Earl Monroe, Class of 1962
Teams: Bullets, 1968-72; Knicks, 1972-80.
All-Star Game: Three times.
All-NBA: First team once.
Notes: Averaged 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists . . . Best
scoring average: 25.8 in 1969 . . .
Averaged 17.9 points in 82 playoffs . . . Played in 926 games . . . Won NBA
title with Knicks in '73 . . . Listed among Top 50 all-time players in '96 . . .
Hall of Fame inductee.
Willie McClung, Class of 1951
College: Florida A&M.
Teams: Steelers, 1955-57; Browns, 1958-59; Lions, 1960-61.
Notes: Made 55 starts in 74 career games while spending time on both
sides of the line . . . Recovered five fumbles in his career . . . Made
his NFL debut at age 25 . . . Appeared in one playoff game in 1958.
Teams: Red Sox, 1987-92; Rangers, 1995; Mariners, 1996-08.
Notes: Though rarely started, he was able to play for 10 years and make
it back to the majors after a two-year gap. Stroked 241 hits in 871 at-bats for
an average of ,241 . . . Also had 11 home runs and 72 RBI . . . Played in 301
Raheem Brock, Class of 1997
Teams: Colts, 2002-09; Seahawks, 2010-11.
Notes: Started in 104 of his 152 career games . . . Started in 69 games from
2003 through 2008 . . . 269 of his 364 career tackles were solos. Also
recorded 55 TFL . . . Best season for tackles was 51 was 2005 . . . Was
drafted by the Eagles . . . Made 61 tackles in 18 playoff
appearances . . . Won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts.
Tom "Trooper" Washington, Class of
Teams: Pipers, 1968-70; Stars, 1971; Floridians, 1971; Nets, 1972-73.
All-Star Team: Once.
Notes: Averaged 10.6 points and 10.0 rebounds over his all-in-the ABA
career . . . Played in 426 games . . . Shot 53.2 percent from the floor
. . . Led the league in shooting percentage in 2968 (.52.3) and 1970
(55.0) . . . Best season for rebounds was 12.6 in 1969 . . . Made
All-Rookie team in 1968 and won a championship in that same season.
Jahri Evans, Ckass of 2001
Team: Saints, 2006-16; Packers, 2017.
Pro Bowl: Six times.
All-Pro: Four times.
Notes: Was a starter in all 183 of his ganes . . .
Prior to the
2010 season, he became the NFL's highest paid interior lineman . . . Was drafted
by the Eagles, who quickly traded him to the Saints . . . Won Super Bowl XLIV
with the Saints as Drew Brees passed 32-for-39 for 288 yards and two TDs.
Fred "Mad Dog" Carter, Class of 1963
College: Mount St. Mary's
Teams: Bullets, 1970-72; 76ers, 1972-77; Bucks, 1977.
All-Star Game: None.
Notes: Averaged 15.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists . . . Best
average: 21.9 in 1975 . . . Averaged 15.9 in 28 playoffs . . . Played in 611
Lance Johnstone, Class of 1991
Teams: Raiders, 1996-00; Vikings, 2001-05; Raiders, 2005.
Notes: Made 80 starts in 166 career games . . . 305 of his 386 career
tackles were solos . . . Recovered three fumbles and returned three for
touchdowns . . . In 1999, 11 of his 46 tackles went for losses.
Leroy Kelly, Class of 1960
Simon Gratz / Morgan State
Team: Browns, 1964-73.
Pro Bowl: Six times.
All-Pro: Six times.
Notes: Generated 12,329 combined yards (7,274 rushing, 2,281 receiving,
2,774 on returns) while scoring 90 total TDs . . . Won NFL rushing title in '67
and '68 . . . Hall of Fame inductee in 1994.
Larry Cannon, Class of 1965
Teams: Floridians, 1970; Rockets, 1971; Pros, 1972; Pacers, 1972/74;
Notes: Averaged 28.8 minutes in 213 games . . . Produced 16.6 PPG along
with 3.6 assists . . . In his best season (1971) he averaged 26.6 points
while shooting 44 percent from the floor . . . Also dealt 5.2 assists in
James Brown, Class of 1987
College: Virginia State
Teams: Jets, 1993-95; Dolphins, 1996-99; Browns, 2000.
