This Week in NFL History: August 20 through August 26

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This Week in NFL History
Jan. 27, 1991; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells is carried on the shoulders of linebackers Lawrence Taylor (56) and Carl Banks (58) after the Giants' victory in Super Bowl XXV. The Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 for their second Super Bowl championship in four years. Photo Credit: Ed Reinke, Associated Press.

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August 20

1966-Safety Gregory (Greg) Jackson (LSU: 1985-88, selected 78th overall by the New York Giants in the 1989 NFL Draft; Giants: 1989-93, Eagles: 1994-95, Saints: 1996, Chargers: 1997-2000) born in Hialeah, Florida

Career Stats: 686 combined tackles (617 solo), four sacks, 32 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, 11 fumbles recovered, four defensive touchdowns

Jackson won Super Bowl XXV with the Giants. He is currently a safeties coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

1988-Defensive back Tramaine Brock (Minnesota: 2008, Belhaven: 2009, signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2010; 49ers: 2010-16, Seahawks: 2017-present) born in Gulfport, Mississippi

Career Stats: 180 combined tackles (157 solo), 11 interceptions, 45 passes defended, one forced fumble, one defensive touchdown

Brock was released by the 49ers in April 2017 following an arrest on domestic violence charges. He signed with the Seahawks after his case was dismissed.

1991Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino signs five-year, $23 million extension, surpassing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana as the NFL’s highest paid player

2008-Offensive lineman Eugene (Gene, also known as Uptown Gene) Upshaw (Texas A&M-Kingsville: 1964-66, selected 17th overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 1967 AFL Draft; Raiders: 1967-81) died at age 63 in Lake Tahoe, California (b. 1945)

Career Stats: Upshaw started in 207 of his 217 career AFL/NFL games.

Upshaw was the anchor of the Raiders’ offensive line in the late 1960s and 1970s. He was a six-time Pro Bowler (1972-77), a 1968 AFL All-Star, a three-time First-team All-Pro (1970, 1974, 1977), a four-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976), and a three-time First-team AFL All-Pro (1967-69), Upshaw won three league championships in his career: the 1967 AFL Championship and Super Bowls XI and XV. He is the only player in NFL history to play in three Super Bowls in three different decades with the same team (Super Bowl II-1967, Super Bowl XI-1977, and Super Bowl XV-1981). Upshaw was named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and the NFL 75th Anniversary Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Upshaw served as executive director as the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) from 1983 until his death. He oversaw the 1987 strike, several antitrust lawsuits, and the 1993 adoption of the collective bargaining agreement.

2016-Halfback Harry Gilmer (Alabama: 1944-47, selected first overall by the Washington Redskins in the 1948 NFL Draft; Redskins: 1948-54, Lions: 1955-56) died at age 90 in St. Louis, Missouri

Career Stats: 201 carries for 923 yards and one touchdown; 20 receptions for 180 yards; 263 completions in 579 attempts for 3,786 yards and 23 touchdowns; five interceptions

Gilmer was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1950 and 1952. He was Lions head coach (1955-56, Career record: 12-12)

August 21

1924-Sportscaster John Francis (Jack) Buck born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Career Highlights: Buck, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, called 18 Super Bowls on the radio. His football assignments included calling games for both the NFL and AFL and served as CBS Radio’s voice of Monday Night Football for nearly two decades. Buck received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He was the father of Fox NFL and MLB lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck.

1928-Defensive tackle Lewis (Bud) McFadin (Texas: 1948-50, selected 11th overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1951 NFL Draft; Rams: 1952-56, Broncos: 1960-63, Oilers: 1964-65) born in Rankin, Texas (d. 2006)

Career Highlights: McFadin was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1955, 1956), a three-time AFL All-Star (1961-63), and a three-time All-AFL player (1960-62).

