Zimmerman, Paul
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p22
Last things first: If I had my way, my alltime pro football Dream team would include, besides the starters, five specialists for situation substitution-then I'd be ready to take on the world with depth as well as class. Here they are: the Colts' Raymond Berry, extra wideout, the finest possession receiver I've ever seen; the Packers' Forrest Gregg, finesse tackle, to handle the speed rushers; the Steelers' Jack Ham, outside linebacker, for pass defense; the Packers' Willie Wood, free safety, for long-yardage situations; and the 49ers' Joe Montana, quarterback, to enter the game when it switches eras, from old to modern. Shell is the power tackle, a narrow choice over the Eagles' Bob (Boomer) Brown, and Mix is the finesse tackle. Johnny Unitas was the No. 1 quarterback in the pre-1978 era, when the receivers were getting bumped all the way downfield. Tombstone Jackson of the Broncos will never make the Hall of Fame because his career was cut short by a knee injury in '72, but in his prime he was the very best run-pass defensive end the game has seen. Finally, to coach the Dream Team...Vince Lombardi. No one would be counting his paycheck with Vince around.


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