Notes: Made 86 starts in 114 games . . . Lived in the starting lineup for
five seasons (1995-99) . . . Appeared in five playoffs . . . Prominent
among the QBs he protected: Dan Marino,
Northeast (8th & Lehigh)
Herb Adderley, Class of 1957
College: Michigan State
Teams: Packers, 1961-'69; Cowboys, 1970-'72.
Pro Bowl: Five times.
All-Pro: Five times.
Notes: Star player for three Super Bowl champs (Packers in I and II,
in VI) and one runner-up (Cowboys in V) . . . Returned 48 career interceptions
for 1,046 yards and seven TDs . . . Hall of Fame inductee in 1980.
Northeast (Cottman & Algon)
Brent Grimes, Class of 2001
Teams: Falcons, 2007-12; Dolphins, 2013-15; Buccaneers, 2016-18.
Pro Bowl: Four times.
Notes: Recorded 500 solos among 573 tackles . . . Also made 33
interceptions and returned them for 461 yards . . . Rallied strong in 2013 after suffering a serious injury in
'12 . . . Broke up 23 passes in 2010 and 24 (tops in NFL) in 2016 .
Del Ennis, Class of 1943
Teams: Phillies, 1946-56; Cardinals, 1957-58; Reds, 1959; White Sox, 1959.
All-Star Game: Three times.
Notes: Batted .284 with 288 homers and 1,284 RBI . . . Played in 1,903
games . . . Led the National League in RBI with 126 in 1950. Also notched at
least 100 RBI in six other seasons . . . Played in four postseason games, hitting .143 with no homers/RBI.
Wilt Chamberlain, Class of 1955
Teams: Warriors, 1960-65; 76ers, 1965-68; Lakers, 1969-73.
All-Star Game: 13 times.
All-NBA: First team seven times.
Notes: Considered by many the best player in NBA history . . . Averaged
30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists . . . Best scoring average: 50.4
in 1962 . . . Averaged 22.5 points in 160 playoffs . . . Played in 1,045 games .
. . Won NBA title with 76ers in '67 and Lakers in '72 . . . Listed among
Top 50 all-time players in '96 . . . Hall of Fame inductee.
Jesse Richardson, Class of 1949
Teams: Eagles, 1953-56/'58-61; Patriots, 1962-64.
Pro Bowl: Once.
Notes: Made 110 starts in 139 career games . . . The Sporting News named him a first team All-NFL performer in
'59 and '61; United Press International gave him second team honors in '60
. . . Key performer for Eagles' '60 NFL champs. Also played for Patriots' AFL
runner-up . . . Most prominent QB he protected: Norm Van Brocklin.
Lionel Simmons, Class of 1986
College: La Salle.
Teams: Kings, 1991-97.
Notes: Averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds . . . Made 307 starts in 454
games . . . Was a sub just twice in first four seasons . . . Career was
then hampered by injury . . . Averaged 18.0, 17.1, 17.9 and 15.1
points in the first four seasons . . . Made the All-Rookie Team in 1991.
Jameel McClain, Class of 2003
Teams: Ravens, 2008-13, Giants, 2014.
Notes: Made 69 starts in 103 career games . . . Made 298 solos among 448
tackles . . . Best season was his last with 117 tackles, 75 solos and 42
assists . . . Notched 20 tackles in 11 playoffs . . . Played in the AFC
championship game in 2009 (team then won Super Bowl).
Ray Scott, Class of 1956
College: Portland (drafted out of Eastern Basketball League)
Teams: Pistons, 1962-67; Bullets, 1967-70; Squires, 1971-72.
All-Star Game: None.
Notes: Averaged a combined 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in
the NBA and ABA . . . Best scoring average: 17.9 in 1966 . . . Averaged 13.8 points
in 48 combined playoffs . . . Played in 811 combined games.