1945-Linebacker Willie Lanier (Morgan State: 1964-66, selected 50th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1967 NFL Draft; Chiefs: 1967-77) born in Clover, Virginia

Career Stats: 27 interceptions, 18 fumbles recovered, two defensive touchdowns

Lanier was a six-time Pro Bowl selection (1970-75), a two-time AFL All-Star (1968, 1969), a two-time All-AFL selection (1968, 1969), and an eight-time All-Pro (1968-75). He played in two Super Bowls: a loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Lanier was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

1954-Running back Archie Griffin (Ohio State: 1972-75, selected 24th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1976 NFL Draft; Bengals: 1976-82) born in Columbus, Ohio

Career Stats: 691 carries for 2,808 yards and seven touchdowns; 192 receptions for 1,607 yards and six touchdowns

Griffin is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winning (1974, 1975). He played in Super Bowl XVI with the Bengals but struggled throughout his career, only rushing for 100 yards or more in three games.

1959-Quarterback James (Jim) McMahon (BYU:1977-81, selected fifth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 1982 NFL Draft; Bears: 1982-88, Chargers: 1989, Eagles: 1990-92, Vikings: 1993, Cardinals: 1994, Packers: 1995-96) born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Career Stats: 1,492 completions in 2,573 attempts for 18,148 yards, 100 touchdowns, and 90 interceptions. QB Rating: 78.2. Career record: 71-34 (Bears regular season: 46-15, Bears postseason: 4-2, Chargers regular season: 4-7, Eagles regular season: 9-3, Eagles postseason: 0-1, Vikings regular season: 8-4, Vikings postseason: 0-1, Cardinals regular season: 0-1); 338 carries for 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns

McMahon was a Pro Bowl selection in 1986. He won two Super Bowls in his career: Super Bowl XX with the Bears and Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers, both victories over the New England Patriots exactly 11 years apart. McMahon raised eyebrows when he showed up at the White House after Super Bowl XXXI wearing his Bears jersey. He explained it was because the 1985 Bears never got to go to the White House due to the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger two days after Super Bowl XX.

1978-Running back Reuben Droughns (Oregon: 1998-99, selected 81st overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2000 NFL Draft; Lions: 2000-01, Broncos: 2002-04, Browns: 2005-06, Giants: 2007-08) born in Chicago, Illinois

Career Stats: 929 carries for 3,602 yards and 19 touchdowns; 123 receptions for 989 yards and six touchdowns

Droughns won Super Bowl XLII with the Giants. He is currently an assistant coach with the Central European Football League’s Vukovi Beograd.

1993-Wide receiver Michael (Mike) Evans (Texas A&M: 2011-13, selected seventh overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 NFL Draft; Buccaneers: 2014-present) born in Galveston, Texas

Career Stats: 238 receptions for 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns

Evans was a Pro Bowl selection and a Second-team All-Pro in 2016

2000-Offensive guard/defensive end Thomas (Tom) Day (North Carolina A&T: 1957-59, selected 229th overall by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1960 NFL Draft; second selection of the Buffalo Bills in the 1960 AFL Draft; Cardinals: 1960, Bills: 1961-66, Chargers: 1967, Bills: 1968) died at age 65 in Amherst, New York (b. 1935)

Career Highlights: Day was an AFL All-Star in 1965 and won AFL Championships with the Bills in 1964 and 1965. He said winning the AFL Championship “was like making love to the most beautiful woman in the world”.

August 22

1909-Center/linebacker Melvin (Mel, also known as Old Indestructible) Hein (Washington State: 1927-30, signed with the New York Giants in 1931; Giants: 1945) born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

Career Highlights: Hein was the 1938 NFL Most Valuable Player, an eight-time First-team All-Pro (1933-40), and a four-time NFL All-Star (1938-41). He won two NFL Championships with the Giants (1934, 1938). Hein was named to both the NFL 1930s All-Decade and NFL 75th Anniversary Teams. He was one of 17 inaugural inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. He later served as supervisor of officials for the American Football League.

1938-Punter/linebacker Paul Maguire (The Citadel: 1957-59, selected with the first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in the 1960 AFL Draft; Chargers: 1960-63, Bills: 1964-70) born in Youngstown, Ohio

Career Highlights: Maguire won three AFL Championships with the Bills (1963, 1964, 1965) and later had a celebrated career as a broadcaster.

