The NFL All-Character Team

At this time of year there are many “all” teams.  Allstar, All-Madden, All-Iron.  After writing about the Bengals and LaDainian Tomlinson, I thought I’d see if I could put together an All-Character team with most of the players from now, but with a few from the past sprinkled in.  There will definitely be players left out, but the players represented all show some sort of strength in character.  The NFL actually has a number of awards for players with character, including the Whizzer White Award and the Bart Starr Award.

QB – Peyton Manning
RB – La Dainian Tomlinson
RB – Byron White
WR – Marvin Harrison
WR – Amani Toomer
TE – Tony Gonzales
OL – Kevin Mawae
OL – Marco Rivera
OL – Will Shields
OL – Bruce Matthews
OL -Jackie Slater

DE – Reggie White
DT – Bryant Young
DE – Grant Wistrom
LB – Shelton Quarles
LB – Junior Seau
LB – David Thornton
LB – Derrick Brooks
CB – Roy Williams
CB – Darrell Green
S – Pat Tillman
S – Troy Vincent

K – Nick Lowery
P –  Brian Moorman

What do you think?  Who was left out?

12 Responses to The NFL All-Character Team

  1. Kessel January 21, 2007 at 11:01 pm #

    Barry Sanders. RB.

    Although he exited the game early, I still remember how he always handed the referee the ball after a play-never tossing it to the ground. He respected the refs and showed it in the way he treated them.

    And this doesn’t turn someone into a hero, but he was so crazy good too.

  2. Charles Leibrand January 22, 2007 at 7:30 am #

    I’m all for Reggie White, thats a great pick. I agree with Kessel about Barry Sanders, look up humble in the dictionary and you will find his picture. It’s too early in his carrer to pick him, but if you do this at the end of every season I would not be suprised to see Reggie Bush in the list.

  3. Neil January 22, 2007 at 8:51 am #

    Hello??? Brett Favre?

    How many “superstars” Bitch and moan like big girls these days about pay and not getting their own way? Favre is the consumate professional and is a role model for how to behave on and off the feild of play. Favre is only second to Dan Marino in all but one of all time NFL Quaterback records (I beleive its completions) He suffered tragedy the night before a huge game with the Raiders with his father dying and instead of crying off, he played the game of his career. More tragedy came with the diagnosis of his wifes cancer, but throughout all of this Favre was there for both his team and family, being a leader, husband and father. Thats a hero.

  4. Matt Langdon January 22, 2007 at 10:21 am #

    Good call on Barry Sanders. I had forgotten his humility on the field. I seem to recall some sketchiness off the field, but you can correct me there.

    Brett Favre was close and so were a few other QBs.

  5. Neil January 22, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    As I said in a recent e mail to my good friend Mr. Langdon, I was absolutely devastated to see that Peyton Manning was the leading QB of his “team”. I also stated that I would continue to fight for the recognition on this team for the great Brett Favre and one of my all time heroes. I would like to go on record to say that Peyton Manning has proven himself on and off the field to be a professional in a game full of prima donnas, I put it to you that he has some way to go to match the achievements of Favre.

    Charity work.

    Established the ‘Brett Favre Fourward Foundation’ in 1996; in conjunction with his annual golf tournament, celebrity softball game and fundraising dinners, foundation has donated more than $2.2 million to charities in his home state of Mississippi as well as to those in his adopted state of Wisconsin Favre Fourward Foundation in 2005 took on an additional cause as a supporter of Hurricane Katrina relief; more than $950,000 has been raised as of April 18, 2006, to be used in the state’s three gulf coast counties An avid golfer, participated in 2005 U.S. Bank Championship pro-am and charity shootout at Milwaukee’s Brown Deer Park golf course. Favre Quote: I started the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation to provide aid to disadvantaged and disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi. In 8 years, we’ve donated over $1.5 million and touched the lives of thousands of terrific kids.
    Personal tragedy hit the Favre family and in one year Favre lost his brother in law, his father and his wife Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. Deanna was forced to confront her own challenges and in doing so founded the Deanna Favre HOPE foundation.

    Playing career and stats.

