Monday, May 29, 2017

[OC] In honor of today's patriotic holiday, here's the best roster I could construct using players who have the first initial and last name of a U.S. President


QB: Wade Wilson, Vikings (1981-1991) - Deadpool jokes aside, Wilson was a solid backup for the first half of the 80s who transitioned into a decent QB in the latter half of the decade, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 1988. He would also play for most of the 90s with various teams, such as the Falcons and Saints. He has been the QB coach for the Dallas Cowboys since 2007, so he deserves some credit for the development of Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.

RB1: Larry Johnson, Chiefs (2003-2009) - The successor to Priest Holmes, Johnson picked up where he left off, rushing for two consecutive 1750-yard seasons, the latter in 2006 earning him a first-team All-Pro selection. However, after 2006, in which he took a staggering 416 attempts, he was never the same. He finished his career with 1427 attempts for 6223 yards and 55 TDs.

RB2: Andy Johnson, Patriots (1974-1982) - One piece of the most rushing yards by a team in a season, as the 1976 Patriots rushed for 2948 yards, helped along by Johnson's 699 yards. Never became a workhorse in the Patriots system, finished his career with 491 attempts for 2017 yards and 13 TDs.

RB3: Andrew Jackson, Oilers (1987) - A replacement player during the strike, although he impressed enough to get touches in two other games after the strike ended. Finished with 232 rushing yards and 1 TD on 60 attempts.

FB: Garrett Ford, Broncos (1968) - He started 3 games for Denver that season, rushing for 186 yards and 1 TD on 41 attempts. He eventually got a coaching job with West Virginia University, making him the first ever African-American to serve on that coaching staff. He eventually got as high up as assistant athletic director at the university.

WR1: Andre Johnson, Texans (2003-2014) - Will probably be the Texans' first representative in the Hall of Fame, earning two first-team All-Pro selections in 2008 and 2009, consecutive 1500-yard seasons for Johnson. He also made seven Pro Bowls. Retired mid-season last year with a career of 1062 receptions, 14185 yards and 70 TDs. He is 11th all-time in career receiving yards.

WR2: Gene Washington, 49ers (1969-1977) - Was a favorite receiver of John Brodie early on, and got three first-team All-Pros in his first four seasons, a feat only matched by Jerry Rice in the Super Bowl era among WRs. His best season was 1100 yards and 12 TDs in 1970, which helped Brodie to his MVP year. Finished career with 385 receptions, 6856 yards, 60 TDs.

WR3: Gene Washington, Vikings (1967-1972) - Was a first-team All-Pro in 1969 with 821 yards and 9 TDs. Also made a Pro Bowl in 1970. Finished career with 182 receptions, 3237 yards, 26 TDs.

WR4: Alfred Jackson, Falcons (1978-1984) - Solid if unimpressive stats, finally getting a starting gig in 1982. Finished career with 187 receptions, 3001 yards, 21 TDs. His Houston investment firm was hit with a massive lawsuit in 2015.

TE1: Lonnie Johnson, Bills (1994-1998) - He was the starting tight end for the transition era between Jim Kelly and Todd Collins, and served as a solid security blanket, recording three 40-reception seasons. He finished his career with 163 receptions for 1587 yards and 6 TDs.

TE2: Jerell Adams, Giants (2016-present) - Put in a decent rookie year for New York last season, recording 16 receptions, 122 yards and 1 TD.

H-back: John Adams, Bears (1959-1962) - Finished with 99 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 264 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs. Ripped off a 62-yard rush once.

LT: Art Johnson, Eskimos (1923-1926) - Not much about him, other than he started eight games with the legendary 1926 Eskimos, which boasted future HOFers Ernie Nevers, Johnny "Blood" McNally and Walt Kiesling.

LG: Jeff Adams, Texans (2014-2015) - Started two games for Houston in 2015. Signed with the Jets this offseason. His middle name is Goggin.

C: Al Johnson, Cowboys (2004-2006) - Started his first two years in the league opening lanes for Julius Jones. Also started 14 games for the Cardinals in 2007. Currently a graduate assistant on the University of Wisconsin coaching staff.

RG: John Adams, Redskins (1945-1949) - A little hard to find info on offensive linemen from the 1940s, but he did receive first-team All-Pro honors from Pro Football Illustrated in 1945 and 1946.

RT: Lane Johnson, Eagles (2013-present) - A 4th overall pick in the draft, Johnson hasn't exactly taken the league by storm, but he has started all games he's been available for, that is when he isn't suspended for performance enhancing drugs.

DE: Julius Adams, Patriots (1971-1987) - A career New Englander, he started 16 games even in his age 35 season and is still in third place among games played for the franchise (behind Tom Brady and Bruce Armstrong). He was famous for blocking a Dolphins field goal attempt in the Snow Plow game in 1982. He held on to see the Patriots' first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and retired after the Bears smacked them to oblivion (Adams came back for one more season in 1987.) While the stat was not officially kept for most of his playing time, he reportedly finished his career with 79.5 sacks.

