Sunday, January 29, 2012
Poll: Who tops your Any Era team?
By Jamison Hensley
The AFC North dominated the top of ESPN's Any Era team, which was unveiled last week. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis topped the list and was followed by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Now, it's your turn. The AFC North blog wants to know which player tops your Any Era team. Here's what the Hall of Fame players are saying about the top three:
Jim Brown on Ray Lewis: “Ray Lewis embodies everything that a player should have and more because not only does he fulfill his role, but he helps everybody else on the team. He has a great heart, and his mental toughness is as good as it gets. You don’t want to have a physical tough guy without him being mentally tough and having heart, which means he can hang in there and give up a certain part of himself that other people are afraid to give up.”
Warren Moon on Troy Polamalu: "Troy Polamalu is a throwback player. Tough, hard-nosed, does whatever is asked, throws his body around. He throws it around so much that he gets hurt and knocks himself out with concussions. But when he gets hurt, they have to hide his helmet to keep him off the field. He will give you everything he's got. He is one of the nicest guys off the field and he turns into the Tasmanian Devil on it."
Dwight Stephenson on Ben Roethlisberger: "Love him or hate him, Big Ben is one of the toughest, gutsiest players in all of the NFL. Last year he breaks his nose and it is sitting under his left eye socket. The trainer bends it back straight, throws some tape on it, he plays a couple of plays with a mask on, doesn't like the mask, rips it off and goes back in and plays."
ESPN.com is also giving you a chance to rank the top 20 players on the Any Era team.