1941-Head coach Duane Charles (Bill, also known as The Big Tuna) Parcells (Giants: 1983-90, Patriots: 1993-96, Jets: 1997-99, Cowboys: 2003-06) born in Englewood, New Jersey

Career Record: 183-138-1 (Giants regular season: 77-49-1, Giants postseason: 8-3, Patriots regular season: 32-32, Patriots postseason: 2-2, Jets regular season: 29-19, Jets postseason: 1-1, Cowboys regular season: 34-30, Cowboys postseason: 0-2)

Parcells (who adopted the name Bill in high school after being mistaken for a boy named Bill and his dislike of his given name of Duane) played collegiately at Wichita State and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1957 but released without playing a single game. His coaching career is marked by taking teams that were in periods of decline and turning them into winners. He is the only coach in NFL history to lead four different teams to the playoffs and three different franchises to a conference championship game. Parcells is best remembered as the head coach of the New York Football Giants, who he led to victory in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Parcells also led the Patriots to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. He’s also the first coach who received a Gatorade bath after a Super Bowl win. His coaching disciples include Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, and Sean Payton (who have a combined eight Super Bowl victories). Parcells was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

1959Eight days after Lamar Hunt announced his intention to form a new professional football league, the league was named the American Football League. The Buffalo Bills, owned by Ralph Wilson, became the league’s seventh franchise.

1989-Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers: 2009-11, selected 83rd overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft; Bengals: 2012-15, Falcons: 2016-present) born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Career Stats: 211 receptions for 2,446 yards and 15 touchdowns

1990-Wide receiver Randall Cobb (Kentucky: 2008-10, selected 64th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft; Packers: 2011-present) born in Maryville, Tennessee

Career Stats: 366 receptions for 4,488 yards and 35 touchdowns

Cobb was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014

August 23

1934-Quarterback Christian (Sonny) Jurgensen (Duke: 1954-56, selected 43rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1957 NFL Draft; Eagles: 1957-63, Redskins: 1964-74) born in Wilmington, North Carolina

Career Stats: 2,433 completions in 4,262 attempts for 32,224 yards, 255 touchdowns, and 189 interceptions. QB Rating: 82.6. Career record as starter: 70-74-7 (Eagles regular season: 17-20-2, Eagles postseason: 1-2, Redskins regular season: 52-51-5, Redskins postseason: 0-3)

Jurgensen was a five-time Pro Bowler (1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969), a two-time First-team All-Pro (1961, 1969), and a Second-team All-Pro in 1967. He led the NFL in passing yards five times: 1961 (3,723), 1962 (3,261), 1966 (3,209), 1967 (3,747), and 1969 (3,102). Jurgensen twice led the NFL in passing touchdowns (1961 with 32, 1967 with 31) and in passer rating (87.3) in 1967. He led the Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship. Jurgensen was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

1968-Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (Miami [FL]: 1986-89, selected third overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1990 NFL Draft; Seahawks: 1990-2000) born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Career Stats: 668 combined tackles (568 solo), 58 sacks, three interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, six fumbles recovered, one defensive touchdown

Kennedy was the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler (1991-96, 1998, 1999), a three-time First-team All-Pro (1992-94), and a two-time Second-team All-Pro (1991, 1996). Kennedy was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He died of unknown causes on May 23, 2017.

1971-Defensive end Hugh Douglas (Central State: 1992-94, selected 16th overall by the New York Jets in the 1995 NFL Draft; Jets: 1995-97, Eagles: 1998-2002, Jaguars: 2003, Eagles: 2004) born in Mansfield, Ohio

Career Stats: 356 combined tackles (289 solo), 80 sacks, one interception, five passes defended, 13 forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered, one defensive touchdown

Douglas was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1995. He was a three-time Pro Bowler (2000-02) and a two-time First-team All-Pro (2000, 2002).

1975-Offensive lineman Joseph (Joe) Andruzzi (Southern Connecticut State: 1993-96, signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1997; Packers: 1997-2000, NFL Europe Scottish Claymores: 1998, Patriots: 2000-04, Browns: 2005-06) born in Brooklyn, New York

Career Stats: Andruzzi started in 103 of his 122 career NFL games

Andruzzi played collegiately at Southern Connecticut State, a Division II school. He went on to win three Super Bowls with the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX).

