Will Shields was named to 12 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1995 through 2006, tying Jim Otto (1961-72) and Randall McDaniel (1989-2000) for the second-longest such streaks by an offensive lineman. The record of 14 is held by Bruce Matthews (1988-2001).
Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
The 49ers, during Edward DeBartolo, Jr.'s tenure as owner of the team, won five Super Bowls. They were NFL champions following the 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994 seasons. The only other NFL franchises to win five postseason championships over a span of fewer than 15 seasons were Lombardi's Packers in the 1960s and Halas's Bears spanning the 1930s and 1940s.
Tony Dungy led the Colts to 12 or more wins in each of his last six seasons with the team (2003-2008). No other head coach in NFL history had a .750 or higher winning percentage in six (or more) consecutive seasons.
Charles Haley had four seasons with 10 or more sacks for the 49ers, and two additional 10-sack seasons for the Cowboys. Haley and Richard Dent are the only players to record 10 or more sacks for six first-place teams.
Tim Brown would be the ninth Heisman Trophy winner to earn induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The only Heisman winners elected to the Hall in the last 20 years are Marcus Allen and Barry Sanders.
Michael Strahan, Jerome Bettis
Five current Hall of Famers finished their NFL playing careers by winning a Super Bowl in their final season: Ted Hendricks, Mel Renfro, John Elway, Gary Zimmerman, and Russ Grimm. Among the finalists for the Hall's Class of 2014, Michael Strahan and Jerome Bettis could join that list.
Andre Reed led all four Bills teams that played in the Super Bowl in receiving yards (1990 through 1993 seasons). That ties the NFL record for most times leading a team that played in the league's championship game in receiving yards. Don Hutson did that four times for Packers teams that reached the NFL championship game, Paul Warfield did so for the 1964 Browns and 1971-73 Dolphins, as did Jerry Rice for four 49ers teams that made it to the Super Bowl.
Warren Sapp (#12 overall) and Derrick Brooks (#28) were both chosen by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. The last team to have drafted two Hall of Famers in the same draft was Pittsburgh, which selected four eventual Hall of Famers in the 1974 Draft: Lynn Swann (#21), Jack Lambert (2nd round), John Stallworth (4th), and Mike Webster (5th) in 1974.
Michael Strahan might set the single-season sack record for sacks in 2001, with 22.5. Since Strahan set the record in 2001, only two players have even come within two sacks of the mark: Jared Allen in 2011 (22) and J.J. Watt in 2012 (20.5).
Marvin Harrison's streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown receptions in each (1999-2006) is the longest of its type in NFL history. The only other players with a streak of even five seasons with 10 or more TD catches were Hall-of-Famers Jerry Rice (7, 1989-95) and Cris Carter (5, 1995-99).
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