By John Turney
1915-25, the 1920s, the 1925-35 period, the 1930s, 1935-45, the 1940s, 1945-55 the 1950s, 1955-65, the 1960s, 1965-75, the 1970s and now 1975-85.
Here are the picks for the time period of 1975-85—
1975-85 Player of the Decade
1975-85 Defensive Player of the Decade
1975-85 Player of the Decade Runner-Up
We also are going to give an honorable mention to Earl Campbell who had three MVP-type seasons (1978-80) then three Pro Bowl-type seasons (1981-83) in this time frame before running out of gas. One more honorable mention is Dan Fouts who from 1976-85 was on the leading edge of the passing revolution that was brought about but the late-1970s rule changes.
1975-85 Defensive Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Lee Roy Selmon and Randy Gradishar
Selmon and Randy Gradishar tied for the runner-up spot behind Lambert. Selmon (1976-84) was All-Pro three times and Second-team All-Pro twice and was the NFLPA Defensive Lineman of the Year four times in this time frame and was the consensus Defensive Player of the Year in 1979.
Gradishar (1974-83) was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1978 and received votes in three other seasons in this time period. He was All-Pro five times (three consensus) and went to seven Pro Bowls.
Both Selmon and Gradishar nose out Mike Haynes who is our honorable mention. Haynes had his own Defensive Player of the year, but he also had a couple of injury/holdout seasons and therefore fell a bit short of Lambert, Selmon, and Gradishar. Nonetheless, he was a great, great player.
Next up: the 1980s