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1997 UPPER DECK LEGENDS AL10 GALE SAYERS

Kansas All-America. . .Exceptional break-away runner. . .Scored rookie record 22 TDs, 132 points, 1965. . .Led NFL rushers, 1966, 1969. . .Named all-time NFL halfback, 1969. . . All-NFL five straight years. . .Player of Game in three Pro Bowls. . .Career totals: 9,435 combined net yards, 4,956 yards rushing, 336 points. . . NFL lifetime kickoff return leader. . .Born May 30, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas.

1963 Heisman Trophy winner. . . Four-year Navy service preceded pro play. . .Noted for last-minute heroics, guided Dallas to four NFC titles, Super Bowl VI, XII wins. . .MVP in Super Bowl VI. . .All-NFC five years . . .Career stats: 22,700 yards, 153 TDs passing; 2,264 yards, 20 TDs rushing. . .83.4 NFL passer rating best ever at time of retirement. . .Four-time NFL passing leader. . . Born February 5, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

No. 1 draft choice, 1956. . .Rookie of Year, 1956. . .Started as a flanker, moved to running back in 1961. . . Amassed 12,451 combined net yards, 5,174 yards rushing, 363 receptions for 6,039 yards. . .Scored 113 TDs, 678 points. . .All-NFL five years. . . Played in seven Pro Bowls. . .NFL Player of the Year and Comeback Player of Year, 1964. . .Scored touchdowns in record 18 straight games, 1963-1965. . .Born November 25, 1933, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

1961 Arkansas All-America. . .First AFL star to be enshrined. . .All-AFL seven times, 1963-1969 . . .Played in seven AFL All-Star games. . .Caught passes in 96 straight games . . . AFL receiving leader three years. . . Scored first Dallas TD in Super Bowl VI win. . .Nicknamed "Bambi" for smooth, graceful, spectacular moves. . .Career record: 542 receptions, 10,266 yards, 85 TDs. . . Born August 3, 1940, in Houston, Texas.

Two-time Pennsylvania All-America ... Eagles' bonus draft choice, 1949 ... NFL's last "iron man" star ... Rugged, durable, bulldozing blocker, bone-jarring tackler ... Missed only three games in 14 years ... Nine times All-NFL ... Played in eight Pro Bowls, MVP in 1954 game ... Named NFL's all-time center, 1969 ... Played 58 minutes, made game-saving tackle, 1960 NFL title game ... Born May 1, 1925, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Undrafted, cut by Oilers, joined 1963 Broncos, All-AFL in second season. . .Traded to Raiders, 1967. . . Fast, mobile, aggressive. . .All-AFL/AFC seven times. . .All-time AFL team, 1969. . . Played in five AFL All-Star games, four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls, nine AFL/AFC title games, two Super Bowls. . .Career totals: 54 interceptions, 472 yards, two TDs. . .Scored on 75-yard interception, Super Bowl XI. . . Born December 2, 1940, in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Ninth-round pick, 1967 draft. . . Traded to Redskins for five players, 1973. . .Acclaimed NFL's premier strong safety of 1970s. . .Excellent speed, quickness, size, punishing tackler. . .Intercepted 49 passes for 898 yards, nine TDs. . .Also scored on blocked FG, fumble, punt return. . .Named to two AFL All-Star games, 10 Pro Bowls. . . All-Pro or All-AFC/NFC eight of nine years, 1971-1979. . .Born November 12, 1944, in Lufkin, Texas.

Consensus All-America, 1960. . . Bears' No. 1 pick, 1961. . .First tight end elected to Hall. . . Fast, rugged, outstanding blocker, great competitor. . .Big-play star of Bears' 1963 title team. . . Scored final touchdown in Cowboys' Super Bowl VI win. . .Rookie of the Year, 1961. . . All-NFL four years, in five straight Pro Bowls. . .Career record: 427 receptions, 5,812 yards, 43 TDs. . . Born October 18, 1939, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

All-America guard at West Virginia. . .No. 3 draft pick, 1956. . .Inspirational leader, brilliant diagnostician with great speed, tackling ability. . .Noted for hard-hitting duels with premier running backs. . .Had 30 career interceptions. . . Played in six NFL title games, five Pro Bowls. . .All-NFL three years. . .Top NFL linebacker, 1959. . . Redskins player-coach, 1969. . .Born October 4, 1934, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

.Second-round draft pick, 1967. . . NFL interception co-leader, defensive Rookie of Year, 1967 . . .Fifth cornerback to enter Hall. . .Returned kicks, emergency punter. . . Career record: 1,077 yards on 56 interceptions, 1,312 yards on punt returns, 1,274 yards on kickoff returns. . .Scored 11 career touchdowns. . .In seven Pro Bowls, All-NFL/NFC four times. . .Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi.

