Virginia: Bruce Smith
Is it fair to deduct points from Lawrence Taylor for all of his off-field issues? It’s a good thing we didn’t do that because Bruce Smith earned the spot as the best player from Virginia fair and square.
If you didn’t know, Smith is the all-time sacks leader in NFL history. He spent so much time terrorizing quarterbacks for the Bills that the NFL put him on the All-Decade Team for both the 1980s and 1990s. Smith won NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times and ended 11 of his 19 seasons at the Pro Bowl. He’s truly one of the all-time greats.
Runners Up: Lawrence Taylor, Fran Tarkenton