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The full list of NFC Mt. Rushmores

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There are now 17 Mt. Rushmores in the U.S.  The real one in South Dakota, and 16 fictional mountains in every NFC city.

We’ll start the process later today in the AFC, with the Colts and Jaguars.  (You can vote for the Indy/Baltimore Mt. Rushmore here, and Jacksonville here.)

Before we do the next 16, let’s look back on the first half.  The winners appear below, with links to each video segment from Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.

Dallas Cowboys

PFT version: Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett.

PFT Planet version: Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman.

Washington Redskins

PFT version:  Joe Gibbs, Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, The Hogs.

PFT Planet version:  Joe Gibbs, Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, John Riggins.

Philadelphia Eagles

PFT version:  Reggie White, Chuck Bednarik, Steve Van Buren, Andy Reid.

PFT Planet version:  Reggie White, Chuck Bednarik, Randall Cunningham, Brian Dawkins.

New York Giants

PFT version:  Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Bill Parcells, Sam Huff.

PFT Planet version:  Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Bill Parcells, Michael Strahan.

Detroit Lions

PFT version:  Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Bobby Layne, Alex Karras.

PFT Planet version:  Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Bobby Layne, Night Train Lane.

Minnesota Vikings

PFT version:  Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Peterson, Alan Page, Cris Carter.

PFT Planet version:  Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Peterson, Bud Grant, Cris Carter.

Chicago Bears

PFT version:  George Halas, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers.

PFT Planet version:  George Halas, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka.

Green Bay Packers

PFT version:  Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr, Don Hutson.

PFT Planet version:  Vince Lombardi, Reggie White, Bart Starr, Brett Favre.

Carolina Panthers

PFT version: Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, Sam Mills, Jerry Richardson.

PFT Planet version:  Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, Sam Mills, John Kasay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PFT/PFT Planet version:  Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Rondé Barber.

New Orleans Saints

PFT version:  Archie Manning, Drew Brees, Sean Payton, Rickey Jackson.

PFT Planet version:  Archie Manning, Drew Brees, Sean Payton, Willie Roaf.

Atlanta Falcons

PFT version:  Matt Ryan, Jamal Anderson, Roddy White, Michael Vick.

PFT Planet version:  Matt Ryan, Jamal Anderson, Deion Sanders, Jessie Tuggle.

San Francisco 49ers

PFT/PFT Planet version:  Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh, Ronnie Lott.

Seattle Seahawks

PFT/ PFT Planet version:  Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander.

St. Louis Rams

PFT version:  Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Deacon Jones, Jack Youngblood.

PFT Planet version:  Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Deacon Jones, Eric Dickerson.

Arizona Cardinals

PFT version:  Larry Fitzgerald, Dan Dierdorf, Pat Tillman, Larry Wilson.

PFT Planet version:  Larry Fitzgerald, Dan Dierdorf, Pat Tillman, Kurt Warner.

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52 Responses to “The full list of NFC Mt. Rushmores”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    The Washington Redskins are far and away the most historic rich franchise in professional sports. I’m embarrassed for the rest of this league. They will never come close to matching the Burgundy and Gold. #HailtotheREDSKINS

  2. manilarizzo says: Jun 17, 2013 10:09 AM

    Reggie White on two Rushmores. Can’t argue with it.

  3. firstclasspack says: Jun 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    Kurt Warner on 2 different teams! STL and AZ. That’s pretty awesome.

  4. wptwentyeight says: Jun 17, 2013 10:25 AM

    Still think the Panthers should have been Smith, Kasay, Mills and a big chunk of rock that says “7-9″

  5. thememyselfandiguy says: Jun 17, 2013 10:32 AM

    teams without a trophy shouldnt have a mt rushmore!!!!

  6. valarmorghuliss says: Jun 17, 2013 10:33 AM

    Reggie White on the Packers? What a Joke

  7. gurnblanstonreturns says: Jun 17, 2013 10:42 AM

    Every person on the list is tremendous.

    The exception that proves the rule: cris carter. Any organization – the HoF, ESPN, the Vikings, the Eagles, Ohio State, this list – degrades itself with his inclusion.

    I hope Joe Kapp gives him the Angelo Mosca treatment at the next Vikings alumni dinner!

