The Super Bowl XLVI Ultra-Fantasy Draft
by DannyGallagher February 03, 2012 at 10:00AM | Views: 0
The Super Bowl doesn't just mark the end of another season of good ol' American football. It also marks the end of another seasonal sporting tradition: fantasy football. Of course, their definition of "fantasy" doesn't go far enough. These are the "all time fantasy" picks we would make for Sunday's big game if the NFL found a way to break the laws of time and space (and believe me, they're working on it).
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Patriots: Steve Grogan
This quarterback wasn't just one of the most impressive members of his team. He was one of the most impressive in the league. Drafted in 1975 to the Patriots, he replaced legendary quarterback Jim Plunkett who was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders and helped break the team's long standing playoff dry spell and the highest number of wins in a season in the club's history. His efforts would eventually help bring the team to Super Bowl XX.
Giants: Charlie Conerly
When it comes to quarterbacks, New York may have some great names like Phil Simms and their most recent star Eli Manning, but they have Conerly to thank for helping to put their team on the map. This starting name from way back in the 1940s helped turn the local team into a powerhouse with three NFL championships in four seasons and turned him into a local legend as the league's top ranked passer.
Giants: Morris "Red" Badgro
We had to dig way back in the Giants' vault to find this name. It was so far back because he's the oldest person ever to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, it's a well-deserved honor for his efforts on defense as one of the league's most effective blockers and on offense as a very talented wide receiver. In fact, he's the first player to score a touchdown in an NFL championship series.
Patriots: Ben Coates
New England has a fairly impressive defensive record, but this name stands out both because of his numbers and drive from seemingly nowhere. He was a fifth round draft pick and didn't break out until his third season with the team when he broke the tight end reception record. His performance led to five Pro-Bowl appearances and a place in the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team.
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Patriots: Sam Cunningham
This 1973 first round draft pick, hall of famer and older brother of Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Randall Cunningham has an equally impressive career under his belt. Even though he's better remembered for his time at USC, his career with the Patriots earned him more than 5,000 career-rushing yards, a Pro-Bowl pick and an induction into the Patriots' Hall of Fame.
Giants: Tiki Barker
New York might be wishing they still had this running back in their roster and for a very good reason. He's one of the best to ever take the position. He's the team's all-time leading rusher, a three-time Pro-Bowl and All-Pro pick and a notable member of the league's "10,000 Rushing Yards Club".
Giants: Mel Hein
Being a center can be a thankless and seemingly easy job, but Hein made it look even easier and his "gentlemen" persona made him one of the more admired athletes in the annals of sports history. His performance in the 1960s consisted of eight years as an all-NFL player having never missed a game and only sustaining one injury during his time on the field. He was also one of the team's clutch players thanks to his powerful defensive abilities as a blocker on offense and a linebacker on defense.
Patriots: Jon Morris
This center actually had a chance to play for legendary coach Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers, but he instead chose to go to Boston where he became a legend in his own right. He racked up an impressive seven Pro-Bowl and All-Star picks over the course of his career and became quite adept at picking up fumbles, earning him a spot in the team's hall of fame.
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Giants: Amani Toomer
This second round draft pick took three years to earn his starting position with the Giants after being drafted from the University of Michigan as a big fan favorite. The wait was well worth it since he would help set a new pace for the team by nearing and breaking some of the team's longest standing records for receiving and touchdowns. His efforts helped bring his team to Super Bowl XLII.
Patriots: Gino Cappelletti
This name should be familiar to anyone who calls themselves a Patriots fan. The wide receiver was one of the most valuable players in the American Football League and the National Football League when the team called themselves the Boston Patriots throughout the 1960's and early 70's. He's a five time all star with a high points per game average and the all time points leader in the AFL's short history. That might not sound as impressive compared to the long and storied history of the NFL, but how many MVP trophies and pro-bowl appearances do you have, smart guy?
Giants: Lawrence Taylor
Sure his efforts off the field may have damaged his reputation both during and after his professional career, but his performance on the field brought a great intensity to the game that has reshaped the outside linebacker position. His efforts to play even when he was injured in 1988 with a torn pectoral muscle would make him a formidable opponent on any starting lineup.
Patriots: Andre Tippett
Few players can honestly say that they alone helped drive their team to a Super Bowl and Tippett certainly deserves the permission to make that claim. His defensive style helped give the team's first Super Bowl appearance in 1985, racking up an impressive number of sacks including a record that he held through his retirement in 1993.
Giants: Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown
This 27th round draft pick may not have been the most highly contested name in the draft bowl, but his performance on the field made some teams wish they could go back in time. His first season performance in 1953 earned him a spot on the field for nearly 13 years in New York until his retirement. He's best known as a formidable pass blocker who could exploit weaknesses in his opponents' plays and provided excellent blocking on running plays. His efforts made him an All-NFL player for eight consecutive years and earned him nine Pro-Bowl appearances.
Patriots: Bruce Armstrong
You don't have to look too far into New England's past to find a good player for a tackle position. His defensive skills earned him six Pro-Bowl appearances in the 1990s and his dedication to the game and his team made him one of the hardest working athletes in the business as the player with the most starts before a torn ligament brought his streak to a halt.
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Giants: Bill Parcells
Coaches may not be able to score points in fantasy leagues, but Parcells' groundbreaking work shows they deserve at least some recognition for what they do before, during and after the game. His work in the 1980s turned around a team that had just one winning season under its belt in the previous 10 years. His innovative coaching style and ingenious play designs gave the team two Super Bowl wins in 1986 and 1990. Even his team's style of celebrating, the now-famous Gatorade Shower, started under his watch.
Patriots: Bill Parcells
Parcells' time with the Patriots may not have been as long or memorable as the Giants, but his innovative efforts helped end the team's eight year dry spell in 1993 with a playoff game and an appearance at a Super Bowl three years later. And with all due respect to Bill Belichick, this is a "fantasy" draft and you can't get more fantastic than watching one "Big Tuna" stare down another "Big Tuna" come game day.
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