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 the only unanimous choices, being named on all 26 ballots. John Hannah was next, followed by Joe Montana tallied 24½ votes, Walter Payton 23½, Ronnie Lott had 23.

Walter Payton and Ted Hendricks were all eitherchoices 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


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) 1 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) 18 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 3 time finalist
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


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 Yes 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 Yes 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


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


  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". 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 Retrieved 2012-09-14.