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NEW YORK -- Joe Montana may have been hailed as the NFL's
greatest quarterback when inducted into the Pro Football Hall of
Fame. But he gives way to John Unitas on the NFL's All-Time team.
The team is an eclectic group, pairing Walter Payton and Jim
Brown in the backfield and Don Hutson and Jerry Rice, who played 60
years apart, at wide receiver.
It includes four members of the Pittsburgh Steelers who won four
Super Bowls in the 1970s -- center Mike Webster, defensive tackle
Joe Greene, linebacker Jack Ham and cornerback Mel Blount -- but
nobody from Vince Lombardi's Packers of the '50s and '60s. Those
teams won five NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls.
The team features three active players -- Rice, Reggie White and
Deion Sanders -- and is heavily weighted with players from the last
The team was chosen by the 36 Pro Football Hall of Fame voters
and will be featured in "NFL's Greatest," a book that will be
The team starts with Unitas, the former Colts' star, at
quarterback. Brown, who played for Cleveland, and Payton, the
former Bear, make up the backfield.
Rice, who has played for San Francisco since 1985 is paired at
wide receiver with Hutson, who starred for Green Bay in the 1930s.
The offensive tackles are Anthony Munoz, who played for the
Bengals in the '80s and '90s, and Roosevelt Brown, a star for the
Giants in the '50s and '60s.
The guards are John Hannah of the Patriots of the '70s and '80s
and Jim Parker, who played with Unitas on the Colts of the '50s and
The defensive line includes White, who signed with Carolina last
week after retiring after the 1998 season; Greene; Deacon Jones of
the '70s Rams; and Bob Lilly of the '70s Cowboys.
The linebackers are Ham, Dick Butkus of the Bears of the '60s
and '70s and Lawrence Taylor, who starred for the Giants in the
'80s and early '90s.
The defensive backs are Blount, Dick "Night Train" Lane of the
Lions of the '50s; Ronnie Lott, the former 49er inducted into the
Hall of Fame last week; and Larry Wilson, who starred for the
Cardinals from 1960-72.
Jan Stenerud, the former Chief, is the kicker; former Bear Gale
Sayers is the kick returner; former Raider Ray Guy is the punter;
Sanders is the punt returner; and Steve Tasker of the Bills, is the
special teams player.