It was really hard for me not to go with Butkus. But I'll be damned if I'm not going to vote for Ray. That's my guy. I would say that no defensive player has had as great of an impact on an organization as a whole as he has (LT possibly but its debatable). What he's doing at 35 years old is astounding. As far as I'm concerned, with Beason moving to WLB, Ray is still the best MLB in the league.
Hmm, very, very tough decision. For all the lauding Butkus (rightfully) receives, Ray Nitschke was just as dominating of a player in the same era. It's similar to Lambert and Gradashir in the 1970s, although Gradashir gets overlooked because of how pitifully average the Broncos were. It's still a similar 1a/1b dynamic, though.
And then there's same Sam Huff. Tom Landry created the 4-3 defense to feature Huff as a dominating MIKE backer, and he was one of the few people EVER to be able to slow Jim Brown down.
I need to mull this one for a bit.
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