1980-Quarterback Rex Grossman (Florida: 1999-2002, selected 22nd overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft; Bears: 2003-08, Texans: 2009, Redskins: 2010-13) born in Bloomington, Illinois

Career Stats: 863 completions in 1,562 attempts for 10,232 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 60 interceptions. QB Rating: 71.4. Career record as starter: 27-24 (Bears regular season: 19-12, Bears postseason: 2-2, Redskins:6-10)

Grossman led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI, their only Super Bowl appearance after winning Super Bowl XX in 1986.

1985Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung awarded $1.16 million in a lawsuit against the NCAA, accusing them of damaging his broadcasting career. Hornung had an agreement with WTBS to work as an analyst for 38 college football broadcasts in 1982 and 1983 but the agreement was rejected by the NCAA. Hornung was suspended for the 1963 NFL season for betting on his team, the Green Bay Packers.

August 24

1950-Defensive end John Banaszak (Eastern Michigan: 1972-74, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1975; Steelers: 1975-81, USFL Michigan Panthers: 1983-84, USFL Memphis Showboats: 1985) born in Cleveland, Ohio

Career Highlights: Banaszak won three Super Bowls with the Steelers (X, XIII, XIV), starting in Super Bowls XIII and XIV.

1952-Head coach Mike Shanahan (Raiders: 1988-89, Broncos: 1995-2008, Redskins: 2010-13) born in Oak Park, Illinois

Career Record: 178-144 (Raiders regular season: 8-12, Broncos regular season: 138-86, Broncos postseason: 8-5, Redskins regular season: 24-40, Redskins postseason: 0-1)

Shanahan won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Broncos (XXXII, XXXIII). He was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIX. Shanahan was also offensive coordinator for the Broncos’ teams that lost Super Bowls XXI and XXII. His son, Kyle, is currently the 49ers head coach.

1979The New England Patriots chose to keep their logo, Pat Patriot, after a new logo was set to be released for the 1980 season. Though a fan favorite, the logo was difficult to produce for retail purposes. Pat Patriot, developed by Boston Globe cartoonist Phil Bissell in 1960, remained on the Patriots’ helmets until 1992.

1986-Running back Arian Foster (Tennessee: 2004-08, signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009; Texans: 2009-15, Dolphins: 2016) born in San Diego, California

Career Stats: 1,476 carries for 6,527 yards and 54 touchdowns; 255 receptions for 2,346 yards and 14 touchdowns

Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler (2010-12, 2014, a First-team All-Pro in 2010, and a Second-team All-Pro in 2011. He led the NFL in rushing yards in 2010 (1,616) and rushing touchdowns in 2010 (16) and 2012 (15). Foster announced his retirement Oct. 24, 2016 after rushing for five yards on three carries against the Buffalo Bills.

1992The Cleveland Browns suffered their worst preseason loss in franchise history when they were beaten 56-3 by the Minnesota Vikings

2006Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers and retired from the NFL

August 25

1946-Tight end Charles (Charlie) Sanders (Minnesota: 1965-67, selected 74th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1968 NFL Draft; Lions: 1968-77) born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)

Career Stats: 336 receptions for 4,817 yards and 31 touchdowns

Sanders was a seven-time Pro Bowler (1968-71, 1974-46), a two-time First-team All-Pro (1970, 1971), and a Second-team All-Pro in 1969. He was named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

1960American Football League begins practice of placing players’ names on the back of their jerseys

1965-Linebacker Cornelius Bennett (Alabama: 1983-86, selected second overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1987 NFL Draft; Bills: 1987-95, Falcons: 1996-98, Colts: 1999-2000) born in Birmingham, Alabama

Career Stats: 1,190 combined tackles (1,048 solo), 71.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 31 forced fumbles, 27 fumbles recovered, one defensive touchdown

After being unable to come to a contract agreement with the Colts, Bennett was dealt to the Bills in a three-way trade that included Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. He was a five-time Pro Bowler (1988, 1990-93) and a three-time All-Pro (1988, 1991, 1992). Bennett, who was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, played in five Super Bowls during his career (Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII with the Bills and Super Bowl XXXIII with Falcons).

