National Football League 1950s All-Decade Team

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This is a list of all NFL players who had outstanding performances throughout the 1950s and have been compiled together into this fantasy group. The team was selected by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame retroactively in 1969 to mark the league's 50th anniversary.[1]

Information referenced from the Hall of Fame website[2]
Position Player College Team(s) Years Hall of Fame Class


Quarterback Graham, Otto Otto Graham Northwestern Cleveland Browns [N1] 1946–55 1965
Layne, Bobby Bobby Layne Texas Chicago Bears 1948 1967
New York Bulldogs 1949
Detroit Lions 1950–58
Pittsburgh Steelers 1958–62
Van Brocklin, Norm Norm Van Brocklin Oregon Los Angeles Rams 1949–57 1971
Philadelphia Eagles 1958–60
Halfback Gifford, Frank Frank Gifford USC New York Giants 1952–60, 1962–64 1977
Matson, Ollie Ollie Matson San Francisco Chicago Cardinals 1952, 1954–58 1972
Los Angeles Rams 1959–62
Detroit Lions 1963
Philadelphia Eagles 1964–66
McElhenny, Hugh Hugh McElhenny Washington San Francisco 49ers 1952–60 1970
Minnesota Vikings 1961–62
New York Giants 1963
Detroit Lions 1964
Moore, Lenny Lenny Moore Penn State Baltimore Colts 1956–67 1975
Fullback Ameche, Alan Alan Ameche Wisconsin Baltimore Colts 1955–60 Not Inducted
Perry, Joe Joe Perry Compton Junior College San Francisco 49ers[N1] 1948–60, 1963 1969
Baltimore Colts 1961–62
End Berry, Raymond Raymond Berry Southern Methodist Baltimore Colts 1955–67 1973
Fears, Tom Tom Fears Santa Clara
Los Angeles Rams 1948–56 1970
Walston, Bobby Bobby Walston Georgia Philadelphia Eagles 1951–62 Not Inducted
Halfback-End Hirsch, Elroy "Crazy Legs"Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch Wisconsin
Chicago Rockets [N1] 1946–48 1968
Los Angeles Rams 1949–57
Tackle Brown, Roosevelt Roosevelt Brown Morgan State New York Giants 1953–65 1975
St. Clair, Bob Bob St. Clair San Francisco
San Francisco 49ers 1953–63 1990
Guard Barwegan, Dick Dick Barwegan Purdue New York Yankees [N1] 1947 Not Inducted
Baltimore Colts[N1] 1948–49
Chicago Bears 1950–52
Baltimore Colts 1953–54
Parker, Jim Jim Parker Ohio State Baltimore Colts 1957–67 1973
Stanfel, Dick Dick Stanfel San Francisco Detroit Lions 1952–55 2016
Washington Redskins 1956–58
Center Bednarik, Chuck Chuck Bednarik Pennsylvania Philadelphia Eagles 1949–62 1967
Kicker Groza, LouLou Groza Ohio State Cleveland Browns[N1] 1949–59, 1961–67 1974


End Ford, Len Len Ford Morgan State
Los Angeles Dons[N1] 1948–49 1976
Cleveland Browns 1950–57
Green Bay Packers 1958
Marchetti, Gino Gino Marchetti San Francisco Dallas Texans[N1] 1952 1972
Baltimore Colts 1953–64, 1966
Tackle Donovan, Art Art Donovan Boston College Baltimore Colts 1950 1968
New York Yanks 1951
Dallas Texans 1952
Baltimore Colts 1953–61
Nomellini, Leo Leo Nomellini Minnesota San Francisco 49ers 1950–63 1969
Stautner, ErnieErnie Stautner Boston College Pittsburgh Steelers 1950–63 1969
Linebacker Fortunato, Joe Joe Fortunato VMI
Mississippi State
Chicago Bears 1955–66 Not Inducted
George, Bill Bill George Wake Forest Chicago Bears 1952–65 1974
Los Angeles Rams 1966
Huff, Sam Sam Huff West Virginia New York Giants 1956–63 1974
Washington Redskins 1964–67, 1969
Schmidt, JoeJoe Schmidt Pittsburgh Detroit Lions 1953–1965 1973
Halfback Butler, Jack Jack Butler St. Bonaventure Pittsburgh Steelers 1951–59 2012
Lane, Dick "Night Train"Dick "Night Train" Lane Scottsbluff Junior College Los Angeles Rams 1952–1953 1974
Chicago Cardinals 1954–59
Detroit Lions 1960–65
Safety Christiansen, Jack Jack Christiansen Colorado State Detroit Lions 1951–58 1970
Lary, Yale Yale Lary Texas A&M Detroit Lions 1952–53, 1956–64 1979
Tunnell, Emlen Emlen Tunnell Toledo
New York Giants 1948–58 1967
Green Bay Packers 1959–61


N1 Team that belonged to the All-America Football Conference for at least part of the player's tenure [3]


  1. ^ "Graham, Huff on All-1950s Pro Football Selections". Racine Sunday Bulletin. August 31, 1969. p. 6C – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "NFL's All Decade Team of the 1950's". Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Famers: Yearly Finalists". Retrieved 16 February 2013.