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June is Prime Numbers month on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk

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Earlier this year, Pro Football Talk on NBCSN producer Matt Casey pointed out that, at his next birthday, he’ll be the same age as Larry Bird’s number.  I responded by pointing out that I’ll soon be Ron Guidry.

And from that we had our idea for programming in the slowest month of the year.

In 2013, the Mt. Rushmore series filled the void in June, with an in-depth look at the greatest foursome for each NFL franchise.  In 2014, we’ll be looking at the best players to wear each of the numbers, from 1 to 99.  (I just realized that we need to add 00, even if the only candidates are Jim Otto and Ken Burroughs.)

It all gets started on Monday, when we take up No. 1, No. 2, and No. 81.  For the last one, we’re seeking your input.  Select the best three from the list appearing below, and we’ll do the rest.

Well, not all of the rest.  You’ll still need to tune in at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, June 2.  (We’re also on today and Friday.)

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19 Responses to “June is Prime Numbers month on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk”
  1. realnflmaster says: May 29, 2014 10:35 AM

    Why is “Patriots” beside Randy Moss’s name? He went to five of his seven pro-bowls with them and three of his four “All-Pros”

  2. realnflmaster says: May 29, 2014 10:35 AM

    He should be use for #84.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: May 29, 2014 11:23 AM

    Carl Eller, Anthony Carter, and Joe Senser.

  4. andrewluck12 says: May 29, 2014 11:28 AM

    This actually sounds like it will be worth the read

  5. joetoronto says: May 29, 2014 11:31 AM

    Jim Otto was a man’s man, not like these wussies today.

  6. granadafan says: May 29, 2014 11:37 AM

    I voted for Moss, but shouldn’t he be #84?

  7. In Teddy We Trust says: May 29, 2014 12:04 PM

    Okay, people. Moss was #84 with the Vikings. He was #81 with the Patriots. That’s why it says (Patriots) after his name.

  8. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 29, 2014 12:27 PM

    terrell owens , art monk, night train lane

  9. bobnelsonjr says: May 29, 2014 1:06 PM

    Moss never won a championship so he is out along with eller.

    Calvin is still playing so he cannot be considered.

    Terrible Owens should never be mentioned for anything.

    Tim Brown and Art Monk are honorable mentions.

    You have to give it to NIGHT TRAIN LANE. Not only is he a record holder with 14 INTs in a 12 game season, he was a member of the Rams 40th anniversary team, in Cardinals Ring of Honor, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a member of the 75th anniversary all NFL team, a Korean War veteran, but he brought about the rule not allowing tackling by the facemask, due to the misapplication of a Night Train Necktie.

  10. pilot2011 says: May 29, 2014 1:11 PM

    As long as 89 is the only 89 on the list, I don’t care.

    Is Newton the best to ever wear #1?

  11. mackcarrington says: May 29, 2014 1:39 PM

    I didn’t realize Jim Otto played center wearing a two bar face mask. Damn! That’s some real MAN stuff.

  12. bradybbgoat says: May 29, 2014 2:20 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t include Calvin is delusional.

    He’ll be considered second only to Jerry when all is said and done, and he’s got a chance to be first the way he’s going, (as long as SB rings aren’t a factor).

  13. jahmic says: May 29, 2014 3:26 PM

    00 – I think there was another guy, something like Jimmy “White Shoes” Johnson, a receiver with the Oilers, who wear 00. Seventies? Eighties?

  14. bullwinklethemoose says: May 29, 2014 4:26 PM

    Billy “White Shoes” Johnson played for the Oilers in the 70’s but wore 84. Ken Burroughs, who Mike already mentioned, wore 00 for the Oilers.

  15. winkeroni says: May 29, 2014 6:13 PM

    Big Game Torry Holt wore #81. How’s he left off the poll? Has any one matched his streak of consecutive 1300+ yards seasons?

  16. freddiec8 says: May 30, 2014 12:02 PM

    His name was Billy white shoes Johnson

  17. chinahand11 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:59 AM

    I like this series of articles; the Mt. Rushmore set was good too. So glad to see Night Train Lane on the list; this guy was the pre-cursor to Ronnie (put you on your fanny) Lott. Happy to see Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s name come up. His funky chicken was the best ever and always fired up the crowd.

  18. lagg1 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    One thing about Doug Atkins. He wouldn’t tackle you-he would destroy you. One of the real Monsters of the Midway along with Butkus. Night Train intercepted 14 passes in 1952 in 12 GAMES. That record will never be broken.

  19. durskichiro says: Jun 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    My top all time #81’s:

    1 Calvin Johnson
    2 Night Train
    3 Tim Brown (should have been 1st ballot HOF)
    4 Doug Atkins( Best player on the Bear’s ’63 World Championship Team)
    5Torry Holt
    6 Owens
    7 Eller
    8 Moss
    9 Monk

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