  8. deadenddiary says: Jun 17, 2013 11:18 AM

    You can’t disagree with the Cowboy selections by any means. A true embarrassment riches when names like.

    Bob Lilly, Rayfield Wright, Larry Cole, George Andrie, Larry Allen, Randy White, Jethro Pugh, Harvey Martin, Charlie Waters, Mel Renfro, Drew Pearson, Everson Walls never make these lists.

    Hell, my personal favorite Cowboy growing up was Danny White. While he may not deserve to be on Rushmore, he did wear that Blue Star and that is good enough for me.

    ~Cowboy Fanatic 76 to present

  9. granadafan says: Jun 17, 2013 11:23 AM

    For some teams, it’s pretty sad when half the Mt Rushmore list consists of current players.

  10. lightofkolob says: Jun 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    Chris Warren still gets no love in Seattle. How can Randy Moss not be on the Vikings rushmore?

  11. lightofkolob says: Jun 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    Andre Rison is a noticable miss as well in ATL

  12. landroo says: Jun 17, 2013 12:28 PM

    How PFT Planet could include Cris Carter over Alan Page is mind boggling. Page was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1971 – a defensive tackle! Simply put, he transcended his position and was the best of his era and arguably of all time.

  13. doubleogator says: Jun 17, 2013 12:29 PM

    Sorry, but Archie Manning does not belong on the Saints Mt Rushmore…

  14. hjworton46 says: Jun 17, 2013 12:29 PM

    Too many modern day players.

  15. halps80 says: Jun 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    Chris Warren was great for a short time, but doesn’t deserve that kind of love.

    Shaun Alexander does NOT deserve to be elected over Kenny Easley. Shaun was good, and, for a time, great at what he did, but Kenny redefined the position. Both had short careers, but Kenny’s was due to serious illness, whereas Shaun was simply ineffective after his MVP season and subsequent contract.

  16. mancave001 says: Jun 17, 2013 12:49 PM

    There will obviously be some minor disagreements , but the only major one I have is with Atlanta (I’m not a fan of them). Matt Ryan? I mean, come on. I like the guy and hunk someday he’ll win it all, but what has he won so far? It’s absurd. What about Dan Reeves?

  17. sanityinsd says: Jun 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    Pardon me for not knowing but what’s the distinction between PFT and PFT Planet?

  18. glazerh8er says: Jun 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    People make fun of the Bears for being a historically defense centric franchise…..but my Bucs take the cake……4 defenders, and Dungy says you have to put at least one offensive player on there and his suggestion was Mike Alstott…..an above average FB but no John Riggins. Probably our greatest offensive talent ever (Keyshawn), got kicked off the team. At least we have a SuperBowl.

  19. canadian52niner says: Jun 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    Redskins the greatest? seriously? I agree they have a solid top 4 but if you put them up against the 49ers who have arguably 4 greatest of all-times as their rushmore good luck! Somewhere the Genius is laughing about the prospect of taking on his old punching bag Gibbs again. Jerry just stopped running the mountain for a moment to smile. Joe is modelling some Hanes underwear for 20 something super models and Ronnie is trying to find a pair of gloves that fit, lol! Niners Forever baby!!!

  20. greymares says: Jun 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    I am totally amazed at how little the fans of today know about the history of the game and the great players of yesteryear. there are few players active today that belong on the top 4 of any team.

  21. nightofthehipple says: Jun 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    While I do disagree with both PFT and PFT Planet on some of the choices, I have thusfar enjoyed the Mt Rushmore excercise. It has made me think about and remember players who, for some reason or another… slipped my mind. Many of them do not necessarily belong on their teams Rushmore, but damn they were good. Love them or hate them… it certainly was fun to watch them either way.

  22. draftazoid says: Jun 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    Atlanta’s Mt. Rushmore is about as lame as you can get.
    What has Matt Ryan done to deserve immortal status?
    Deion’s best years were in Dallas!
    Jamal Anderson? Hahahaha
    Roddy White? Hahahahah
    Jessie Tuggle? Really?

