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Friday’s Prime Numbers looks at No. 78

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It’s time to do your civic duty.  Which for the Prime Numbers series applies on a daily basis.  Sometimes, twice per day.

For Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, there’s only one poll.  So only one vote.  But vote for two.

On the surface, No. 78 doesn’t seem like it would be iconic.  Based on the guys who have worn it, it surely is.

Cast your ballot now, and then dial us up at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN for a 60-minute show to wrap up the week.

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36 Responses to “Friday’s Prime Numbers looks at No. 78”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 27, 2014 10:05 AM

    Tough luck on the number draw for Munoz, that’s not fair, I’m going to give him my vote, he’s going to need it and deserves to lose by a slightly smaller gap!

  2. coldwater32301 says: Jun 27, 2014 10:08 AM

    Bruce Smith is one of the G.O.A.T. at any number…Period…. Indeed…

  3. raiderufan says: Jun 27, 2014 10:11 AM

    78 isn’t really a # I’ve ever related to one of the great ones but that’s one hell of a list. If Art Shell is 3 or 4 on a list of greatest to wear a # you know it’s damn good.

  4. scoops1 says: Jun 27, 2014 10:31 AM

    Munoz by far!!!

  5. buddysguys says: Jun 27, 2014 10:32 AM

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCE!!!!!!!!!

    This shouldnt be debated Bruce Smith dominated Munoz and Amrstrong and he would have also done this to Art Shell.

  6. billswillnevermove says: Jun 27, 2014 10:37 AM

    Tough list……..all were great players. I am a Bills fan so I voted for Bruce, but he deserves to be on that list anyways……….other pick was so hard, but I went with Bobby Bell……..many of you on here may be too young to remember him. That dude was a beast. Tough to leave out Shell or Munoz though.

  7. brocattosbasement says: Jun 27, 2014 10:45 AM

    Only get 2 choices? Shoulda been 3!

  8. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 27, 2014 10:52 AM

    6 on the guys on here are in the Hall of Fame and the one that isn’t has a Hall of Fame worthy resume. You really made the choice tough.

  9. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 27, 2014 11:03 AM

    Munoz is considered by most to be the greatest LT of all-time.

    Bruce Smith isn’t the best DE of all-time. That’s Reggie White.

    Munoz > Bruce. Unfortunately, no one cares about the Bengals.

  10. crewchief15 says: Jun 27, 2014 11:05 AM

    Munoz, one reason, it’s harder to be an OL than DL, because DL’s can move to multiple positions prior to snap, OL’s starts from the same position almost every snap. OL an DL are apples to oranges just “my nobody really cares” opinion.

  11. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jun 27, 2014 11:09 AM

    All time NFL sack leader, no question. BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE!

  12. kgun80 says: Jun 27, 2014 11:10 AM

    Bruce was one of if not the greatest DE of all time he stopped the run just as well as he rushed the passer.
    This is definitely a great list but I gotta be a homer and go with BRUUUUUCE!!’

  13. greymares says: Jun 27, 2014 11:11 AM

    I guess it’s a younger world for Bobby Bell to be receiving only 2% of the vote is a crime.

  14. raiderufan says: Jun 27, 2014 11:22 AM

    Well if we’re all goin homer on this I gotta say Art Shell is the best 78 ever.

    8 probowls (7 in a row), HOF, 2 time first team all pro, 23 career playoff games with 18 starts and a 3 time super bowl champion with 2 different QB’s…the rest of the list? 2 superbowl wins COMBINED.

  15. madderstork says: Jun 27, 2014 11:25 AM

    “…Bruce Smith dominated Munoz and Amrstrong and he would have also done this to Art Shell…”

    Yeah, as long as Shell’s team never ran the ball, because on those plays Bruce would have run himself out of the play and been bulldozed by big Art. Smith is a HOFer and all time great pass rusher but a weak run stopper.

    I’d have Shell and Munoz duking it out for #1 with Bruce behind those two. Most experts consider Munoz or Shell to be the best LT of all time. Bruce is not as great at his position as they were at theirs.

  16. jdphx says: Jun 27, 2014 11:25 AM

    Curley Culp in LAST????

    C’mon…… kids!

  17. billswillnevermove says: Jun 27, 2014 11:28 AM

    I love me some Bruce Smith for sure!! But let me shine a little light on you young peeps about Bobby Bell. Bell was noted for his one-of-a-kind athleticism at 6′ 4″ and 230 pounds and was reported to have run a 4.5 40-yard dash. Bell was possibly the most physically gifted linebacker in professional football history, for his speed at such a size made him ideal at outside linebacker. He was noted as one of the finest open-field tacklers in Professional Football history, and if he missed, he had the speed to make up for it.
    He was also a great blitzer from the linebacker position. Chiefs records show Bell had 40 career quarterback sacks and he might have had more if he had played right linebacker, not the left linebacker. In that era, more often than not the right-side linebacker got the call to “dog” or blitz since more often than not the tight end would be lined up on the right side (the defense’s left). Since Bell was on the left, he usually covered more than he blitzed. He scored 9 touchdowns in his career: 6 off interceptions (most in NFL history for a linebacker with Derrick Brooks), 2 more touchdowns off fumble recoveries, and one off an onside kickoff return. Coach Hank Stram said that, “He could play all 22 positions on the field, and play them well.”

  18. thebandit27 says: Jun 27, 2014 11:29 AM

    Bruce Smith and it isn’t close.

    Any guy that amasses 200 sacks is easily among the most dominant forces at his position in history.

    To have done it playing most of his snaps as a 3-4 end is all the more impressive.

