THINGS YOU CAN NEVER LAY YOUR HANDS ONBy John Turney
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the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 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. for
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.
We think this exercise is helpful because once-in-a-while there are oddities
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. on