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The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Posted on: February 8, 2008 10:14 am
 

Ok, here is the deal, every Friday I will post a new Blog in which we will choose the greatest player ever at a certain position. Untill the next position is posted CBS members may vote for who they think the greatest ever is, at the end of the voting I will calculate everyones votes and will add that player to The Greatest Team Ever. I hope lots of you participate because I think this could be fun. I will try to post a running tally in a comment every day.

4th Possition - MLB      Vote for the best Middle Linebacker of all time!! Please post your vote in a comment, if you wish to give some insight on your choice feel free to do so. Please start your post with the players name, and please make sure that you are naming someone who played the position being voted for that week, as those are the only votes that will count..........So who our Middle LInebacker?

CBS SPORTSLINE GREATEST EVER TEAM

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C-                        Mike Webster                    Pittsburgh Steelers                   46 votes              3448+  views

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ST1-                   Steve Tasker                       Buffalo Bills                                 28 votes               675+ views

ST2-                    Bill Bates                              Dallas Cowboys                            7 votes              675+ views

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Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2008 5:12 am
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Sadly i didnt live in the era of Butkus or Lambert.....i have several favorite middle linebackers like Byron Cox and Ken Norton Jr. but the best that i have seen is RAY LEWIS.   he is the best of the modern day MLB's  and if i had one mlb to pick to help me get to the super bowl it would be him.

so my vote RAY LEWIS




Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 3:19 am
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

I picked Butkus over Singletary because I remember my Dad telling me stories of how he watched him when he was growing up, and how he didn't back down from anyone.  He was a force to reckon with.  He'd play through numerous injuries, and have monster games playing with those injuries.  The thing I really enjoyed about Mike Singletary was when he was about to hit someone, you'd see those eyes of his just glare the ball carrier down.  The running back knew he was in for a pounding. 

I agree as it was mentioned earlier.  The best linebacker in this era is Ray Lewis.  He is just hands down above the rest.




Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 1:05 am
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Dick Butkus



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2008 12:56 am
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Dick Butkus.  Hands down the best.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:56 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Nice to see some really great names on your earlier & "my bad" posts, King.  I especially enjoyed seeing Tommy Nobis being down in the Greater Atlanta area.  While he's not truly in the class of Butkus, he too was all alone on that expansion Falcons team.  He was a much, much better college player.  He averaged like 20 tackles/game at Texas.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:34 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Insert Nitschke at #6, #8 Ray Lewis...my bad.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:24 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

#1 Dick Butkus

Butkus is the standard by which all others are judged. The
hardest hitting, most feared defender ever!!!!!!!!
Other elites worthy of consideration:
#2   Willie Lanier
#3   Mike Singletary
#4   Chuck Bednarik
#5   Jack Lambert
#6   Sam Huff
#7   Harry Carson
#8   Nick Buoniconti
#9   Lee Roy Jordan
#10 Tommy Nobis



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:07 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Are we including inside LB's of 3-4's? Either way though I go :

  1. Jack Lambert
  2. Dick Butkis
  3. Ray Lewis
  4. Ray Nitsche
  5. Mike Singeltary
  6. Willie Lanier
  7. Junior Seau
  8. Sam Mills
  9. Harry Carson
  10. Does Urlacher start creeping in to the picture here?



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 7:26 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Of those mentioned Butkus, for the majority of his career, did not play with players as good as Nitschkie Lanier Lambert or Harry Carson.

I gave the edge to Lambert as he was the best pass defender of all of those under consideration. His supporting cast all around the defense was phenomenal.


The debate would also be for Butkus is he didn't really have a supporting cast for the Bears but was still dominate

Actually it wouldn't really mattered if he didn't play with those players considering they all were on the defensive side of the ball?

I loved the Steelers of 70's but they together were collectively a great unit, so were the Bears of the 85 and Mike Singletary at MLB, but Butkus raised havoc as a solo act and while teams double and tripled teamed him, there was no true support like a Joe Greene.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2008 6:05 pm
 

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A Middle LB

Hawkman,

It was my pleasure to post the link. It is amazing how few LB's are in the HOF.

Being older has it's advantages when it comes to naming the best ever. I got to see all those mentioned play.

Mike Curtis was down right crazy Hawkman. He is most famous for leveling a fan who ran out onto the field



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