National Football League 1980s All-Decade Team

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The NFL 1980s All-Decade Team was chosen by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team was composed of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the 1980s.[1][2][3] The squad consists of first- and second-team offensive, defensive and special teams units, as well as a first- and second-team head coaches.

Jerry Rice, Anthony Muñoz, and Lawrence Taylor were the only unanimous choices, being named on all 26 ballots. John Hannah was next with 25, followed by Joe Montana tallied 24½ votes, Walter Payton 23½, Ronnie Lott had 23.

Payton, Ted Hendricks were all either first-team choices on the National Football League 1970s All-Decade Team as well. John Hannah was a second-team choice on the 1970s team prior to being named to the first-team on the 1980s Team of the Decade.

Offense[edit]

0*0 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ¤ 0~0 Hall of Fame Finalist [4]
Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Joe Montana* (San Francisco 49ers) 24½ Yes Dan Fouts* (San Diego Chargers) 22 Yes
Running back Walter Payton* (Chicago Bears) 23½ Yes Roger Craig~ (San Francisco 49ers) 5 1 time finalist
Eric Dickerson* (Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts) 19 Yes John Riggins* (Washington Redskins) 3 Yes
Wide receiver Jerry Rice* (San Francisco 49ers) 26 Yes James Lofton* (Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills) 2 Yes
Steve Largent* (Seattle Seahawks) 22 Yes Art Monk* (Washington Redskins) 2 Yes
Tight end Kellen Winslow* (San Diego Chargers) 18½ Yes Ozzie Newsome* (Cleveland Browns) 2 Yes
Tackle Anthony Muñoz* (Cincinnati Bengals) 26 Yes Gary Zimmerman* (Minnesota Vikings) 7 Yes
Jimbo Covert (Chicago Bears) 8 No Joe Jacoby (Washington Redskins) 5 No
Guard John Hannah* (New England Patriots) 25 Yes Bill Fralic (Atlanta Falcons) 4 No
Russ Grimm* (Washington Redskins) 16 Yes Mike Munchak* (Houston Oilers) 3 Yes
Center Dwight Stephenson* (Miami Dolphins) 13 Yes Mike Webster* (Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs) 10 Yes

Defense[edit]

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Reggie White* (Philadelphia Eagles) 22 Yes Lee Roy Selmon* (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 3 Yes
Howie Long* (Los Angeles Raiders) 21 Yes Bruce Smith* (Buffalo Bills) 3 Yes
Defensive tackle Randy White* (Dallas Cowboys) 22 Yes Keith Millard (Minnesota Vikings) 7 No
Dan Hampton* (Chicago Bears) 12 Yes Dave Butz (Washington Redskins) 3 No
Middle linebacker Mike Singletary* (Chicago Bears) 21½ Yes Jack Lambert* (Pittsburgh Steelers) 4 Yes
Outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor* (New York Giants) 26 Yes Andre Tippett* (New England Patriots) 6 Yes
Ted Hendricks* (Los Angeles Raiders) 18 Yes Carl Banks (New York Giants) 1 No
John Anderson (Green Bay Packers) 1 No
Cornerback Mike Haynes* (New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders) 13 Yes Frank Minnifield (Cleveland Browns) 7 No
Mel Blount* (Pittsburgh Steelers) 9 Yes Lester Hayes (Los Angeles Raiders) 4 4 time finalist
Safety Ronnie Lott* (San Francisco 49ers) 23 Yes Deron Cherry (Kansas City Chiefs) 5 No
Kenny Easley (Seattle Seahawks) 11 No Nolan Cromwell (Los Angeles Rams) 4 No
Joey Browner (Minnesota Vikings) 4 No

Special teams[edit]

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Kicker Morten Andersen (New Orleans Saints) 12 1 time finalist Gary Anderson (Pittsburgh Steelers) 4 No
Eddie Murray (Detroit Lions) 4 No
Punter Sean Landeta (New York Giants) 8 No Reggie Roby (Miami Dolphins) 6 No
Kick Returner Mike Nelms (Washington Redskins) No Rick Upchurch (Denver Broncos) 5 No
Punt Returner Billy “White Shoes” Johnson (Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins) 13 No John Taylor (San Francisco 49ers) 3 No

Coach[edit]

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Coach Bill Walsh* (San Francisco 49ers) 19 Yes Chuck Noll* (Pittsburgh Steelers) 3 Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writers (1990-03-15). "Already A Player Of The '70s, Payton Honored For Play In '80s". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. UPI. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ "1980s ALL-DECADE TEAM". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ "All-NFL Team of the 1980s". USA Today. Gannett. 1990-03-15. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Finalist list". Pro Football Hall of Fame.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14.