    Wow! This is sad Atlanta

  23. travy9276 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:03 PM

    Kurt Warner make 2 Mt. Rushmores on 2 separate teams but can’t make the Hall of Fame… Something is messed up… Either with the voting public or the HOF voters… You decide.

  24. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 17, 2013 1:06 PM

    manilarizzo says: Reggie White on two Rushmores. Can’t argue with it.

    ************
    Of course you can. A case might be made for the Eagles mountain, but do you really think he’s one of the 4 most iconic Packers of all time?

    [Not really a fan of either team — just an moderately unbiased observer.]

  25. glazerh8er says: Jun 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    PS, John Kasay is the worst Mt. Rushmore candidate of all time, and, yes, I hate the Panthers and am happy they are giddy about their new manbaby QB.

  26. earpaniac says: Jun 17, 2013 1:12 PM

    I hate the Packers and didnt like Reggie, but he deserves to be there. Green Bay had the reputation as a tiny racist town and franchise. Reggie made it ok to go there. He alone changed the culture for other NFL players.

  27. earpaniac says: Jun 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    And most of these look like people never heard of anything before 1985.

  28. manilarizzo says: Jun 17, 2013 1:56 PM

    NoHomeTeam says:
    Jun 17, 2013 1:06 PM
    manilarizzo says: Reggie White on two Rushmores. Can’t argue with it.

    ************
    Of course you can. A case might be made for the Eagles mountain, but do you really think he’s one of the 4 most iconic Packers of all time?

    [Not really a fan of either team — just an moderately unbiased observer.]
    ——————

    earpaniac says:
    Jun 17, 2013 1:12 PM
    I hate the Packers and didnt like Reggie, but he deserves to be there. Green Bay had the reputation as a tiny racist town and franchise. Reggie made it ok to go there. He alone changed the culture for other NFL players.

    ——————-

    Agreed. And helped transform their D into one which could keep up with their O and win a Superbowl for the first time in 30 years, plus another appearance which they lost. Defensive player of the year twice, one for each team, ELEVEN years apart. 68.5 sacks in 6 seasons. I’d say he has some clout to be on there.

    (I’m a Redskins fan and as objective on the subject as can be)

  29. chris6523 says: Jun 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    Aikman over Dorsett? No way.

    In regard to the Packers, I agree completely with the PFT picks. Reggie and Favre would have been my next two. Lambeau and Lombardi were the first two I checked on my list. Next was Hutson because he was maybe the best player in the league in his era. His TD receptions number for that day and age was out of this world and I believe he also had 27 or 28 picks in his career. I think the distinction between him and Reggie is that Reggie played about half his career in Philly and those were his best years. Reggie was still a great player for the Pack, but wasn’t quite the unblockable force he was with the Eagles.

    The last spot, Favre or Starr? In the end, Starr had to be the pick because he was far and away better in the big games. Favre had about 5 or 6 real clunkers in the playoffs and that’s gotta be taken into account.

  30. radrntn says: Jun 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    odd, seems like all of the niners are all from the same team…not sure but seems like they are the only one.

  31. packerbadger says: Jun 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    valarmorghuliss says:Jun 17, 2013 10:33 AM

    Reggie White on the Packers? What a Joke
    ==================================
    So, how many Super Bowls did the Eagles win with Reggie? How many Super Bowls have the Eagles won total? Answer…..ZERO!! Green Bay needs three or four “Mt. Rushmores”.

  32. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    sanityinsd says:
    Jun 17, 2013 12:50 PM
    “Pardon me for not knowing but what’s the distinction between PFT and PFT Planet?”

    PFT is the website that we’re on. PFT Planet is us, the people who read and post on this site. And, PFT Planet, a KICKER on Carolina’s Mt. Rushmore? REALLY??

  33. souldogdave says: Jun 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    typical rabble rousing stuff. Some teams, that haven’t won championships, should be precluded from this list. Texans? Jaguars? Titans? Expansion teams that have done nothing, not enough history to qualify.

