Know Your DB History: Darren Sharper

Darren Sharper is a former NFL safety who played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints over the course of his 14-year career. Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1975, Sharper attended Hermitage High School, where he excelled in both football and track...

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Know Your DB History: Mel Blount

Mel Blount is a name that will forever be associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers and their success in the 1970s. Widely considered one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history, Blount’s legacy is defined by his physicality, toughness, and unparalleled ability to s...

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Know Your DB History: Ty Law

By now the New England Patriots have developed a nice reputation for developing and producing solid cornerbacks in the National Football League.  However,  there is an entire generation that doesn’t know or won’t remember the man who kicked it all off.&nb...

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Know Your DB History: Ronde Barber

When it comes to defensive backs we tend to fall in love with the physical specimens.  We become dazzled by the fast runners,  the high jumpers and the well put together.  In time though,  we are forced to respect those who play the game the way it should b...

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Know Your DB History: Ken Riley Cincinnati Bengals

Comb through the career interception leaders for the National Football League and sitting right there at number five is a guy by the name of Ken Riley.  Bet you never heard of him huh.  Well NFL quarterbacks throughout the 1970’s sure knew who he was. Despite b...

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Know Your DB History: Dre Bly

I have a treat for all of my sub 6 footers playing corner today.  This one is long overdue but it is here now.  If there was one guy that played this game that knew how to get his hands on the football consistently,  it was the one featured in this post. Lost an...

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Know Your DB History: Asante Samuel

The NFL has had it’s fair share of outstanding defensive backs that’s for sure.  Some receive more notoriety than others for any number of reasons.  One that is perhaps a little underrated is Asante Samuel. Samuel grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and at...

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Know Your DB History: Troy Polamalu

Many of our most recent generation may only know Troy Polamalu for his hair but he was so much more than that on the football field. Though he was born in California,  Polamalu played his high school football in the state of Oregon.  Oregon is hardly a hotbed for col...

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Know Your DB History: Steve Atwater

Before Kam Chancellor patrolled around the Seattle Seahawks secondary looking huge and unleashing pain on wide receivers and running backs trying to advance the football down the field,  there was another big safety that wrecked guys who liked the carry the football. ...

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Know Your DB History | Eric Allen

One of the more overlooked defensive backs in the history of our game is the one I am featuring today.  When you had 54 career interceptions as a pro your name should be circulated more when talking about the greats but that’s just not the case. Most young defensive...

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