Monday, March 21, 2016

Combined 1950s All-Decade Team

By John Turney

As we did for the 1960s1970s1980s, and 1990s, we've compiled all the sources we know of that picked a 1950s All-Decade Team and combined them on one chart. We think it gives a wider perspective than just one select team. Some players were picked by one organization on a First-team and also on the Second-team, and we listed them that way.

The HOF, at one point, listed First-teams, but no longer do. We don't know why. At the time they showed three ends and one other (Walston) and sometimes didn't have a Second-teamer or honorable mention. It's just an oddity we have to live with.

Lou Creekmur was chosen as both a guard and tackle and Chuck Bednarik was chosen as both a center and linebacker. Pro Football Chronicle even chose a special-teams player.
Sources and key: HOF= Official NFL All-Decade; FD = Pro Football Digest; SN = Sporting News; PFC = Pro Football Chronicle; SM = Sunday Mayhem SI = Sports Illustrated PFR = Pro Football

We think this exercise is helpful because once-in-a-while there are oddities on the Official Hall of Fame selections. In the 1950s Jim Parker was chosen as an All-Decade guard in the 1950s, even though he didn't begin to play guard until the 1960s. When additional teams are listed those types of anomalies can be mitigated.


  1. since their was evolution in defensive strategy the outside linebacker position in the 4-3 is not only difficult to evaluate, but how do you teach players to play a position that has basically never existed? also, dale d. of the steelers spent a helluva lot more time down in a 3-point stance as a middle guard....should he have been listed with d-lineman? the most glaring omission from the outside linebackers would be matt h. of the Niners. he was consistent, and a quality player.

    1. When you are ready. you should post your own 1950s All-Decade Team, no one has seen more film, both offense and defense from that decade. We can add it to the chart above.