2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

NFL Players
Seven Inductees, Seven Paths to Greatness   The NFL is a star-driven league. Yes, obscure players and career journeymen can leap to prominence at any time, like Chase Blackburn in SB XLVI. Blackburn, a seven-year NFL journeyman, was about to begin a second career as a math teacher in Ohio in 2011 before the Giants called mid-season to bring him back due to injuries to linebackers Michael Boley and Mark Herzlich. Two months later, he intercepted Tom Brady 50 yards downfield in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl in a (the?) pivotal play in the Giants’ 21-17 upset win. But Blackburn’s case is the exception, not the rule. Even the most successful NFL teams are made up mostly of mediocre players – journeymen, developmental young players, backups whose primary…
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