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All-Time Greatness

Posted on: April 16, 2010 12:58 pm
In 1966, the NFL began a yearly tradition know as the Super Bowl and a league phenomenon began. Since that historical season, many great accomplishments have been forged. One of the most intriguing accomplishments is the rare occasion when a player dominates the league while leading in completions(for quarterbacks), attempts, yards, and touchdowns. This has happened a total of 20 times since the inception of the Super Bowl.

Many greats of the game have accrued this feat. 8 times a quarterback, 9 times a running back, and 3 times a receiver have performed at this level. The most recent quarterback to perform this task was Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints in 2008. He went 413 for 635 with 5069 yards and 34 touchdown passes. The latest running back to accomplish the feat was Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. He carried the ball 370 times for 1880 yards and 27 touchdown rushes. In that same year, Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers caught 103 passes for 1563 yards and 12 touchdown receptions. Only 4 times have two players accomplished the same feat in the same season. Never has there been a complete sweep.

Although accruing such heights is a great accomplishment, 3 players have accomplished the feat in two different seasons. Leroy Kelly of the Cleveland Browns did it in back-to-back seasons in 1967 and 1968 as a running back. O.J. Simpson accrued the task in 1973 and 1975 as a running back for the Buffalo Bills. And Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino accomplished the feat in 1984 and 1986. This trend is becoming increasingly difficult to perform, as the number of achievements has gone from 5 times in the 1980's, to 4 times in the 1990's, and only 3 times in the 2000's.

Here is a list of players who have done the rare achievement: 1967 QB Sonny Jurgenson; 1967 RB Leroy Kelly; 1968 RB Leroy Kelly; 1971 QB John Hadl; 1973 QB Roman Gabriel; 1973 RB O.J. Simpson; 1975 RB O.J. Simpson; 1977 RB Walter Payton; 1980 RB Earl Campbell; 1981 QB Dan Fouts; 1984 QB Dan Marino; 1986 QB Dan Marino; 1987 RB Charles White; 1990 QB Warren Moon; 1990 WR Jerry Rice; 1992 WR Sterling Sharpe; 1995 RB Emmitt Smith; 2005 RB Shaun Alexander; 2005 WR Steve Smith; and 2008 QB Drew Brees.
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