    Munoz was phenomenal…Bruce usually got the better of him when they went toe-to-toe.

  19. bassplucker says: Jun 27, 2014 11:34 AM

    Same as with 75 a couple of days ago… since so many HOF (and should-be HOF) players on both offense and defense have worn numbers in the 70s, it might have been worth thinking about doing two lists for this number — 78 offense and 78 defense.

  20. whodeybacker says: Jun 27, 2014 11:38 AM

    Sorry BUDDY, Munoz was never dominated by ANYONE. You must be under the age of 40. Best LT of All Time. And thats not just my opinion. Check the All Century Team.

  21. djshnooks says: Jun 27, 2014 11:46 AM

    Watch the film, “buddy.”

    Bruce Smith dominated everyone.

    He’s the all-time sack leader for a reason.

    “Buddy.”

  22. djshnooks says: Jun 27, 2014 11:49 AM

    “Bruce wasn’t as great at his position at Munoz or Shell were at theirs?” Lmao.

    There will never be another Bruce Smith.

    There have already been other good LT’s…I’d put Ogden up there with them.

    Still nobody to break Bruce’s record.

  23. wtfchiefs says: Jun 27, 2014 12:05 PM

    Bobby Bell being voted 2nd last is straight up insane and shows how little people actually know.

    It’s a shame so many have no idea how incredibly dynamic and awesome he was. I’m not sure he’s the greatest 78, but he was better than most of those guys on that list, no question.

  24. billswillnevermove says: Jun 27, 2014 12:21 PM

    For those of you saying Bruce didn’t dominate Munoz…….check out the Cincinnati Enquirer from July of 1998. The 1988 Championship game, Smith had two sacks right away against Munoz. Smith left the game early with an injury. Even Smith said he would have had a career game if he hadn’t gotten hurt and the pundits wondered if Smith would have led the Bills to victory by dominating Munoz. I remember many games between the two, and Munoz was great, but Smith got the best of him more often than not.

  25. theageofquarrel says: Jun 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    The Bengals reek of loserness

  26. durskichiro says: Jun 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    IMO the best 78s all time:
    1 Bruce Smith: 2nd best defensive player all time next to Reggie White. LT would be 3rd.
    2 Munoz: The greatest Offensive lineman all time.
    3 Shell: a top 5 OT all time.
    4 Bell: a top 10 OLB all time overall. The best OLB in AFL history.
    5 Slater
    6 Armstrong
    7 Culp

  27. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 27, 2014 2:43 PM

    Im rolling with Curley. Munoz (Moe), and Smith (Larry), are in the rumble seat.

  28. militantgod says: Jun 27, 2014 3:46 PM

    Shell and Munoz. Smith was garbage going off for the last few years and was pretty one dimensional. All he wanted to do was beat Reggie’s record. Too bad Reggie played in the USFL and missed a couple of years in retirement, when he was still amazing. The Raiders had the best o-line ever and Shell anchored it. As has been said, 3 for 3 in Super Bowls, compared to Smith’s 0-3.

  29. buffalomook says: Jun 27, 2014 7:49 PM

    Bruce all day

    200 Sacks
    1224 tackles
    43 Forced fumbles
    13 season of 10 plus sacks
    2 time defensive player of the year
    8 time first team all pro
    11 time pro bowler
    Career leader in Sacks
    #2 all time in post season sacks

  30. madderstork says: Jun 27, 2014 8:18 PM

    “…“Bruce wasn’t as great at his position at Munoz or Shell were at theirs?” Lmao.

    There will never be another Bruce Smith….”

    A great all time pass rusher. An average to subpar run player. Not as good at DE as Munoz and Shell were at OT, sorry.

    Long was a better run stopper and much more versatile. Reggie White was better than Smith at everything. Not the best of his era, let alone all time.

  31. crewchief15 says: Jun 27, 2014 9:00 PM

    Bruce Smith was really good (also surrounded by many great players on the Bill’s) , but no way best ever or even top 10 DL, sorry deal with it. Remember kiddies the NFL didn’t start in the 90’s, but most people; that really know football; understand that. Also stat’s are the most deceiving on defense.

  32. raiderapologist says: Jun 27, 2014 9:15 PM

    buddysguys says: Jun 27, 2014 10:32 AM

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCE!!!!!!!!!

    This shouldnt be debated Bruce Smith dominated Munoz and Amrstrong and he would have also done this to Art Shell.
    —————–
    You can say that if you want. Shell was flat nasty. He could be beat on a play, but I never saw him get dominated, or intimidated.

  33. durskichiro says: Jun 29, 2014 11:53 PM

    Jun 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    IMO the best 78s all time revised:
    1 Bruce Smith: 2nd best defensive player all time next to Reggie White. LT would be 3rd.
    2 Munoz: The greatest Offensive lineman all time.
    3 Shell: a top 5 OT all time.
    4 Bell: a top 10 OLB all time overall. The best OLB in AFL history.
    5 Stan Jones: All time great guard but switched to DT to help Bears win the 1963 world championship. 1991 HOF inductee.
    6) Slater
    7) Armstrong
    8 Culp

  34. handsofsweed says: Jun 30, 2014 11:10 AM

    Ridiculous list to try and whittle down, especially since Bears HOFer Stan Jones and should-be Steeler HOFer LC Greenwood aren’t even on it somehow.

    We should get 3 votes and as good as Armstrong was, Jones being in the Hall puts him infinitely in front.

  35. joker65 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:53 PM

    I hate the Bills. I voted for Bruce.

  36. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 30, 2014 9:16 PM

    went Munoz… but can see some voting for BSmith

    Shell was also all-time great.. but Munoz was better

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