National Football League 1990s All-Decade Team

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The NFL 1990s 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 1990s.[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. Only a person's performance in the 1990s was used as criteria for voting.[4]

Bruce Matthews, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Bruce Smith and Reggie White were unanimous choices. Deion Sanders and Mel Gray were the only players to make the team at two positions. Sanders was named first-team cornerback and punt returner while Gray made the second team as both a kick and punt returner. Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Ronnie Lott, Gary Zimmerman, Rice, Bruce Smith, and White were first named to the 1980s All-Decade Team. Larry Allen, Warren Sapp, and Willie Roaf were also named to the 2000s All-Decade Team.


Offense[edit]

0*0 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ¤ Finalist information updated through 2014 selection[5]
Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Quarterback John Elway* (Denver Broncos) Yes Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers) e-2016
Running Back Barry Sanders* (Detroit Lions) Yes Thurman Thomas* (Buffalo Bills) Yes
Emmitt Smith* (Dallas Cowboys) Yes Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos) No
Wide receiver Jerry Rice* (San Francisco 49ers) Yes Michael Irvin* (Dallas Cowboys) Yes
Cris Carter* (Minnesota Vikings) Yes Tim Brown (Los Angeles/ Oakland Raiders) 5 time
finalist
Tight end Shannon Sharpe* (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens) Yes Ben Coates (New England Patriots) No
Tackle Tony Boselli (Jacksonville Jaguars) No Willie Roaf* (New Orleans Saints) Yes
Gary Zimmerman* (Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos) Yes Richmond Webb (Miami Dolphins) No
Guard Bruce Matthews* (Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Oilers/ Tennessee Titans) Yes Larry Allen* (Dallas Cowboys) Yes
Randall McDaniel* (Minnesota Vikings) Yes Steve Wisniewski (Los Angeles/ Oakland Raiders) No
Center Dermontti Dawson* (Pittsburgh Steelers) Yes Mark Stepnoski (Dallas Cowboys, Houston/ Tennessee Oilers) No

Defense[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Bruce Smith* (Buffalo Bills) Yes Chris Doleman* (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers) Yes
Reggie White* (Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers) Yes Neil Smith (Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos) No
Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy* (Seattle Seahawks) Yes Warren Sapp (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Yes
John Randle* (Minnesota Vikings) Yes Bryant Young (San Francisco 49ers) No
Linebacker Junior Seau (San Diego Chargers) e-2015 Hardy Nickerson (Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) No
Derrick Thomas* (Kansas City Chiefs) Yes Cornelius Bennett (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts) No
Kevin Greene (Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers) 3 time
finalist
Levon Kirkland (Pittsburgh Steelers) No
Cornerback Deion Sanders* (Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys) Yes Darrell Green* (Washington Redskins) Yes
Rod Woodson* (Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens) Yes Aeneas Williams* (Phoenix/ Arizona Cardinals) Yes
Safety Steve Atwater (Denver Broncos, New York Jets) No Carnell Lake (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars) No
Ronnie Lott* (San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets) Yes LeRoy Butler (Green Bay Packers) No

Special teams[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Kicker Morten Andersen (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons) 1 time finalist Gary Anderson (Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings) No
Punter Darren Bennett (San Diego Chargers) No Sean Landeta (New York Giants, L.A./ St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles) No
Kick Returner Michael Bates (Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers) No Mel Gray (Detroit Lions, Houston/ Tennessee Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles) No
Punt Returner Deion Sanders* (Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys) Yes Mel Gray (Detroit Lions, Houston/ Tennessee Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles) No

Coach[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Coach Bill Parcells* (New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets) Yes Marv Levy* (Buffalo Bills) Yes

Key[edit]

  • Under "Hall of Fame" if a year is listed, e.g. "e-2013", that is the year player is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Offense". NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NFL selects All-Decade Team". Santa Fe New Mexican. 2000-07-25. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ "1990s ALL-DECADE TEAM". NFL.com. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  4. ^ "1990s ALL DECADE TEAM". Packers.com. Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2000-07-25. Retrieved 2009-02-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Finalist list". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10.