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How Well Do You Remember the Best NFL Players of the 80s?
by John Miller
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Forget 21st century NFL football. After all, this era is mostly stained by the puke-inducing rampage of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Let’s step back into a grittier age, before basketball-on-turf overtook the gruesome power game of the ‘80s NFL. Do you think you really know anything about the best players of the 1980s?

Back then, the shotgun snap was still a futuristic quirk. Guys like Dan Marino and Joe “Cool” lined up under center wondering if they’d pass for a first down or wind up crushed under the massive fists of Bruce Smith or Randy White. Do you remember the offensive dynamos and defensive monsters who ruled the ‘80s?

As in the current era, dynasties were a thing in the 1980s. But what do you really know about the men who made the 49ers, Redskins and Bears tick? Do you remember their nicknames and their records? Some of them leveraged their stats to make the Hall of Fame, and others went on to lucrative Hollywood and broadcasting careers.

From Dan Marino to John Hannah to Jerry Rice, there was no shortage stars in the ‘80s NFL. Grab the pigskin and go — let’s see if you dodge the rush or get snowed under by the Minister of Defense!

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