DT1: Jimmy Kennedy, Rams (2003-2006) - Was picked with the 12th overall pick in the draft and earned a starting job by 2005. Would later get a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in 2011 after making stops in Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville. Finished his career with 8.5 sacks and 95 solo tackles.

DT2: Antonio Johnson, Colts (2008-2012) - Solid nose tackle, starter for three years with the Colts. Got three sacks in his final NFL season with the Titans in 2013 before retiring. Finished with career 98 solo tackles and 4.5 sacks.

DT3: Greg Cleveland, Dolphins (1987) - Played in 2 games during the strike.

LOLB: Rudy Hayes, Steelers (1959-1962) - Played 28 games with the team. An unconfirmed story floats that after recovering from a knee injury sustained earlier in the season and playing in a game against the Cardinals, he went on a celebratory hunting trip with Buzz Nutter and Clendon Thomas and suffered a heart attack that ended his football career.

ILB1: Jim Carter, Packers (1970-1978) - Being tasked with replacing a legend such as Ray Nitschke was is no easy task, but Carter was fine at the position, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 1973 and serving as the team's starter for most of the 1970s. He finished his careeer with 6 interceptions. He was recently in the news for having a 1976 sexual harassment claim brought up during his candidacy for the University of Minnesota's governing board last year.

ILB2: Bob Harrison, 49ers (1959-1961, 1965-1967) - Finished his career with five interceptions, and while he never got accolades, he hung around the league for a while. Later became the inaugural coach of the Arena Football League's Washington Commandos. Harrison died last year.

ILB3: Andrew Jackson, Colts (2014) - A Western Kentucky grad drafted in the sixth round, he played in 13 games his rookie year and all three playoff games, including the AFC Championship game against the Patriots in which he recorded two tackles. Pro Football Focus even named him on their All-Rookie team. However, after his second DUI in less than a year, combined with the timing of the arrest being about a week after teammate Josh McNary was accused of drunken rape, led to Jackson being released. He didn't find another job until this season, signing with the Spokane Empire of the Indoor Football League.

ROLB: Alonzo Johnson, Eagles (1986-1987) - Was an All-American at the University of Florida and is still considered one of the best linebackers in the university's history. Had an excellent rookie season, recording three interceptions and a sack in nine starts. Entered a drug rehab program during the 1987 season and never played another down.

OLB: Thad Jefferson, Oilers (1987) - A replacement player during the strike. No NFL stats but three interceptions at the University of Hawaii.

CB1: Levi Johnson, Lions (1973-1977) - A lost name in football history, Johnson was on his way to establishing himself as the latest in a line of dominant Lions cornerbacks after Dick LeBeau and Lem Barney. In 1976, his last full-time year, he picked off six passes for 206 interception yards. However, in 1977 he suffered a torn Achilles tendon and his career was over. He finished his career with 21 interceptions and 3 TDs in 56 starts.

CB2: A.J. Johnson, Redskins (1989-1994) - Had a starting role in 1989 and 1992. Earned defensive player of the week in his rookie year for a Week 13 game against the Cardinals in which he picked off two passes and returned one for a TD. He recorded 9 career interceptions.

CB3: Lawrence Johnson, Browns (1979-1984) - Never held down a starting job, but had brief bursts of excellence with the Kardiac Kids, including a 4-interception season in 1982. Finished his career with nine interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

CB4: Leonard Johnson, Buccaneers (2012-2014) - Returned an interception for a touchdown in each of his first two seasons, which were also his most impressive. Since then, he has struggled with injuries in subsequent stops in New England and Carolina. He signed with Buffalo this offseason.

FS: Bob Harrison, Colts (1961) - Got 3 interceptions in his rookie season, but did not play after that. Can't find any information on him.

SS: Tony Jefferson, Cardinals (2013-present) - Has become a key member of the Bruce Arians defense, serving as a nice complement to Tyrann Mathieu. Has 2 interceptions and 5 sacks in his career, with two 70-solo tackle seasons. Technically Anthony Jefferson but we'll let him slide.

K/P: Lee Johnson, Bengals (1988-1998) - Was the starting Cincinnati punter for a decade, although impressing more for his consistency and versatility than his excellence. He was very occasionally called on for long field goal attempts. He got a Super Bowl ring for being on the 2001 Patriots for part of the season. His 51979 punting yards are fifth all time.

RET: Arnold Jackson, Cardinals (2001-2002) - Returned 71 punts for an average of 9.1 yards per return. Recorded 11.5 yards per return in 2001, ninth in the league.

Coach: Zac Taylor, Dolphins (2012-2015) - Served as Miami's QB coach for the beginning of Ryan Tannehill's career. Also served as the interim offensive coordinator when Bill Lazor was fired in 2015. In 2016, he got his current job as the offensive coordinator on Tommy Tuberville's staff at the University of Cincinnati.

Honorable mentions: Austin Johnson, DT Titans; Adoree Jackson, CB Titans; Jamal Adams, S Jets



Submitted May 29, 2017 at 08:29AM by AlexB9598W
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