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Published: June 22, 2017 at 03:11 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2018 at 08:27 p.m.

Gil Brandt's greatest NFL guards of all time

NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the best guards in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up.

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  • Kansas City Chiefs 1963-1976<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion (IV), two-time AFL champion (1966, 1969) <br>
&raquo; Voted to AFL All-Time Team<br>
&raquo; Voted to AFL All-Star team five times, First Team All-AFL twice, Pro Bowl twice<br>
&raquo; Voted into Chiefs Hall of Fame 30

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    30. Ed Budde

    Kansas City Chiefs 1963-1976
    » One-time Super Bowl champion (IV), two-time AFL champion (1966, 1969)
    » Voted to AFL All-Time Team
    » Voted to AFL All-Star team five times, First Team All-AFL twice, Pro Bowl twice
    » Voted into Chiefs Hall of Fame

  • Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 1989-2001<br>
&raquo; Voted to Pro Bowl eight times, First Team All-Pro twice<br>
&raquo; Started all 206 career games played 29

    NFL Photos

    29. Steve Wisniewski

    Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 1989-2001
    » Voted to Pro Bowl eight times, First Team All-Pro twice
    » Started all 206 career games played

  • Green Bay Packers 1933-1945<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion <br>
&raquo; NFL 1930s All-Decade Team member<br>
&raquo; Voted to one Pro Bowl<br>
&raquo; Voted into Packers Hall of Fame<br>
&raquo; Scored six career touchdowns 28

    Gene Herrick/Associated Press

    28. Charles "Buckets" Goldenberg

    Green Bay Packers 1933-1945
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » NFL 1930s All-Decade Team member
    » Voted to one Pro Bowl
    » Voted into Packers Hall of Fame
    » Scored six career touchdowns

  • San Francisco 49ers 1984-1983, Green Bay Packers 1994, Philadelphia Eagles 1995-1996<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; Started 125 of 186 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Blocked for both Joe Montana and Steve Young 27

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    27. Guy McIntyre

    San Francisco 49ers 1984-1983, Green Bay Packers 1994, Philadelphia Eagles 1995-1996
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls
    » Started 125 of 186 NFL games
    » Blocked for both Joe Montana and Steve Young

  • Miami Dolphins 1970-1983<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Started 176 of 196 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Recovered six fumbles in his career 26

    Cliff Welch/Associated Press

    26. Bob Kuechenberg

    Miami Dolphins 1970-1983
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Started 176 of 196 NFL games
    » Recovered six fumbles in his career

  • San Francisco 49ers 1964-1969, Chicago Bears 1969-1970<br>
&raquo; NFL 1960s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Played in 93 NFL games<br> 25

    Vernon Biever/Associated Press

    25. Howard Mudd

    San Francisco 49ers 1964-1969, Chicago Bears 1969-1970
    » NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Played in 93 NFL games

  • Baltimore Colts 1948-1949, 1953-1954, Chicago Bears 1950-1952<br>
&raquo; NFL 1950s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br> 24

    Pro Football Hall of Fame

    24. Dick Barwegan

    Baltimore Colts 1948-1949, 1953-1954, Chicago Bears 1950-1952
    » NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times

  • Chicago Bears, 1936-1943<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Played in 86 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 23

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    23. Dan Fortmann

    Chicago Bears, 1936-1943
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Played in 86 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Buffalo Bills, 1961-1969<br>
&raquo; Two-time AFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowlsr, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Played in 119 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 22

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    22. Billy Shaw

    Buffalo Bills, 1961-1969
    » Two-time AFL champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowlsr, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Played in 119 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Detroit Lions, 1950-1959<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 21

    NFL Photos/Associated Press

    21. Lou Creekmur

    Detroit Lions, 1950-1959
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Atlanta Falcons, 1985-1993<br>
&raquo; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Started 131 of 132 NFL games<br> 20

    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    20. Bill Fralic

    Atlanta Falcons, 1985-1993
    » NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Started 131 of 132 NFL games

  • Dallas Texans 1961-1962, Kansas City Chiefs 1963-1973, Washington Redskins 1974<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee<br> 19

    NFL Photos/Associated Press

    19. Jim Tyrer

    Dallas Texans 1961-1962, Kansas City Chiefs 1963-1973, Washington Redskins 1974
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee

  • Washington Redskins, 1981-1991<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Started 114 of 140 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 18

    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    18. Russ Grimm

    Washington Redskins, 1981-1991
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Started 114 of 140 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Cleveland Browns, 1996-2007<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1960s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 17

    NFL/Associated Press

    17. Gene Hickerson

    Cleveland Browns, 1996-2007
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 1998-2007, New York Jets 2008-2009, Arizona Cardinals 2010<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Started 201 of 206 NFL games<br>
&raquo; NFL 2000s All-Decade Team 16

