The Greatest Athlete To Wear #28 [Marshall Faulk}

The Greatest Athlete To Wear #28 is Marshall Faulk.

Notable #28’s- currently the best running back in the NFL is Adrian Peterson who is coming of an incredible season with the Vikings. Maybe in the future he will challange for the GOAT at this number but not yet. Darrell Green was a great corner for the Redskins-seemed like he played forever at an outstanding level. Curtis Martin went into the Hall of Fame last year. He was one of those under the radar greats. Yale Lary from the 1950’s was one of the most versatile players ever to play-he was a safety, punter and kick returner. He is in the Hall of Fame. he played with the great Lions teams in the 50’s.

In baseball Bert “The Jerk” Blyleven had filthy stuff, the best curveball I’ve ever seen. Vada Pinson was an under rated player in the 1960’s. Sparky Lyle was the closer for those great Yankee teams in the 1970’s. Preacher Roe was one of the Brooklyn Dodgers “Boys of Summer” of the 1950’s and one of their best pitchers at the time. Steve Blass was a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1971. They have a disease named for him today. I remember the 1973 season-coming off of two 19 game winning seasons all the sudden he couldn’t find the plate. He never regained his command. Ricky Romano now is suffering from “Steve Blass Disease” Steve Blass has been doing Pirate games on  tv and radio for decades now, a great guy from all accounts. Cesar Cedeno was one of the most talented players ever. I just mention him because he is one of the players who should have been great but wasn’t. He did end up with 2000 career home runs but he was billed as the next Willie Mays. An early manager of Cedeno’s-Leo Durocher said that the three most talented players he ever managed were -Mays, Pistol Pete Reiser[whose career ended because he kept running into outfield walls and Cedeno. Cedeno never fulfilled his great promise. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

The Greatest #28 sure didn’t waste his talent. Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk was the man who made the Greatest Show on Turf go. Marshall Faulk was one of the greatest all-around running backs in NFL history for the Colts and then the Rams. You wanted the ball in his hands -either running it our catching a pass out of the backfield. He was a first year inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I can’t recall who was saying this but they said Faulk never lifted a weight. That if you saw him in the locker room you’d never guess that he was a football player. He looked like an ordinary guy—until he stepped on the football field and he turned into Superman.

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