Out of all the numbers we’ve done so far, 69 may have been the hardest one because there aren’t many players available. Ultimately, I chose to go with Mark Schlereth, despite the fact he was a Washington Redskin.
Schlereth was drafted by the skins in 1989 and played there through the 1994 season. Then in 1995, he went to the Denver Broncos where he played for the final five years of his career and helped block for John Elway.
He was named to two Pro Bowls, won three Super Bowls and was named to the Denver Broncos 50th Anniversary Team.
Choosing the best of the 70s is no easy task. Football players who wear numbers in the 70s are usually offensive and defensive linemen. Both O-linemen and D-lineman are different kinds of breads. They are amongst some of the most underrated players in the game.
Sure guys like Bruce Smith and Mean Joe Green tore apart offenses and gave opposing quarterbacks nightmares, but unlike O-lineman, they get have stats to give them some acknowledgment. That’s what it’s hard to compare Smith with someone like Larry Allen or Green with someone like Rayfield Wright.
Having said that, it came down between Allen and Smith for me and as a Cowboys fan, it’s hard not to choose Allen. In truth though, Smith probably can’t handle losing to a Cowboy again, and he knows all to well what it’s like to finish in second place.
Because of that reason combined with the fact he’s the All-time leader in sacks, it’s only right to name Smith the best of the 70s. If you’re not convinced, just take a look at the highlight video above. Even though it’s an old video, it’s still relevant. In fact, because it’s so old might make it even more relevant seeing as Smith only improved his career after the the time the video was filmed. Still not convince, let me hear your thoughts.