Do You Know Which Position These NFL Legends Played?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

The NFL has one of the largest fan bases in the world, probably because it has some of the most successful athletes in the world. The men who have "changed the game" have gone down in the history books and they have numerous accolades to prove it. 

"What makes a legend?" is a question that NFL fans constantly debate but the general consensus includes one or more of the following criteria: winning at least one Super Bowl championship, being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, setting or breaking at least one record and winning at least one Pro Bowl title.

Some of the names you find on every NFL legends list include Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Reggie White, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Joe Greene, and Randy Moss. 

How well do you know the NFL players who have made names for themselves in the industry and how well do you know the positions they played? if you believe that you are an expert on all thing NFL, then this quiz will be the perfect test for you.

Terry Bradshaw (1948 - ) is a retired American quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is currently a TV sports analyst. Known for having one of “the most powerful arms in the NFL", he is a four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP.

Joe Montana (1956 - ), sometimes called “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid,” is a retired American quarterback who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The three-time Super Bowl MVP still holds many records.

Ronald Mandel Lott (1959 - ) is a former American football player who played as a defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Raiders, and the New York Jets. The first-round 1981 draft pick has been called ​one of the best safety position players in the history of the sport.

Peyton Manning (1976 - ) is a retired American football quarterback who spent 18 seasons playing for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos in the NFL. The two-time Super Bowl champion holds many records, including most touchdown passes and AP MVP ​award wins.

Franco Harris (1950 - ) is a retired American football fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks. The four-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL Man of the Year (1976) was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Charles “Joe” Greene (1946 - ), also known by “Mean Joe Greene,” is a retired American defensive tackle who spent his entire NFL career playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Regarded as one of the greatest tackles to play the sport, the Hall of Famer is a four-time Super Bowl champion and 10-time Pro Bowl winner.

Randy Gene Moss (1977 - ) is a retired American football wide receiver who spent 14 seasons playing for the New England Patriots, the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, and a few other teams. The six-time Pro Bowl winner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

Jim Brown (1936 - ) is a former American football running back and actor who played for the Cleveland Brown from 1957 – 1965. In the majority of his seasons in the NFL, he led the league in rushing yards and in 1971, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bruce Smith (1963 - ) is a retired American football defensive end who played for the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and holds the record for the most quarterback sacks (200).

Thomas Patrick Brady (1977 - ) is an American football quarterback who has been regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Currently playing for the New England Patriots of the NFL, he is one of only two players in history to have won the Super Bowl five times and the only person to do so with the same team.

Brett Favre (1969 - ) is a retired American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career playing for Green Bay Packers of the NFL. During his career, his achievements were many, including being the first NFL QB to pass for 500 touchdowns. He also threw for 70,000 yards and completed​ 6,000 passes.

Jerry Lee Rice (1962 - ) is a retired football wide receiver who played for many teams, primarily the San Francisco 49ers. He scored the most points by a non-kicker in NFL history and is also a three-time Super Bowl Champion. In 2010, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Drew Brees (1979 - ) is an American football quarterback who has been playing for the New Orleans Saints since 2006. He has been called one of the great passers of all time, and he holds several passing records in the history of the sport.

Emmit Smith (1969 - ) is a retired football running back who spent his career playing for the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. During that time, he won the Super Bowl championship three times, and he also held the record as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader with 18,355 yards.

Reginald White (1961– 2004), nicknamed “the Minister of Defense,” was an American football player who played ​defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers and the Memphis Showboats. The Super Bowl champion was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Troy Polamalu (1981 - ) is a former American strong safety who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 years. During that time, he was a two-time Super Bowl champion. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Barry Sanders (1968 - ) is a retired American football running back who played for the Detroit Lions from 1989 – 1998. His quickness and agility on the field, his NFL ranking as the most elusive runner, as well as two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year Awards, made him one of the greatest running backs in history.

Steve Young (1961 - ) is a retired American football quarterback who spent 13 of his 15 seasons playing for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. At the time of his retirement, the Super Bowl MVP (XXIX), had the highest passer rating of all NFL quarterbacks.

Lawrence Julius Taylor (1959 - ), sometimes called “L.T.” is a retired American football player who spent his entire career playing as a linebacker for the New York Giants. Regarded as one of the greatest players in the league, he was a key member in the team’s defense helping to win 2 Super Bowl Championships.