WASHINGTON ALL-AMERICAN ... 49ERS' NO. 1 DRAFT PICK, 1952 ... SCORED 40-YARD TD ON FIRST PRO PLAY ... HAD PHENOMENAL FIRST SEASON, WINNING ALL-NFL, ROOKIE OF YEAR HONORS ... PLAYED IN SIX PRO BOWLS ... MVP OF 1958 PRO BOWL ... GAINED 11,375 COMBINED NET YARDS IN 13 YEARS ... RECORD INCLUDES 5,281 YARDS RUSHING, 264 PASS RECEPTIONS, 360 POINTS ... NICKNAMED "THE KING" ... BORN DECEMBER 31, 1928, IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

College tailback, switched to T-quarterback in pros. . .Guided Browns to 10 division or league crowns in 10 years. . . Topped AAFC passers four years, NFL two years. . . All-league nine of 10 years. . .Four TD passes in 1950 NFL title win. . .Had three TDs running, three TDs passing in 1954 NFL title game. . .Career passes for 23,584 yards, 174 TDs. . .Scored 276 points on 46 TDs. . .Born December 6, 1921, in Waukegan, Illinois. . .Died December 17, 2003 at age of 82.

Consensus All-America, 1968. . . No. 1 draft pick, 1969. . .Became "cornerstone of franchise" that dominated the NFL in 1970s. . .Exceptional team leader, possessed size, speed, quickness, strength, determination . . .NFL Defensive Player of Year, 1972, 1974. . . All-Pro or All-AFC nine years. . .Played in four Super Bowls, six AFC title games, 10 Pro Bowls. . .Born September 24, 1946, in Temple, Texas.

Last of "original" Browns to retire. . . Regular offensive tackle, 1947-1959. . .Back injury forced layoff, 1960. . . Kicking specialist only, 1961-1967. . .All-NFL tackle six years. . . NFL Player of Year, 1954. . .In nine Pro Bowls . . .Last-second field goal won 1950 NFL title game. . . Scored 1,608 points in 21 years. . . Played in four AAFC, nine NFL title games. . .Born January 25, 1924, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. . .Died November 29, 2000, at age of 76.

Three-time All-America. . .No. 2 draft pick, 1969. . .Strong, fast, devastating tackler, used height to great advantage. . . Played in 215 straight games. . .In eight Pro Bowls, seven AFC title games, four Super Bowls . . .All-AFC seven times, All-NFC once. . .Career record: 25 blocked field goals or PATs, 26 interceptions, 16 opponents' fumble recoveries, four safeties. . .Born November 1, 1947, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Led College All-Stars upset of Rams, 1946. . . Became key part of Rams' revolutionary "three-end" offense, 1949. . . Led NFL in receiving, scoring, 1951. . .10 of 17 TD catches, 1951, were long-distance "bombs". . .Mixed sprinter speed with halfback elusiveness. . . Named all-time NFL flanker, 1969. . .Career record: 387 catches for 7,029 yards, 60 TDs; 399 points scored. . .Born June 17, 1923, in Wausau, Wisconsin. . .Died January 28, 2004 at age of 80.

Chiefs' No. 2 pick, 1967 draft. . .Fast, agile, quick-thinking, anchor of Kansas City's vaunted defense. . . Nicknamed "Contact" because of ferocious tackling. . .Durable, missed only one game his last 10 years . . .Intercepted 27 passes for 440 yards, two TDs. . . Defensive star in Super Bowl IV upset. . .All-AFL/AFC eight times. . . Elected to two AFL All-Star games, six AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. . .Born August 21, 1945, in Clover, Virginia.

Drafted by 1951 New York Yanks. . .Played in first of six Pro Bowls as a rookie. . .In U.S. Army, 1952-1953. . .Traded to Browns in 15-player deal while in service. . .Played defensive middle guard, 1954 Browns . . .Stole ball to set up key Browns TD, 1954 NFL title game. . .Excelled as offensive right tackle for eight years, 1955-1962. . .Equally adept as rushing blocker, pass protector. . . Born June 21, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois.

Deadly pass blocker, peerless runner on Browns' famed trap play. . .Also played linebacker early in career. . .All-time AAFC rushing champ. . .Top NFL rusher, 1950. . .All-AAFC four years, All-NFL in 1950. . .Lifetime rushing: 828 carriers, 4,720 yards. . .5.7-yard career average all-time record. . .Caught 85 passes, scored 234 points in nine years. . .Played in 1951 Pro Bowl. . .Born June 5, 1920, in Leesburg, Georgia. . . Died June 27, 1999, at age of 79.

