By John Turney
1915-25 and all the decades in between and now we take on the 1940s. Again, we consulted Chris Willis of NFL Films to make the selections.
Here are the selections:
1940s Player of the Decade
1940s Defensive Player of the Decade
A similar type player as Mel Hein, a great center and also a great linebacker. According to George Allen, both were great at both offense and defense and that Hein was the better center and Turner may have been a bit better linebacker.
1940s Player of the Decade Runner-Up
1943 NFL MVP and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame team All-1940s Team and seven-time All-Pro and the quarterback of four championship teams. For the decade he completed 868 passes out of 1,656 attempts (52.2%) for 13,870 yards and 131 touchdowns.
1940s co-Defensive Player of the Decade Runners-Up
Charley Brock and George McAfee
McAfee was a great returner and back but he was also a tremendous defensive back. From 1940-50 he intercepted 25 passes, which was not the most, but he didn't play defense full-time and and he missed three seasons due to his volunteering to join the United States Navy during World War II.
Next up: The 1945-55 period.