11. John Hannah
John Hannah plays the unheralded position of guard, but it is one of the most important positions in an offense, and Hannah might have been the best. A fourth overall draft pick to first-ballot Hall of Famer, Hannah had one hell of a career with the New England Patriots.
Hannah went to nine different Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro on 10 different occasions. The NFL Player’s Association named him the Offensive Lineman of the Year four times during his 13 year career. Sports Illustrated even labeled him “The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time” on its August 3, 1981, cover.
Hannah’s lone shot at a Super Bowl came in 1985 when the Patriots met the Chicago Bears. It had the writing of a potential storybook ending, being the final game of Hannah’s professional career.
But the Patriots were overmatched, he was the lone Hall of Famer on an offense that faced a Bears defense anchored by three Hall of Famers. The Bears would go on to steamroll the Patriots 42-10 to win, leaving Hannah without a ring.
He did have the distinction of being the first Patriots player to ever be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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