe 2 games in the last 25+ years. He’s the single greatest talent I’ve ever seen put on the burgundy and gold. I didn’t live through the Sammy Baugh days and while great for his team/era and the only officially retired number for the franchise I don’t have him up there. The game was totally different.
There are some things I would like to address about this post. Just because you weren't there to experience it, doesn't mean you can't research and read about the exploits of past players. I wasn't around when Sammy Baugh was throwing the ball in the 30s and 40s either, but I've seen tonnes of material online about him and he's probably the number one Redskin of all time. The game was indeed different, but how is that his fault for coming up in that era? He was a quarterback at a time when they ran the football and defenders could do anything, he intercepted opposing QBs in those same games and even punted whenever the team needed him to.

Sean Taylor was in the league for 3-4 seasons and he wasn't even the best safety at that time either. We all remember him for his monstrous hits on opposing players but that's about it. He was exceptionally large for a safety at around 6ft 3 when the average was 5ft11-6ft and that was no doubt an advantage, but if we're talking about talent then I'll put Darrell Green over Taylor all day every day. Green played 20 seasons for the team at a much tougher position and was integral in bringing home those Super Bowls back to Washington.
 
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I'm comfortable with being a Cowboys detractor. They shouldn't be in the division from a geographical standpoint and they shouldn't be called "America's Team" when Philadelphia and New York are more important from a historical standpoint. Their owner Jerry Jones looks like skin cancer incarnate and the whole fanbase are obnoxious rednecks. Tom Landy made the Dallas Cowboys and funnily enough he was a player and defensive coordinator for the Giants lol.


I see your point on the America's team moniker. That title was bestowed on this organization back in 1978-79 because of this club's winning ways. Back when there was no NFL TV packages or cable TV in every home the Boys were earning the respect of their peers and fans around the world. People lived for Sundays and Mondays because the Boys for the most part got top billing, no matter who they were playing one of the three networks would show their games. This title grew even larger in the 90's. You couldn't go to a store, bar/club, gas station or church without seeing a Cowboy shirt, jacket or cap, it was crazy how people gravitated to this team.

I use to get so pissed off when I would see a neighbor or friend break out something that pertained to the Dallas Cowboys because they were my team not theirs. In my mind I was thinking " These front runners trying to get on the bandwagon, I've been a fan during the lean years and now I have to share them with someone!". Then I realized the more the merrier, we can all pull for the Boys and at the same time talk s@$%^t about the bums in our division.

Then, Jerry Jones made the biggest blunder since he took ownership of this club, He chased off Jimmy Johnson because he couldn't stand the fact that he might be owner, but it was Jimmy's team. Jerry Jones has tried desperately to return this team back to it's glory days with no results and as far as I'm concerned has single handedly dethroned the whole organization to the point that the tile of America's Team is no longer warranted for this team. We as pissed off fans need to come up with a another title for this team, since they appear to have a permanent seat at the "BOTTOM FEEDER'S TABLE"!


 
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I see your point on the America's team moniker. That title was bestowed on this organization back in 1978-79 because of this club's winning ways. Back when there was no NFL TV packages or cable TV in every home the Boys were earning the respect of their peers and fans around the world. People lived for Sundays and Mondays because the Boys for the most part got top billing, no matter who they were playing one of the three networks would show their games. This title grew even larger in the 90's. You couldn't go to a store, bar/club, gas station or church without seeing a Cowboy shirt, jacket or cap, it was crazy how people gravitated to this team.

I use to get so pissed off when I would see a neighbor or friend break out something that pertained to the Dallas Cowboys because they were my team not theirs. In my mind I was thinking " These front runners trying to get on the bandwagon, I've been a fan during the lean years and now I have to share them with someone!". Then I realized the more the merrier, we can all pull for the Boys and at the same time talk s@$%^t about the bums in our division.

Then, Jerry Jones made the biggest blunder since he took ownership of this club, He chased off Jimmy Johnson because he couldn't stand the fact that he might be owner, but it was Jimmy's team. Jerry Jones has tried desperately to return this team back to it's glory days with no results and as far as I'm concerned has single handedly dethroned the whole organization to the point that the tile of America's Team is no longer warranted for this team. We as pissed off fans need to come up with a another title for this team, since they appear to have a permanent seat at the "BOTTOM FEEDER'S TABLE"!


Completely agree with everything said here. Cowboy's haven't been America's team since the 90s and that's including the Tony Romo tenure. Nothing but gravy for me and my team because Jerry Jones has overpaid an average QB and inconsistent running back, a defensive lineman who can't get sacks and brought back old dinosaur Jason Witten. Despite that they're still the team to beat in the NFC East as they're the most talented. Philadelphia don't have much going for them and Washington don't even have a quarterback. Dallas or New York are winning the division next season.