  34. draftazoid says: Jun 17, 2013 2:50 PM

    The Top 3 and Bottom 3 so far:
    1. Washington Redskins
    Greatest 2 Way Player in NFL History
    Arguably Greatest COACH in NFL History
    Fastest Player EVER (plus played CB 20 years at Super High Level)
    The Most Powerful and Famous OLine

    2. San Francisco 49ers
    My complaint is they all played on the same team? So what about the other 70-80 years?

    3. Dallas Cowboys

    Worst:
    1. Atlanta Falcons
    If you gotta have Jessie Tuggle, Roddy White and Jamaal Anderson then I feel bad for your franchise.

    2. Carolina Panthers
    Blah!

    3. New Orleans Saints
    I can’t buy the Rickey Jackson/ Willie Roaf greatness.

  35. justintuckrule says: Jun 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    Not surprising that the Fantasy Football loving, casual fans here wouldn’t know Don Hutson or some of the other older greats if they fell over them. Hutson’s numbers in his day makes Calvin Johnson’s numbers look like Jerricho Cotchery’s.

    And Falcon fans….sheesh. Do they have books in Georgia or just Honey Boo Boo? Tommy Nobis? Go look him up.

    Adrian Peterson over Alan Page???

    Ditka??? Was a terrible coach. When his own QB says they should have won more SBs, then the guy does not belong on a MR, let alone on one who’s honorable mentions are better than half of the first string MRs of other teams.

    Kurt Warner??? the human fumble? on 2 MRs??? Hellllloooo, anyone ever hear of the Fearsome Foursome???

    Put down your Madden controllers and read a book once in a while.

  36. justintuckrule says: Jun 17, 2013 3:05 PM

    @draftazoid – agree with all except for the Skins (and not b/c I’m a Giant fan). Riggins was meh and the Hogs are a lazy way out of choosing one person. Gibbs and Green are deserving. Art Monk should be on there.

  37. mackcarrington says: Jun 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    @ earpaniac: No, sorry. Vince Lombardi was the one who made it okay for black players to be accepted in Green Bay in the 1960’s. Willie Davis. Bob Jeter. Dave Robinson (first black Middle linebacker). Travis Williams. Herb Adderly. I don’t fault you for being young, but I do fault you for not learning proper history. Vince made sure that the black players were welcomed at the same establishments and treated the same as the white players.

  38. spedman24 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    How in the world is Eli Manning on there?

  39. hawkforlife says: Jun 17, 2013 3:57 PM

    Mike Ditka, really!!

    Doesn’t anyone remember his attempt at GM (see Ricky Williams that set the draft back years), his defensive coordinator running the team for the super bowl year, and worst of all his not letting the GREAT Walter Payton score.

  40. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    The people who are crushing Ditka seem to forget (or not to know) that he was also a HOF tight end for the Bears. That, when coupled with his coaching SB win, and his persona, which typifies the “tough guy” image of Chicago and of the Bears, makes him a worthy inclusion on the team’s “Mt. Rushmore.”

  41. valarmorghuliss says: Jun 17, 2013 4:50 PM

    The reason why Reggie White shouldn’t be on the Packers Mt. Rushmore is because.

    Vince Lombardi
    Curly Lambeau
    and Bart Starr
    Are 100% without a doubters.

    That leaves only 1 spot for
    Don Hudson, Brett Favre or Reggie White

    No way Reggie is ahead of either Hudson or Favre

  42. 2bemoore43 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:14 PM

    souldogdave June 17, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    typical rabble rousing stuff. Some teams, that haven’t won championships, should be precluded from this list. Texans? Jaguars? Titans? Expansion teams that have done nothing, not enough history to qualify.

    Um….. the Titans/Houston Oilers are one of the originals from the merger. the Oilers won two championships back to back pre merger. what do you mean not enuff history? You’ve kind of disqualified yourself for being uninformed sir.

  43. 2bemoore43 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:17 PM

    the argument for Reggie in GB is legitimate. He is there for his off field/intangible contributions to GB & its image (to minority players/ FAs)

  44. 2bemoore43 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:19 PM

    @ mackcarrington: lombardi was pre free agency. Reggie helped bring minority FAs to GB. different eras, same accomplishment

  45. jruc says: Jun 17, 2013 9:33 PM

    How didn’t Matt Hasselback not make the Seahawks’ Mt. Rushmore??

