One of the greatest running backs of all-time, Smith is a Dallas Cowboys’ icon. Smith become an NFL and Super MVP when he won the Super Bowl winner in 1993. He also led the NFL in rushing yards. In sum, he was the only player to obtain these four landmarks in the same season, a staggering achievement.
Smith was the Cowboys’ star man for 13 seasons before he left for pastures new. It was bizarre to see him in an Arizona Cardinals’ uniform after so long in the white and blue of America’s Team. In retrospect, it was jarring as seeing Tom Brady wearing the opposite of what we normally expect. But he played for two seasons in Arizona.
Not many players had a career like Unitas. A three-time NFL champion and then a Super Bowl champion following the league’s merger, his record is glittering. Furthermore, Unitas was extremely loyal to the Baltimore Colts and played for the team for an amazing 17 years.
Then he joined the San Diego Chargers and his career kind of fizzled out. Unitas only made five appearances for the Californian franchise before his career ended. However, the 10-time Pro Bowl selection was far beyond his best. It’s a shame he didn’t retire in Baltimore where the fans adored him.
Manning’s name is synonymous with the Indianapolis Colts. He helped bring a Super Bowl to the team and was also their star man during his 11 years with the team. It’s also slightly unfair to criticize him for leaving the Colts for the Broncos because he had spent four years in Denver when his career ended there.
Of course, it was ultimately injuries that ended his Colts’ career. They were unable to wait for him and drafted Andrew Luck. Then Manning became a free agent and several teams pressed for his signing. In the end, he won Super Bowl 50 with them in his final season as a professional.
Montana spent two years with the Kansas City Chiefs, but it never looked right. During 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers, he established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. To sum up, it feels like a pity that he ended his career with a different team.
‘Joe Cool’ was a four-time Super Bowl champion in San Francisco and was also a three-time Super Bowl MVP. In short, this superstar won almost every individual award under the sun, from Offensive Player of the Year to two MVP awards. However, the emergence of Steve Young eventually forced him out before retirement.