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    16. Alan Faneca

    Pittsburgh Steelers 1998-2007, New York Jets 2008-2009, Arizona Cardinals 2010
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Started 201 of 206 NFL games
    » NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

  • Tennessee Titans 2012, Minnesota Vikings 2006-2011, Seattle Seahawks 2001-2005<br>
&raquo; NFL 2000s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Started 169 of 169 NFL games<br> 15

    David Stluka/Associated Press

    15. Steve Hutchinson

    Tennessee Titans 2012, Minnesota Vikings 2006-2011, Seattle Seahawks 2001-2005
    » NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Started 169 of 169 NFL games

  • Green Bay Packers, 1958-1968<br>
&raquo; Five-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Lead blocker on Vince Lombardi's patented sweep play<br> 14

    Vernon Biever/Associated Press

    14. Jerry Kramer

    Green Bay Packers, 1958-1968
    » Five-time NFL champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Lead blocker on Vince Lombardi's patented sweep play

  • Dallas Cowboys, 2014-2016<br>
&raquo; First round draft pick in 2014<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Has started 48 of 48 NFL games<br> 13

    Al Tielemans/Associated Press

    13. Zack Martin

    Dallas Cowboys, 2014-2016
    » First round draft pick in 2014
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Has started 48 of 48 NFL games

  • Kansas City Chiefs, 1993-2006<br>
&raquo; Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2003)<br>
&raquo; Voted to 12 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Started 223 of 224 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 12

    G. Newman Lowrance/Associated Press

    12. Will Shields

    Kansas City Chiefs, 1993-2006
    » Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2003)
    » Voted to 12 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Started 223 of 224 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Baltimore Ravens, 2007-Present<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Started 133 of 144 NFL games<br> 11

    Damian Strohmeyer/Associated Press

    11. Marshal Yanda

    Baltimore Ravens, 2007-Present
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Started 133 of 144 NFL games

  • Detroit Lions, 1952-1955; Washington Redskins, 1956-1958<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 10

    Pro Football Hall of Fame

    10. Dick Stanfel

    Detroit Lions, 1952-1955; Washington Redskins, 1956-1958
    » Two-time NFL champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • San Diego Chargers, 1967-1968; Miami Dolphins, 1969-1980<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Started 156 of 183 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 9

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    9. Larry Little

    San Diego Chargers, 1967-1968; Miami Dolphins, 1969-1980
    » Two-time NFL champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Started 156 of 183 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Buffalo Bills, 1973-1979 & 1985; Cleveland Browns, 1982-1984<br>
&raquo; Voted to 6 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Started 175 of 185 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 8

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    8. Joe DeLamielleure

    Buffalo Bills, 1973-1979 & 1985; Cleveland Browns, 1982-1984
    » Voted to 6 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Started 175 of 185 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Minnesota Vikings, 1988-1999; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2000-2001<br>
&raquo; Voted to 12 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times<br>
&raquo; Started 220 of 222 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 7

    Allen Kee/Associated Press

    7. Randall McDaniel

    Minnesota Vikings, 1988-1999; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2000-2001
    » Voted to 12 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times
    » Started 220 of 222 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Dallas Cowboys, 1994-2005; San Francisco 49ers, 2006-2007<br>
&raquo; Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Started 197 of 203 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 6

    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    6. Larry Allen

    Dallas Cowboys, 1994-2005; San Francisco 49ers, 2006-2007
    » Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Started 197 of 203 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Houston Oilers, 1982-1993<br>
&raquo; Voted to 9 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Started 156 of 159 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 5

    Athlon Archive/Associated Press

    5. Mike Munchak

    Houston Oilers, 1982-1993
    » Voted to 9 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Started 156 of 159 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Los Angeles Rams, 1966-1978<br>
&raquo; Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro in 1969<br>
&raquo; Started 162 of 184 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 4

    Peter Read Miller/Associated Press

    4. Tom Mack

    Los Angeles Rams, 1966-1978
    » Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro in 1969
    » Started 162 of 184 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 1983-2001<br>
&raquo; Voted to 14 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times<br>
&raquo; Started 293 of 296 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 3

    Wade Payne/Associated Press

    3. Bruce Matthews

    Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 1983-2001
    » Voted to 14 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times
    » Started 293 of 296 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Oakland Raiders, 1967-1981<br>
&raquo; Voted to 7 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Started 207 of 217 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2

    NFL Photos/Associated Press

    2. Gene Upshaw

    Oakland Raiders, 1967-1981
    » Voted to 7 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Started 207 of 217 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • New England Patriots, 1973-1985<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times<br>
&raquo; Started 183 of 183 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1

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    1. John Hannah

    New England Patriots, 1973-1985
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times
    » Started 183 of 183 NFL games
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame