As we begin to finish up our series on bobbleheads by position, this is our 6th installment of the top 12 NFL bobbleheads. Today we will be talking about defensive backs, both safeties, and cornerbacks. If you would like to read about quarterbacks, running backs, linebackers, wide receivers or defensive lineman you can head over there and check them out! If you have any comments or somebody you think deserved to be on the list please leave those in the comment section at the bottom!
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Deion Sanders – Atlanta Falcons/ Dallas Cowboys/ San Francisco 49ers
“Prime Time” was by far one of the most electric players to ever step on the field. While his 53 interceptions aren’t up there in the list of most picks, it is still impressive considering that most QB’s tried to stay away from throwing his way. Combine that with the fact that Sanders held the record for most combined return touchdowns (defensive, punt and kick returns) until Devin Hester passed him recently, and Deion will be on any top list of NFL defenders.
Ronnie Lott – San Francisco 49ers/ Oakland Raiders
Ronnie Lott was part of the 4 time Super Bowl champion 49ers of the ’80s, and while most of the attention was on the offensive side of the ball with Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, there was a couple of Hall of Famers on the defensive side as well, most notably Lott. Receivers were wary of going across the middle against this defense because they knew that Lott was waiting to hit them. Combined with his high football IQ, Ronnie Lott was a force to be reckoned with!
Champ Bailey – Washington Redskins/ Denver Broncos
Playing 15 years between the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos, Champ Bailey was one of the best shut down corners in the league. Enshrined in the pro football hall of fame this year, the only thing missing on Bailey’s resume was a Super Bowl victory.
Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens
Another member of the hall of fame class of 2019, Ed Reed was an integral part of a great Baltimore Ravens defense along with Ray Lewis. With a total of 13 defensive touchdowns, opposing offenses always had to be aware of where #20 was on the field.
Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders/ Green Bay Packers
Never one to be outshined, Woodson was the only defensive player to win the Heisman trophy in college, and that led to a great NFL career spanning 18 years between the Raiders and the Packers. He is also the only NFL player to have at least 60 interceptions and 20 sacks and had 13 defensive touchdowns himself.
Troy Palomalu – Pittsburgh Steelers
Palomalu was a staple in the middle of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense from 2003-2014. Playing like a linebacker, Palomalu was one of the best safeties around, if there was a big play to be made you can be sure that he would be there to make it.
Ty Law – New England Patriots
Although Ty Law played for a few different teams towards the end of his career, he is best known for being the lockdown corner on a Patriots team that won 3 super bowls in a 4-year span in the early 2000s. Enshrined in the pro football hall of fame in 2019, Ty Law was definitely one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game.
Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks/ San Francisco 49ers
An integral part of the famed “Legion of Boom” defense in Seattle, Richard Sherman was no stranger to big games. And in those big games, few shined as bright as Richard Sherman. Some do not like his outspoken nature, but it is hard to deny his abilities on the football field. Currently playing for the 49ers, Sherman is still playing at a high level as he tries to help the 49ers get to the super bowl.
Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks/ Baltimore Ravens
The entire Legion of Boom was a force to reckon with, and Earl Thomas was no exception. Known as a hard hitter in a league that tries to eliminate those kinds of hits, Earl was a big part of the Super Bowl title against the Broncos (and the subsequent last-second loss to the Patriots in the following year). Thoms is continuing his career with the Ravens, who are trying to get back to the super bowl themselves. Wouldn’t it be something if he and Richard Sherman end up on opposite sidelines for this years’ super bowl?
Ha-ha Clinton Dix – Green Bay Packers/ Chicago Bears
In recent years Alabama has sent many great players to the NFL, and Ha-ha (Hasean) Clinton Dix is one of those players. After four and a half years with the Packers, he ended up on a stacked Chicago Bears defense this year and has nothing but time as his legacy continues to grow.
John Lynch – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A staple on a really good defensive in Tampa Bay that won Super Bowl 37, John Lynch was always where he needed to be on the field. In addition to what he did as a safety on the football field, Lynch has had a successful second career as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, who are the top seed in the NFC this year as they try to reach the super bowl yet again.
Brian Dawkins – Philadelphia Eagles
Dawkins was a ball-hawking safety who played most of his 16-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles was inducted into the pro football hall of fame in 2018, and I was fortunate enough to be there to see his speech. He really put into perspective how much work it takes to be successful in the NFL, and belongs in the conversation of great NFL safeties.
There were a couple that might have been on this list, but we only have room for 12. Are there any players you feel I left off? If so let me know in the comments section below. Have a great day!