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No. 10: Doug Atkins

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The 6-8 high jumper went to Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, but his freakish skills soon grabbed the attention of the football coach, and Atkins earned All-America honors as a football standout. He was the No. 11 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1953, but he forged his Hall of Fame career with the Bears from 1955-66. The dominant defensive end was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro one season.