  46. butkusditka says: Jun 17, 2013 10:30 PM

    Two points:
    1. Older isn’t automatically better. Today’s athletes are superheros compared to yesteryears. Don’t get me wrong. Much respect for the trailblazers.

    2. Carolinas Rushmore has a current Chicago bear! I love it

  47. twayward says: Jun 18, 2013 12:07 AM

    Each of the NFC Mt Rushmores contain at least 3 players who deserve to be so honored except one — the New York Giants. No Mel Hein? No Emlen Tunnell? And they were even on the final ballot? Brush up on your history, lads.

  48. 1bigtex says: Jun 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    @draftazoid

    Really??? I have yet to ever hear anyone make an argument as to Joe Gibbs being the greatest coach ever. Really good, but clearly behind Lombardi and Walsh as well as probably Landry and Brown. As to the fastest player ever, well I believe that claim to fame should go the guy with multiple Olympic gold medals who changed the way the game was played. Darrell Green was really fast, but he never carried the tag of “World’s Fastest Human”. Bob Hayes did! The Hogs had great publicity. The 90’s Cowboys O Line has the NFL’s all time rushing leader by a landslide and they weren’t even considered as a group.

  49. gorillasuitcelebrity says: Jun 18, 2013 10:49 PM

    Andy Reid on Birds Rushmore, perfect example why national media has little or no credibility. Buddy Ryan is more beloved than Reid.

  50. biggdawg49 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    As a Niners fan, I enjoyed our picks but think we should’ve been given six on ours. Steve Young and Roger Craig were two more that should be up there. PFT morons not including Gale Sayers on the Bears MT and picking Jessie Tuggle over Tommy Nobis shows an amazing lack of intelligence or knowledge of the Falcons history.

  51. mackcarrington says: Jun 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    2bemoore43 says:
    Jun 17, 2013 9:19 PM
    @ mackcarrington: lombardi was pre free agency. Reggie helped bring minority FAs to GB. different eras, same accomplishment
    =========================
    No, I don’t think it was the same accomplishment. Free agency isn’t relative to my point. The 1960 was a turbulent time in terms of racial attitudes. Not just black football players, but black people of all walks of life were having a difficult time just living their life. Don’t try and make it appear that Reggie White was the first black player to go to Green Bay. White didn’t break down any barriers to playing in Green Bay. Reggie didn’t have to deal with “Whites Only” and “No Blacks Welcomed Here” issues. Free agency was a new thing when he went to Green Bay and he was a high profile, top quality player. I remember him making a big thing about finding a black barber and all that. Black players had to deal with those kinds of things long before
    Reggie was even born, without the media to pump things up the way they do now.

  52. deweyaxewound says: Jun 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    Pffff – history. You Redskins and Niners fans trying to talk to us about history.

    Learn it:

    Fact: the Chicago Bears have more players in the HOF than any other franchise (27).

    You could build a whole…umm…MOUNTAIN of Mt. Rushmores out of worthy Bears players!

    Other franchises may have more championships/Super Bowls, but NO team has the history of accomplished individual players like the Bears.

    Just consider:

    Harold (Red) Grange
    George Halas
    Bronko Nagurski
    Ed Healy
    John (Paddy) Driscoll
    Sid Luckman
    Gale Sayers
    Dick Butkus
    George Blanda
    Doug Atkins
    George Musso
    Mike Ditka
    Alan Page
    Stan Jones
    Walter Payton
    Jim Finks
    Mike Singletary
    Dan Hampton
    Richard Dent
    ___________________________

    Stop there a second. Catch your breath. Take those names in…just bask in the greatness for a moment or two…

    Now continue:

    George Trafton
    Jimmy Conzelman
    Ed Healey
    William Roy (Link) Lyman
    Guy Chamberlin
    Dan Fortmann
    Walt Kiesling
    Clyde (Bulldog) Turner
    George McAfee
    Bobby Layne
    Joe Stydahar
    Bill Hewitt
    Bill George
    George Connor

    And then there’s TODAY’S (modern) players, many of whom would easily make a MR on other teams:

    Urlacher, Hester (future HOFers?), Briggs, Tillman, Peppers, etc.

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