Anchored Raiders' offensive line for 15 years. . . Noted for pride, dedication, leadership, intelligence . . .Sure-handed ball-snapper, superior blocker with wide range. . .Overcame numerous injuries to play 308 games, including six AFL/AFC title games, Super Bowl II, 12-all-star contests. . .Named all-league 12 straight years, 1960-1971, second-team All-NFL, 1972. . .AFL's only all-league center. . . Named to all-time AFL team, 1969. . .Also All-AFC in 1970, 1971, 1972. . .Born January 5, 1938, in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Consensus All-America, 1966. . .First-round pick, 1967. . .Extremely fast, strong with cat-like reflexes . . .Played in 236 straight games, including four Super Bowls. . .Named NFL Most Valuable Player, 1971. . . NFL Defensive Player of Year, 1971, 1973. . .All-NFL six times, second-team All-NFL three other times. . .All-conference ten times. . .Elected to nine straight Pro Bowls. . .Career marks: 23 opponent fumble recoveries, 28 blocked kicks, 173 sacks . . .Born August 7, 1945, in Canton, Ohio.

Spotted playing service football by pro scouts. . .Signed as free agent by 49ers. . . Extremely quick runner who earned nickname "The Jet". . . First to gain over 1,000 yards two straight years, 1953-1954. . .Career record: 12,532 combined net yards, 9,723 yards rushing, 260 receptions, 513 points. . . Played in three Pro Bowls. . .Born January 22, 1927, in Stevens, Arkansas.

Rams' 19th-round draft pick, 1951. . .On winning team 13 of 14 years. . .In eight NFL title games, seven Pro Bowls. . .All-NFL seven years, two with Rams, five with Giants. . . Named NFL's top player by Maxwell Club, 1962. . . Exceptionally smart, quick, strong. . . Superb pass rusher. . . Recovered 22 opponents' fumbles in career . . . Missed only one game in 14 years. . . Born December 6, 1925, in Stamford, Connecticut.

10th-round draft pick, 1963. . . Talented receiver, punishing blocker, fierce competitor, excellent runner. . . Played in five Pro Bowls, 1967-1971. . . All-NFL, 1967, 1969. . .Had 40 or more catches seven seasons. . . Played in 210 games. . . Leading tight end receiver at retirement with 480 receptions, 7,918 yards, 40 TDs. . . Played in Super Bowl XIII with Cowboys. . .Born February 23, 1940, in Columbia, Mississippi.

No. 3 draft pick, 1968. . .Possessed size, speed, agility, intelligence, strength to be premier offensive tackle. . .Mild-mannered, hard working, great team player. . .Equally adept on running, passing plays. . . Starred in Super Bowl XI vs. Vikings. . . Played in 207 regular-season, 23 post-season games, eight Pro Bowls. . .All-Pro, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977. . . All-AFC six times. . .Born November 26, 1946, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Entered college on skiing scholarship, joined football team as junior. . .First "pure" placekicker to enter Hall. . .Career totals: 1,699 points on 580 PATs, 373 field goals. . .Scored 100 or more points seven seasons. . .Kicked three field goals in Super Bowl IV win. . . Played in six Pro Bowls, Outstanding Offensive Player in 1972 Pro Bowl. . .All-League six years. . . Had 17 field goals over 50 yards. . .Born November 26, 1942, in Fetsund, Norway.

First who played guard exclusively to enter Hall. . .No. 1 draft pick, 1967. . .Won regular left guard job as rookie. . . Played in 307 games altogether. . .Possessed size, speed, intelligence, intensity, exceptional leadership ability. . .Extremely effective leading sweeps. . .Played in 10 AFL/AFC title games, three Super Bowls, seven Pro Bowls. . .All-league seven years, second-team All-NFL four other times. . .Born August 15, 1945, in Robstown, Texas. . .Died August 20, 2008, at age of 63.

AAFC Rookie of Year, 1948. . . Joined 49ers in 1951 after Colts disbanded. . .Career record: 2,427 completions, 33,070 yards, 242 TDs, 13 games over 300 yards passing. . .Paced 1961, 1962, 1963 Giants to division titles. . . Threw 33 TD passes in 1962, 36 in 1963. . . NFL's Most Valuable Player, 1961, 1963. . .All-NFL, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963. . . Elected to seven Pro Bowls. . .Born October 24, 1926, in Marshall, Texas.

