Greatest Player: Anthony Munoz
He isn’t discussed among the game’s greatest players — even though he should be — because he played one of the game’s most unglamorous positions. But Anthony Munoz wasn’t just one of the greatest left tackle’s in NFL history; he was one of the greatest players, period.
Between 1980 and 1992, Munoz was selected to the Pro Bowl all but one year, and named an All-Pro in every single season but his last one. After playing his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals, he became the first player in the team’s history to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Runner-Up: Boomer Esiason
Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason currently ranks among the top 20 quarterbacks in all-time passing yardage, throwing for just under 38,000 yards over the course of his career. In 1988, Esiason was named the NFL’s MVP and a first-team All-Pro, after leading the Bengals to Super Bowl XXII.
The Bengals, of course, came up short against Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. Esiason played another nine years in the league, making two more Pro Bowl appearances in between a handful of productive seasons, but he never got any closer to winning the big game.