    Favre will no doubt be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, In 2006 embarks upon his 15th season in Green Bay. Arguably among some of the most exciting players in pro football history ever to line up at quarterback, Favre, now in his 16th NFL campaign, stands as one of the game’s most productive signal callers Ranks second on the NFL’s all-time lists for passing yards (53,615), attempts (7,610), completions (5,021 and is now #1) and touchdowns (396), all behind the prolific and also legendary Dan Marino With 139 victories as quarterback, ranks third behind John Elway (148) and Marino (147) Celebrated even more than his prodigious numbers is his legendary durability Upon taking over the reigns as the Green and Gold’s signal caller Sept. 20, 1992, has started the ensuing 221 contests, a record for NFL quarterbacks and, astoundingly, the fourth-longest recorded streak in league history During 14 campaigns under center for Green Bay, has led Packers to 10 postseason appearances, including six division crowns, three NFC Championship Games, two Super Bowls and a World Championship with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI The former Southern Mississippi leader’s success is partially attributed to a commanding knowledge of his offense, astute
    observation of countless defenses designed to stop him and physical ability – especially renowned arm strength

    The man.

    But his legacy transcends the passes, the touchdowns and the statistics: the inspiring leader will go down as one of the most beloved players of his generation Favre embodies the heart of Pro Football and stands as one of the most respected players among his peers and coaches, as well His hard-working approach and down-to-earth attitude appeals to football fans across the nation Favre once again topped the Harris Poll, in a survey of American sports fans, as the nation’s favourite football player in 2006 and placed third among all sports figures, behind Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan

    In February 2004, he was named as the No. 1 ‘Toughest Athlete in Sports’ by USA Today Then, transcending sports, in the March 2004 issue of Men’s Journal, he was chosen as the No. 1 ‘Toughest Guy in America’ on the basis of his “fearlessness, perseverance, a willingness to take risk, a tolerance for pain and even a dash of modesty” In further similar documentation, a 2005 nationwide vote of more than a half-million viewers for The Discovery Channel’s special, ‘100 Greatest Americans,’ ranked Favre No. 89.

    Overall Favre is rated as the NFL’s third greatest QB in terms of his on field performance behind Elway and Marino. But even such great players such as the afore mentioned two were prone to throwing their weight around when things didn’t go their way, its just not in Favres nature to be like that. His loyalty to the Green Bay Packers and their fans is renown, he signed a lifetime contract with the Packers in 2001.Then-head coach Mike Sherman, calling the signing day “historic,” commented on the uniqueness of Favre’s relationship with the Packers’ organization and fans, saying, “No player in the NFL identifies, or is more closely linked to, a specific team like Brett Favre is to the Green Bay Packers. He embodies the spirit and character of Packer fans everywhere. I do not think there is a player in the NFL that experiences a relationship with the fans like Brett Favre does.
    Favre echoed the sentiment, saying, “I enjoy it here. I don’t want to move. I enjoy the fans and I just want to stay. I couldn’t envision myself playing for another team.” In any sport today this kind of loyalty and commitment is almost impossible to find.

  6. Charles Leibrand January 22, 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    I was going to post about Brett Farve as well, however Neil has cover the issue very well. Yup. Farve is a great pick for QB. The team needs a coach too, I would recomend Vince Lumbardi. I hope to see more from Neil on here, that was well stated.

  7. Neil January 22, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    An excellent call there by Charles, whats a team without a mentor? I wont go into a rant about Lombardi, the fact his name is on the Trophy would do it for me! As a backup for Lombardi I would pick Mike Ditka for his amazing Bears team of the mid 80’s…and being a Packers fan its hard to say that!


  8. Neil January 22, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    Reggie “The Minister of Defence” White, head of the Packers like named “Ministry of Defence” Most influential if not the best Defensive End the Packers have had.

    1961-2004 R.I.P.

  9. Tito Cutler September 19, 2007 at 12:29 am #

    Wasn’t Reggie White an outspoken homophobic?

  10. Kit September 19, 2007 at 12:37 am #

    Vince Lombardi is a tough one and something I have mentioned to Matt before. There is no doubt he was a great coach…but his character included bullying his players to perform, now he did get results, but I don’t think this warrants his inception into the all character team. I highly recommend his autobiography…after losing his first High School Game as a Head Coach, he went on undefeated for 2 years…

  11. Matt Langdon September 19, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    Tito, have you got any links that you could post that confirm that? I’d be very interested.


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