Consensus All-America, 1970. . .No. 2 draft pick, 1971. . .Won starting left linebacker job as rookie. . . Had speed, intelligence, exceptional ability to diagnose plays. . . Gained reputation as big-play defender. . . Career record: 25 1/2 sacks, 21 opponents' fumbles recovered, 32 interceptions. . .All-AFC or All-Pro seven years, 1973-1979. . .Named to eight straight Pro Bowls. . .Born December 23, 1948, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

All-state prep quarterback, All-America tackle at Minnesota. . .Big early prize in AFL-NFL war. . .All-AFL/AFC nine times. . .All-time AFL choice, 1969. . . Extremely versatile, determined, rugged, fast, smart. . . Played in last six AFL All-Star games, first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. . .Scored nine career touchdowns, one on onside kickoff return, two on fumble returns. . . Had 26 interceptions for 479 yards, six TDs. . .Born June 17, 1940, in Shelby, North Carolina.

Raiders’ second-round draft pick, 1974. . . Nicknamed “The Ghost,” earned starting tight end spot in 1976, finished season with impressive 53 catches for 691 yards, 10 touchdowns. . . Named All-Pro and All-AFC four consecutive years, 1976-1979. . . Outstanding blocker as well as receiver. . . Career record: 378 receptions, 5,216 yards, 52 touchdowns. . . Named to five Pro Bowls. . .Born February 2, 1952 in Bemidji, Minnesota

1997 UPPER DECK LEGENDS AL102 CARL ELLER

Selected in 1st round of NFL draft by Minnesota and AFL draft by Buffalo, 1964. . .Quickly established himself at left defensive end on the Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" defensive line. . .Excellent at stopping run, devastating pass rusher. . .Amassed 44 sacks, 1975-1977. . .Named first- or second-team All-NFL each season, 1967-1973. . .Played in six Pro Bowls. . .Born January 25, 1942, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

First punter ever selected in first round, Raiders 1973 (23rd player overall) ... Averaged under 40 yards only once in NFL career ... Only three of 1,049 punts blocked ... Career average was 42.4 yards ... All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-1978 ... All-AFC seven times ... Played in seven Pro Bowls, seven AFC championship games, three Super Bowls ... First punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl ... Born December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia.

Patriots’ No. 1 draft pick, first defensive back selected overall, 1976. . .Sensational rookie season with eight interceptions, AFC-high 608 punt return yards. . .Career stats: 46 interceptions for 688 yards, two TDs; 112 punt returns for 1,168 yards, two TDs. . .Started, intercepted pass, Super Bowl XVIII. . .Selected to nine Pro Bowls. . .All-Pro four times. . .All-AFC eight times. . .Born July 1, 1953, in Denison, Texas.

Redskins’ No. 2 draft pick, 1964. . . Outstanding rookie year, led league with 12 interceptions, named All-Pro. . .Retired as history’s all-time interception leader with 81. . . Traded to Vikings for player and draft pick, 1968. . .Played in eight Pro Bowls. . .All-NFL four times. . .All-Eastern Conference 1964, 1965. . .All-NFC five times. . . Started at free safety in four Super Bowls, five NFL/NFC championship games. . .Born February 19, 1942, in Flint, Michigan.

Selected by Green Bay in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1978 NFL Draft. . .A deep-threat receiver, possessed both speed and great hands. . .recorded more than 50 receptions in a season nine times. . .First NFL player to score a touchdown in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. . .In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards - an NFL record at the time of his retirement. . .Named All-Pro four times, All-NFC three times, selected to play in eight Pro Bowls. . .Born July 5, 1956, at Fort Ord, California.

Third round pick by Lions, 1968. . .Combined great leaping ability, big hands, strength, speed and elusiveness. . .Seven Pro Bowls. . .All-NFL three straight seasons. . .Recorded 30 or more receptions seven times, 500-plus receiving yards six seasons. . .Lions’ all-time reception leader (336) at time of retirement. . .Team’s leader or co-leader in receptions six of his 10 seasons. .Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s. . .Born August 25, 1946 in Richlands, North Carolina.

1997 UPPER DECK LEGENDS AL169 DWIGHT STEPHENSON

Dolphins’ second-round draft pick, 1980. . . Exceptionally quick blocker with explosive charge off snap. . . Recognized as the premier center of his time. . .All-Pro, All-AFC five straight years, 1983-1987. . . Elected to five consecutive Pro Bowls. . . Started at center in Super Bowls XVII, XIX and 1982, 1984, 1985 AFC championship games. . .Dolphins’ offensive captain. . .Career cut short by severe knee injury. . . Born November 20, 1957, in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.