1965-Defensive back Nathaniel (Nate) Odomes (Wisconsin-Madison: 1983-86, selected 29th overall in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills; Bills: 1987-93, Seahawks: 1994-95, Falcons: 1996) born in Columbus, Georgia

Career Stats: 383 solo tackles, three sacks, 26 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, eight fumbles recovered, three defensive touchdowns

Odomes was a two-time Pro Bowler (1992, 1993), leading the NFL with nine interceptions in 1993. He played in four consecutive Super Bowls with the Bills (XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII). Odomes made the key interception that helped the Bills win a 1992 Wild Card Game against the Houston Oilers, the largest comeback in NFL history.

1969The Detroit Lions defeated the Boston Patriots 22-9 in an exhibition game at Montreal’s Jarry Park, the only AFL/NFL exhibition game played in Canada

1972-Wide receiver Marvin Harrison (Syracuse: 1992-95, selected 19th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1996 NFL Draft; Colts: 1996-2008) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Career Stats: 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns

Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowler (1999-2006), a three-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006), and a five-time Second-team All-Pro (2000-01, 2003-05). He led twice led the NFL in receiving yards (1,683 yards in 1999, 1,722 yards in 2002), and tied for the NFL-lead in receiving touchdowns in 2005 (12). Harrison helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, the same year as his head coach, Tony Dungy.

1988-Owner Arthur (Art) Rooney Sr. (Steelers: 1933-88) died at age 87 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (b. 1901)

Rooney was the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He paid the NFL $2,500 for the rights to build a team in Pittsburgh. In the franchise’s early history, they were unable to field a competitive team. They also had trouble securing a fan base within in the city, in part, because of the success of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. The Steelers made some questionable personnel decisions in those days, like cutting Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas. The franchise’s fortunes changed when they hired Chuck Noll as head coach. The team also began to look for talent outside of the traditional college football factories, specifically the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Beginning in 1972, the Steelers began an eight-year postseason run which included four Super Bowl victories (IX, X, XIII, XIV). Rooney competed as an Olympic-level boxer, played minor league baseball, and football before founding the Steelers. He also was a minority owner of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964. His son, Dan, served as Steelers chairman from 2003 until his death on Apr. 13, 2017.

August 26

1952-Safety Donnie Shell (South Carolina State: 1971-73, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1974; Steelers: 1974-87) born in Whitmire, South Carolina

Career Stats: 51 interceptions

Shell played collegiately at South Carolina State (a Historically Black College and University that produced Hall of Famers Harry Carson, Deacon Jones, and Marion Motley). He went on to become a five-time Pro Bowler (1978-82), a three-time First-team All-Pro (1979, 1980, 1982), and a Second-team All-Pro in 1981. Shell was a member of the Steelers’ fearsome Steel Curtain defense and won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in interceptions as a strong safety. Shell was also named to the Steelers’ All-Time Team and the NFL Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team.

1967-Safety Myron Guyton (Eastern Kentucky: 1985-88, selected 218th overall by the New York Giants in the 1989 NFL Draft; Giants: 1989-93, Patriots: 1994-95) born in Metcalf, Georgia

Career Stats: 499 combined tackles (467 solo), 10 interceptions, two forced fumbles, 11 fumbles recovered

Guyton was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV. He was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL charging the league didn’t properly inform the players of the dangers of concussions.

1978-Wide receiver Andrew (Drew) Bennett (UCLA: 1997-2000, signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2001; Titans: 2001-06, Rams: 2007-08) born in Berkeley, California

Career Stats: 307 receptions for 4,412 yards and 28 touchdowns

In 2004, Bennett tied an NFL record by scoring eight touchdowns in a three-game span.

1979-Running back Jamal Lewis (Tennessee: 1997-99, selected fifth overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL Draft; Ravens: 2000-06, Browns: 2007-09) born in Atlanta, Georgia

Career Stats: 2,542 carries for 10,607 yards, and 58 touchdowns; 221 receptions for 1,879 yards and four touchdowns.

Lewis was a Pro Bowl selection and a First-team All-Pro in 2003, the season he became the fifth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards with 2,066 (the third highest total in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 in 1984 and Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 in 2012). He also set a single-game rushing record in 2003 when he ran for 295 yards that stood until Peterson surpassed it in 2007. Lewis won Super Bowl XXXV with the Ravens and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.

Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the NFL and New York Giants, like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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