John “Jack” Lambert (1952 - ) is a retired American football linebacker who has often been called “the premier linebacker of his era.” He spent 11 years playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers during which they won four Super Bowl championships. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year twice.

Daniel Marino Jr. (1961 - ) is a retired football quarterback who spent his entire NFL career playing for the Miami Dolphins. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player once, was a Pro Bowl winner nine times and his number (No. 13) was retired by his former team.

John Unitas (1933 – 2002), who was given the nickname “Johnny U” and “The Golden Arm,” was an American football quarterback who spent most of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. For more than 50 years, the Super Bowl champion held the record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Otto Graham Jr. (1921 – 2003) was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1946 – 1955. He has been called one of the most dominant players of his era. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player three times, the NFL champion three times and was a Pro Bowl winner five times.

Walter Payton (1954 – 1999), nicknamed “Sweetness,​” was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears from 1975 – 1987. Known for setting records for touchdowns, career rushing yards and carries, the Pro Football Hall of Famer died from a rare liver disease at the age of 45.

Melvin Cornell Blount (1948 - ) is a retired American football cornerback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970 – 1983. During that time, he won the Super Bowl championship four times, and the Pro Bowl five times.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (1983 - ) is an American football wide receiver who has been playing for the Arizona Cardinals since 2004. He has been the Pro Bowl winner 11 times, the NFL receptions leader twice and the NFL receiving touchdowns leader twice.

John Elway Jr. (1960 - ) is a retired football quarterback who after playing for the Denver Broncos, is now the general manager and executive vice president of football operations for the team. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and an NFL Most Valuable Player.

Donald Hutson (1913 – 1997) was a professional American football player who played split end for the Green Bay Packers. He has been credited with leading the Packers to four NFL Championship games with them winning three. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his number was retired by the Packers.

Roger Staubach (1942 - ), often called “Captain America” and “Roger the Dodger,” is a retired American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 – 1979, after winning the Heisman Trophy in 1963 and serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. During his career, he was a six-time Pro Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl Champion.

Eric Dickerson (1960 - ) is a retired American football running back who played for four teams, including the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts during his 11 years in the NFL. The Pro Football Hall of Famer holds the record for the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, which was set in 1984.

Raymond Lewis Jr. (1975 - ) is a retired American linebacker who spent his 17 years in the NFL playing for the Baltimore Ravens. The two-time Super Bowl champion and the 13-time Pro Bowl winner, and Pro Football Hall of Famer has been called the greatest Baltimore Raven of all time.

Richard Marvin Butkus (1942 - ) is a retired American football linebacker who played for the Chicago Bears for his entire career. Regarded as one of the most intimidating linebackers in the history of the sport, Butkus is an eight-time Pro Bowl winner and a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Michael Anthony Muñoz (1958 - ) is a retired professional offensive tackle who spent 13 seasons playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL. The 11-time Pro Bowl winner and NFL Man of the Year was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

David “Deacon” Jones (1938 – 2013), sometimes called “the Secretary of Defense” was an American football defensive end who played for the Washington Redskins, the San Diego Chargers, and the Los Angeles Rams. The eight-time Pro Bowl winner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Gale Sayers (1943 - ) is a retired American football halfback who played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and two other teams during his career. The two-time Super Bowl champion was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Robert Lilly (1939 - ), who is sometimes called “Mr. Cowboy,” is a retired American football defensive tackle who played in the NFL for 14 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. He is best remembered for the 29-yard sack of Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins during the Super Bowl VI.

Michael Irvin (1966 - ) is a retired American football player who played as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys from 1988 - 1999. The three-time Super Bowl champion and the five-time Pro Bowl winner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

John Hannah (1951 - ), whose nickname is “the Hog,” is a retired American offensive guard who played for the New England Patriots. He was ranked by the second greatest offensive lineman in the history of the NFL and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Deion Sanders Sr. (1967 - ) is a retired American football cornerback who played for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 4934s, the Dallas Cowboys and a few other teams for 14 seasons. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and an eight-time Pro Bowl winner.

Marshall Faulk (1973 - ) is a retired American running back who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is also a Super Bowl champion and an NFL Most Valuable Player.

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