NFL: Top 3 Who Changed The Game

SAN DIEGO – OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Phil Simms #11 of the New York Giants talks to head coach Bill Parcells during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 22, 1989 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Giants won 20-13. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)

Author: Steve Rivera @IAmSteveRivera


The National Football League has seen a lot of change as the national pastime. However, a closer examination will also show who has dominated their respective roles. From coaches to players, the game is better because of these contributors.

Over the next several weeks, will profile those who changed the landscape of the league. Here are three whose names you know, and if you don’t, you should.

Head coach, Bill Parcells of the New York Giants.

Parcells put ‘Big Blue’ back on the map. While with the Giants, he’d post a record of 172-130, and 1 tie. He’d lead the Giants to two Super Bowl wins. He would also take the New England Patriots to Super Sunday and lead the Jets to their first division title in 30 years.

Walter Payton, Chicago Bears. 

Payton played on some dreadful teams in the Windy City. He retired as the career leader in receptions for a running back with 492 for over 4,500 yards, and still holds the career record for a running back with 8 touchdown passes.

Payton proceeded to win the 1977 AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks.

When Largent retired, he held all major NFL receiving records, including: most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100). He was also in possession of a then-record streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a passing reception. 

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