NFL 100 ALL-TIME TEAM TO BE REVEALED OVER 6 WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 22

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NFL 100 ALL-TIME TEAM TO BE REVEALED OVER 6 WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 22

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THE 100 GREATEST OF ALL TIME!

NFL 100 ALL-TIME TEAM TO BE REVEALED OVER 6 WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 22

 

26-Person Blue-Ribbon Panel & Selection Process Outlined

 

ESPN & NFL to Reveal Position Group Finalists Each Week during ESPN's 'Monday Night Countdown' Leading Up to the Official All-Time Team Announcement

 

'NFL 100 All-Time Team' Premieres Friday, November 22 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

 

The National Football League announced plans today to reveal the 100 greatest players and 10 greatest coaches in league history as part of the continuing celebration of the NFL's 100th season.

 

The NFL100 All-Time Team series will premiere on November 22 and continue for six weeks through Week 17 of the regular season. Rich Eisen, Cris Collinsworth and Bill Belichick will reveal the NFL 100 All-Time Team selections by position in each episode beginning at 8:00 PM ET every Friday night on NFL Network. A live reaction show hosted by Chris Rose will follow immediately afterward, exclusively on NFL Network.

 

Starting Monday, November 18, ESPN and the NFL will reveal All-Time Team finalists in each position group during Monday Night Countdown (6:00 PM ET, ESPN) leading up to the All-Time Team selections announcement on Friday. 

 

The process to select and celebrate the historic team began in early 2018 with the selection of a 26-person blue-ribbon voting panel by the three-person organizing committee of Pete Abitante, Joel Bussert and Joe Horrigan.

 

"Our goal was to create a panel made up of coaches, team and front office executives, former players and members of the media with a deep appreciation for the history of the League, its teams and players, as well as a commitment to conduct research, if necessary," said Pete Abitante, NFL Vice President of Special Projects. "I think each selector would admit that they were incredibly challenged by this task, but each person gave serious thought and serious consideration to each and every player discussed."

 

Members of the 26-person blue-ribbon panel are:

 

League Voters ​​​
Joel BussertFormer NFL Vice President of Player Personnel and League Historian
Joe Horrigan42-year Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive
Chris WillisNFL Films Historian
Coaches
Bill BelichickSix-time Super Bowl-winning Head Coach
Tony DungyPro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning Head Coach
Dick LeBeauPro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl-winning Defensive Coordinator
John MaddenPro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning Head Coach
Don ShulaPro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning Head Coach
Dick VermeilSuper Bowl-winning Head Coach
Personnel ​​
Ernie Accorsi18-year NFL General Manager
Gil BrandtPro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl-winning General Manager
Charley Casserly14-year NFL General Manager and three-time Super Bowl Champion
Bill PolianPro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning General Manager
Ron WolfPro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning General Manager
Players
Dan FoutsPro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and veteran broadcaster
Ron JaworskiFormer NFL quarterback and veteran broadcaster
Ozzie NewsomePro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl Champion General Manager
Art ShellPro Football Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl Champion and former Head Coach
Media
Dave AndersonPulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the New York Times who covered the NFL for more than 50 years
Judy BattistaNFL Media National Columnist and Reporter
Jarrett Bell Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and USA Today NFL Columnist
Chris Berman ESPN anchor since 1979
Rick GosselinPro Football Hall of Fame voter and former Dallas Morning News Columnist
Peter KingPro Football Hall of Fame voter and veteran sportswriter
Don PiersonAuthor and veteran sportswriter
Charean WilliamsPro Football Hall of Fame voter and veteran sportswriter and president of the Pro Football Writers Association

 

Team Structure

In building the structure of the team, the organizing committee researched various commemorative team compilations done by other leagues and organizations. Ultimately, a 100-player team was decided upon, broken up with a specific number of players – unranked – across the following positions:

 

OffenseDefense
Quarterbacks10Defensive Ends​7
Running Backs12Defensive Tackles​7
Wide Receivers 10Linebackers​12 (6 MLB/ILB; 6 OLB)
Tight Ends5Cornerbacks​7
Tackles7Safeties​6
Guards7Kickers​2
Centers4Punters​2
  Kick Returners​2

 

To give fair consideration to players who played in the league before 1950, a subcommittee, chaired by Belichick and Madden, submitted a report to the blue-ribbon panel that studied "Golden Era" players who participated on both offense and defense.

 

Selection Process and Timeline

The selection criteria for the NFL All-Time Team followed the by-laws outlined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process:

The only criteria for election to the Hall of Fame are a nominee's achievements and contributions as a player, coach, or a contributor in professional football in the United States of America.

 

Additionally, a player must have participated in at least five seasons in the NFL, AFL (American Football League), the AAFC (All-America Football Conference), or some combination thereof.

 

The blue-ribbon panel was supplied with historical data and several lists to assist in their decision making, including:

 

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Members
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists
  • All players named to an NFL All-Decade Team, yet not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • All-Time Team Members from NFL's 50th Anniversary celebration
  • All-Time Team Members from NFL's 75th Anniversary celebration
  • AFL All-Time Team Members

     

The deliberation process unfolded as follows:

 

DateActivity
April 11, 2018Conference call #1 – Review of the voting process and discussion of nominations of players for All-Time Team consideration
April 18, 2018Conference call #2 – Continued discussions of player nominations for All-Time Team consideration
May 9, 2018Belichick and Madden submit "Golden Era" player report to blue-ribbon panel
May 16, 2018Initial vote to determine 160 players for All-Time Team consideration
May 30, 2018In-person blue-ribbon panel meeting at NFL league headquarters in New York to discuss initial vote
June 15, 2018Blue ribbon panel submit final All-Time Team ballot

 

Instructions on the final ballot advised blue-ribbon panel members on the following:

 

  • Six inside/middle linebackers and six outside linebackers should be selected;
  • No distinction between strong and free safeties should be made;
  • Players who received votes in the initial ballot at more than one position were designated to a specific position

 

The NFL 100 All-Time Team serves as the marquee series within the NFL's slate of original programming and content developed to celebrate the league's 100th season. Starting Friday, November 22 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, members of the All-Time Team will be revealed by position, followed by a live reaction show over a six-week period:  

 

​November 22
8:00 PMNFL 100 All-Time Team: Running Backs & 2 Head Coaches
9:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show
November 29
8:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team: Defensive Line & Linebackers and 1 Head Coach
9:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show
December 6
8:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team: Defensive Backs, Safeties, Specialists and 1 Head Coach
9:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show
December 13
8:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team: Tight Ends & Offensive Line and 4 Head Coaches
9:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show
December 20
8:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team: Wide Receivers and 2 Head Coaches
9:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show
December 27
8:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team: Quarterbacks (2-hour series finale)
10:00 PM NFL 100 All-Time Team Reaction Show

 

As the official site for all things NFL 100, NFL.com/100/originals is the primary destination to stay current with all NFL 100 original programming. Starting Monday, November 18th, and every subsequent Monday through the end of the year, fans will have the opportunity to view the finalists of that week's episode of All-Time Team and cast their predictions of who will be introduced as part of the NFL 100 All-Time Team in that Friday's episode. Once the show airs on Friday nights, the official All-Time Team roster will be available at NFL.com/all-time-team.