By John Turney
Karl Mecklenburg was a jack-of-all-trades in their front 7. He was a player than when he earned his starting job as an inside linebacker, he would often move and play outside and on passing downs would usually line up at right defensive end, but sometimes he'd play the left end or even inside.
Six times he received post-season honors and he went to six Pro Bowls, all in the same seasons he was All-Pro by various organizations.
He began his career as a pass rush specialist before starting at inside linebacker. At inside linebacker, he became the starter in mid-1985 when he stepped in at strong-side inside linebacker. In 1989 and 1990 he moved to weak-side inside 'backer before moving back to the strong side from 1991-93.
He ended his career, in 1994, as a 4-3 middle linebacker, though by that time he came off the field on passing downs. His career was certainly a unique one and he's been recognized as a Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist (Top 25) five times.
Pro Bowl: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993
1985 First-team All-Pro (Consensus)
1986 First-team All-Pro (Consensus)
1987 First-team All-Pro (NEA)
1989 First-team All-Pro (Consensus)
1991 First-team All-Pro (USA Today)