By John Turney
1915-25, the 1920s, the 1925-35 period, the 1930s, 1935-45, the 1940s, 1945-55, the 1950s, and now we go after 1955-65.
Here are the picks:
1955-65 Player of the Decade
1955-65 co-Defensive Players of the Decade
Gino Marchetti and Joe Schmidt
Both are on the "Mr. Rushmore" for their positions. Marchetti with Deacon Jones, Reggie White, and Bruce Smith. Schmidt with Dick Butkus, Ray Lewis, and Jack Lambert.
So, maybe it is a cop-out, but when players for an award come down to a coin flip, we tie them and honor both.
1955-65 Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Unitas' teammate Jim Parker is an honorable mention behind Unitas.
1955-65 Defensive Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Night Train Lane
Bill George is a very close honorable mention behind Lane. He had Defensive Player of the Year-quality seasons in 1961 and 1963 and maybe even others.
Next up: the 1960s