The Gipper Posted March 25, 2010 Report Share Posted March 25, 2010 On another thread, it was brought up that someone believed that Dixon and Minniefield were the best cornerback tandem in the history of the league. While I loved those guys, I think that it taking it a little far. Neither of them is in the HOF nor likely to get there. Here are some other duos to consider: Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes of the Raiders. Haynes is a HOFer The duo of Herb Adderly and Mel Renfro. Both played together with the Cowboys during the '70, 71, and 72 seasons. Both are in the Hall of Fame. The duo of Dick LeBeau and Dick "Night Train" Lane played together with the Lions from 1959 to 1965. Both in the Hall of Fame. If you look not just at corners, but include a safety in the mix, you have these duos: Corner Herb Adderly and Safety Willie Wood played together for the Packers from 1961-1969. Both in the Hall of Fame The St. Louis Cardinals had the services of Hall of Fame duo Larry Wilson at Safety and Roger Werhli at corner for 4 seasons: '69, 70, 71, 72. Now, consider the Lions of the 50s/60s/70s, at different times they had as many as 3 Hall of Famers playing in their defensive backfield: Jack Christiansen HOF Safety played from 1951 to 1958 Yale Lary HOF Safety played from 1952 to 1964 Night Train Lane HOF Corner played from 1952 to 1965 Dick LeBeau HOF Corner played from 1959 to 1972 Lem Barney HOF Corner played from 1967 to 1977 So from 1952 to 1958 there was Christiansen, Lary, Lane From 1959 to 1964 there was LeBeau, Lary, and Lane (12 consecutive years of 3 HOFers at DB) In 1965 there was Lane and LeBeau. In 1966 there was only LeBeau In 1967-1972 there was LeBeau and Barney You can see why the Lions were in those title matches in the 50s, and why in the 60s, though they weren't title contenders, they were still considered a very stout defensive team. Any other duos or trios you can think of that would at least rate honorable mention? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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